Originally Posted by Craftsman
I asked Vicky "then why are people reporting that this is stated on the tour, and she replied that she knew or had heard that they were saying this, didn't know why and it isn't the case.
Our tour guide waved a section of Henschen axle that had a gear-shaped shaft. He loudly claimed that this is what sets Henschen apart from "that other axle company".
When we toured the Henschen plant, the first thing I noticed was that every axle being built had a square shaft. I asked the manager and he said that they had briefly tried using the gear-shaped shaft quite a while in the past. It was very expensive to machine the shafts and they didn't work a bit better than the square shaft so they went to the square shaft.
The Henschen site shows square shafts, but, as I recall, the Airstream site still shows the gear-shaped shafts. I tried to find the tour guide later to tell him he was wrong, but I was unable to catch him.