Montgomery Wards Radial Arm Saw Bearing

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Forum topic by Embry posted 09-17-2008 03:33 AM 1970 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2008 03:33 AM

I have an older Wards Radial Arm Saw. It was my dads. He bought it new in the 70’s. It works great, but it has a bearing that has gone bad in the motor. Would I be wasting my time to try replacing it or is the bearing even available? Any info or advice would be great.

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#1 posted 09-17-2008 03:46 AM

Most electric motor shops carry a wide variety of bearings. If you can get the number off of the bearing, they could check for you. Or just take the motor to them. I would think the price of the bearing and replacing it- if that’s all that the motor needs, would certainly be worth the price.

Also, if you have the bearing number, there are many places on the internet that sell bearings.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-17-2008 05:52 AM

Popping the motor apart should show you the bearing, which should have a number on it which you can order. Non standard stuff can be cross referenced. Check with Accurate Bearing, a company many have said havegreat pricing and service.

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#3 posted 09-17-2008 05:57 PM

Those old bearings are very hard to cross reference. I find it easier to get accurate measurements and order online thru

Or even better…do like Lew suggested and take the motor unit to an electric motor shop. They will rehab the motor and make it almost as good as new.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 06:51 PM

It is never a waste of time to refurbish an old power tool. That old saw will cut circles around any RAS made today. Dadoo has the best advise. Obtain exact dimensions and visit a bearing website and order the bearings you need.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 09-17-2008 06:52 PM

Thanks again fellas, this will get me going.

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#6 posted 09-19-2008 07:17 AM

You’ll want to go over to and ask some questions. A manual could be found on probably.

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