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Forum topic by jonymacmadcap posted 01-05-2015 05:25 PM 1005 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2015 05:25 PM

Hello all,
I’ve been lurking here for some time. Now I am finally in a place where it makes sense to post….yay me!!!!

I just picked up an older General International 50-185 m1. Its in wonderful shape, and the usual contractor saw upgrades are in the works.

The only worrysome issue, is the arbor bearings are beginning to make the tell tale whine of needing replacement.
My problem is, General International, seems unwilling to return calls, or emails regarding this machine. (Or any machine of theirs as far as I can tell). I’m not convinced that this is their Modis operondi, as they have always been referred to as being very responsive.
Regardless, I am in need of a reliable vendor for the replacement bearings for this saw. The 50-185 seems to me, to be a very, very, close clone of the Powermatic ts-64. Does anyone know if parts are at all interchangeable? Is there a good place to buy high quality bearings aside from General International? I would be planing to do this swap myself, but I admit, I’ve never done arbor bearing on a saw before. So any, and I do

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 05:53 PM

Bearings are usually pretty standardized. You should be able to remove it and have a local bearing retailer (Grainger & Fastenal come to mind) measure and find a compatible replacement. As for the actual bearing removal and replacement, I have never done it, sooooo….... Good luck! ;^)

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 06:08 PM

Bearings are hardly ever a problem to find. The industrial supply places can help, as can the ones that specialize in power transmission (search phrase) or just bearings (Bearing Distributors, INC. or Applied Technologies). You won’t have any problem finding them, but it’s best to take the old ones with you and ask for replacements. They know what they are doing and can fix you up.

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 06:28 PM

I use motion industries. They have any bearing known to man. Or can get it.

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 08:47 PM

Perfect…great starts for what I am looking for…thanks guys.

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#5 posted 09-01-2015 12:42 PM

Time to bring this back with a real gloat this time. Though, as a new member, it should be known that the last time I posted this gloat, I got banned from “some other” forum. Lol…

Anyhow, found this gem on “someone’s list” and couldn’t resist.

I got the General discussed above sold and this one picked up in about 24 hours-ish.

She is a 1948 Delta Unisaw. All original. Very complete. Original miter guage, original 1hp bullet motor, original fence, original everything. I got this from the original owner.

$200….... Total gloat…
..I sold the general for $50 more than I paid, and bought this saw. I made $50 by upgrading my table saw… this hobby.

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#6 posted 09-01-2015 12:48 PM


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#7 posted 09-01-2015 12:52 PM

Very nice saw! Looks to be in fantastic condition and totally complete. I think the motor cover was an option, so your saw may never have had it from the start. If it is PlugAndPlay then high-fives are in order. But if you need to do any work on it at all, there is an endless supply of information on how to work on Unisaws over at


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#8 posted 09-01-2015 01:00 PM

My local NAPA has always been able to get matching bearings for me.

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#9 posted 09-01-2015 11:07 PM

As it turns out, it IS indeed “plug and play”. A true ” barn(or in this case, basement) find. It had new bearings put in a year ago, by other than that, exactly as it was purchased in 1948. I wish it had the motor cover, but really, its just fine the way it is. I am quite the happy camper.

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