Custom FAQ

What types of custom bearings do you specialize in?

Our specialty in the realm of custom bearings is manufacturing hard-to-find, discontinued, and obsolete thrust bearings and components that are made in the USA in low to medium production quantities and with short lead times. Our custom work ranges from simple modification of an existing standard bearing to complete “designed from scratch” bearings that are tailored for you specific application. Whether smaller or larger, with special attributes, or made of special materials, we have the experience to design and produce the optimum solution all the way from the prototype stage to production. For more information, see Custom Bearings.

What aspects of the bearings are custom?

Various aspects of a bearing can be customized, including dimensions, materials, closure devices and materials, lubricants, and coatings.

Do you offer interchanges for other manufacturers’ bearings?

Yes, we do offer interchanges for bearings that other manufacturers have discontinued. Two popular interchanges of ours are the 2900 metric thrust ball bearing series and the INA B1 banded thrust bearing. For more examples of interchanges we’ve made in the past, see Bearing Interchanges. Please contact us with your particular requirement to see if we can help.

Can your standard bearings be modified to meet the requirements of my application?

Yes, modifying one of our standard, off-the-shelf bearings is often our first route of attack when it comes to customized bearings. Modifications can include anti-rotation holes/grooves/slots, non-standard bore sizes, oil holes and grooves, special width requirements, seal/shield additions and replacements, snap ring grooving, and special marking.

What materials do you use in the manufacturing of custom bearings?

We can use most materials specified by the customer. Typical materials include 52100 chrome steel, 440C stainless steel, 300 series stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, bronze, plastic, phenolic resin, nylon, and more.

What are some examples of custom parts you make?

Thrust washers, ball retainers, modified balls, bearing housings, rubber molded parts, rubber coated rollers, and more. Please refer to our Custom Bearings and Custom Manufacturing pages for more examples.

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