Bearings • Rod End Bearings

Rod end bearings or heim joints or rose joints are mechanical articulating joints. They are used on control rod ends, steering links, tie rods, and other applications where joints are needed. It is a ball swivel with a hole that is pressed into a circular casing with a threaded shaft.

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  • SKF USA, Inc.

    SKF are producers of rod end products available with left or right-hand female or male threads. SKF rod ends with a left-hand thread are identified by an "L", otherwise rod ends have a right-hand thread. SKF maintenance-free rod ends are produced with three sliding contact surface combinations: steel/sinter bronze composite, steel/PTFE fabric, and steel/PTFE composite. SKF rod ends requiring maintenance come with surface combinations steel-on-steel and steel-on-bronze. SKF are also producers of thrust washers and roller, ball and spherical plain bearings. They also distribute MRC aftermarket industrial bearing products.

  • Maryland Metrics

    Maryland Metrics are producers of Durbal rod ends initially used in the aircraft industry. Their Certified ISO 9001 products represent the highest quality available. Durbal rod ends come in maintenance-free spherical rod ends (high speed), roller bearing (low and medium speed), and double row ball bearing (high speed) types. On their BEM Series the rod end ball slides on a plastic bearing shell. They also offer BEM Series stainless steel rod ends with high load ability. The BRF series are heavy-duty rod ends with integral double row self aligning ball bearings. The BRTF design is based on a self aligning roller bearing structure and is used for high speeds. There is also an PM Series rod end by Durbal designed for high speeds with high stability.

  • Aurora Bearing Co.

    Aurora are producers of male and female rod end products in both inch and metric sizes. The Aurora Bearing product line includes over 20 different series of rod ends. Aurora has a standard catalog series bearing for every rod end need. Products range in bore size from 1/8 to 2 inch, with threads from 6-32 through 2”-12. Most feature steel raceway construction. Aurora rod end products are available with low carbon, high strength heat treated alloy steel, stainless steel, and aluminum bodies. Since 1971 Aurora has been a serious player in the aircraft market. Today Aurora Bearing Company are producers of standard and special spherical bearings, rod ends and bushings for aircraft manufacturers.

  • Dalton Bearing Service Inc.

    Dalton Bearing Service is a distributor of Aurora and Alinabal rod end and spherical bearing products. The Aurora Bearing Company features over twenty series of rod ends in inch or imperial dimensions. Most feature full-swage steel raceways, while their SPM/SPW series features a high wear resistance molded liner. Aurora PTFE liners are available in most series. The Aurora PRM series are high performance rod ends. Dalton also offers sixteen series of Aurora spherical bearings. These can be self lubricating with race materials of low carbon, heat treated alloy steel, or stainless steel. Alinibal rod end bearings come in over a dozen series. Their P Series are high strength, high performance rod ends, as are the KP Series. Alinibal spherical bearings come in over a half dozen series, including a COM Series, a VBC Series combining a hardened steel ball with a self lubricating phosphor bronze race, a high strenght PLS Series, and many others.

  • RBC Bearings

    RBC are producers of Heim precision rod ends in many types and sizes. The Heim product range includes brass race rod ends in standard, precision and high capacity designs, high strength two piece designs, self lubricating rod ends with engineered thermoplastic races or Teflon liners, and military/aircraft standard rod ends. While spherical plain bearings offer flexible housing and mounting design, rod ends offer better mounting convenience. Heim rod ends are available in metal-to-metal or self lubricating types. Heim also offers low cost precision rod ends in metal-to-metal and self lubricating designs. Metric rod ends are also available.

  • Emerson Power Transmission

    Emerson Power Transmission are producers of Sealmaster rod end and spherical bearings. Sealmaster extra capacity precision series rod ends are available in male and female rods and custom rod lengths for applications with high frequency oscillation. Other features include a carbon steel outer race and alloy steel chrome plated ball for wear resistance. There are also 2-piece and 3-piece precision series rod ends available, as well as a commercial series and Y-studs. Sealmaster spherical bearings are available in carbon and stainless steel. Spherical bearings come in a precision series, commercial series, special purpose precision series, and a heavy-duty precision series. Emerson are also producers of mounted ball, mounted roller, needle and spherical roller, and cylindrical and thrust bearings. CAD drawings are available.

  • Hirschmann Engineering

    Hirschmann are producers of rod ends, spherical bearings and high speed grinding fluids. Their rod ends and spherical bearings are supplied in true metric sizes. Hirschmann offers heavy duty rod ends with male or female threads and rod ends for pneumatic cylinders. They also produce maintenance-free heavy duty rod ends. Material choices range from tempered steel, free-cutting steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel and chromalized steel . The inner rings are hard chromed,s teel ground or stainless. Hirschmann also produces custom rod end and spherical bearing products.

  • National Precision Bearing

    National Precision Bearing are producers of rod end and spherical bearings. Rod ends are self lubricating with TFE liners but can also be supplied as metal-to-metal types. They are suitable for many aircraft landing gear door applications. National Precision Aerospace bearings are used in Airbus, Boeing, Cessna, Piper, Learjet, McDonnell-Douglas, and many other aircraft manufacturers (including military aircraft). Other products offered include ball, spherical plain, roller, stainless steel and plastic bearings.

  • Radial Bearing Corp.

    Radial Bearing Corporation are producers of aircraft quality rod end and spherical bearing products. Radial bearing rod ends consist of a body, ball and race, and come in large bore, high strength and heavy duty designs. Aircraft and Aerospace rod ends come in male or female high strength configurations. Spherical bearings use a one piece design. Radial Bearing also offers self lubricating rod end and spherical bearings. High temperature, high load or high surface speed liners are available.

  • Boston Gear

    Boston Gear are producers of rod ends and spherical bearings for applications that use linkages where a bearing accommodates significant misalignment under heavy radial or thrust loads. Rod ends are available in both left and right hand designs, as well as in either male and female threads. Spherical bearings are mounted in a pre-designed housing. Self lubricating liners are available. Other products offered by Boston Gear include molded plastic, ball and thrust bearings.

  • Vardhman Bearings

    Vardhman Bearings are producers of rod end bearings and spherical plain bearings. Rod ends are available in metric and inch sizes. Ball material is chromium steel GCr15 with bodies made of low carbon steel. Their SI-SA Series rod ends are used in hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders. Hydraulic rod ends have housings made from forged steel. Vardham produces all types of spherical plain bearings, including those requiring maintenance and self lubricating maintenance-free designs. Other products offered include ball joints, linear ball bush bearings, steel and nylon plastic balls, spherical roller bearings, and much more.

  • Struening Bearings Co., Ltd

    Struening Bearings are producers of a variety of rod end bearings including stainless steel rod end bearings, spherical bearings, aluminum rod end bearings, heavy load rod end bearings, and high quality OEM/ODM products for a variety of industries. Rod ends come in both male and female thread types, self lubricating or requiring maintenance. Races are typically medium carbon steel S45C, liners are copper alloy, and ball bearing steel SUJ-2 is used.

  • THK America, Inc.

    THK are producers of rod end spherical slide bearings that are equivalent in hardness and precision to steel ball bearings. Rod end types include female and male thread that require maintenance or are maintenance-free self lubricating. Spherical self lubricating bearings are also available. Female rod ends requiring lubrication offer high rigidity, high wear resistance and high corrosion resistance. The self lubricating type uses a synthetic resin formed between the steel holder and the spherical inner ring. THK male threaded rod ends are high rigidity in both self lubricating and requiring maintenance types.

  • Ixin Bearing

    Ixin are suppliers of SKF rod ends made of refined steel. They offer both SKF maintenance-free self lubricating rod ends and SKF rod ends that require maintenance. Inch size rod ends are available, as are hydraulic and ball joint rod end products. Ixin are also producers of their own line of bearings, including spherical plain, high precision, thrust ball, thrust roller, and self aligning ball bearings.

  • Triangle Manufacturing Co.

    Triangle Manufacturing Company are producers of rod end mounted bearings, or linkages made from 16-gauge galvanized steel. They are used on medium to light duty connecting rods or cranks for farm equipment, packaging machinery and more. Rod ends are vailable in self aligning nylon or self aligning bronze ball units.

  • J. W. Winco, Inc.

    J.W. Winco are producers of tapped type, metric size, self lubricating rod end bearings. The bodies are made of steel and are zinc plated. Threads are metric right of left hand. Liners are PTFE self lubricating. The ball sockets are bearing steel 100 Cr6, hardened and ground. Winco rod ends are suitable for high load, low speed applications, are self lubricating, maintenance-free and low friction.

  • RotoPrecision Inc

    RotoPRECISION Inc. offers rod ends and motion transfer devices. They represent Alinabal rod end products for self aligning bearing applications in inch and metric sizes. Alinibal rod ends come in over a half dozen series, including steel on steel, high capacity types. RotoPrecision also represents the complete line of Alinabal spherical bearings.

  • Danuser

    Danuser are producers of rod ends, ball joint rod ends, and clevis rod ends in diameters of 3/4" and above. Other OEM products offered by Danuser include ball joints, bar ends, pins, adjustment links, and pitch control links.

  • Transducer Techniques, Inc.

    Transducer Techniques, Inc. offers spherical self aligning rod end bearings available in a variety of sizes and load ratings from 1,000 to 90,000 lbs.