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Bushings, thrust washers and strips

SKF bushings, thrust washers and strips

This page provides overviews of the available bushing, thrust washer and strip types, their designs, designations, characteristics and main application areas.
It also includes references to the relevant product sections with detailed information as well as references to the product tables.
Solid bronze bushings

SKF solid bronze bushings (table 1) are suitable for a wide range of operating conditions and applications. The solid bronze material is particularly well suited for highly demanding applications in tough environments. SKF offers a standard assortment of both straight and flanged solid bronze bushings (fig. 1). Advantages of these bushings include: 

  • insensitive to dirty environments
  • resistant to shock loads and vibrations at low speeds
  • possibility to operate with lower quality shaft finish
  • good resistance to corrosive contaminants
  • equipped with grooves to retain lubricant


SKF solid bronze bushings are intended for oscillating movements in both radial and axial directions. They are also suitable for applications where rotating speeds are low. Application area examples for these bushings are: 

  • construction machinery
  • transport equipment
  • pulp and paper making machinery
  • offshore equipment 

Sintered bronze bushings

SKF sintered bronze bushings (table 1) are self-lubricating and maintenance-free. These bushings have a porous bronze matrix impregnated with lubricant. The permissible sliding velocity for sintered bronze bushings is very high, making them suitable for rotating applications. SKF offers a wide range of both straight and flanged sintered bronze bushings (fig. 2). Advantages of these bushings include:

  • very high sliding velocity 
  • lubrication-free 
  • maintenance-free operation 
  • good frictional properties


SKF sintered bronze bushings are most suitable for applications with rotating movements and where self-lubricating properties of the material are a prerequisite. Application area examples for these bushings are: 

  • electrical equipment 
  • household equipment 
  • printing machinery 
  • machine tools


Wrapped bronze bushings

SKF wrapped bronze bushings (table 1) are particularly well suited for applications where high levels of contamination make relubrication necessary. The sliding surface of these bushings contains diamond shaped pockets that serve as reservoirs to progressively release lubricant during operation and, therefore, initially need to be filled with grease. SKF offers a wide range of both straight and flanged wrapped bronze bushings (fig. 3). Advantages of these bushings include: 

  • insensitive to contaminated environments 
  • resistant to shock loads and vibrations at slow speeds 
  • good resistance to corrosive environments


SKF wrapped bronze bushings are well suited for machinery that operates in highly contaminated environments and where shock loads and/or vibrations occur. Application area examples for these bushings are: 

  • agricultural machinery 
  • hoisting equipment 
  • construction machinery 
  • forestry machinery


PTFE composite bushings

SKF PTFE composite bushings (table 2) are the maintenance-free solution for heavy load/medium speed applications. SKF offers a wide range of both straight (fig. 4) and flanged (fig. 5) PTFE composite bushings. Advantages of these bushings include:

  • maintenance-free operation 
  • very good frictional properties 
  • high load carrying capacity 
  • high operating temperatures 
  • high sliding velocity 
  • small operating clearance


SKF PTFE composite bushings are suitable for applications where a sliding material with self lubricating properties is a prerequisite. Application area examples for these bushings are: 

  • automotive 
  • material handling equipment 
  • home appliances and consumer goods 
  • textile machinery


POM composite bushings

SKF POM composite bushings (table 2) are referred to as prelubricated because their material is designed to operate with marginal lubrication. These bushing type effectively fills the gap between fully lubricated and dry sliding bushings. SKF offers a wide range of straight POM composite bushings (fig. 6). Advantages of these bushings include: 

  • maintenance-free operation 
  • very good frictional properties 
  • high load carrying capacity 
  • high sliding velocity
  • small operating clearance 


SKF POM composite bushings are suitable for applications where a sliding material with self lubricating properties is a prerequisite. Application area examples for these bushings are:

  • agricultural equipment 
  • construction machinery 
  • material handling equipment 
  • home appliances and consumer goods


PTFE polyamide bushings

SKF PTFE polyamide bushings (table 3) provide maintenance-free, dry sliding operation and are designed for applications where other polymer bushings might fail prematurely. These thin-walled bushings promote heat dissipation, enabling high sliding velocities. SKF offers a standard assortment of both straight and flanged PTFE polyamide bushings (fig. 7). Advantages of these bushings include: 

  • maintenance-free operation
  • cost-effective 
  • corrosion-resistant 
  • electrical insulator


SKF PTFE polyamide bushings are suitable for applications where cost-effective maintenance-free bushings are preferred. Application area examples for these bushings are:

  • textile machinery 
  • medical equipment 
  • fitness equipment 
  • household equipment


Filament wound bushings

SKF filament wound bushings (table 4) are made of resin and fibres wound in multiple layers. Modern filament winding technology has made it possible to produce a new, innovative bearing material. It combines the special mechanical properties of glass fibre with the excellent tribological properties of high-strength thermoplastic and PTFE fibres embedded in epoxy resin. The defined position of the strands in the criss-cross pattern and the intensive binding between the strands and the resin provide enables this composite material to accommodate heavy loads and vibrations in corrosive environments. SKF filament wound bushings are often dimensionally interchangeable with solid bronze or steel bushings. SKF offers a standard assortment of straight filament wound bushings (fig. 8). Advantages of these bushings include: 

  • high load carrying capacity 
  • ability to accommodate shock loads and vibrations 
  • good impact resistance
  • insensitive to misalignment and edge loading 
  • good noise and vibration damping
  • maintenance-free operation 
  • corrosion-resistant 
  • very good chemical resistance
  • very good frictional behaviour 
  • very good electrical insulator


SKF filament wound bushings are suitable for applications where heavy loads together with vibrations occur and where maintenance-free operation is preferred. Application area examples for these bushings are:

  • construction machinery 
  • agricultural and forestry machinery 
  • hoisting and conveyor equipment 
  • offshore equipment


PTFE composite thrust washers

SKF PTFE composite thrust washers (table 5) are suitable for space-saving axial locating bearing arrangements for heavy load/medium speed applications. SKF offers a wide range of PTFE composite thrust washers (fig. 9). Advantages of these bushings include:

  • maintenance-free operation 
  • very good frictional properties 
  • high load carrying capacity 
  • high operating temperatures 
  • high sliding velocity


SKF PTFE composite thrust washers are suitable for applications where a sliding material with self lubricating properties is a prerequisite. Application area examples for these washers are: 

  • automotive 
  • material handling equipment 
  • home appliances and consumer goods 
  • textile machinery


POM composite thrust washers

SKF POM composite thrust washers (table 5) are suitable for space-saving axial locating bearing arrangements. They are referred to as prelubricated because their material is designed to operate with marginal lubrication. SKF offers a wide range of POM composite thrust washers (fig. 10). Advantages of these washers include: 

  • maintenance-free operation 
  • very good frictional properties 
  • high load carrying capacity 
  • high sliding velocity


SKF POM composite thrust washers are suitable for applications where a sliding material with self lubricating properties is a prerequisite. Application area examples for these bushings are:

  • agricultural equipment 
  • construction machinery 
  • material handling equipment 
  • home appliances and consumer goods


PTFE composite strips

SKF PTFE composite strips (table 6) are suitable for space-saving arrangements of all types. These stripes can easily be fit to the application and counterface. SKF offers a wide range of PTFE composite strips (fig. 11). Advantages of these stripes include:

  • maintenance-free operation 
  • very good frictional properties 
  • high load carrying capacity 
  • high operating temperatures 
  • high sliding velocity


SKF PTFE composite strips are suitable for applications where a sliding material with self lubricating properties is a prerequisite. Application area examples for these strips are: 

  • automotive 
  • material handling equipment 
  • home appliances and consumer goods 
  • textile machinery


POM composite strips

SKF POM composite strips (table 6) are suitable for space-saving arrangements of all types. These stripes can easily be fit to the application and counterface. They are referred to as prelubricated because their material is designed to operate with marginal lubrication. SKF offers a wide range of POM composite strips (fig. 12). Advantages of these strips include: 

  • maintenance-free operation 
  • very good frictional properties 
  • high load carrying capacity 
  • high sliding velocity


SKF POM composite strips are suitable for applications where a sliding material with self lubricating properties is a prerequisite. Application area examples for these bushings are:

  • agricultural equipment 
  • construction machinery 
  • material handling equipment 
  • home appliances and consumer goods


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