Rod End Bearings
At rodendbearings.co.uk we supply rod end bearings and associated products from our West Midlands base and we have the ideal UK location to deliver a high-class service to customers throughout the UK, offering a speedy response and delivery of engineering spares and components (MRO) right across the country.
The rod end bearings we supply are manufactured by SKF, INA, FAG, MTK, TIMKEN, NTN, KOYO, SNR, BARDEN, RHP and NSK. If you are looking to buy a cheaper alternative to these brands, we also supply our own Budget Range.
Rod end bearings are engineered for use in high-speed, high precision applications for:
- General Industry
If you know the rod end bearings you are looking for click here to go to our on-line rod end bearing shop and experience our unique search facilities which make sure you choose the item you require. Some of bearings in our on-line shop are available in both imperial and metric measurements.
If you are not familiar with the characteristics of Rod End Bearings, you may wish to understand more about them and the options which are available to you. Here is some bearing information, which might be helpful to you
A rod end bearing, also known as a heim joint (N. America) or rose joint (U.K. and elsewhere), is a mechanical articulating joint. Such joints are used on the ends of control rods, steering links, tie rods, or anywhere a precision articulating joint is required.
A ball swivel with an opening through which a bolt or other attaching hardware may pass is pressed into a circular casing with a threaded shaft attached. The threaded portion may be either male or female.
The spherical rod end bearing was developed by the Germans in World War II. When one of the first German planes to be shot down by the British in early 1940 was examined, they found this joint in use in the aircraft’s control systems. The H.G. Heim Company was given an exclusive patent to manufacture these joints in North America, while in the UK the patent passed to Rose Bearings Ltd.
The ubiquity of these manufacturers in their respective markets led to the terms heim joint and rose joint becoming synonymous with their product. After the patents ran out, the common names stuck, although “rose joint” remains a registered trademark of Rose Bearings Ltd. Originally used in aircraft, the rod end bearing may be found in cars, trucks, race cars, lawn tractors, boats, industrial machines, go-karts, radio-control helicopters, and many more applications.