Four-point Contact Bearings: What are they?

Blog | March 20th, 2018

We’re not going to lie to you, the world of bearings is a complicated one once you begin to get past the superficial, standard designs. However, no matter how complicated bearings can get, it is important to have the right fittings for the job. At Global Bearings Imports, we’ve spent the better part of the past two-decades putting our customers into a position to succeed. Today, we are going to teach you a little bit about four-point contact bearings, what they are, and what jobs you might end up needing them for. Are you ready to dig in? Let’s begin!

What are four-point contact bearings?

Alright, so if you are reading this blog then the odds are good that you know at least a little bit about bearings. With that being said, there are certain designs that are less common than others. Today’s discussion will centre around the four-point contact bearing. Let’s first discuss what exactly this style of the bearing is.

A four-point contact bearing was designed in order to allow machines to simply the way that they are created. These four-point bearings have the ability to handle a combination of thrust, loading, and radial force –sometimes all three at once. In machinery application, four-point bearings are primarily used in machines that operate at a medium speed — not too fast, not too slow.

Now that we understand a little bit more about what four-point bearings actually are, we can dive into their benefits. Let’s look at a short list of reasons that you would want to consider ordering four-point bearings for your next project.

1. Space & Weight – Four-point contact bearings are lighter and smaller than your conventional bearings. Add to the fact that they can handle multiple jobs and you suddenly don’t even need a second bearing to help handle the work, thus saving even more space.

2. Carrying Capacity – This style of ball bearing allows for you to carry a heavier load during operation thanks to the fact that multiple large balls are used in the bearing’s design.

3. Ease of use – Finally, four-point contact bearings are easy to install and mount thanks to the split-ring design. You won’t have to wrestle with tools to get these installed.

How should you buy your bearings?

When you are ready to get started on a project, there is really only one thing to do: reach out to our talented technicians for a quote and consultation. At Global Bearings Imports we are here to make your life easier with our immense knowledge and extensive catalogue.

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