Bearing Accessories

Chrome Steel Balls

Chrome steel balls are widely used in ball bearings, as well as a number of other industrial and recreational applications.

Loose ball bearings are also found in many bicycle wheels, headsets, pedals and bottom brackets. Another common use is within ball check valves.

Chrome steel balls have excellent surface quality, high hardness and high load bearing capacity as a result of case hardening.

Lock Nuts

Lock nuts are used to locate bearings onto a shaft. They can also be used to mount bearings with a tapered bore onto tapered shaft seats and adapter sleeves. Lock nuts are also used to secure pulleys, gears and other machinery components.

Lock nuts are secured to prevent loosening by:

  • a locking device that engages a keyway in the shaft or key slot in the adapter sleeve, or
  • a locking mechanism integrated within the nut

When selecting or replacing a lock nut, there are a number of aspects that should be taken into consideration:

  • Space – axial and radial
  • Shaft rotation – one or both directions
  • Thread Pitch
  • Axial loads
  • Ease and frequency of assembly and disassembly
  • Precision

Tab Washers

Tab Washers are used with Lock Nuts to locate bearings and other components onto a shaft or adaptor sleeve.