Needle Bearings

Needle Bearings

A needle bearing is a bearing which utilizes small cylindrical rollers. They are used to reduce friction of a rotating surface. Standard needle bearings are available in both inch and metric dimensions for bores as small as 4mm, while heavy duty needle roller bearings can accommodate bores up to 10”. Needle bearings have a large surface area that is in contact with the bearing outer surfaces (line contact) as compared to ball bearings (point contact). There is less added clearance in a needle bearing, making them more compact. The typical needle bearing consists of an inner race, a needle cage, which orients and contains the needle rollers, the needle rollers themselves, and an outer race. Often there is no inner race and the needle bearing rides directly on a shaft.

Full compliment needle bearings are also available, this kind of needle bearing is composed of full width needles which extend outside the outer rings and do not utilize a cage. Full compliment needle roller bearings will sustain a heavy load and are suitable for low and medium speeds. Radial needle bearings are cylindrical and use rollers parallel to the axis of the shaft. Thrust needle bearings are flat and use a radial pattern of needles. Needle bearings are often utilized in components such as rocker arm pivots, pumps, compressors, and transmissions.

Please contact Bearing Service to assist with selecting the correct needle bearing for your application.

Here is a list of Manufacturers / Brands that we represent:

  • Timken (Torrington)
  • Schaeffler (INA, FAG)
  • Regal PTS (McGill, Rollway)
  • NTN
  • NSK
  • Koyo
  • RBC
  • IKO
  • Nachi
  • Scheerer Bearing
  • American Roller Bearings
  • SKF

You can learn more about our Manufacturers / Brands by clicking on the following links: