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Can I lubricate plastic bearings with WD-40?

Lars Butenschön | 26. February 2019

It´s common knowledge, that together with duct tape, WD-40 is THE universal tool to fix anything and everything. While the former keeps everything in place when it shouldn´t be moving, the latter keeps things going that shouldn´t stand still. Many people think that these two tools will set you up for almost anything life throws […]

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Using plain bearings as rollers – A good idea?

Lars Butenschön | 5. February 2019

At first glance, many advantages of plain bearings sound attractive for use as roller. They use less space than roller bearings, require no additional lubrication (depending on their type) and do not suffer as much from dirt and cleaning agents. On top of that they weigh less and are cheaper. But as usual, devil is […]

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Finding the right bearing: 7 essential criteria

Lars Butenschön | 4. January 2019

The various influences that affect the lifespan of a plain bearing are relatively trivial. It´s easy to imagine that a truckload of fine dust is rather less helpful for a long bearing life. Also, that 500 ° C ambient temperature can cause difficulty in choosing the right lubricant, results in few raised eyebrows. And yet, often times […]

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Plastic bearings for high loads? What does high load actually mean?

Lars Butenschön | 4. December 2018

There is a saying among german conservative engineers going like this: “Wer Kunststoff kennt, nimmt Stahl”. “Those familiar with plastics use steel instead”. To be honest I didn’t hear this in quite a while now. But it´s still in the heads of many engineers. Even if they don´t know a word of german. In the […]

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How to secure bearings properly – Part 3: Anti-rotation features

Lars Butenschön | 27. November 2018

In episode two of this series, I showed you some options of how to secure bearings axially to keep them from moving out of housing holes. In this episode, I want to show you how to make an easy anti-rotation feature and why you would need one in the first place. Why would you need […]

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