Ballbearing - Glossary - Technical

Glossary - Ball Bearing

A device which uses balls to support weight and reduce friction between rotating or sliding parts. Compare a roller bearing which uses rollers to accomplish this.

Common misconception

A common misconception is that a ball is a ball bearing. This is not correct. Balls are the rolling elements contained inside the ball bearing. Unfortunately this is a widely held belief outside the bearing industry and can lead to misunderstandings when people requiring balls ask for ball bearings.

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You can find ball bearings in the Hobby and Engineering Supplies Ball Bearings Online Catalogue pages.


For a huge range of bearings online please visit the Bearing Shop Online Website.

The Small Parts and Bearings has a much larger range of engineering supplies.

For the best range of miniature and small bearings please try the Miniature Bearings Australia website. Miniature Bearings Australia also list a large variety of miniature engineering products.



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