Thordon Bearings Inc. is the leading supplier of high performance, oil and grease free bearing systems to the global marine, clean energy, pump and offshore markets, with over 35 years of experience and solid references in over 2000 marine propeller shaft bearing applications. Thordon bearings provide significantly long wear life, often outlasting competitive products by 50% to 100%. they significantly reduce overall life cycle operating costs and increase system’s reliability. Thordon bearings are used by over 40 Navies and Coast Guards around the world.
Sea Water Lubricated Propeller Shaft Bearings
Open seawater lubricated bearing options include Thordon COMPAC, RiverTough, SXL and XL, each offering specific advantages for different water environments and operating conditions.
Over 400 water lubricated bearing installations and comprehensive bearing wear data recorded have shown the propulsion shaft bearings to last a minimum of 10 years in a controlled environment, backed by a factory warranty.
Grease-Free Rudder Bearings
With over 4,000 rudder bearings installed worldwide, Thordon SXL self-lubricating pintle, stock and carrier bearings are recognized as the premiere choice for value and performance backed by an astonishing 15-year wear life warranty.
Bearings For Deck Equipment, Offshore Oil & Dredge Applications
The versality of Thordon technology provides ship owners and builders pollution-free, low maintenance and long lasting solutions for on deck, offshore oil and dredge bearing applications using ThorPlas, SXL, Composite or HPSXL TRAXL bearings as follows:
- Fairlead bearings and washers
- Lifeboat/tender davit and sheave bearings
- Tiller arm and jockey bar bearings
- Hydraulic steering gear self aligning bearings
- Pivot point bushings on embarkation and loading platforms
- Cranes, hoists and deck loading bearings
- Watertight doors and hatches
Thordon Propeller Shaft Descriptions
Thordon Propeller Shaft Bearings
Thordon propeller shaft bearings are available in four different grades and multiple configurations to offer the optimal bearing solution for each owner’s specific application and technical requirements. Open seawater lubricated bearing options include Thordon COMPAC, RiverTough, SXL, and XL.
With over 35 years of experience, Thordon has solid references in over 2,000 marine propeller shaft bearing applications. Whether your bearing needs are for repair, conversion, or newbuild, Thordon propeller shaft bearings and bearing systems deliver proven, reliable, cost-effective performance.
Thordon COMPAC Propeller Shaft Bearings
Thordon COMPAC is a high performance water lubricated bearing system primarily for “blue water” operating conditions. Specially formulated with a low coefficient of friction to reduce startup friction and eliminate stick-slip, COMPAC is designed to promote early formation of a hydrodynamic film at lower shaft speeds. The lower (loaded) portion of the bearing is smooth, while the upper half has water grooves to lubricate and cool the bearing.
Thordon RiverTough Propeller Shaft Bearings
Thordon RiverTough bearings are specially formulated to provide longer wear life in highly abrasive and dirty water conditions, such as river boat propeller shafts and suction cutter head bearings on dredges. RiverTough has proven to last at least twice as long as rubber bearings in extreme environments.
Thordon SXL Propeller Shaft Bearings
Thordon SXL offers a lower coefficient of friction for lower break-away torque and smoother operation at lower shaft speed, increased resistance to third particle abrasive wear, and longer wear life compared to XL.
Thordon XL Propeller Shaft Bearings
Our traditional propeller shaft bearing grade, Thordon XL is a general purpose bearing offering superior performance compared to many other bearings commonly used in propeller shaft applications. XL provides long wear life, a low coefficient of friction, reasonable abrasion resistance, and cost effectiveness.
Thordon TG100 Seal
The Thordon TG100 is a mechanical seal for 88mm (3.5”) to 305mm (12”) propeller shafts found in workboats, dredgers, tugs, yachts, patrol craft, and other coastal vessels operating in either clean or dirty, abrasive-laden water.
Manufactured for long wear life and reduced maintenance costs, TG100’s elastomeric bellows accept both axial and radial shaft movement and compensate for alignment issues. Its unique emergency seal allows stand-alone operation to get you back to port safely, without damaging the seal. The wedge “lock” design ensure the rotary face is perfectly square to the shaft.