How to Calculate the Load of Your Bearing

How to Calculate the Load of Your Bearing

One important component to selecting your spherical plain bearing is calculating the right load that is needed for your application. This is important because it ensures that your bearing won't fail and results in less time and money repairing or finding a new bearing.

To determine your spherical plain bearing load, the tangential force (F) at the pulley or sprocket of a belt or chain drive must be converted to shaft load (Ls) and then to spherical plain bearing load

The formula below will prove useful in determining tangential force (F) when the horsepower is given. Bearing example used below is a mounted pillow block.



  • More maintenance
  • Failure in the field
  • Wasted time and money on purchasing the wrong bearing

You can find Triangle's load data in the following product resources:


If you need help calculating the load of your bearing or would like to learn more about our spherical plain bearings, fill out our contact form or call us directly at (920) 235-3710.

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