Vesconite in Agriculture

Agriculture is a tough environment for bearings – ask any farmer. Traditional bronze and steel bearings have a particularly hard time of it, given the host environment of grit, mud and water. More often than not, the result is rapid wear to both bearing and shaft, and eventual failure and costly downtime. Not so with Vesconite. A unique blend of self-lubrication, low abrasion and high load-bearing strength makes Vesconite the ideal choice for a variety of agricultural applications.

Common Agriculture Applications
Vesconite Agriculture Resources


  • Vesconite does not swell or distort in water.
  • Vesconite has a high abrasion resistance.
  • Vesconite does not delaminate.
  • Vesconite does not corrode.
  • Vesconite does not require lubrication.
  • Vesconite saves on costly maintenance downtime.
  • Vesconite is resistant to oils and fuels.
  • Vesconite bearings are easy to fit and remove.
  • Vesconite is shaft-friendly.


Bronze and steel gauge arm and linkage bushings in planters have high wear rates, due to the abrasive working environment. This results in inaccurate seed placement.

Traditional tractor king pin, axle and final drive bushings can be affected by water and dirt but this is not the case with Vesconite.

Vesconite offers a huge time saving compared to bronze and steel bearings in planters and sprayers, where maintenance involves lubricating hundreds of grease points.

Vesconite Agriculture Case Studies
Custom-made wear-resistant low-friction Vesconite bearings and wear pads are being trialled on a BEISS tyre stripper machine by a company in the…
Vesconite Bearings has received a large order for wear-resistant bushings from a Canadian agricultural manufacturer that manufactures air seeders, among other equipment.…
Metalfor, a leading Argentinian equipment manufacturer, has used Vesconite bushings in sprayer boom pivots on self-propelled crop sprayers since 2007 … and…
Metalfor, a leading Argentinian equipment manufacturer, has used Vesconite Hilube bushings for its Class 7 combine harvesters since 2010. Vesconite Hilube wear-resistant,…
A Vesconite Hilube U-shaped liner bearing has been used successfully for 350 hours on a Komatsu 675-5 motor grader thanks to an…
Anyone involved in agriculture will tell you that maintenance is crucial to your equipment life and performance and will quickly come back…
A drop-size carrot sorter, with Vesconite plain bearings installed on its conveyor chains, has worked well at South Africa’s largest carrot producer…
A Vesconite pulley has been introduced as a standard component in a hitching solution developed by a New Zealand agricultural equipment manufacturer. Located on the lift arm of the system, the rope that passes through the pulley is fed first to a rotating top pin and then to a bottom pin. The whole hitching solution is attached to the tractor cab and used to attach to a range of trailed implements and farming equipment.
A custom farm implement designer will recommend Vesconite for all the bushings on a ripper / cultivator that he is currently designing,…
Vesconite’s high-wear-resistant polymer, known as Ultrablack, was installed as a wear pad on a screw conveyor at a vineyard. The screw conveyor…
A high-temperature, abrasion-resistant bearing polymer has been developed by Vesconite Bearings from all food-grade ingredients. The polymer is known as Hitemp 150…
Vesconite Bearings’ Hitemp 160 polymer bearing material has been approved for use in food-contact applications. This is according to CEO Dr Jean-Patrick…
An Australian agricultural equipment manufacturer has switched from oil impregnated nylon to Vesconite Hilube polymer bushings for the hydraulic tynes that it manufactures for seeding machines.
A sugar mill has converted to Hitemp 150 screw conveyor hanger bushings for its conveyor transporting massecuite. The 11 double-flanged bushings support the screw conveyor and ensure that the screw does not collapse or touch the housing. The Hitemp 150 bushings are made from a polymer with a high temperature tolerance, low frictional qualities and wear resistance. Replacing brass bushings, The Hitemp 150 bushings performed well and showed limited wear and no distortion.
Vesconite Bearings has produced a chain tensioner sprocket, a chain tensioner bush and a bush in a seed transmission for a planter.
15 Years ago, a South Africa vegetable farming enterprise fitted two of its borehole pumps with custom-designed Vesconite spiders. These spiders function…
In a field application in Argentina, a rice planter with parallel linkage shafts had been fitted with traditional brass bushings and lubricated via grease nipples on the linkage arms.
Vesconite's outstanding wear-resistant properties have dramatically improved the working life of seedpot units on these South African built Monosem planters.
In this case, Vesconite Hilube replaced a brass gauge arm bush requiring ongoing lubrication via a grease nipple on the gauge arm.
An Australian agricultural equipment manufacturer has switched from oil-impregnated nylon bushings to Vesconite Hilube polymer ones on the hydraulic tynes that it…
An aeration windmill manufacturer installed Vesconite Hilube bearings on its windmills leading to smoother and more efficient operation.
South Africa - Several farmers in South Africa have installed Vescolene Ultrablack skid plates made from ultra-high-molecular-weight high-density polyethylene on their harvesters…
Silt, sand, clay—farming is tough on equipment, especially on parts that are designed to move freely. Landtegniek Agricultural Equipment uses Vesconite Hilube…
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