Polymer bushing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings will be displaying some of its hard-wearing self-greasing polymer bushings this year at Stand 3, Caltex Hall, at Nampo — South Africa’s premier agricultural trade show, which takes places in Bothaville, in the Free State, from May 14 to 17.
Originally developed in the harsh conditions of the Free State gold mines, Vesconite polymers are ideally suited to agricultural settings.
The company’s polymers bushings have been successfully used in applications such as combine harvester steering shaft and kingpin bushings, pivot point bushings on planters, borehole pump bushings, front-loader bushings on tractors, articulating arm bushings on sprayers, planter bushings, and many more.
The company’s products are valued by farmers and agricultural equipment manufacturers for being self-lubricating, wear resistant and useful in tough agricultural applications characterised by grit, mud and water.
Their display at Nampo is seen as a recognition that Vesconite polymer bushings are important products to have displayed at South Africa’s largest agricultural expo, where role-players in the farming industry seek solutions to challenges that they face.
“Whether you’re a farmer, repairer or manufacturer of harvesters, planters, sprayers, and harrows, etc., the Vesconite stand is a must visit,” says Vesconite Bearings agricultural technical representative Marius van Zyl.
“Vesconite’s low-friction translates into 3 to 10 times longer life compared to metal bushings, especially under dirty, wet or poorly-lubricated conditions,” he says, noting that Vesconite polymers retain their material integrity and do not swell like nylon when exposed to moisture.