Vesconite Earthmoving

The dirt, abrasion and loads associated with earthmoving equipment create notoriously harsh operating conditions for moving parts. Despite these conditions – more often than not combining dirt and water – Vesconite performs well, and is the ideal material for bushings operating under slow speeds or oscillating movements under high load. With its lubrication-free qualities, Vesconite can save machine operators considerable lubrication downtime, not to mention reduced wear on costly counter moving parts.

Common Earthmoving Applications



  • 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 bushes are easy to fit and remove.
  • Vesconite is shaft-friendly.


Vesconite offers a huge time-saving compared to bronze and steel bearings on earthmoving machinery, where maintenance involves lubricating hundreds of grease points, with resultant downtime.

Greasing takes time and can be difficult to manage. Typically, access to bushings and grease nipples is difficult, maintenance may be unreliable, and grease nipples often “disappear” under layers of stuff and dirt.

If not regularly greased, bronze bushings wear quickly. Regular replacements of bronze bushings are seen as part of normal maintenance. But bush replacement is costly, involving labour and downtime as well as the cost of the bronze bushes.

If not regularly greased, bronze bushings may seize, damaging shafts and machinery.

If not regularly greased, metal-to-metal contact leads to wear of shafts and pins. This may mean replacing costly parts or time-consuming repairs.

Vesconite Earthmoving Case Studies
The leading global copper producer has achieved exceptional results through the implementation of Vesconite Hilube wear-resistant bushings on load haul dump machines…
Maharba Builders, a prominent construction and building company operating in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, has recently begun to enhance the…
In a testament to the outstanding performance and reliability of Vesconite self-lubricating bushings, a prominent South African side-tipper manufacturer has doubled its monthly orders for side-tipper bushings.
A plant hire company in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, has improved bushing life by installing Vesconite self-lubricating bushings on some of its…
A Vesconite Hilube U-shaped liner bearing has been used successfully for 350 hours on a Komatsu 675-5 motor grader thanks to an…
A leading civil and infrastructure engineering contractor installed Vesconite Hilube wear-resistant U-shaped wear pads on graders in Nigeria. The company found the…
An earthmoving-equipment hire business has fitted its bulldozer’s hydraulic shift transmissions with Vesconite Hilube seals. The company maintains, repairs and, when required,…
An original equipment dump truck manufacturer first tested the company’s Vesconite Hilube material in its articulation bushes in 2014, and established that…
A grader operator spent considerable sums on labour and downtime by lubricating the bronze rear frame bushings on the machine. Despite regular…
Some 600 graves have been dug in the Luveve and West Park Cemeteries, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, using 428E Caterpillar Tractor Loader Backhoes…
The labour time spent on greasing bushings can be substantial. Although some greasing globally is automated, much re-lubrication is performed by hand…
A Vesconite kingpin and centre cone bushing were tested on a municipal grader. After 450 000km, the wear on the large bush…
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