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HIGH PERFORMANCE WATER LUBRICATED BEARINGS

1501 Buchanan Avenue SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507 USA


Tel: (616) 452-6941 Fax: (616) 247-0227
Toll Free: (800) 369-4335
info@miwheel.com www.miwheel.com
Our Product: Why choose the
The Aqualube range of rubber sleeved bearings are designed for marine and
industrial applications. The bearings feature a specially formulated rubber and are
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molded into various shell materials. The rubber is an extremely tough, chemical • Consistent high quality
and oil resistant nitrile which offers outstanding resistance to abrasion and wear, • High resistance to abrasion
even in the most adverse conditions. • High grade materials
• Hydrodynamic wedge formation
Michigan Wheel USA’s comprehensive range of standard brass shell bearings, with
tolerances suited for American shaft and strut standards, will be stocked in shaft • Engineering excellence
diameter sizes 1” through 4”. We can also quote, upon request, an expanded range • Large warehouse inventory
of bearings including: • 100% inspection procedure
• Sizes for shafting up to 10” in diameter.
• Metric sizes from 20mm through 260mm.
• Flanged, non-metallic (phenolic) shelled, and spiral fluted bearings.
Inquiries for the above are welcomed.

Principle of Operation:
Rubber and water make the perfect combination for a bearing material and a
lubricant.
The natural resilience of rubber gives the bearing its shock, vibration and noise
absorption properties. The shape of the Aqualube bearing is the main reason for its
success. Unlike many other bearings in the market the Aqualube bearing strips are
shaped in such a way that a hydrodynamic water wedge is formed between shaft
and bearing, even at very low shaft speeds.
Water is the perfect lubrication medium, particularly for marine craft, because of
its natural abundance, non-compressibility, cooling properties, and low coefficient
of friction when between bearing strip and shaft.
The water enters the bearing through the longitudinal grooves and moves radially
between the propeller shaft and the bearing face in a thin film. Once this film,
or wedge, has developed the shaft does not actually come into contact with the
bearing.

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Construction of Abrasion Resistance:
AQUALUBE Bearings: The unique shape of the Aqualube bearing gives it an excellent resistance to
abrasion.
Aqualube bearings are molded from a specially compounded oil and chemical
resistant nitrile rubber. The nitrile rubber displays an excellent resistance to wear This helps to reduce wear on the bearing surfaces in environments where sand and
and abrasion and is also tough and durable. Bonding techniques developed by other abrasive particles are held in suspension, as found in shallow water.
Michigan Wheel ensure that the strength of the bond to the shell is at least equal to The bearing is designed to let these abrasive particles pass over its surface and into
the strength of the rubber itself. the grooves where it is flushed out by the water feed pressure. This system prevents
The finished product has a smooth, shiny surface to the rubber lining which, when the particles from getting embedded into the bearing surface and causing severe
compared with similar products on the market, provides visual testament to the wear on the propeller shaft.
quality of the bearing. Aqualube bearing shells are manufactured from either
centrifugally cast superior marine bronze or non-metallic (phenolic) material.
Aqualube bearings can be supplied with integral cast flanges. Shaft Speed:
The minimum to maximum operating speed of an Aqualube bearing is in the
range of 100 - 6,900 feet per minute (0.5 - 35 meters per second). For applications
Tolerances: outside these parameters the Michigan Wheel Marine technical department should
A general overview of Aqualube bearing tolerances is as follows: be consulted as special provision for lubrication may be required.

Bearing I.D. O.D. Tolerance (p6) O.D. Tolerance (p6)


Inch Metric Inch Metric
3/4” -1 1/4” 20mm - 35mm + 0.0010 ” - + 0.0017 ” + 0.026mm - + 0.042mm
1 3/8” 38mm + 0.0013 ” - + 0.0020 ” + 0.032mm - + 0.051mm
1 1/2” -1 3/4” 40mm - 45mm + 0.0013 ” - + 0.0020 ” + 0.032mm - + 0.051mm
1 7/8” -2 3/8” 50mm - 60mm + 0.0013 ” - + 0.0020 ” + 0.032mm - + 0.051mm
2 1/2” -3 ” 65mm - 75mm + 0.0015 ” - + 0.0023 ” + 0.037mm - + 0.059mm
3 1/8” -3 3/4” 80mm - 95mm + 0.0015 ” - + 0.0023 ” + 0.037mm - + 0.059mm
3 7/8” -4 ” 96mm - 100mm + 0.0017 ” - + 0.0027 ” + 0.043mm - + 0.068mm
Standard stock inch series bearings.

41/4” - 43/8” 105mm - 110mm + 0.0017” - + 0.0027” + 0.043mm - + 0.068mm


4 1/2” -4 7/8” 115mm - 125mm + 0.0017 ” - + 0.0027 ” + 0.043mm - + 0.068mm
5 -5
” 3/8” 135mm + 0.0017 ” - + 0.0027 ” + 0.043mm - + 0.068mm
5 1/2” -5 3/4” + 0.0017 ” - + 0.0027 ” + 0.043mm - + 0.068mm
5 7/8” 140mm - 150mm + 0.0020 ” - + 0.0031 ” + 0.050mm - + 0.079mm
6 -6
” 1/4” 155mm - 160mm + 0.0020 ” - + 0.0031 ” + 0.050mm - + 0.079mm
6 1/2” 165mm - 170mm + 0.0020 ” - + 0.0031 ” + 0.050mm - + 0.079mm
7 ” 175mm - 180mm + 0.0020 ” - + 0.0031 ” + 0.050mm - + 0.079mm
7 1/4” - 10 ” 190mm - 260mm + 0.0022 ” - + 0.0035 ” + 0.056mm - + 0.088mm
Special order series bearings.

Note: The above table should be used as a guide only. Some bearings with large wall thickness will have a wider O.D. tolerance than that stated. Please contact MWM if additional information is required.

Lubrication - Load and deflection:


wear and durability: Aqualube water lubricated bearings have a Shore hardness of
70±3 and are suitable for operation in a temperature range of -13°F to 185°F
All types of water lubricated rubber bearings will eventually experience wear in
(-25°C to 85° C). For temperatures above 86°F (30°C) bearing to shaft clearances
service. For bearings operating in clean water, bearing wear will be less rapid
may need to be adjusted.
than when operating in shallow, heavily contaminated water. In any event it is
recommended that bearings should be inspected for wear whenever the vessel is The load which can be carried by an Aqualube bearing is dependant upon the
hauled for storage or service. In cases where the bearing is operating in shallow quality of the lubricating water, shaft tolerance and deflection of the shaft. A
water an annual inspection is recommended. normal working load of 36 psi (2.5kgs/cm²) is acceptable. For further details on
loads and deflection please contact Michigan Wheel Marine.
Bearings fitted to struts and completely immersed pump bearings have adequate
lubrication. However, where bearings are installed in a position where the water Inspection:
flow is marginal, they should be lubricated by a forced water flow system. This also Prior to shipping each bearing is subject to a 100% inspection procedure. Bearings are
applies to bearings which have to cope with low shaft speed and high loads. thoroughly inspected for dimensional accuracy, rubber hardness and integrity of bond
between rubber and shell.
Standard range of stock sizes
I/D O/D Length Part Number I/D O/D Length Part Number
1” 1-1/4” 4” 910001 2” 3” 8” 920003
1” 1-1/2” 4” 910003 2-1/4” 3” 9” 922502
1” 2” 4” 910005 2-1/4” 3-1/8” 9” 922503
1-1/8” 1-1/2” 4-1/2” 911251 2-1/2” 3-1/8” 10” 925002
1-1/8” 1-5/8” 4-1/2” 911252 2-1/2” 3-1/4” 10” 925003
1-1/8” 1-3/4” 4-1/2” 911253 2-1/2” 3-3/8” 10” 925004
1-1/8” 2” 4-1/2” 911254 2-1/2” 3-1/2” 10” 925005
1-1/4” 1-1/2” 5” 912501 2-3/4” 3-1/2” 11” 927502
1-1/4” 1-3/4” 5” 912503 2-3/4” 3-3/4” 11” 927503
1-1/4” 2” 5” 912505 3” 3-3/4” 12” 930001
1-3/8” 1-7/8” 5-1/2” 913751 3” 4” 12” 930002
1-3/8” 2” 5-1/2” 913752 3-1/4” 4” 13” 932501
1-3/8” 2-1/8” 5-1/2” 913753 3-1/4” 4-1/4” 13” 932502
1-1/2” 2” 6” 915001 3-1/2” 4-1/4” 14” 935001
1-1/2” 2-3/8” 6” 915004 3-1/2” 4-1/2” 14” 935002
1-5/8” 2-1/8” 6-1/2” 916251 3-3/4” 4-1/2” 15” 937501
1-3/4” 2-3/8” 7” 917501 3-3/4” 5” 15” 937502
1-3/4” 2-5/8” 7” 917502 4” 5” 16” 940001
2” 2-5/8” 8” 920001 4” 5-1/4” 16” 940002
2” 2-3/4” 8” 920002

Length
O/D
I/D

Sizes available for special order


I/D O/D Length I/D O/D Length I/D O/D Length I/D O/D Length
3/4” 1-1/4” 3” 2-1/8” 2-15/16” 8-1/2” 2-7/8” 3-3/4” 11-1/2” 4-5/8” 6-1/8” 18-1/2”
7/8” 1-1/4” 3-1/2” 2-1/8” 3” 8-1/2” 3-1/8” 4-1/4” 12-1/2” 4-3/4” 6” 19”
7/8” 1-3/8” 3-1/2” 2-1/8” 3-1/8” 8-1/2” 3-3/8” 4-1/8” 13-1/2” 4-3/4” 6-1/8” 19”
7/8” 1-1/2” 3-1/2” 2-1/4” 2-15/16” 9” 3-3/8” 4-1/2” 13-1/2” 4-7/8” 6-1/8” 19-1/2”
1” 1-3/8” 4” 2-1/4” 3-3/8” 9” 3-5/8” 4-1/2” 14-1/2” 5” 6-1/8” 20”
1” 1-5/8” 4” 2-3/8” 3” 9-1/2” 3-3/4” 5-1/4” 15” 5” 6-1/4” 20”
1-1/4” 1-5/8” 5” 2-3/8” 3-1/8” 9-1/2” 3-7/8” 5-1/4” 15-1/2” 5” 6-1/2” 20”
1-1/4” 2-1/8” 5” 2-3/8” 3-1/4” 9-1/2” 4-1/8” 5-1/4” 16-1/2” 5-1/4” 6-3/4” 21”
1-3/8” 2-3/8” 5-1/2” 2-3/8” 3-3/8” 9-1/2” 4-1/4” 5-1/4” 17” 5-1/4” 7” 21”
1-1/2” 55 152 2-1/2” 3” 10” 4-1/4” 5-1/2” 17” 5-3/8” 6-3/4” 21-1/2”
1-1/2” 55 6” 2-5/8” 3-1/8” 10-1/2” 4-3/8” 5-1/2” 17-1/2” 5-3/8” 7” 21-1/2”
1-5/8” 2-5/8” 6-1/2” 2-5/8” 3-3/8” 10-1/2” 4-3/8” 5-3/4” 17-1/2” 5-3/8” 7” 22”
1-7/8” 2-5/8” 7-1/2” 2-5/8” 3-1/2” 10-1/2” 4-1/2” 5-1/2” 18” 5-5/8” 7” 22-1/2”
1-7/8” 2-15/16” 7-1/2” 2-3/4” 3-3/8” 11” 4-1/2” 5-5/8” 18” 5-3/4” 7” 23”
2-1/8” 2-3/4” 8-1/2” 2-7/8” 3-1/2” 11-1/2” 4-1/2” 5-3/4” 18” 5-7/8” 7-1/2” 23-1/2”
ALTERNATE SERIES
AVAILABLE FOR SPECIAL ORDER METRIC SERIES Below is a list of our standard range of sizes, if you
require a custom built size not shown, please inquire.

I/D O/D Length I/D O/D Length

METRIC TO

20mm
22mm
35mm
35mm
80mm
88mm


90mm
90mm
110mm
115mm
360mm
360mm
INCH SERIES

25mm
25mm
35mm
40mm
100mm
100mm


90mm
95mm
120mm
115mm
360mm
380mm
Below is a list of our standard range of sizes, if you require a
custom
built size not shown, please inquire. 25mm 43mm 100mm 100mm 125mm 400mm
28mm 42mm 112mm 100mm 130mm 400mm
I/D O/D Length 30mm 40mm 120mm 105mm 130mm 420mm
20mm 1-1/4” 80mm 30mm 43mm 120mm 110mm 135mm 440mm
22mm 1-1/4” 88mm 30mm 45mm 120mm 110mm 150mm 440mm
25mm 1-1/4” 100mm 32mm 45mm 128mm 115mm 145mm 460mm
25mm 1-1/2” 100mm 35mm 48mm 140mm 120mm 150mm 480mm
28mm 1-5/8” 112mm 35mm 50mm 140mm 120mm 155mm 480mm
30mm 1-3/4” 120mm 35mm 55mm 140mm
125mm 165mm 500mm
32mm 1-3/4” 128mm 38mm 55mm 152mm
130mm 170mm 520mm
35mm 1-7/8” 140mm 40mm 50mm 160mm
130mm 182mm 520mm
38mm 2” 152mm 40mm 55mm 160mm
135mm 170mm 540mm
40mm 2-1/8” 160mm 40mm 56mm 160mm
135mm 175mm 540mm
45mm 2-3/8” 180mm 42mm 60mm 168mm
50mm 2-5/8” 200mm 135mm 178mm 540mm
45mm 61mm 180mm
55mm 2-7/8” 220mm 140mm 180mm 560mm
45mm 65mm 180mm
55mm 3” 220mm 140mm 190mm 560mm
45mm 67mm 180mm
60mm 3” 240mm 140mm 190mm 560mm
45mm 70mm 180mm
60mm 3-1/4” 240mm 140mm 200mm 560mm
50mm 65mm 200mm
65mm 3-3/8” 260mm 145mm 180mm 580mm
50mm 66mm 200mm
65mm 3-3/8” 260mm 150mm 190mm 600mm
50mm 70mm 200mm
70mm 3-1/2” 280mm 150mm 200mm 600mm
55mm 73mm 220mm
70mm 3-3/4” 280mm 155mm 195mm 620mm
55mm 75mm 220mm
72mm 3-1/2” 288mm 160mm 200mm 640mm
55mm 80mm 220mm
75mm 4” 300mm 160mm 205mm 640mm
60mm 78mm 240mm
80mm 4” 300mm 165mm 205mm 660mm
60mm 80mm 240mm
80mm 4” 320mm 170mm 210mm 680mm
60mm 85mm 240mm
85mm 4-1/2” 340mm 175mm 215mm 700mm
65mm 83mm 260mm
90mm 4-1/2” 360mm 180mm 230mm 720mm
65mm 85mm 260mm
95mm 4-1/2” 380mm 190mm 240mm 760mm
65mm 88mm 260mm
100mm 5-1/4” 400mm 200mm 250mm 800mm
70mm 90mm 280mm
105mm 5-1/4” 420mm 210mm 250mm 840mm
75mm 95mm 300mm
108mm 5-1/2” 432mm
75mm 96mm 300mm 210mm 265mm 840mm
110mm 5-1/2” 440mm
75mm 100mm 300mm 220mm 270mm 880mm
110mm 5-1/2” 440mm
80mm 100mm 320mm 230mm 285mm 920mm
115mm 5-1/2” 460mm
80mm 102mm 320mm 240mm 295mm 960mm
120mm 6-1/8” 480mm
85mm 105mm 340mm 250mm 315mm 1000mm
123mm 6-1/8” 492mm
85mm 110mm 340mm 260mm 325mm 1040mm
125mm 6-1/8” 500mm

AQUALUBE SPIRAL BEARINGS






I/D O/D Length Hand I/D O/D Length Hand
40mm 50mm 160mm R 80mm 102mm 320mm R
40mm 50mm 160mm L 80mm 102mm 320mm L
45mm 65mm 180mm R 90mm 115mm 360mm R
45mm 65mm 180mm L 90mm 115mm 360mm L
50mm 65mm 200mm R 95mm 123mm 380mm R
50mm 65mm 200mm L 95mm 123mm 380mm L
70mm 90mm 280mm R 120mm 143mm 480mm R
70mm 90mm 280mm L 120mm 143mm 480mm L
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HIGH PERFORMANCE WATER LUBRICATED BEARINGS

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