Rudder Bearings

SXL Rudder Bearings

15-Year Rudder Bearing Guarantee for Newbuilds
SXL Rudder Carrier Bearing

Reliability, long wear life and superior customer service have made Thordon the first choice in pollution free rudder bearing applications for over 25 years with an impressive reference list of over 4000 vessels. Thordon SXL self lubricating pintle, stock and carrier disc bearings operate grease-free, above and below the waterline.

For Classed vessels, Thordon Bearings offers a 15 year bearing wear life guarantee for newbuildings and twice the life of the replaced material to a maximum of 10 years for conversions. Both guarantees are unmatched by any other rudder bearing supplier. With a worldwide distribution network Thordon rudder bearings can be delivered fast to any ship repair facility in the world.

Thordon SXL rudder bearings offer low friction, operating pressures up to 12 N/mm2 (1740 psi) and the complete elimination of grease and greasing systems removing any risk of pollution. Thordon SXL can also withstand high shock loads and edge loading.

In addition to SXL pintle, stock and carrier disc bearings, SXL TRAXL or ThorPlas, can be specified grease free in steering and linkage applications, as well as fin stabilizers.

Thordon self lubricating rudder stock seals provide exceptional wear life, completing the rudder bearing package.

15 Year Bearing Wear Life Guarantee

Thordon’s SXL Rudder Bearing Wear Life Guarantee covers rudder pintle, stock and carrier disc bearings above and below the waterline in Classed vessels.

In new build applications, Thordon SXL rudder bearings will meet Class Society wear specifications for 15 years or Thordon Bearings lnc. will supply a new rudder bearing free of charge.*

In conversion applications, Thordon SXL rudder bearings will meet Class Society wear specifications for twice the life of the replaced competitive bearing, up to a maximum of 10 years or Thordon Bearings Inc. will supply a new rudder bearing free of charge.*

The SXL Rudder Bearing Wear Life Guarantee applies to the owner of the ship at the time of installation and is non-transferable.  Engineering details contained in the Guarantee Application such as Classification Society, vessel name, ship owner’s name the guarantee will apply to, rudder specifications, etc. will be required prior to issuing the guarantee and must be submitted to Thordon Bearings.  Owners will receive a Rudder Bearing Wear Life Guarantee Certificate from Thordon Bearings.

*Guarantee is subject to prior approval by Thordon Bearings Inc. and limited to the supply of replacement bearing(s) and is in accordance with the Company's Limited Warranty.






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