Is cross roller bearings better than ball bearings?

What is cross roller bearings?

Cross roller bearings, also known as cross shaped roller bearings, generally use cylindrical or tapered rollers arranged in a single raceway in a cross shaped manner. The rollers are separated by retainers or isolation blocks. Cross shaped roller bearings have high rotational accuracy, large load-bearing capacity, small external dimensions, high rotational speed and rigidity, and have a wide range of applications and advantages that other types of bearings cannot compare with.

What is ball bearings?

Ball bearings consist of one or more spherical rolling elements, an outer ring, and an inner ring, which play an important role in supporting and reducing friction.

The difference between cross roller bearings and ball bearings:

1.Different structure:

Ball bearings consist of one or more spherical rolling elements, an outer ring, and an inner ring.

The rolling element of roller bearings is cylindrical in shape, and the length of the internal rolling element is longer. This is the main difference between the two types of bearings.

2.Different advantages:

The internal characteristics of ball bearings are spherical, with advantages such as strong self centering ability, large load-bearing capacity, and long service life. Ball bearings can withstand both radial and axial loads simultaneously, and their design structure ensures good stability during high-speed rotation.

Roller bearings can withstand larger radial loads, have higher load-bearing capacity, and lower friction coefficient. The design of roller bearings enables them to maintain better stability and rigidity during high-speed operation.

3.Different applications:

From the perspective of usage scenarios, ball bearings have a compact structure and are easy to install. Ball bearings are suitable for scenarios that require smaller radial and axial loads, such as transmission devices, electric tools, and household appliances.

Roller bearings, due to their large load-bearing capacity and low friction losses, are more suitable for working conditions that require bearing large radial and impact loads. Roller bearings are commonly used in heavy-duty equipment such as automotive engines and construction machinery, as they can stably withstand heavy loads and extend their service life.


Overall, the structure, advantages, and applications of cross roller bearings and ball bearings are different. Therefore, customers need to consider their own operating conditions when selecting bearings, and cannot blindly choose bearings.

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