What’s the Difference between a ball bearing and roller bearing?

08 Aug 2018

This is a commonly asked question by a lot of our customers, so we thought we’d explain the differences and the benefits of each to you in a short blog post!

The purpose of a bearing is to reduce friction between the wheel and the axle, the reason that roller bearing and ball bearings do this is because there is less friction due to the reduced contact of surface areas.

The benefits of using a ball bearing over a roller bearing:

• Reduced rolling resistance (easier to push)
• Continued motion; rolling resistance is the force required to keep at constant speed
• Best starting characteristics (easiest to get going)
• Ease the physical effort of the operator required for heavy loads

Usually this kind of bearing is only used for medium to heavy duty applications, however interestingly it is becoming more and more popular to use them in light applications. As the push for better health and safety in the workplace comes into force, and onus is on ease of use, and things working seamlessly, using ball bearings on lighter duty items makes them almost effortless and therefore this is something that we offer in our standard duty range of which the blue elastic shore tyre with nylon centre and the red shore polyurethane tyre with grey nylon centre are the two most popular.

We hope this has helped you understand the difference, but of you have any questions, just give our technical team a call.