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Custom Tapered Bushings

Unmitigated friction can bring any industrial application to a halt. Protect heavy equipment against wear with tapered bushings from U.S. Bronze Foundry & Machine.

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What’s a tapered bushing? 

Tapered bushings support the operation of heavy machinery by attaching to shafts. Also called taper bushings, they have diameters that gradually decrease. This reduces friction between two surfaces.

Tapered bushings are typically cylinders, and the tapered area can be internal or external. If the bushing is tapered on the inside, it has an internal taper. Bushings with tapers on the outside have external tapers.

Tapered bushings come in one-piece and split styles. A split taper bushing is composed of two or more pieces mated together when put into service. Split tapered bushings alleviate the need to have a component bored to size, ideally lowering handling challenges and allowing for shaft size changes if necessary.

The tapered bushing castings leader

U.S. Bronze Foundry & Machine is a single-source supplier of tapered bushings for clients operating heavy machinery worldwide. We perform every metal casting step in-house under the direction of an experienced management team. Our capabilities include: 

  • Research & Design
  • Mold-Making
  • Prototyping
  • Full-Scale Casting 
  • Finished Machining
  • Inspection 
  • Delivery 

We produce tapered bushings per client specifications with centrifugal and static casting techniques. Built-in automation and controls ensure heightened precision and quality. Our specialty is manufacturing large items.

  • Castings up to 35,000 pounds
  • Lengths of up to 80 inches for centrifugally cast parts
  • Outside diameters as large as 158 inches for centrifugally cast parts
  • No size limit for statically cast parts

An onsite machine shop enables us to deliver finished castings with precise dimensions, streamlining client supply chains by cutting out time-consuming secondary processing. The shop contains advanced CNC equipment capable of machining workpieces with: 

  • Outside diameters of 150 inches
  • Lengths of 80 inches 
  • Tolerances are +/- .001 inches

Quality above all else

At U.S. Bronze Foundry & Machine, client satisfaction is paramount. A batch of nonconforming taper bushings reverberates throughout a supply chain, resulting in unnecessary downtime, missed deadlines, and cost overruns. 

Bespoke taper bushing solutions

For industrial processing and heavy machinery applications, standard tapered bushing aren’t always best. Factors like equipment age, construction, and location make parts manufactured to custom sizes or from materials with elevated performance characteristics a necessity. 

U.S. Bronze Foundry & Machine specializes in the development and production of custom tapered bushings. By combining advanced metalworking equipment, highly skilled labor, and expert engineering, we can make one-piece and split tapered bushings small enough to fit in the palm of a hand or bulky enough to fit on train beds. 

Casting and mold materials can be an essential concern for a project. U.S. Bronze Foundry & Machine has the experience and metallurgical knowledge to help you identify the best metal alloys for your application. Those we use regularly include: 

  • Bronze And Highly Leaded Bronze
  • Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum 
  • Nickel  

Stainless steel tapered bushings offer corrosion resistance and high strength in a lightweight package. We can work with other materials upon request. 

Our Quality

We approach every job with a quality-first mindset. Material is acquired from reputable suppliers, and compliance is verified upon arrival. Precision testing and inspection equipment ensure every part produced surpasses applicable industry standards or customer specifications. All orders are audited for accuracy before shipment. 

Our goal is to supply quality taper bushings without delay, freeing you to focus on what you do best. We can produce rough parts as quickly as two weeks and finished pieces as fast as eight weeks, depending on lead time and other factors. 

Contact us to learn more about our taper bushing manufacturing services.