Product Spotlight: Timken Solid Block Steel Housed Bearings

Timken’s “Blue Brute” can take on the toughest applications.

Your operations can be tough, and that leads to misalignment and damage from falling debris. Ordinary bearings would fail in those conditions, but Timken’s Solid Block Steel Housed Bearings are built just for those circumstances.

  • Timken’s “Blue Brute” is the only spherical roller bearing housed unit to offer cast-steel as standard.
  • It can handle shaft misalignment of up to +/- 1.5 degrees
  • Some configurations offer the Pressure Relief Valve that prevents over-lubrication
  • Customizable design features allow you to choose the right configuration for your exact needs.

Design Features

Housing Styles

  • Two-bolt pillow blocks
  • Four-bolt pillow blocks
  • Flange blocks
  • Piloted Flanges
  • Cartridges
  • Take-up blocks
  • Cartridge units

Locking Styles

  • Eccentric Lock
  • Concentric lock (set screw) – single or double collar
  • Tapered adapter lock
  • V-lock double tapered lock – single or double nut


  • Labyrinth seals – DuPont Teflon
  • Triple-lip seals – nitrile
  • Triple-lip seals – urethane
  • Closed-end covers
  • Open end covers with triple lip, DuPont Teflon, or V-ring seal
  • Piloted flange cartridge backing plates with triple-lip seal
  • Flange block backing plates with V-ring seal

Success Story

A customer of ours was having trouble with bearings on their locomotive exhaust fan for their paint booth. It was a tough application, requiring a bearing that could withstand a lot, but it was also an application that they were having trouble keeping properly greased. The bearings would fail when they were over- or under-greased.

ErieTec suggested the Blue Brute with the special Teflon seals and a pressure relief valve to prevent over-lubrication. The V-lock locking mechanism was chosen in order to provide superior holding power while also eliminating over-tightening.

Cost Savings
By choosing Blue Brute, the customer saved at least $3,000 in downtime avoidance and in maintenance costs.