Bearing housings

Bearing housings

The extensive SKF product range includes a comprehensive selection of bearing housings. This catalogue provides a general view of the SKF range for standard housings and will facilitate the tasks of the designer in selecting the right housings for most common applications.
The product range table provides an overview of the standard housings and their major features.
By specifying the requested criteria the appropriate housing can quickly be found with Housing Select.
Many other types of bearing housing not listed in this catalogue and variants of listed housings adapted to customer demands can also be supplied.
For application where standard housings are not suitable, SKF can supply special housings of grey cast iron, spheroidal graphite cast iron and cast steel, e.g. for

  • paper machines (fig 1)
  • conveyor equipment
  • rotary kilns (fig 2)
  • drums
  • tube mills
  • converters
  • large electrical machines
  • rail vehicles (fig 3).
     fig 1              fig 2        fig 3

SNL plummer block housings, series 2, 3, 5 and 6

SNL plummer (pillow) block housings (fig 1) up to size 32 are the most popular of the wide range of SKF housings. Because of their versatility it is seldom necessary to resort to tailored housings for specific applications.

 fig 1
The housings are horizontally split and have two or four attachment bolt holes in the base as standard.

Building block system

The basis of the SNL plummer block housing system consists of a number of housings of the same design but in different sizes. By combining these housings with different standard seals a wide variety of housing variants, all belonging to the standard range, can be supplied (fig 2). SNL plummer blocks can accommodate shaft diameters ranging from 20 to 160 mm.

 fig 2

Reinforced base

The housing base is reinforced with ribs and extra material surrounding the holes for the attachment bolts in order to improve seating on the base plate (fig 3). The attachment bolts can be preloaded to give better location and cannot deform the housing base or housing bore.

 fig 3


SNL housings have two attachment bolt holes in the base as standard. Housings of size 511-609 and larger are also available with four cast attachment bolt holes as standard, designated FSNL. These larger housings are also available without attachment bolt holes (blank base, designated SSNLD), but only made of ductile cast iron.

Also the smaller housings below size 511-609 can be used for four bolt mounting. Cast indications show where to drill the additional holes.

Good heat conduction

The extra ribs the housing base (fig 4) provide additional surface area between the base and base plate to improve heat flow away from the bearing.

 fig 4

Relubrication facility

SNL housings are supplied with a grease nipple. Two tapped holes for the nipple in the cap are standard. Cast indications mark other grease nipple locations for relubrication of the bearing or the seals (fig 5).

  fig 5

Caps and bases individually marked

The housing base and cap are matched during manufacture and are not interchangeable. To prevent mixing, the same consecutive number is marked on the cap and base of each individual housing (fig 6).

   fig 6

Mounting aid

To simplify mounting and make alignment more accurate, cast indications in the end faces of the housing base indicate the housing bore axis and the vertical axis (fig 7).

  fig 7
Mounting instructions are also supplied with each housing.

Indications for holes to accommodate other components

Cast indications mark the positions where holes can be drilled for dowel pins, sensors for condition monitoring and additional grease nipples (fig 8).

  fig 8
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