Inch Tension Bushings

Ideal in harsh, non-lubricated environments

Hollow cylinders with a full-length longitudinal slot, permitting compression and expansion when installed into a bore.

Any shaft movement in a bore induces friction wear of the shaft and/or the bore. To avoid this, it is essential to insert an intermediary part, made of more resistant material, between the two relatively moving parts. Tension bushings, easily inserted and withdrawn, are an economical solution to this problem.

Vogelsang Tension Bushings are made of rolled, quenched and tempered high carbon steel, which has high elasticity, resilience, and wear characteristics. These material qualities are enhanced by thru-hardening in heat treatment. Designed to protect the bore hole or shaft, these bushings provide your customer with a superior product.

Installation is easy in both manufacturing environments and when performing replacements in the field with minimal tools. Chamfers help facilitate pressing these wear parts into a bore without causing damage to the surface of the bore or shaft to which they are fitted.

Our Tension Bushings are manufactured to a controlled, oversized diameter. The inherent elasticity of the material provides constant radial tension for tight fit, even if the bore hole becomes enlarged. These close tolerance and self-retaining parts are designed to replace solid steel (tubular) and case hardened parts, and have chamfered ends to facilitate insertion and removal.

They are ideal for high-load/low-speed operations in harsh, non-lubricated environments. Outside diameters range from 3/4″ to 3-1/2″, with three wall thicknesses available: 1/8”, 3/16″ and 1/4″. Lengths range from 1/2″ to 3″. Metric sizes are also available.

Did you know that Tension Bushings are also known as Spring Bushings, and Split Steel Bushings? No matter what you call them, VFS Tension Bushings are an excellent cost-saving alternative to solid bushings and can increase the amount of “wear time” between changing existing bushings.

Features & Advantages

bushing applications
  • Ideal for high-load/low-speed operations in harsh, non-lubricated environments.
  • Can be ground, controlling the OD or ID to reduce variance
  • Can include wavy, straight, arrow and V slots
  • Can include internal or external grease screws, grease hole, locating device, and single chamfer
  • Self locking, through-hardened, do not require freezing
  • Can withstand going into ovalated holes
  • Easily installed in an equipment assembly setting for effortless replacement in the field
  • Easily removed with hammer and a drift pin
  • Excellent in pivot point applications


Tension bushing applications range from mechanical engineering in general to automotive engineering (agricultural/construction machinery) and even include material handling systems.

You can see Vogelsang Tension Bushings hard at work in many different applications and industries, including mining, lawn & garden, construction, railway, towing, utility, waste & recycling, material handling, agriculture, truck body and more.

These cost effective bearings are used as wear products to allow smooth pin/shaft rotation, and protect the surrounding structure of the rotating attachment. They are frequently found in hydraulic cylinder rod/clevis ends, forklift forks, backhoe shovel, and skid steer attachments.