Tension Bushings

Vogelsang Tension Bushings are cost effective bearings, ideal for high-load/low-speed operations in harsh, non-lubricated environments. Vogelsang Tension Bushings are designed to replace solid steel (tubular) and case hardened parts.

Tension Bushings Applications  Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Compaction Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Conveyors
  • Earth Moving/Trenching
  • Forestry
  • Hydraulic Cylinders (Clevis and Rod Ends)
  • Material Handling
  • Mining
  • Off Highway
  • Off-Road
  • Railroad

Vogelsang Tension Bushings are hollow cylinders with a full-length longitudinal slot. This slot permits compression and expansion. The Tension Bushings have chamfered ends to facilitate insertion and removal. They are roll formed from high carbon spring steel material which has high elasticity, resilience, and wear characteristics. These material qualities are enhanced by thru-hardening in heat treatment. Vogelsang Tension Bushings are close tolerance and self-retaining parts. They are manufactured to a controlled, oversized diameter. This process and the inherent elasticity of the material provide constant radial tension for tight fit – even if the bore hole becomes enlarged.

Application  Examples

  • Hydraulic Cylinder Rod/Clevis Ends
  • Forklift Forks
  • Backhoe Shovel
  • Skid Steer Attachments

Tension Bushing insertion is easily accomplished either manually or with an arbor press. Field replacement can be performed simply with a hammer and drift.

Stock Offering of Standard Tension Bushings

  • Outside diameter range from 3/4″ to 3-1/2″
  • Three wall thicknesses: 1/8”, 3/16″ and 1/4″
  • Length range: From 1/2″ to 3″
  • Material: High carbon spring and/or alloy steel – thru-hardened and tempered
  •  Slot Configuration: Vogelsang standard is Straight  with “wavy” available

  • Internal and/or external grease grooves and holes
  • Specific diameters/wall thicknesses, and intermediate lengths
  • Single chamfered end and other customer specific requirements
  •  Metric sizes also available


Select Vogelsang Tenion Bushings are stock parts, and available in our QuickShip (QS) product offerings.

Download a Tension Bushings product sheet