Rod ends, or rod end bearings, refer to mechanical bearings with circular heads, which have a threaded shaft and an opening attached to it. Also called rose joints, the rod ends are typically used to facilitate movements of different mechanical parts wherever necessary. They are specifically designed to suit both heavy and light applications and are available in both male and female connections.
Rod ends are generally constructed with steel (stainless steel or galvanised steel), which provides them with industry-standard durability and protection from corrosion.
Types of rod ends
Rod ends are available in different types based on the type of threads they possess. These types of threads characterise the corresponding threaded shafts and determine how the specific type of rod end will operate. Thus, depending on the threads, rod ends are of the following types:
Rod ends with left-hand threads
Rod ends with right-hand threads
Rod ends with male threads (external thread)
Rod ends with female threads (internal thread)
Applications of rod ends
Rod ends are typically used in the automotive industry. Apart from that, they are also used extensively in industrial machinery, remote control devices, boats, aircraft, and marine industries.