A 2018 inspection reveals very little wear has occurred to the 3,000,000+ lb capacity PTFE bearing that was installed in 2003. The bearing upgrade in 2003 from Babbitt to PTFE was conducted due to repeated bearing failures which occurred every 2 to 5 years. This bearing conversion was one of North America’s first PTFE bearing installations and has not had any failures over the last 15 years.
Hydro Tech recently completed an inspection of the PTFE bearing and is pleased to report that very little wear has occurred, and projects “a further wear life of 70 years or more“.
For the report with photos of the pads, please read here.