offer a specialised range of bearings with a superior level of product
knowledge and a high level of service and responsiveness that comes with
being a small and specialised company. We are dedicated to providing bearing
solutions for all types of customer, from the individual to the large
We many years we have worked with EZO
Bearings of Japan. EZO have been in the business of manufacturing
miniature bearings, thin section bearings and stainless steel bearings
for many years. They are specialists in their field and have a reputation
for quality and reliability throughout the world among customers and other
bearing manufacturers. Buying EZO brand bearings guarantees you a high
precision product that does not vary thanks to the highest levels of quality
What can we and our products do for you?
- Save you hassle - we are specialists
and can offer you advice on the best specification for your application.
We can interpret other manufacturers' part numbers or quote from drawings
- Save you money - we can offer the
right and most cost-effective bearing for the job with our extensive
product knowledge and ship it to you by mail or courier wherever you
are in the world.
You may also be pleased to know that we have no minimum order charges
for normal production bearings and no minimum relube quantity so you
can have a bearing with a specialist lubricant in a short time for no
- Save you time - we keep most of
our specialist range in stock so less waiting time. In addition, we
can relubricate bearings on site so no extended delivery times for non-standard
lubrication. Even samples for specialist applications can be produced
Originally founded in 1985, SMB Bearings has grown over
the years to become a major specialist supplier worldwide. We began by
catering to a growing demand for miniature ball bearings and small ball
bearings in the UK, specializing in the original micro ball bearing, miniature
ball bearing and small ball bearing range. Over time we have expanded
our inventory to include other popular options such as stainless
steel bearings, plastic bearings and electric motor bearings
Being specialists allows us to know our products better
and serve you more effectively. Most of our micro/miniature bearings,
stainless steel bearings and thin
section bearings are supplied through either the high-precision EZO
brand or the low-cost SMB China brand, which is designed with low cost
requirements in mind. We are proud of our partnerships with both companies,
but particularly with EZO, a well-respected and highly reputable Japanese
precision manufacturer we’ve been dealing with since the first days of
Miniature Bearings / Micro Bearings
This is a range of miniature ball bearings or mini bearings that start
with micro ball bearings featuring a 0.6mm bore up to 9mm bore (plus inch
equivalents). These include radial ball bearings (including the smaller
instrument bearings) and thrust ball bearings. The range includes flanged
bearings and extended inner ring bearings.
For specialty applications, we also can also supply ceramic bearings and
hybrid bearings in many sizes. Customers use our bearings for a wide variety
of purposes, such as instrumentation, small motors, gearboxes, fishing
reels, cycles, skates, skateboards and inline skates. We also stock model
bearings for radio control cars, helicopters and engines, and most other
model engineering applications.
steel ball bearings in the UK are available from 0.6mm bore up to
50mm bore or inch equivalent. Most of our inventory of miniature bearings
and thin section bearings are also available in 440 grade stainless steel.
The larger "popular metric" stainless steel bearings range from a 10mm
bore up to a 40mm bore. These are popular in the food industry, medical
industry and in high-temperature applications. We can also supply a custom-sized
316 grade stainless
steel bearing for UK customers, but these may need to be made to order.
Plastic Ball Bearings
Plastic bearings can be supplied from 6mm bore up to 25mm bore from stock
and even larger sizes of plastic bearing can be supplied to order. Generally
made from acetal resin with 316 stainless steel balls or glass balls,
plastic bearings are used where greater corrosion resistance is required
or non-magnetic bearings are necessary.
Thin Section Ball Bearings
Thin section bearings can be supplied from 10mm bore up to 50mm bore.
Many of the miniature bearings are also thin section bearings but the
term generally applies to 10mm bore and upwards.
Electric Motor Bearings
Electric motor ball bearings are designed to run with low noise and vibration
for any noise critical application. The term "Electric Motor Bearing"
is often loosely used which is why our electric motor ball bearings have
been tested in comparison with leading brands.
Supply from Stock
Over the years we have developed extensive product knowledge and offer
technical help with all apsects of our range. We keep comprehensive stocks
across the whole range so offer a same day despatch worldwide on most
sizes if required. We receive incoming shipments every week so stocks
are always changing. For the most up to date stock situation on any item,
please contact us.
Our relubrication facility has been in operation for over 15 years allowing
us to provide miniature bearings, stainless steel bearings, thin section
bearings and electric motor bearings with any one of a wide range of lubricants
from oils and greases to dry lubricants or no lubricant at all. In addition
and re-lubricating bearings with a range of customer specified oils
and greases, we also have the facility to treat bearing raceways with
molybdenum disulphide and other dry lubricants for vacuum applications.
We re-lubricate our own bearings and customer supplied bearings every
day. The benenfit of having an in-house operation means we can supply
you with small quantities, quickly. Our customers find this particularly
useful for urgent, small or one-off requirements or sample approval although
we regularly deal with larger quantities too.