New Product: Reinke Maintenance-Free Pivot Bearing

Published online: Dec 11, 2020 Irrigation, New Products
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In an effort to make pivot maintenance easier for growers, Reinke Manufacturing introduces the industry’s first Maintenance-Free Bearing to the North American market.

Due to the nature of bearing grease, annual maintenance has previously been needed to ensure that the center pivot rotational movement was not interrupted. With Reinke’s patent-pending Maintenance-Free Bearing, the need to do all that work is gone.

“We’re always looking for ways to lower ownership costs for our growers,” says Reinke president Chris Roth, president. “This is the first of its kind on the market. Our team has designed a better bearing assembly that requires zero maintenance along with superior structural expectations and durability. This will also save growers time they can use to complete other important work on their operation.”

The key benefits for growers are:

  • Saves time—no need to grease the pivot center before the season starts
  • Maintenance-free—growers have peace of mind that it will work without interruption
  • Eliminates grease spill-out on and around the pivot
  • Increases rotational efficiency for greater system longevity. Product trials showed a 40 percent decrease in strain on the bearing over the previous version.

“We tested the bearing with more than a quarter of a million revolutions without issue,” says Roth. “When we see testing results like this, we get excited knowing that we’ve got a high-load, low-friction product on our hands.”

The Maintenance-Free Bearing is designed to last the lifetime of the system, using the same high-quality specifications of all Reinke’s products. The product is available on new Reinke irrigation systems using an 8-inch pivot bearing, but can also be retrofitted onto existing 8-inch Electrogator II center pivots.

Visit www.reinke.com/bearing to learn more about the Maintenance-Free Bearing. Go to www.einke.com/find-a-dealer to find a dealer near you.