The V-Flat – VFT and the Self Aligning V-Flat – AVFT thrust bearings are similar to our T series thrust bearings with the exception of one of the thrust plates being flat. The basic design uses a tapered top, flat bottom thrust plate and a tapered roller assembly with a brass retainer between the two. This design allows the bearing to float radially in the application so there is no conflict with the closed radial bearing. The AVFT bearing utilizes a concave spherical grounded base plate that mates with the convex spherical grounded bottom plate. These mating surfaces help absorb misalignment between the shaft and housing. The V-Flat, AVFT tapered thrust bearings are commonly used in heavy duty extruders, along with cylindrical roller bearings in plastic and rubber industries while the VFT are found in many cone type rock crushers.