Gunmetal Rods & Tubes

Gunmetal rods, or gunmetal tubes, are commonly used in engineering, manufacturing, construction and household repair. They're hollow circular tubes made from gunmetal - a type of bronze which is an alloy of copper, lead, tin and zinc. They're different to bronze rods, in that they contain more zinc and less tin.

Gunmetal rod applications

Gunmetal rods are typically used for bearings, bushes, washers and linings. They may also be used with softer materials than would be recommended for the harder lead-free bronze. You can choose from a range of sizes depending on the intended application.

The properties and advantages of using gunmetal rods

Gunmetal is an alloy that is known for its robustness, heat resistance and anti-corrosive properties. Gunmetal rods are:

  • Highly tensile (meaning they can withstand stress)
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Resistant to abrasives

There are also gunmetal rods with added lead. The presence of lead reduces friction, running temperature and the possibility of seizure in conditions where lubrication is poor.


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Description Price Form Outer Diameter Inner Diameter Height Width Density Hardness Length Material Suitability Tensile Strength Thermal Conductivity
RS Stock No. 181-9489
BrandRS PRO
MYR408.76
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Rod 1.1/4in - - 1.25in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
RS Stock No. 181-9423
BrandRS PRO
MYR438.75
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Tube 1.5in 3/4in 1.5in 1.5in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
RS Stock No. 181-9451
BrandRS PRO
MYR127.68
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Rod 5/8in - 5/8in 5/8in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
RS Stock No. 181-9445
BrandRS PRO
MYR814.98
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Tube 2in 1in 2in 2in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
RS Stock No. 181-9473
BrandRS PRO
MYR299.57
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Rod 1in - 1in 1in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
RS Stock No. 181-9524
BrandRS PRO
MYR906.02
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Rod 2in - 2in 2in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
RS Stock No. 181-9502
BrandRS PRO
MYR572.31
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Rod 1.5in - 1.1/2in 1.5in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
RS Stock No. 181-9467
BrandRS PRO
MYR226.99
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Rod 7/8in - 7/8in 7/8in 0.322lb/in³ 65 HB 13in Leaded Gunmetal Bearings, Bushings, Gears, Piston Rings, Pumps 241 Mpa 33.6Btu
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