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post #1 of 8 Old 06-23-2021, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Counterfeit Timken Bearings Marked USA???

Possible Counterfeit Timken Bearing Marked USA But Pkg says Made in India.

Both Bearings and Races Marked Timken, USA









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It isn't uncommon for packaging to be produced in China or elsewhere, and not related to the manufactured item inside. I don't know, however, to distinguish from the outside by decoding the markings.
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UMMMM no...... It doesn't Pkg made or printed in India......
It's a thin bag and says Bearing kit MADE in India but the Bearings are Marked USA.
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It sounds like the individual bearings were made in the US, but the "kit" of putting two bearings in the package was done in India. The requirements surrounding country of origin markings are screwy though. I've assembled circuitry from scratch here in Canada that said USA on it because the company had a US branch and would ship them down to finish assembly and sell them to US companies.
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It sounds like the individual bearings were made in the US, but the "kit" of putting two bearings in the package was done in India. The requirements surrounding country of origin markings are screwy though. I've assembled circuitry from scratch that here in Canada that said USA on it because the company had a US branch and would ship them down to finish assembly and sell them to US companies.
WOW shipping bearings to India to have 2 put in a thin bag and shipped Back with a MADE IN INDIA
stamped on the bag seems like several levels of insanity to me..... but what do I know.....
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UMMMM no...... It doesn't Pkg made or printed in India......
It's a thin bag and says Bearing kit MADE in India but the Bearings are Marked USA.
#1 that isn't what I said.
#2 Boxes and bags don't typically state 'box made' or 'bag made'. That's not done often. The country of origin of the packing material is just marked with the locale.
#3 It doesn't actually read as 'Bearing kit made in India' It reads "Bearing Kit"; 706016X; BAR CODE; "Made in India". Unfortunately, depending upon the industrial standard, that can be read several ways.
#4 Had it been a 'kit' assembled in India from two bearings 'made' in the USA, it's customary to state 'Assembled in X' somewhere. That's different than 'Made in X'. Some manufacturers go to that trouble, some don't. Black and Decker, for example, will note 'Designed in the USA', 'Assembled in Mexico', 'Packaging China' on some products.

So, you could be correct that it's a knock-off, or it could be an assembled in INDIA kit with single US parts, or it could be the packages were of INDIA origin, or it could be a TIMKEN plant in INDIA. Don't know.
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Compared to a known USA Timken they do appear to be the same with no differences in finish, lettering, and other fine details that counterfeits usually display.

Bag is the same material as well.

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Counterfeit parts

Yup, you have to watch out for this.

https://www.autoserviceworld.com/car...ronto-airport/

People will pay a lot more for a bearing marked Timken so the counterfeiters are out in force.

If you are getting parts from a local jobber, they are unlikely to be counterfeit but it does happen.

If it's off eBay or Amazon and the price is too good to be true, they are almost certainly counterfeit.
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