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Applied materials: cement, silicate, new-type building material, refractory material, ore dressing of ferrous metal and non-ferrous metal, glass ceramics, etc.

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Model: Ф900×1800

Max Feeding size: 20 mm


Capacity: 0.65-2 t/h

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Model: Ф2700×4500

Max Feeding size: 25 mm


Capacity: 26-90 t

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Model: Ф5500×8500

Max Feeding size: 25 mm


Capacity: 148-615 t

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Ball mill, a pulverizing machine consisting of a rotating drum which contains pebbles or metal balls as the grinding medium, can grind ores and other materials typically to 20 mesh or finer in a variety of applications, both in open or closed circuits.

How does a ball mill work?

Add balls into the ball drum to approximately 33%. The figure is not fixed, as long as it is within the range of 30%-45%. As the ball mill rotates, the balls 'stick' to the inner surface of the ball drum due to the centrifugal force and are lifted on the rising side. At a certain angle, balls cascade down to the centerline of the ball mill because gravity overcomes the centrifugal force. And the ore is reduced to the required size by impact (balls impacting with the ore) and attrition (ore rubbing against other bits of ore and the milling balls).

Ball mill components

Ball mill components

Ball mills consist of the following components:

  • Inlet – crushed ore is fed to the ball mill through the inlet.
  • Discharge – reduced feed exits the mill through the discharger.
  • Drum – the drum is the cylindrical casing of the ball mill. The inside surface of the ball mill drum is fitted with liners (also referred to as armor) that protect the steel shell from abrasion. There are several types of liners like galvanized iron plates, manganese liners, rubber liners, etc. Choose the appropriate liner according to the grinding material, output, budget, etc.
  • Ring Gear – a gear ring installed on the outer periphery of the drum.
  • Electric Motor – a motor used to rotate the drum. The motor drive train leads to a gearbox than a ring gear. The motor is usually fitted with a variable speed drive (VSD) to control the rpm of the ball mill.
  • Gearbox – used for speed reduction from the motor to the ball mill.
  • Balls-ball mill balls are also known as ball mill media. There are steel balls, ceramic balls, manganese alloy steel balls, etc. The material depends upon what material the ball mill will grind. The ball size is also of great importance. You need to choose the appropriate ball type, ball size, and ratio of large, medium, and small balls, for higher grinding efficiency.
  • Bearings - smaller ball mills use anti-friction cylindrical roller bearings. Larger ball mills use trunnion bearings and hydrostatic bearings.

Ball mill types

According to different standards, there are many types of ball mills.

Based on the discharge methods, there are overflow ball mills, grate discharge ball mills; according to whether water is needed in the processing, there are wet ball mills and dry ball mills; based on the shape of grinding medium, there are ball mills and rod mills; based on the drum length to diameter ratio, there are ball mills and tube mills. A typical ball mill will have a drum length that is 1 or 1.5 times the drum diameter. Ball mills with a drum length to diameter ratio greater than 1.5 are referred to as tube mills.

Different types of ball mills for various uses

Ball mill application

Ball mills are usually applied in the comminution stage as grinding machines to reduce the size of the feed. It can be applied in both primary and secondary grinding. In primary grinding, it is fed from crushers such as jaw crushers. If the ball mill is used for secondary grinding, it is fed from other grinders, e. g. rod mills or SAG mills.

Now that we know ball mill is an efficient grinder, what materials can it grind?

A ball mill is a cylindrical device used in grinding materials like ores, alloys, coal, coke, fibers, cement clinker, refractory material, ceramics, limestone, quartz, gypsum, metal oxides, slag, etc. But ball mills cannot be used in the preparation of some pyrotechnic mixtures such as flash powder because of their sensitivity to impact.

Therefore, ball milling machines are widely used in cement, silicate products, new building materials, refractory materials, fertilizers, beneficiation of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, ceramics, mining, and other industries.

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Ball mill manufacturer: Fote, your best choice

With more than 40 years of experience in ball mill technology, Fote can manufacture, supply, and export durable and efficient ball mills for a lower cost.

Long life and minimum maintenance

To help you get the most of your business, we have designed our ball mills with long-term operation in mind with a minimum need for maintenance.

Robust design results in long service life and less required maintenance. Therefore, wearable parts of Fote ball mills are made of high-quality raw materials to extend their service life. The shell of the ball mill drums, linear, grinding medium, to name a few.

Efficient operation through automatization

Fote engineers welcome the opportunity to assist you with circuit and circuit control design as well as the start-up, operation, and optimization of the milling plant. Automatic operation saves power, grinding media, and liner wear while increasing capacity.

Effective ball bill grinding technology

The direction of rotation of the screw at the feeding end and the screw at the discharging end are opposite. This design guarantees the even feeding speed and uniform discharging. In addition, the iron remover can be equipped subject to your own needs.

Sufficient parts supply and best service.

The ball mill produced by Fote Machinery can minimize the wear during operation due to the extraordinary casting process and heat-treating technology.

The grinding balls made of high manganese steel characterize good toughness and good manufacture ability with low price.

Ball mill accessories include big gear, pinion, hollow shaft, ring gear, big ring gear, steel ball, compartment board, transmission, bearing, end lining, and so on.

Sufficient supply of each component aims at minimizing equipment repair and replacement time.

Fast delivery speed

Even during the Covid-19, as long as there is trade permission in your country, we will deliver the products as fast as we could.

The following is the fastest shipping method and approximate delivery time according to the actual situation of different countries. (Only some customer countries/regions are listed)

ball mill is delivered to all over the world

Location country city Delivery method Time required(day)
Southeast Asia Indonesia Jakarta shipping 11
Malaysia Klang shipping 12
Philippines Manila shipping 5
Thailand Laem Chabang shipping 9
East Asia Japan Osaka shipping 2
Korea Pusan shipping 2
Middle Asia Uzebikistan Tashkent railway 16
Kazakhstan Almaty railway 8
Saudi Arabia Jeddah railway 25
South Asia India Nhava Sheva shipping 20
Pakistan Karachi shipping 26
Africa South Africa Durban shipping 30
Uganda Kampala shipping 45
Libya Tripoli shipping 35
Zambia Lusaka shipping 45
Kenya Mombasa shipping 32
Egypt Alexander shipping 34
Nigeria Lagos shipping 45
Europe Russia Vladivostok shipping 10
UK FEIXSTOWE shipping 35
North America The USA LOG ANGELES shipping 20
Canada Vancouver shipping 22
Mexico MANZANILLO shipping 21
South America Brazil SANTOS shipping 38
Argentina BUENOS AIRES shipping 45
Chile VAL PARAISO shipping 56
Oceania Australia SYDNEY shipping 20
Papua New Guinea PORT MORESBY shipping 30
New Zealand AUCKLAND shipping 24


Model Shell rotation speed
Ball load
Feeding size
Discharging size
Motor power
Total weight
Ф900×1800 36-38 1.5 <20 0.075-0.89 0.65-2 18.5 5.85
Ф900×3000 36 2.7 <20 0.075-0.89 1.1-3.5 22 6.98
Ф1200×2400 36 3 <25 0.075-0.6 1.5-4.8 30 13.6
Ф1200×3000 36 3.5 <25 0.074-0.4 1.6-5 37 14.3
Ф1200×4500 32.4 5 <25 0.074-0.4 1.6-5.8 55 15.6
Ф1500×3000 29.7 7.5 <25 0.074-0.4 2-5 75 19.5
Ф1500×4500 27 11 <25 0.074-0.4 3-6 110 22
Ф1500×5700 28 12 <25 0.074-0.4 3.5-6 130 25.8
Ф1830×3000 25.4 11 <25 0.074-0.4 4-10 130 34.5
Ф1830×4500 25.4 15 <25 0.074-0.4 4.5-12 155 38
Ф1830×6400 24.1 21 <25 0.074-0.4 6.5-15 210 43
Ф1830×7000 24.1 23 <25 0.074-0.4 7.5-17 245 43.8
Ф2100×3000 23.7 15 <25 0.074-0.4 6.5-36 155 45
Ф2100×4500 23.7 24 <25 0.074-0.4 8-43 245 56
Ф2100×7000 23.7 26 <25 0.074-0.4 12-48 280 59.5
Ф2200×4500 21.5 27 <25 0.074-0.4 9-45 280 54.5
Ф2200×6500 21.7 35 <25 0.074-0.4 14-26 380 61
Ф2200×7000 21.7 35 <25 0.074-0.4 15-28 380 62.5
Ф2200×7500 21.7 35 <25 0.074-0.4 15-30 380 64.8
Ф2400×3000 21 23 <25 0.074-0.4 7-50 245 58
Ф2400×4500 21 30 <25 0.074-0.4 8.5-60 320 72
Ф2700×4000 20.7 40 <25 0.074-0.4 22-80 380 95
Ф2700×4500 20.7 48 <25 0.074-0.4 26-90 480 102
Ф3200×4500 18 65 <25 0.074-0.4 As per process conditions 630 149
Ф3600×4500 17 90 <25 0.074-0.4 As per process conditions 850 169
Ф3600×6000 17 110 <25 0.074-0.4 As per process conditions 1250 198
Ф3600×8500 18 131 <25 0.074-0.4 45.8-256 1800 260
Ф4000×5000 16.9 121 <25 0.074-0.4 45-208 1500 230
Ф4000×6000 16.9 146 <25 0.074-0.4 65-248 1600 242
Ф4000×6700 16.9 149 <25 0.074-0.4 75-252 1800 249
Ф4500×6400 15.6 172 <25 0.074-0.4 84-306 2000 280
Ф5030×6400 14.4 216 <25 0.074-0.4 98-386 2500 320
Ф5030×8300 14.4 266 <25 0.074-0.4 118-500 3300 403
Ф5500×8500 13.8 338 <25 0.074-0.4 148-615 4500 525
Model Feeding
Ф900×1800 <20 0.65-2
Ф900×3000 <20 1.1-3.5
Ф1200×2400 <25 1.5-4.8
Ф1200×3000 <25 1.6-5
Ф1200×4500 <25 1.6-5.8
Ф1500×3000 <25 2-5
Ф1500×4500 <25 3-6
Ф1500×5700 <25 3.5-6
Ф1830×3000 <25 4-10
Ф1830×4500 <25 4.5-12
Ф1830×6400 <25 6.5-15
Ф1830×7000 <25 7.5-17
Ф2100×3000 <25 6.5-36
Ф2100×4500 <25 8-43
Ф2100×7000 <25 12-48
Ф2200×4500 <25 9-45
Ф2200×6500 <25 14-26
Ф2200×7000 <25 15-28
Ф2200×7500 <25 15-30
Ф2400×3000 <25 7-50
Ф2400×4500 <25 8.5-60
Ф2700×4000 <25 22-80
Ф2700×4500 <25 26-90
Ф3200×4500 <25 As per process
Ф3600×4500 <25 As per process
Ф3600×6000 <25 As per process
Ф3600×8500 <25 45.8-256
Ф4000×5000 <25 45-208
Ф4000×6000 <25 65-248
Ф4000×6700 <25 75-252
Ф4500×6400 <25 84-306
Ф5030×6400 <25 98-386
Ф5030×8300 <25 118-500
Ф5500×8500 <25 148-615


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