How to Choose Stone Crusher in Different Crushing Stages?

Last Updated: 2023-01-18

For a complete crushing production line, in order to produce sand and gravel aggregates of right size, the raw materials generally need to go through three to four crushing and shaping processes. In different crushing stages, different stone crusher is required. Using the different characteristics of the equipment, the raw materials can be crushed to the required particle size.

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There are many types of common crushers on the market, such as jaw crushers, cone crushers, impact crushers, vertical shaft impact crushers, etc. So in different crushing stages, how should customers choose a suitable crusher?

Primary crushing (Coarse crushing)

Primary crushing, also known as coarse crushing, is mainly used for the initial crushing of large pieces of material, and the particle size of the crushed materials is generally large. In the primary crushing stage, the feed size is about 500 to 1500 mm, and the output size is generally 100 to 350 mm.

feeding and discharging size of primary crushing

Crushers commonly used in the primary crushing stage

The commonly used crushers in the primary crushing stage are jaw crushers and gyratory crushers.

Jaw crusher

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The jaw crusher is an earlier crushing equipment. Because of its simple structure, reliable operation, easy maintenance and low cost, jaw crushers have been widely used in metallurgy, chemical industry, building materials, electric power and other fields.

The jaw crusher mainly realizes the crushing of materials through the mutual extrusion of the jaw plates, and is the first choice for crushing hard materials such as granite.

Gyratory crusher

Gyratory crushers are also known as vertical compound crushers. Because of its high crushing efficiency, large feeding size, simple production process and low maintenance cost, the gyratory crusher has always been an ideal equipment for coarse crushing of relatively hard materials in large mines and other fields.

Difference between jaw crusher and gyratory crusher

compare jaw crusher with gyratory crusher

Applicable materials and fields

The jaw crusher can handle ore with high moisture and high viscosity, and it is not easy to cause blockage. Generally, small quarries and mineral processing plants mostly use jaw crushers as primary crushing equipment.

Gyratory crusher can crush materials of various hardnesses, but it is not suitable for crushing ores with large viscosity. Generally large mineral processing plants mostly use gyratory crushers.

Production capacity

The gyratory crusher can crush continuously, and its outstanding advantages are high capacity, large crushing ratio, and stable operation.

The crushing of jaw crusher is intermittent, and the crushing efficiency is a bit lower than that of gyratory crusher.

Appearance and structure

The jaw crusher has the advantages of simple structure, low manufacturing cost, low machine height, and easy maintenance.

The structure of gyratory crusher is more complicated, the machine body is high and large, which requires high workshop height and large investment in infrastructure. The machine is heavy and inconvenient to carry.

Feeding and discharging size

The feeding size requirement of jaw crusher is more strict, and the large stone must be impact crushed after blasting to fit the feeding requirement of jaw crusher. And the material crushed out of jaw crusher is more needle-shaped.

The feeding size of gyratory crusher is larger, and the discharging size is smaller, and the crushed material is less needle-shaped.

Maintenance cycle

The purchase cost of the jaw crusher is relatively low, but it mainly adopts the working principle of impact extrusion crushing, and the jaw plate wears quickly and needs to be replaced frequently.

Although the purchase cost of the gyratory crusher is relatively high, it adopts the working principle of laminated crushing, the service life of the wear-resistant parts is longer, and the maintenance interval is longer.


Because of the high crushing capacity and large crushing ratio of gyratory crusher, generally large mineral processing plants will choose it as a primary crushing, except for crushing viscous materials.

Considering the feeding and discharging size and output, if the two types of crushers can meet the requirements, the customer can determine according to actual needs.

According to our experience, if one jaw crusher can meet the production requirements when selecting the type, choose a jaw crusher; if two jaw crushers are needed, a gyratory crusher can be considered.

Seondary and tertiary crushing (Medium and fine crusher)

The secondary and tertiary crushing is also called medium and fine crushing, which mainly crushes the materials after the primary crushing. If you require a larger output particle size, then secondary crushing can meet the requirements; if you require a smaller output particle size, then you need to perform tertiary crushing.

In the secondary crushing stage, the material is crushed from 350 to 100mm to 100 to 40mm.

In the tertiary crushing stage, the material is crushed from 100 to 40mm to 30 to 10mm.

feeding and discharging size of secondary and tertiary crushing

Crushers commonly used for medium and fine crushing

The most commonly used crushers in medium and fine crushing are cone crushers and impact crushers. In recent years, due to the appearance of fine jaw crusher, its lower cost has also been welcomed by some customers.

Cone crusher

daswell cone crusher

The cone crusher is mainly suitable for crushing various rocks and ores with medium and above medium hardness, such as granite and pebbles.

There are five common types of cone crushers, including spring cone crushers, Symons cone crushers, compound cone crushers, single-cylinder hydraulic cone crushers, and multi-cylinder hydraulic cone crushers. Customers can choose the appropriate cone crusher according to actual needs.

Impact crusher

daswell impact crusher

Impact crusher is a device that uses impact energy to crush materials. It is mainly used to crush brittle materials of medium hardness and below. The material crushed by impact crusher is mostly cubic in shape.

At the same time, it also has the characteristics of high production efficiency, large crushing ratio, compact structure, good product shape and strong impact resistance.

Difference between cone crusher and impact crusher

compare cone crusher and impact crusher

Scope of application

Although both of them can be used for secondary and tertiary crushing, the hardness of the materials they are suitable for crushing is different.

Generally speaking, cone crusher is mainly used to crush materials with higher hardness, such as granite, basalt, tuff, river pebbles, etc., while impact crusher is used to crush materials with lower hardness, such as limestone, etc.

Discharging size

The discharging size of the cone crusher is finer, while the discharging size of the impact crusher will be slightly coarser.

In practical application, cone crushers are often used in mineral processing projects, while impact crushers are mostly used in building materials and construction projects.

Grain shape of the finished product

The finished product of the impact crusher has a better grain shape, less edges and corners, and most of them are cubes. However, the finished product of the cone crusher has more needles and flakes, and the grain shape is relatively poor.

Production capacity

Compared with impact crushers, cone crushers have the characteristics of low energy consumption, large output, and stable production, so cone crushers are often used in large-scale, high-output production lines.

The impact crusher has the characteristics of high crushing efficiency and convenient maintenance. It is often used in stone yards for high-grade highway construction, reinforced concrete regeneration of urban construction waste, etc., to crush materials with low toughness and brittleness.

Investment cost

The price of cone crusher is relatively higher than that of impact crusher. However, the wearing parts of the cone crusher are more wear-resistant and have a longer service life, which avoids frequent replacement of parts and reduces maintenance costs.

The initial purchase cost of the impact crusher is relatively low, but the maintenance cost is relatively high in the later period because of the need to frequently replace the wearing parts.


The cone crushers are more suitable for large-scale stone production lines and handle some harder materials.

The impact crushers are more suitable for small-scale stone production lines and handles some brittle materials.

If you have strict requirements on the grain shape of the finished product, you can choose an impact crusher, or add an impact crusher or sand making machine after the cone crusher.

Sand making and shaping stage

If the size and grain shape of the produced material cannot meet your requirements, you can consider adding a sand making machine to crush and shape the material again. The equipment commonly used at this stage is a sand making machine.

Sand making machine (Vertical shaft impact crusher)

daswell vertical shaft impact crusher

Sand making machine can also be called vertical shaft impact crusher. It is widely used in sand making and shaping of limestone, river pebbles, granite, ore tailings and other materials. It can provide high-quality sand and gravel aggregates for highways, high-rise buildings, municipal engineering, stone factories, hydropower dam projects, concrete mixing plants, etc.

Generally speaking, the feeding size of sand making machine is less than 40mm and the discharging size is 0 to 10mm.

In recent years, because of the protection of river sand resources and the increase of demand for sand and gravel aggregate, more and more customers want to invest in a suitable sand making production line. So what are the advantages of sand making machine?

Advantages of sand making machine

The finished sand has good grain shape. The grain shape of the sand produced by vertical shaft impact crusher is excellent, mostly cubic in shape, with low content of needle-shaped materials. Moreover, its fineness modulus can be adjusted at will.

Unique design, easy maintenance. The hydraulic cover opening device makes the internal inspection and maintenance of the crushing chamber convenient, saving time and effort.

Thin oil lubrication reduces labor intensity. The vertical shaft impact crusher is equipped with a thin oil lubrication station, which automatically stops when there is no oil flow and oil pressure, ensuring that the bearing lubrication is always in the best state and prolonging the service life of the equipment. It also reduces the labor intensity of workers.

Multiple feeding methods can be converted. It can realize the conversion between the two feeding methods of full center feeding and center feeding with cascading feeding. Moreover, it can also realize the conversion of "stone hitting stone" and "stone hitting iron", one machine with multiple functions, adapting to the requirements of different users.

Less pollution. The unique air circulation system greatly reduces the amount of external air exhaust, reduces dust pollution and reduces pollution to the surrounding environment.

you should consider when you want to buy a suitable stone crusher

Before investing in a satisfactory crushing production line, you need to comprehensively consider the hardness of the material, the feeding size and discharging size, the output, the investment cost, and the particle shape of the finished material. If you have any confusion, please feel free to consult us!

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