Mobile crushers are often referred to as ‘mobile crushing plants’. They are track-mounted crushing machines which, thanks to their mobility, can maximise productivity and reduce operating costs – while increasing safety and reducing environmental impact.
The concept of mobile and semi-mobile crushers has been around for a long time, but for years many machines were very heavy and moving them required thoughtful planning. As result, the crushers that were supposed to be mobile were seldom relocated and tended stay put in permanent facilities.
Nowadays, the weight of mobile crushers has decreased considerably, and crushing as well as mobility properties improved notably. Mobility is not substitute for effective crushing anymore, and tracked mobile crushers meet the same basic criteria as stationary plants.
The ability to crush also the largest lumps to the desired cubicity at the desired rate are all ‘must-have’ rather than ‘nice-to-have’ attributes.
The basic components of mobile crushers are almost the same as for stationary ones, but with the added advantage of complete mobility – even up slopes as steep as 1:10 incline.
Mobile cone crushers
Mobile cone crushers are traditionally used as secondary, tertiary, and quaternary crushers. However, if the grain size of the processed material is small enough by nature, then they can also operate at the first stage of the crushing process.
Mobile impact crushers
Mobile impact crushers are wide-ranging crushing machines that fall into two distinctive categories according to the crushing technology they use.
Mobile HSI crushers have a horizontal impact crushing unit and they are used as primary, secondary, or tertiary crushers. Mobile VSI crushers, in turn, are equipped with vertical shaft impact crushing unit, and they are extremely efficient in the last stage of the crushing process, producing precisely shaped cubical end products.
Mobile jaw crushers
Popular mobile jaw crushers are generally utilized as primary crushers that reduce the material to smaller sized for further processing.
Lokotrack® and Nordtrack™ mobile crushers
Metso’s mobile crushing equipment consists of two different product families, Lokotrack® mobile crushers and Nordtrack™ mobile crushers. Both families can be utilized in aggregates production in quarries and construction sites, recycling applications, as well as in mining operations.
Lokotrack® crushers are more customizable and the range is wider, covering mobile cone, impact and jaw crushers.
Nordtrack™, on the other hand, is ideal if you work in short-term contracting jobs or are just starting your own operations. The family consists of two mobile jaw crusher models and one mobile impact crusher.