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The Comparison of Stationary (Fixed) Crushing Plant Over Mobile Crushing Plant

How does a stationary (fixed) crushing plant compare to a mobile crushing plant?

  1. Work efficiency
  2. Installation
  3. Maintenance
  4. Life-expectancy
  5. Cost



As the name suggests, a crushing plant is a large machine that is installed to crush different types of debris from rocks, garbage, building materials, and more. A single crushing plant can be made up of a large range of equipment including but not limited to pre-screeners, loading conveyors, magnetic separators, intake hoppers, and crushers. Some types of equipment you won’t find in a crushing plant in the Philippines is a forklift, bulldozer, grader, and trencher.

These pieces of equipment are grouped together and separated into different stations that are referred to as primary, secondary, tertiary, and so on. Each group does a unique task like selection and transport and crushing. These tasks are done in cycles and are repeated over and over until the final product meets the set standards. This process of crushing and breaking down materials is often used in the construction industry and mining and quarrying industry.

People involved in these industries have the option of using a stationary or fixed crushing plant or mobile crushing plant. In this article, we pit the two against each other, so continue reading and join us in figuring out which one comes out on top!



Work Efficiency

Work efficiency, product quality, and productive capacity are should be exemplary for any piece of heavy equipment. Heavy machinery that is not capable of producing quality products at an efficient rate has no place in the sites of these busy industries, which is why they are very important points of comparison.

Truth be told, when it comes to working efficiency and output, there is no better option between the two. Most would think that a mobile crushing plant would be much weaker because they tend to be more compact but they can actually match the processing levels of stationary crushing plants.

Additionally, the capacity or production level may vary depending on the crushing plant’s design. Operators can add or remove any equipment of their choice – except for some including a forklift in the Philippines as mentioned above – to personalize each plant according to their needs.





Mobile crushing plants don’t need to be installed and are thus considered superior to the stationary crushing plant in this aspect. Aside from removing the need for tedious installation, mobile crushing plants are more flexible in a way that they can travel on all types of terrain – smooth or rough. This mobility is also a great advantage because the crushing plant can then be moved constantly and according to the needs of the people on site.

As for the installation of fixed crushing plants, it may take days maybe even weeks before the whole assembly is put together. The most pressing part is that installation must be based on the land’s topography and geographical location. For this reason, knowledge on these matters is important to determine the proper layout of the production line.




Maintenance is achieved easier with fixed crushing plants because the components in these plants are adequately spaced apart. Ample space between each part means that equipment or machines won’t affect each other whenever they break down. Moreover, when a single part needs repairs or maintenance, it can be done so without disrupting or moving adjacent equipment.

On the other hand, mobile crushing plants are much compact and components are located very near each other. This feature is greatly advantageous in some moments but proves to be a hassle when maintenance is needed. It won’t be easy to check up on each part nor repair them separately because they are so closely placed. We’re not saying it isn’t possible, though, but only that it is cumbersome and tricky.





Fixed crushing plants come on top again in the category of life-expectancy. Although both plants have relatively long lifespans, fixed plants are expected to have a longer one along with lower depreciation rate.

The optimal lifespan of mobile crushing plants sits between five to ten years but can be extended with good maintenance and up-keep. However, beyond 15 or more years, it would just be delaying the inevitable and work capacity may also be affected. It has also been mentioned that maintenance for this type may prove to be troublesome, so that may further shorten its lifespan.




Cost is a hard thing to calculate because the types are completely different. For example, the upfront cost of purchasing a fixed crushing plant is much lower than the cost of buying a mobile plant. If that was the only basis then the fixed ones would easily be the winner of this category, but it isn’t.

Using a mobile crushing plant effectively lowers transport, processing, and operating costs. This is possible because of the plant’s compactness, mobility, and high work capacity. You may think the tables have been turned, but we have yet to consider maintenance cost which is often higher for mobile crushing plants.

On top of these costs, you also have to remember that fixed crushing plants are capable of lasting longer and their value depreciates slowly.



Key Takeaway

In the end, it seems that there is no better option between the two and each of them have their own benefits. If you have to choose between them, then base your decision on the industry you are in and what you need the crushing plants for.

For example, if you see that there is little to no need to move the crushing plant around, then go for the fixed crushing plants. If the opposite is true, then the better choice would be the mobile ones. There are other factors to consider including the location of your site and other things.

The only thing you have to do to end up with the right crushing plant is to look at the qualities and attributes of each one and match it to the needs of your site and organization!

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