Vertical ball mill slakers are comparable to horizontal ball mills in cost, however, have much better turndown capability, and consume less energy. In addition, the temperature probe is located in the reaction zone for this type of mill, so a vertical ball mill can be optimized to maximize lime reactivity and reduce overall chemical consumption.
Horizontal ball mill slakers are similar to grinding mills commonly used in the mineral processing industry modified to withstand the temperature of lime slaking. They have the advantage of being relatively simple and rugged. A typical ball mill slaker (horizontal type) consists of a rotating drum supported by external rollers.