Why should I pelletize limestone fines?
What is the absorption rate to the soil?
is a growing market for the use of pelletized limestone for soil
application. The pelletized form has several advantages over the
pulverized or agricultural limestone which include; ease of application
through spreaders, non-dusty application, even distribution that
is not affected by wind, and the use of smaller limestone particles
for fast, efficient results.
limestone pellet is made up of finely ground material that is bonded
by a binder that forms a durable pellet for handling in conveyors,
baggers and during application. Since the binder is water soluble,
once the applied pellets become wet they quickly break apart, releasing
the fine ground limestone to the soil.
Are there any economical factors in producing pelletized limestone
pulverized or agricultural limestone?
Are there any other markets for the pelletized limestone?
recent survey that we have conducted in our local area of various
chain stores, indicated that the retail price for pulverized limestone
in 50# bags averaged $1.31 per bag. Pelletized limestone retail
price in 40# bags averaged $2.58 per bag. The difference is $52.40/ton
of pulverized versus $129.00/ton of pelletized. Pelletized limestone
is a value added product.
limestone can also be used for blending with fertilizers or as a
carrier for herbicides or insecticides.
I have both calcitic and dolomitic limestone. Are they both candidates
What operating costs are involved in the pelletizing of limestone
actual cost of pelletizing depends upon many factors associated
with the installation. As a guideline, a 50,000 tons per year operation
will produce a pelletized product, in 40# bags on a stretched wrapped
pallet for approximately $27.00/ton. This includes labor, utilities,
maintenance and binder. The cost for bagging, included in the above
price per ton, is approximately $10.50 per ton.
How can I determine if my material is suitable for pelletizing?
Is Mars Mineral only interested in the pelletizing equipment?
be performed on your material to determine pelletability and projected
costs of equipment and binder.
See the Lab Testing section.
No. Mars Mineral
is capable of supplying a complete turn-key system that includes
the pelletizing equipment, drying, screening, bagging, palletizing,
controls and installation.
Why should I choose Mars Mineral to supply equipment or a complete
Bring It All Together."
has been in the pelletizing equipment business for over 30 years.
During that time we have supplied equipment and turn-key systems
to the limestone industry. This experience and knowledge of the
application makes Mars the logical choice for the supply of your
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