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Probably the most useful Machine for a miner, the Grinder is able to grind all of the player's Ores. It does so with more efficiency than the Macerator and Pulverizer and without grinding it all directly into dust. The Grinder needs a constant supply of Water and EU to keep running. You can pipe Water into it with other Mods, like Thermal Expansion or RedPower 2, as it has a Tank for up to 10,000 Millibuckets of Water. If you have too many Mercury Cells, then put them into the Grinder, as many ores will yield additional product when mercury replaces water in the grinder.
It is a Multi Block Structure that needs 18x standard and 8x Reinforced Machine Casings in total. The first layer needs 9 blocks of standard Machine Casings in a square. The second layer needs a Water source block in the middle, surrounded by 8 Reinforced Machine Casings. The top layer is 9 Standard Machine Casings. Finally, the Industrial Grinder block has to be placed against one of the central Reinforced Machine Casing blocks. The Industrial Grinder block must face outward from the machine casing structure. If you have placed it correctly you will see the dot turn green, otherwise it will blink red. A single structure can house 4 grinder blocks total.
Total resources required for one grinder, and the machine casings required:
- 22 Tin Ingots, or 26 if GregTech is enabled
- 30 Copper Ingots
- 4 Rubber
- 151 Refined Iron
- 20 Steel Ingots
- 10 Diamonds
- 24 Coal Ore or 48 Coal
- 18 Glowstone Dust
- 42 Redstone Dust
- 18 Lapis Lazuli
- 30 Wooden Planks
- Either 11 Refined Iron, 22 Electrum Ingots, 33 Copper Ingots, 66 Rubber or 22 Refined Iron, 44 Redstone Dust, 66 Copper Ingots, 132 Rubber
(Note: This is the simplest version. There are many possible substitutes.)
This machine needs exactly 128 EU per tick to operate. As Industrial Grinder does not have an internal EU storage, it has to be supplied constantly. Therefore, it can help to have a dedicated MFE for a consistent power supply. Most of the recipes need water, which can be fed into the machine via pipes or supplied manually by placing water bucket or Water Cells in the machine; empty buckets and water cells are returned. Some of the recipes yield better results when using Sodium Persulfate Cells or Mercury Cells instead of water. Water can be pumped directly into the Industrial Grinder by hooking Fluid Pipes onto the machine and not the casings.
The internal water storage and cell slot can both be used simultaneously; the grinder first tries to match a recipe using the cell (or water bucket), and will fall back on using the water tank. Non-water liquids cannot be supplied via pipes.
The four slots in the results screen usually have one main product which is a full pile of dust, 1 or 2 side products which can be either a tiny pile or a full pile (it can also depend if Sodium Persulfate Cells or Mercury Cells are used) and a slot for empty buckets or cells that are used up in operation. Four tiny heaps of material must be combined via crafting to form a full pile which is ready for further use.
As this machine needs both power and grinding fluid to operate and grinding results a large number of different products, a complex network of pipes and wiring is needed to make the machine fully automatic, especially if all 4 sides of the grinder are used.
Note: An IC2 pump is required, though later GT versions may accept a BC pump instead. The advanced circuits may be replaced with other tier 2 chips and the advanced machine block may be substituted with either Steel Machine Hull or Titanium Machine Hull.