A ball mill is a type of grinding mill, purposed similarly to the sag mill or other mining crushers. These machines are used to grind or mix metals or raw materials for further processing. Various materials are placed into the mill drum and rotated with the mined materials that are to be crushed.
For other uses see Mill disambiguation A grinding mill is a tool that is designed to break a solid material into smaller pieces. There are many different types of grinding mills and many types of materials processed in them. Small mills can be powered by hand, such as a mortar and pestle or a pepper grinder.