Industrial Grinder

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Industrial Grinder
Industrial Grinder.png

Grind up crafted items and certain resources!

Item slots
2.5L × 1.25W × 2H
 Gasoline (30m)
Decay time
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi Grinder 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_Grinder.PrimalItemStructure_Grinder'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
45 EP
Crafting XP
132 XP
Crafting time
Used to craft
Required stations

The Industrial Grinder in ARK: Survival Evolved is a crafting machine used to grind up crafted items into a quarter of their crafting ingredients.


The Grinder can grind up many crafted items, such as tools, weapons, armor, structures, and saddles.

In  ARK: Survival Evolved, doing so will return 25% of the cost of each resource used to craft the item, rounded up, but capped at 100 of each resource.

In  ARK: Survival Ascended, doing so will return 30% of the cost of each resource used to craft the item, rounded up, but capped at 150 of each resource.


Some resources can be ground into other resources:

Ingredient Returns Experience
1 ×  Wood 5 ×  Thatch 4
2 ×  Stone 1 ×  Flint 4

The actual amount of XP is affected by the XP multiplier setting of your game or server.

How it works

Put  Gasoline in the Industrial Grinder's inventory, then select the "Turn On" button. To grind up Wood or Stone, put them in the Grinder's inventory and then select the appropriate blueprint (Thatch or Flint). To grind up items for resources, put them into the Grinder's inventory, select the item to grind, then select the "Grind Selected Item" button or for items with more than one in a stack, grind the entire stack using the "Grind Selected Stack" button. Certain items cannot be ground up for resources, for example, Rafts, and are marked with a crossed out circle in the Grinder's inventory.

To avoid using too much Gasoline by leaving the Grinder running, just use a single Gasoline at a time. This runs the Grinder for 15 minutes, enough time to grind about 42 stacks of 100 Wood or Stone. As only 1000 ground up resources can be queued at once, this would require constant player attention for this time.


The Industrial Grinder gives a good amount of experience when grinding up Wood and Stone. See the chart above for experience yields. However, you do not receive any experience for using the "Grind Selected Item/Stack" options.


  • Grinding down anything that would give Polymer instead gives Organic Polymer.
  • Grinding down anything that would result in more than 100x of a type of resource will result in only 100x of said resource.
  • The Industrial Grinder is treated as a wooden structure and can not be damaged by hands, stone weapons, or non-explosive ranged attacks.
  • The following aggressive creatures can not damage the Industrial Grinder:
  • By carefully stacking the Fabricator to craft the Industrial Grinder, 460 Organic Polymer (23 stacks) can be used along with 140 (2 stacks) of regular Polymer.

Painting and Color Regions

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The Industrial Grinder is not currently paint-able, however this object may be re-mapped to include paint regions in a future update.

For more information on Paint Regions and how to use them, please view the Blue Coloring.png Dye,  Paintbrush, or  Spray Painter pages.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
245.0 Industrial Grinder is added to the game.
245.9 Industrial Grinder now yields up to 100 items of a type per grind.
245.92 Fixed a crash that would occur with the Industrial Grinder.
245.99 Fixed an issue with Industrial Grinders.
249.2 Fixed an Industrial Grinder exploit.
250.2 Changed the Industrial Grinder to have only 1 stack, and retroactively applied this to help deal with an exploit.
256.3 Added an option to turn on the grinder inside of its remote inventory.
293.100 Industrial Grinder can now be picked up.
303.1 Lowered gasoline consumption rate by 50% on the Industrial Grinder.
307.56 Added a "Grind All" function to grinders.
338.23 Increased slots on the Industrial Grinder from 60 to 120.