Essentially, the gyratory crusher consists of a heavy cast-iron, or steel, frame which includes in its lower part an actuating mechanism (eccentric and driving gears), and in its upper part a cone-shaped crushing chamber, lined with wear-resisting plates (concaves). Spanning the crushing chamber across its top is a steady-rest (spider), containing a machined journal which fixes the position of the upper end of the main shaft. The active crushing member consists of the main shaft and its crushing head, or head center and mantle. This assembly is suspended in the spider journal by means of a heavy nut which, in all but the very large machines, is arranged for a certain amount of vertical adjustment of the shaft and head. At its lower end the main shaft passes through the babbitted eccentric journal, which offsets the lower end of the shaft with respect to the centerline of the crusher. Thus, when the eccentric is rotated by its gear train, the lower end of the main shaft is caused to gyrate (oscillate in a small circular path), and the crushing head, likewise, gyrates within the crushing chamber, progressively approaching, and receding from, each element of the cone-shaped inner surface.