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What’s the Difference Between a Piston & Screw Compressor?

One of the first questions you need to ask when looking to purchase an air compressor is whether you need a piston or screw compressor. Each compressor is very different in design and are often used for different applications.

Piston Air Compressor

  • • Cheaper upfront cost than its counterpart, however, it has higher maintenance costs.
  • • Great for short-term or intermittent domestic and light industrial use.
  • • Usually smaller in weight and size.
  • • Operates intermittently and therefore it is not good in situations where you need a constant flow of air.
  • • Only requires simple maintenance.

Screw Air Compressor

  • • Higher upfront cost but lower maintenance costs over its lifetime.
  • • Provides a high volume of constant compressed air.
  • • More popular for regular industrial applications.
  • • Not suitable for use in short bursts.
  • • Operates at a much lower temperature than a piston compressor.

Is an Oil Lubricated or Oil-Free Air Compressor Better for Me?

Oil-free compressors usually cost more and last for a shorter amount of time. However, in a situation where you need a completely oil-free environment (such as big food factories due to chances of contamination), they are the only option. Here are a few key points to consider when deciding which type of compressor is right for you.

Oil Lubricated Air Compressor

  • • Often quieter in operation.
  • • Not suitable when you need a completely oil-free environment due to its oil carryover.
  • • Most common screw compressor.
  • • Will last much longer than oil-free screw compressors.
  • • Be sure to view Cleveland Compressed Air Services’ range of quality oil-lubricated air compressors.

Oil-Free Air Compressor

  • • Generally more expensive.
  • • Provides 100% oil-free air.
  • • More expensive servicing and repairs.
  • • Lower life expectancy.
  • • Be sure to view Cleveland Compressed Air Services’ range of quality oil-free air compressors.
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