Rotary Screw Air Compressor vs. Reciprocating Air Compressor

It can be a daunting task to pick the right air compressor for your expensive equipment. One of the first things you’re going to stumble upon is whether you should use a rotary screw or a reciprocating air compressor but the good news is, they can both be advantageous in different realms. Now we just have to determine which one is the better solution for you? In this blog post, we will explore the various pros and cons of both solutions and help you make an educated decision for your equipment.

Rotary screws are more durable than reciprocating air compressors but they are higher in cost as well. Their remarkable design gives them the ability to produce a strong and continuous air flow at a 100% duty cycle which is why they’re considered ideal for commercial and industrial users. But what does this mean for you? It means that you will be guaranteed a strong air-flow without any need for you to stop due to overheating. Reciprocating air compressors are only able to operate at a 20-30% of the duty cycle of a rotary screw. Comparatively, rotary screws are also a lot quieter, yet another reason which makes them desirable for noise polluted environments where every decibel makes a difference. Additionally, rotary screws are more energy efficient, have a longer lifespan, and due to their compact design, they allow you to haul more materials, tools, and equipment in fewer trips. If your needs demand long periods of continuous air flow, we would definitely recommend rotary screws. They are more expensive upfront and require skilled maintenance but it’ll help maximize your efficiency which will result in increased profitability.

Unlike rotary screws which do not perform well after some downtime, reciprocating air compressors thrive in environments where equipment is operated in short intervals. This feature makes them ideal for small projects, workshops and even some construction work. Don’t let their short duty cycle or less expensive price tag deceive you of their performance. They are capable of handling high pressures and require simple maintenance. These simple maintenance requirements can serve to be a great asset since it’ll make it easier for you to locate a technician and it makes them more affordable than the maintenance costs of rotary screws. If working in short intervals isn’t something that would create chaos in your work then this inexpensive option may be the way to go. 

We hope this blog post has helped you determine which option is the best solution for your environment. If you still have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. We are always delighted to assess the needs of businesses and provide them with the best solution.

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