Upgrading to a Rotary Screw Air Compressor

At some point, you’re going to ask yourself if it’s time to upgrade your air compressor and when that time comes you may want to consider an upgrade to a rotary screw unit.

And, rightfully so, you’re going to have questions.

A rotary screw air compressor uses two helical screws to compress air.  It’s slightly more complicated than that, of course, but that’s where the unit gets its name.

When the screws start turning, air gets sucked in and trapped between the rotors, which are constantly turning, pushing the trapped air to the other side of the rotors and this happens constantly and at a high rate of speed, creating compressed air.

Rotary compressors are built to be run constantly, 24/7/365 and will do so quietly and efficiently. If you need a large amount of compressed air, a rotary screw unit will be your best friend.

Rotary compressors come in oil-injected and oil-free units and the type that works best for you will depend on your function- what level cleanliness you need in your compressed air. For the record, oil-injected units are the most common type of compressor.

One thing to be aware of before you pull the trigger on a rotary compressor is that up front- they are expensive. However, they run much more efficiently than piston-driven compressors, particularly over long periods of time, so in efficiency they will recoup the upfront cost.

Another are where rotary compressors have an advantage is in terms of life expectancy. A rotary compressor should run virtually trouble-free for 40,000 – 60,000 hours… 20-30 years of full-time operation. A reciprocating compressor may only last 5-15 years. So that upfront expense is worth it in the long run.

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