Types of Reciprocating Air Compressors

air-compressorAlthough it is very important, compressed air is not often recognized as it should be. Air compressors serve many functions and power many different kinds of tools. Reciprocating air compressors are just one type of air compressor. Reciprocating air compressors vary in size and have a horsepower that ranges from 1 to 50 HP. These air compressors work by pressurizing air and reducing its volume, known as positive displacement. Positive displacement occurs by the compressor sucking in successive volumes of air through unidirectional valves and having the air confined within a chamber. When it comes to reciprocating air compressors, there are a number of types available for purchase. Here are the types of reciprocating air compressors:

  • Single stage reciprocating air compressor
  • Two stage reciprocating compresses air in two stages
  • Portable compressors are convenient but rarely have an HP over 3
  • Stationary air compressors are self-explanatory
  • Most air compressors use splash lubrication, where a dipper splashes oil through the internal parts of the pump
  • Pressure lubricated pumps are best for heavy duty cycles and high temperature conditions
  • Oil-less compressors should be used in situations where clean air is an absolute imperative
  • The drive system may be powered by electricity or gas

With the many different types of reciprocating air compressors available, it is best to do your research and find what type of air compressor best suits your needs.

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