Reciprocating Air Compressors

air-compressorReciprocating air compressors have come a long way since their earlier models. Earlier reciprocating air compressors are portable compressors which had only two main gears; an idling gear and a high gear. The idling gear was for when the compressor was on and running while the high gear was used to power a tool or another accessory. Although today’s reciprocating air compressors are not much different than their early counterparts, their construction, longevity and other aspects have been improved upon. Here are some facts about reciprocating air compressors:

  • Reciprocating air compressors use pistons to compress the air
  • Air is pushed into a compartment, which pressure builds up on the air
  • The more dense the air becomes, the greater the pressure. When the correct pressure is reached, it is ready to be used
  • Compressors are used in oil refineries, factories and machine shops
  • Reciprocating air compressors are found in many varieties and sizes, including portable, stand-alone, and multi-stage units

As with any investment, it is best to do research on what type of reciprocating air compressor you need. There are many makes and models available, both used and brand new. Be sure to consult a professional if you are unsure of what type of reciprocating air compressor you need.

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