Screw Vs Piston Air Compressors: what is the difference?

Screw Vs Piston Air Compressors: what is the difference?
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AEG compares the advantages and disadvantages of the screw vs piston compressor range in our latest blog.

A frequently asked question that we get is ‘what’s the difference between screw and piston air compressors?’ In this blog, we will be highlighting the advantages and disadvantages between Screw Vs Piston Compressors and our favoured option.

Piston air compressors are designed to compress air through its pistons, driven by a crankshaft; suitable for applications with a discontinuous (intermittent) supply of compressed air. The design and frame of piston air compressors make them a very popular option due to their price and availability. A common disadvantage of piston compressors are the loud noise and excessive heat that they produce when in action, mainly due to their continuous moving parts.

Screw air compressors incorporate the very latest technological advances, designed to compress air through two meshing helical screws, making them suitable for continuous (uninterrupted) operation. They are famous for their improved performance and often require less space compared to piston compressors, due to their lightweight, durable frame. With its modern design, this results in a more expensive upfront and maintenance cost, compared to the piston range.

Due to their age and modern technology, screw compressors are the favoured choice, providing many advantages compared to the piston range. Improved performance, lightweight design, efficient air delivery, and uninterrupted operation, to name but a few.

We have over 25 years’ experience in the supply, installation and maintenance of compressed & vacuum equipment, so you’re in safe hands with AEG. Get in touch with an expert here to learn more about the differences of Screw vs Piston Compressors and see how we can help.