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Benefits of screw compressor vs. recip?

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    It seems like recips are cheaper, but more noisy. I need to understand more benefits and drawbacks of either selection. thanks

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    Trevor Gaines
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    It really depends on the application, but it really isn’t the noise factor that would push you to a screw. Reciprocating compressors are simpler machines and usually cheaper for the same available amount of horsepower. This also makes them easier to maintain. For a shop situation, you are usually better off with a reciprocating compressor. For a situation where you expect to run at full load often, the extra cost and complexity of a screw might be worth it.

    Here’s a good article about it: https://www.pneumatictips.com/whats-efficient-reciprocating-compressor-screw-air-compressors/

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    Travis Ziebro
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