March 23, 2020
When you are in the market for an air compressor, you may be faced with the choice between a belt drive or direct drive compressor. This article will help you understand their differences and their respective advantages.
That means your needs will play a big role in the decision of “belt drive versus direct drive”. In that sense, it’s really not so much about “belt drive versus direct drive” but rather “infrequent use versus constant operation” or “flexibility versus energy efficiency”.
For example, if you have a workshop and you use your pneumatic tools not as frequently, then a smaller compressor with belt drive will suffice – such as the Atlas Copco G 15-22, which is reliable, user friendly and has a low initial investment cost.
If, however, you use compressed air all the time and are particularly mindful of keeping energy costs down, or if you have to operate your compressor in harsh conditions, then you are probably better served with a direct drive model – such as Atlas Copco’s LT or LE, which deliver unmatched efficiency and performance every time you turn it on.
Their different strengths are the result of the very different drive technology described above.
As you can see, as long as you go into your compressor selection with a good idea of what it will be used for, the decision regarding belt drive versus direct drive practically makes itself.
Ask an air system professional about the best option for your needs.