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What is the difference between a screw and piston compressor?

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What is the difference between a screw and piston compressor?

The main difference between a screw and piston (reciprocating) compressor is the way they compress the air. Screw air compressors use two meshing helical screws, while piston air compressors use pistons driven by a crankshaft.


Another difference is the moving parts as the screw compressor has two moving parts which are not in contact while the piston compressor has a lot of moving parts. The screw compressors operate at a lower temperature and integrate a good cooling system.


We are market leaders in air compressors here at Atlas Copco. We use our knowledge and experience to ensure you receive the right compressor based on your needs.


To find out if the screw or piston is more suitable for your needs give us a call on 1800 023 469.