Piston and Rotary Screw Compressors Compared [Infographic]


April 25, 2016 by kaeserusa

By: Laurel Loch

Are you considering buying a new compressor and debating between a piston and a rotary screw? Here’s a quick infographic with a side-by-side comparison. If you’d like more information, check out Michael Camber’s blog post on this same topic.

Would you like help determining which is the best fit for your needs? Contact us and we’d be more than happy to help.


Laurel_LochLaurel Loch works in Kaeser’s Marketing Department. In addition to editing the company blog, Kaeser Talks Shop, she is responsible for Kaeser’s technical content, including white papers, articles, and product information.

One thought on “Piston and Rotary Screw Compressors Compared [Infographic]

  1. kaeserusa says:

    Reader Brian McLeod pointed out that a few reciprocating units are designed for tougher duty and can handle high duty cycle and go to similar pressures as rotaries.

    This is true, but they are significantly more expensive than piston compressors commonly found in small shops. Also, they operate hotter and have more oil in the air and its harder to dry them to the same dew point as a rotary.

    Nonetheless, they are fine choices for many small shops with low air quality requirements.

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