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Which Reciprocating Air Compressor Do I Need?

Which Reciprocating Air Compressor Do I Need?

The good news is you have plenty of choices for almost any application. The bad news is, you have plenty of choices for almost any application. Making the right decision seems overwhelming, but it’s not. Let’s break it down and simplify. An excellent reference resource to introduce you to the CA, CT and ML lines is the application table below. For more details though keep reading and we’ll get straight to the nuts and bolts of what you need and what you don’t need in a reciprocating compressor.

TWO THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND FROM THE START…

Whichever compressor you choose or determine is right for you, make sure it’s heavy-duty cast iron construction—NOT aluminum. Second, if you need a steady supply of clean, quiet, 100% continuous-duty air, a rotary compressor might be a better fit for you.

THE RIGHT COMPRESSOR FOR YOU, IF…

CT – If, one of your primary concerns is price and you are not concerned about water vapor in your air, then the CT is the right compressor for you. And the 2-year warranty offers good peace of mind. However, if you need more air and horsepower (CT offers 10hp, 29.7cfm), you’ll want to step up to CA or ML.

CA – If, you value the added peace of mind provided by a 5-year warranty, require low moisture content in your air (e.g. for extended tool and equipment life, improved paint outcomes, etc.), you appreciate the lower maintenance provided by the UltraPack option, or want a duplex machine to provide 100% backup, then the CA is the series you should buy.  CA machines top out at 15hp (42.6cfm) for simplex and 10hp (68.4cfm) for duplex, so if you need more, it’s time to take a look at our ML.

ML – If, you don’t mind paying a little more for the best and you have a very demanding application, our ML series will stand up to the challenge. Its “targeted oiling” system provided by our patented Centro Ring pressure lubrication means less worry for you. As with the CA, the ML series offers both UltraPack and Duplex options for low maintenance and 100% backup. In addition, ML machines go all the way up to 30hp (102.2cfm simplex, 204.4cfm duplex), providing plenty of air, even for large shops.

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CA Series compressors aren't just built to handle harsh environments - they're also available in a wide range of configurations to meet your exact application.

Simplex compressors are well suited for common applications where only one compressor is needed.

Components are selected based on durability and performance, ensuring that your CA Series compressor delivers reliable performance in demanding applications.

The Most Durable Pump Construction Available - Meticulous Material Selection Ensures Long-Term Reliability.

  • 100% cast-iron cylinders and cylinder heads
  • Long-lasting, corrosion-resistant crankshaft
  • Reduces thermal stress for increased reliability
  • Deep-finned cast-iron cylinders and cylinder head for cool operation
  • Slow-turning pump increases pump life

Industrial Design - The Most Robust Reciprocating Air Compressor In Its Class

  • Provides higher pressures, better efficiency and longer life
  • Ready to handle rugged, heavy-duty applications

Simplex

Simplex compressors are well suited for common applications where only one compressor is needed.

  • Magnetic motor starter
  • Manual tank drain
  • Oil sight glass
  • Horizontal or vertical tank configurations available
  • Factory oil filled

Duplex

Duplex compressors are ideal when there are varying demand levels during operation. By alternating demand across two pumps, a duplex compressor also delivers longer pump life. The redundant pumps ensure you’ll always have air, eliminating maintenance downtime.

  • Alternator control panel comes mounted with magnetic motor starters and thermal overload protection
  • Compressors alternate during normal operation
  • Both compressors run when system demands
  • Duplex design reduces electrical cost and eliminates downtime
  • Factory oil filled

All of our CA Simplex Compressors include:

  • Magnetic motor starter
  • Manual tank drain
  • Oil sight glass
  • Horizontal or vertical tank configurations available

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