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.
Masterline (ML Series) is the most robust, heavy duty reciprocating air compressor lineup available. The perfect combination of quality components and efficient design make the ML Series rugged, affordable and smart. Because every model is built tough to last a lifetime in demanding working conditions, the ML Series is an outstanding alternative to splash-lubricated reciprocating compressors and small rotary compressors. Learn more about the ML Series