Reciprocating Air Compressor - Gardner Denver Paradigm

  • Quiet enclosed reciprocating air compressors
  • 5 to 15 HP
  • Multi-finned cylinders for cooler operating temperatures resulting in long life and consistent performance

When purchasing an air compressor, many people often ask: “Is a rotary screw or reciprocating compressor right for me?”

Today, the choice of air compressors is abundant. A number of factors determine the answer to this question, including the operating requirements, application, and budget.

Rotary screw compressors typically have a higher initial costly than reciprocating compressors and require costly maintenance programs. Common advantages include a low noise level, love vibration and 100% duty cycle.

Reciprocating (piston) air compressors are widely considered as “work-horse” compressors. They may be seen in the corner of a garage, in auto body and tire shops, woodworking facilities, hospitals, construction sites, amusement parks, and industrial facilities. Industrial reciprocating compressors are able to operate in a severe duty environment, have lower initial costs, lower maintenance costs, and are ideal for intermittent duty operation. They save energy in no-load conditions and operate efficiently at partial loads, which results in a high overall efficiency for many diverse applications. Piston compressors are more forgiving than rotaries and normally operate more dependably in less than ideal conditions.

Historically, it was not possible to provide the benefits of a reciprocating compressor in low noise applications. For this reason, rotary screw compressor have been misapplied in intermittent duty applications, resulting in frequent downtime, inefficient operation, problems with condensate, and high maintenance costs.

The Gardner Denver Paradigm provides the advantages of a reciprocating compressor coupled with the low noise of a rotary screw. Ideal for areas with a low noise requirement, Paradigm can be installed directly within the work environment close to the point-of-use. This eliminates the need for a dedicated room or an outside installation and can save hundreds of feet in piping resulting in reduced pressure drops, ultimately increasing your bottom line.


  • Auto body & tire shops
  • Woodworking facilities
  • Agriculture
  • General Industrial
  • Dry cleaning