Reciprocating Air Compressor - Gardner Denver R and PL Series

  • 1.5-35 HP
  • Oil-lubricated reciprocating air compressors
  • Splash Lubricated R-Series
  • Pressure Lubricated PL Series
  • Used in automotive, dry cleaning, service fleets, industrial, refineries

At Gardner Denver, air compressor systems are our only products. We know and understand the application of our products in many different operating environments. Our goal is to provide you with the compressors that fulfill — and exceed — your expectations and requirements. Because compressed air is an essential utility, dependability is an essential compressor quality. If your compressor goes down, it can hurt your reputation — and your bottom line. In addition to dependability, you want a compressor that is user-friendly. Gardner Denver comes through again, with a wide selection of configurations and options designed for trouble-free operation. You can’t beat a Gardner Denver!

Proven Design

  • Today’s Gardner Denver Reciprocating Compressors are the product of decades of design and development.

Proven Dependability

  • You rely on compressed air to perform many tasks efficiently. Gardner Denver knows that reliability is one of the main reasons for a purchase. Our slow speed, built-in efficiency through design and the longest compressor warranty in the industry make Champion compressors the proven choice!

High Performance

  • R- and PL-Series compressors are loaded with features designed for day-in, day-out performance. For example, Gardner Denver’s unique automotive type domed piston design allows the use of large diameter, low lift valves, while minimizing clearance volume for maximum air delivery.

Long Life

  • Features such as slow speed operation, rugged cast iron crankcase construction, corrosion resistant steel valves and tapered roller-type main bearings all contribute to long life.

User Friendly Design

  • A wide selection of configurations and available options, coupled with serviceability features make it easy to operate and maintain a Gardner Denver compressor. Compare all the features on the pages that follow. You’ll discover why Gardner Denver is the value leader in reciprocating compressors for a broad range of automotive and industrial applications.
  • Select the configuration that matches your application – with many models to choose in both single-stage and two-stage, we can match your needs exactly. These configurations, combined with a wide choice of options, provide all the components for a customized installation. They are available in both R-Series splash-lubricated and PL-Series pressure-lubricated models.
    1. Tank-mounted Air Compressors – available with horizontal or space-saving vertical tanks, two-stage air compressors compress air to a higher pressure than single stage compressors
    2. Base-mounted Air Compressors – Designed for installations where air tanks are remotely located
    3. Duplex Air Compressors – For extra delivery when you need it without wasted space. Plus the flexibility of single operation, alternating between compressor, or duplex operation to meet high air demand.
    4. Gasoline or Diesel Engine Powered – Truck and utility bed mounted design makes these compressors ideal for fleet and field service. Ideal for applications where electricity is not available.
    5. Bare Compressor Pumps – provide dependable service for industrial applications, pump replacement or OEM applications. The rugged pump design assures reliability and long maintenance intervals.
    6. Receivers – receivers are ASME approved and include a pressure gauge, pressure relief valve, drain valve and service valve.


  • Automotive
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Service Fleets
  • Industrial
  • Refineries

Pressure-Lubricated PL-Series

  • The PL-Series compressor has been designed to operate in extreme duty applications and is also an alternative to an R-Series unit. Because the PL-Series can operate up to 250 psi, in remote locations or in off-level operations, it is a true industrial use compressor. Gardner Denver is so confident in the way it has engineered and built its products, it offers a 5-year warranty on the compressor pump. The PL-Series features domed pistons, integral cylinder head, disc valves and an oil pump that provides lubricant to all crucial parts of the compressor. From its extra heavy duty design to its ease of maintenance, the Gardner Denver PL-Series exemplifies reliability, durability and quality.
  • The PL-Series compressor includes pressure lubrication, oil pressure gauge, Babbitt bearings, lubricant filtration, positive displacement oil pump and loadless starting.


Splash Lubricated R-Series

  • Loaded with rugged features, the R-Series splash-lubricated compressors deliver high performance, long-life and tremendous value.
  • Splash Lubricated R-Series includes multi-finned cylinders, integral cylinder/head, balanced pistons, pistons rings, lightweight connecting rods, pressure relief valved, intercoolers, optimized cooling fan/flywheel, reliable high-flow valves, oversized main bearings, balanced crankshaft, large capacity crankcase and loadless starting.