Selection guide

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Everything you need to know, before comparing different types of compressors

Each company or professional has its own need of compressed air, and sometimes they need a tailored solution, applying to a specific technology or different power ranges. Before evaluating different models, knowing the amount of compressed air needed by your tools and production machines is mandatory, as well as the the required air quality.


Screw models

Screw technology is ideal for industries and professionals who need a great quantity of compressed air. The parameter to compare different models is the FAD (Free Air Delivery). You can choose between:

Piston models

Piston technology is suitable for discontinuous usage, which does not require a high airflow. The intaken air is a useful parameter to compare the different models. They are the ideal choice for hobbyists and professionals.

Oil-free models

For some applications, the high quality of the product requires an oil-free compressor, a technology that avoids any oil contamination (Class 0, according to ISO 8573-1:2010). They are available with scroll, piston, and water injection technologies as well as at a different power:


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Efficiency Higher costs
Silence Bigger size
Reliability Scheduled maintenance
Suitable for a long usage  


For all industries and for every company size
(Fixed speed for a constant air demand;
Variable speed for a variable air demand)



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High-quality pure air Higher costs
Wide power ranges  


Application that need to avoid oil contaminations



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Reduced sizes Small power
Economic Discontinuous usage
Scheduled maintenance



Suitable for hobbyists and professionals
for agriculture, woodworking, construction and many other applications




When it comes to choosing the right compressor, the main principal aspects to consider in addition to the continuous/discontinuous usage are:

Maximum pressure (bar) depends on the tools and machines fueled by compressed air (for instance, car washing machines needs a 15 bar compressor).

Compressor power (HP) must be efficient to meet the air demand and the needed pressure.

In general, compressors are integrated with a compressed air tank, which lets you stock compressed air. The tanks’ size must be big enough to avoid the engine continuously switching on. Some models are equipped with a vertical tank, which is very useful in restricted spaces.

*Piston compressors’ data refers to the intake air; airflow (normally pointed as FAD) is lower

Maximum delivered air* (l/min o m3/h) is the quantity of air that the compressor can deliver in order to fuel pneumatic tools. To avoid oversizing your compressor and to keep the maximum safety margin, in general, users consider 30% of delivered airflow more than the estimated needs.

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Established over 80 years ago, Ceccato is one of the most reliable compressed air brands. Ceccato is a pioneer in screw compressors, investing in innovation, with the aim to offer the newest technology within the compressors industry.

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