Published at Thursday, August 09th 2018, 12:48:22 PM by Dolly Walls. Air Compressor. A rotary screw compressor uses screws to force the gas into a smaller space. These can be quite compact or larger for industrial uses. The tighter the threads on the screws, the greater the compression. This type of compressor does tend to run a bit smoother and with less vibration than other types.