Vane Starters

Air Starter Selection Guide

External Lubrication Required Selection Guide (Vane Motor)


Ingersoll Rand vane air starters are the most commonly used air starters throughout the world. Their simple, rugged designs are easy to maintain and their durability legendary. The vane motor develops maximum horsepower at a much lower speed of 5,000 to 6,000 rpm, and only requires a small amount of lubrication for maximum life. The decreased speed of the vane motor improves bearing life, and delivers more torque per pound of weight than piston air motors.


For Diesel Engine
Displacement (liters)
Series Gear Ratio Extended Starting
Capability (>10 sec.)
Max Power (HP) Max Pressure (psig) Air Consumption at Max HP – SCFM (L/s) Engagement Type** Inlet Size (NPT) Exhaust Size (NPT) Gas Sealed
0 to 5 3BMG Direct No 8 150 325 (153) Inertia 3 ⁄ 4 " 1" Yes
3 to 8 5BMG Direct No 10 150 310 (146) Inertia 3 ⁄ 4 " 1" Yes
3 to 8 SS175G B No 18 150 500 (236) Pre-Engaged 1" 1 1 ⁄ 4 " Yes
5 to 10 SS175G E No 18 150 500 (236) Pre-Engaged 1" 1 1 ⁄ 4 " Yes
8 to 27 150BMG E No 32 150 680 (321) Pre-Engaged 1 1 ⁄ 4 " 1 1 ⁄ 4 " Yes
8 to 27 150BMP E No 32 150 680 (321) Pre-Engaged 1 1 ⁄ 4 " 1 1 ⁄ 4 " No
15 to 32 150BMP D No 32 150 680 (321) Pre-Engaged 1 1 ⁄ 4 " 1 1 ⁄ 4 " No
8 to 27 SS350G E No 36 150 900 (425) Pre-Engaged 1 1 ⁄ 4 " 1 1 ⁄ 2 " Yes
16 to 130 SS810 B No 80 150 1700 (802) Inertia 1 1 ⁄ 2 " 2 1 ⁄ 2 " Yes
16 to 130 SS815 B No 80 150 1700 (802) Pre-Engaged 1 1 ⁄ 2 " 2 1 ⁄ 2 " Yes
80 to 200 SS825 C No 75 150 1350 (637) Pre-Engaged 1 1 ⁄ 2 " 2 1 ⁄ 2 " Yes

160 to 320 

SS850 D No 75 150 1275 (602) Pre-Engaged 1 1 ⁄ 2 " 2 1 ⁄ 2 " Yes

These figures should only be used as a guide, please contact us for further information.