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Makita Air Compressor Review

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Air compressors do more than just add air to tires and any other inflatable item. They are also largely utilized in painting, cleaning extremely tight and narrow spaces, sanding, and can even be used in medical and dental settings, to cite a few. These capabilities make them worthy investments.

Regardless of your purpose for using an air compressor, you’re probably curious about what the Makita brand has to offer when it comes to this versatile tool. Are they worthy of being labeled as the quintessential brand for air compressors? Let’s find out by examining each model they have available.


The MAC5200 is probably the best out of all the models listed here; an insinuation that some users will probably disagree with. They’ll probably argue that the MAC2400 is the cream of the crop. But as far as power combined with ease of use and portability is concerned, it’s difficult to find flaws in this unit. Do check out this review if you want a deeper dive into what the Makita MAC5200 brings to the table.


  • 3.0 HP motor with 140PSI, 40PSI (6. 9 CFM) and 90 PSI (6. 5 CFM
  • 5.2-gallon tank
  • Cast iron pump with large bore cylinder for better performance
  • Added wheels for portability
  • Oil-lubricated pump for cooler running temperatures
  • Built-in storage compartment


  1. The wheels make it highly portable and easy to maneuver
  2. Very quiet operation
  3. Longer CFM sustain
  4. High CFM means more suitable for larger applications


  1. The company has since addressed past notable issues


The only thing holding back the MAC2400 from taking the crown is that its heftiness. Make no mistake, this unit can perform just as spectacularly as the MAC5200, even though it’s cheaper and has a lower CFM. The included accessories like the gauges and pressure regulators are just right and serve to make this a great air compressor for most inflation purposes.


  • 2.5 HP motor with a total of 130 PSI, 40 PSI (4.8 CFM) and 90 PSI (4.2 CFM)
  • 4.2-gallon tank
  • Cast iron pump and big bore cylinder combo for improved performance
  • Oil-lubricated to maintain a cool temperature
  • Roll cage for added protection
  • Lever handle ball valve tank that makes maintenance easier


  1. Noise- and vibration-free
  2. Satisfactory CFM output for most applications
  3. As durable and as the MAC5200


  1. Noticeably heavier than other models
  2. May not be able to handle larger blowing out activities optimally


The MAC700 is the more popular of three possibly because it’s the most affordable Makita air compressor. You get a couple of the essential features of the MAC5200 and MAC2400, but with lesser overall CFM. It’s obvious that it’s designed as a general-purpose air compressor. It throws in a one-year warranty, too, making it a bonafide bargain.


  • 2.0HP motor with 130 total PSI, 40PSI (3.8 CFM) and 90 PSI (3.3 CFM)
  • 2.6-gallon tank
  • Cast iron with big bore cylinder and piston that maximizes performance
  • 1,720 RPM pump with low noise levels
  • Low amp draw that addresses tripped breakers and premature motor failure
  • Oil-lubricated to maintain temperature and minimize wear


  1. The most budget-friendly of the three listed here
  2. Great value for money
  3. Same outstanding quiet operation


  1. Not for heavy-duty operation
  2. Low tank capacity
  3. Heavy weight


As in any Japanese brand of power tools, we can expect nothing less than the highest quality in their products. Makita proves that it settles for no less in its air compressors when we consider efficiency, quiet operation, and portability. Whether it’s the brand to beat, though, remains a matter of debate.

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