Makita MAC5200 Big Bore 3.0 HP Air Compressor Review

makita-mac5200Are you looking for an air compressor to use in your home or small shop? Maybe you’ve invested in a portable air compressor before, but you’ve been disappointed because the quality and longevity of the machine wasn’t what you were looking for?

What if I told you that you could have industrial strength, high quality construction and an affordable price tag from a machine that’s both versatile and long lived enough to power just about any air tool for several years to come?

The Makita MAC5200 Big Bore 3.0 HP Air Compressor is one of the best (if not the best) portable air compressors on the market right now, and it’s reliability of manufacturing and extremely high power output (150 PSI max) make it a deal worth looking into for anyone who’s serious about getting the job done.

However, I know you’ll want to decide for yourself…For your convenience I’ve drawn up a nice list of Pros and Cons below for you to reference as you make your decision.

Makita MAC5200 Air Compressor – The Pros:

Oil Lubricated Pump + 3.0 HP Motor for Reliable Industrial Power – One of the biggest points that sets the Makita MAC5200 apart from the rest of the portable air compressors is the fact that the design incorporates much-needed heat dissipation (such as the oil lubricated pump and the finned discharge tubing) to increase the life of the unit

Greater Bore Size + Cast Iron Cylinder – The bigger bore size is a big reason that the Makita MAC5200 can deliver such potent compression power; it also helps keep a fast recovery time even after years of use

Convenient Compact Design – With a folding handle, a small profile, and storage compartments to boot, the Makita MAC5200 is one of the most conveniently designed air compressors on the market. The storage compartments are really, really handy for keeping track of nails, tubes, valves and oil.

Consistent High PSI Output Despite Smaller Size – This seemingly unimpressive air compressor will put out a solid 90 PSI @ 6.5 CFM / 40 PSI @ 6.9 CFM (Total 140 PSI Max), which is more than enough for just about any household / small shop tool, and enough for 2 nailers to be operated simultaneously.

Detailed Owner’s Manual – No need to worry being unable to use your compressor out of the box; the manual is crystal clear and walks you step by step through setup and your first use.

Surprisingly Quiet Operation – Although you’re never really going to get ‘whisper quiet’ from an air compressor, this little puppy sure comes about as close as you can get and still offer usable power

You’re Not Breaking the Bank – Coming in at right around $300 (depending on where you buy), the Makita MAC5200 is a highly affordable air compressors for its power output

Other Convenient Features – The oil drain and tank drain valve both make it significantly easier to maintain your air compressor. Additionally, you’ll receive oil and a 1/4” coupler included with your purchase

Makita MAC5200 Air Compressor – The Cons:

Really Crappy Plastic Wheels – I don’t know what Makita was thinking here…The machine weighs around 100 lbs and they give it to you with injection-mold plastic wheels? You’ll probably need replacements, but they’re easy and cheap to replace.

It’s Heavy for a ‘Portable’ Air Compressor – Being that the big-bore, 5.2 gallon Makita MAC5200 comes in at around 100pounds, it’s not quite as light weight as the 2 gallon or 1 gallon compressors that you might be able to throw one-handed into the back of your 4 seat-er…There’s a reason it has built in wheels

As you can see, the Makita MAC5200 Big Bore 3.0 HP Air Compressor has quite a bit going for it. If you’re looking for strength and sustainable power from a compact machine, this is it. At just a hair over 5 gallons, it’s the perfect size tank for a one or 2 day job. What’s more, the oil-lubricated pump does a surprisingly good job of extending the work-life of your machine beyond the normal 6 – 9 months of an un-oiled engine.

The Verdict

The Good – A well thought out design and slew of industrial features is great for anyone who runs a small home business as a contractor or just wants a versatile piece of industrial strength equipment for use around the shop

The Bad – If you have the extra pocket change, you could upgrade to a 10 or 20 gallon compressor without sacrificing much maneuverability, but you’ll need a much bigger budget and a more powerful generator

In my humble opinion I found the Makita MAC5200 Big Bore air compressor to be just the right mix of features and versatility at a price that’s juuuust right. There are already tons and tons of happy customers, and Makita is well respected as a trust worthy manufacturer of quality machinery. Plus, if worse comes to worst, you always have a full 1-year warranty to use and abuse the heck out of this air compressor to make sure it holds up.

All around, this air compressor is a great deal and gets the job done reliably; it won’t let you down.