If you’re looking for a compressor that will stand the test of time, the Makita Mac5200 has had ten years to prove itself and it’s still going strong today. Of course, Makita products are rarely cheap and the 5200 is no exception. It is it worth almost 400 dollars? Read on to find out.
The MAC5200 is equipped with a three HP motor that produces 6.5 CFM at 90 PSI. This makes the compressor compatible with most household tools. It’s also sufficient power to make short work of nearly all of them. It can be used to power two nail guns simultaneously. The Big Bore cylinder ensures minimal recovery time while the 120 Volt engine is equally impressive.
Makita seems to have gone to great lengths to make the MAC5200 as portable as possible and this is reflected in the final design. The heavy duty wheels and handle make it an easy compressor to move, even over uneven surfaces. The handle folds down for easy storage and can still be operated afterwards which I think is a nice touch.
The built in storage compartment stores all the bits and pieces making it even easier to get from A to B. At a total weight of 104 pounds, there’s no denying that it’s a heavy machine but this is largely to be expected of an air compressor of this size.
In terms of durability, the MAC5200 also scores highly. The entire machine appears well built and multiple customer reviews have praised its performance over the long term. I particularly like the heavy duty roll cage construction. It seems tough enough to protect the pump and motor assembly from anything short of a sledge hammer.
There used to be regular complaints about the wheels, but Makita appears to have fixed the problem. I have not been able to find any complaints dated after 2011.
Despite being advertised as a quiet air compressor, the MAC5200 emits noise levels that are decidedly average. At approximately 90 decibels, it’s quieter than most oil free compressors but a little louder than you’d expect from the oiled variety.
I wouldn’t consider this a reason not to purchase the device but I do think it’s a reason for the word quiet to be removed from its marketing description.
Reviews for the MAC5200 are generally favourable with an average of 4.3 stars out of 5. This is made more impressive by the fact that most of the negative reviews complained about poor wheels, a problem which Makita has since resolved. The most popular features appear to be portability, general performance and long term durability.
If you’re going to spend 340 dollars on a 140 PSI compressor, you expect a quality product and that’s just what Makita has provided. There are certainly cheaper, and smaller options, out there but if you’re thinking long term, the 5200 makes a lot of sense. While not necessarily powerful for some professional purposes, the average consumer will be very pleased with what is a very high quality machine.