In this Makita MAC2400 Review we will be taking an in-depth look at the compressor, detailing the pros and cons and listing the best price. Helping you to decide if this is the right machine for you.
- Efficient 2.5 Horsepower motor delivers 4.2 SCFM @ 90 PSI
- Big bore cast iron cylinder and big bore piston reduces pump RPM for less wear, lower noise and greater efficiency
- Oil lubricated for a longer lasting pump
- 2 universal quick couplers for additional tools
- Thermal overload motor protection
Who would buy this compressor?
Those looking for a top quality, quiet compressor that will cope with both DIY and professional applications.
The MAC 2400 has a 4.2 gallon twin-stacked tanks that have a maximum operating pressure of 130 PSI, and delivers 40PSI (4.8 SCFM) and 90 PSI (4.2 SCFM).
The twin hot dog tanks fill from empty to 130 PSI in approximately 80 seconds and when the pressure drops to 100 Psi the motor kicks in for approximately 20 seconds until the maximum pressure is reached once again.
The industrial grade air filter provides increased air intake, greater efficiency and ensures that dust and debris is kept out of the pump even when used in the harshest of job-site environments.
The low AMP draw of the MAC2400 reduces instances of tripped breakers and voltage drop that can cause premature motor failure. The build quality of the Makita is without a doubt superb.
The rubber grip handle is situated in the middle of the machine making it perfectly balanced when lifting. The roll cage that wraps around the pump / motor side of the machine is made of heavy steel tubing, giving extra protection and making it Perfect for when working on a job-site. The Makita also features solid rubber feet that protects the work area flooring and reduces vibration.
The finned discharge tubing is another nice touch. Having once removed my fingerprints on a compressor discharge tube i can see why the Makita designers have incorporated this feature into the compressor. The fins on the discharge tube dissipate the hot air and make it cool enough to touch without getting a nasty burn.
The control panel on the MAC2400 is very unobtrusive and features two recessed pressure level gauges, output pressure adjustment knob and two universal quick couplers.
The lever type drain valve that is located on the bottom tank is easy to operate and makes draining the tanks after running the compressor very easy.
The compressor must be filled with the supplied oil before running, this is a simple operation that involves removing the oil filler plug and pouring in the supplied oil until the red dot within the oil level glass is in the center of the glass. The oil level glass allows the user to instantly view the oil level and is another big plus point for the Makita MAC2400. The industrial grade air filter must also be installed; once again this is a very easy task to complete and should only take a minute or so.
Makita MAC2400 First Run Procedure
To complete the initial first run procedure Makita states that the compressor must be run in a no-load condition for 20 minutes. This involves opening the tank drain valve and running the compressor to lubricate the bearings and bore. After running for twenty minutes, switch off, re-check the oil level, close the drain tap and you are ready to go.
At only 79 db the noise level of the Makita is very low. This a real bonus for those who will be using the compressor in an enclosed environment such as a small workshop or inside a home.
Some users have expressed concerns about the heavy weight and consequently the portability of the machine. In my view, the weight comes from most of the parts being made of metal and not plastic. Yes, at 77 LBS the Mac 2400 is not light but if you want quality metal parts and not plastic then you have to expect the weight to increase.
The only other con was the lack of delivery packaging. Although Makita have addressed this issue and the machine is now double boxed to prevent any damage.
Although the Makita is quite heavy it is also pretty compact, which means it can be stored away in a small space, which is ideal if you have a small shop or garage area. If you do have any concerns regarding the weight, a Dolly or pull truck can be used to transport the compressor.
The overall design has been well thought out, with little details like the machine having one tank drain valve instead of two. Everything is well situated and easy to operate.
For a light to medium use contractor or for use in a small shop the Makita Mac2400 is an ideal compressor. If you are going to be using multiple air tools, make sure to add up the CFM requirement of each tool to ensure the machine will cope. As I mentioned earlier, this is a medium use tool and may struggle to cope with multiple tools requiring a high CFM.
Overall, the Mac2400 is a very sturdy and reliable machine that should stand the rigors of daily contractor usage.
Is it good value for money? At this price it is certainly worth checking out.