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Makita MAC5200 Big Bore Air Compressor

The Big Bore is back and more powerful with the new Makita MAC5200 air compressor. Featuring a 3.0HP motor,Makita MAC5200 Heavy Duty Air Compressor this workhorse can deliver 6.5CFM at 90psi. Designed for heavy-duty use, the Makita Big Bore is commonly used by home contractors, builders, and other professionals.

In this Makita MAC5200 Big Bore Air Compressor review we take a detailed look at the key features and performance of the MAC5200.

Motor and Pump:

The Makita MAC5200 Big Bore air compressor is powered by a 3.0HP motor, which features a built-in thermal overload for added protection. The powerful motor is great, but the real benefit comes from the Big Bore engineered pump.

A large automotive style filter is used to help increase air intake, providing increased efficiency. When combined with the greater bore, the cast-iron cylinder pump provides excellent performance.

So, you get a big motor and well-built pump, but what about the pressure? The 5.2-gallon tank delivers 6.9CFM at 40psi and 6.5CFM at 90psi. This is enough power to run two pneumatic tools at the same time, without worrying about recovery time.

The 0 to 140 psi time for filling the Big Bore is about two minutes, which is about average. The recovery time is also fast, but a 50% duty cycle will limit the use of air tools that require uninterrupted power.

Design & Build:Makita contractor compressor

The 5.2-gallon tank sits on a metal frame with foldable handles. The pump and motor are located behind the tank, closer to the two wheels. Mounted above this setup are the control panel and a storage compartment.

The small storage compartment located above the controls is an interesting addition. You get a nice little spot to store extra air fittings and accessories. The machine also has a hose wrap, for storing up to 50 feet of air hose.

The frame that houses the pump, the motor, and the control panel has an extendable handle. This is designed to make the machine easy to wheel around the job site.

Several customers have complained about injection molded wheels constructed from plastic. It appears that Makita has updated the design and now uses rugged, rubber tires for increased support. Previously, the plastic wheels would crack and split. Customers were forced to replace the wheels with store-bought rubber tires.

The MAC5200 is an electric-powered air compressor, requiring 120 volts, so you can use it from a standard outlet. It runs at about 13.8 amps, so overloading the circuit is not generally a problem.

Other design features worth mentioning includes an oil drain, an oil sight glass, and a tank drain valve. These are nice additions to an already exceptional machine.


The MAC5200 Big Bore compressor has an easy to read control panel. The gauges and controls are mounted on a metal control panel that sits over the motor and pump. They face upward, so you should noproblem checking the pressure reading. It also features a pressure knob, for turning the machine on and setting the pressure level.

mac5200 Compressor controls


As mentioned, the 5200 is a powerful machine. So, you have to expect a decent amount of noise. The dB noise level of the Big Bore machine is 90, which is relatively noisy.

In order to give you an indication of this noise level, imagine a motorcycle driving within 25 feet or operating a power mower. Both situations produce about the same noise level as the Makita MAC5200 compressor.

Maintenance and Upkeep:

The Makita MAC5200 air compressor has an oil-lubricated pump. You are going to need to occasionally change the oil, as well as perform other basic maintenance tasks. For the most part, maintenance is limited to a general inspection before each use. The machine even comes with a bottle oil.

The air filter is easy to access, which also helps with maintenance. Oil changes are quick and easy, even though they will only be needed every few months with standard use.


The performance and craftsmanship of the Makita MAC2500 Big Bore air compressor are backed by a complete 30-day refund. Makita performs a complete inspection and tests every compressor before shipping. If you are not happy, simply return it for a full refund.

They also provide a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase that covers defects from workmanship and materials.

Pros:Makita 5200

  • Powerful 3HP motor delivers 6.5CFM at 90psi.
  • Convenient foldable handles and rugged wheels.
  • Durable design, including cast iron cylinder.
  • Small storage compartment for storing air fittings.


  • Heavy machine (weights about 100 pounds)
  • Noisy operation (about 90 decibels)


The powerful Big Bore is a favorite among home contractors and anyone else looking for a workhorse of a machine. The Makita MAC5200 is one of the most-recommended compressors in this class, thanks to the 3.0HP motor delivering 6.5CFM at 90psi.

With 6.5CFM, you should have no problem operating just about any nailer, along with smaller hammers and ratchets. You should also be able to run a reversible or straight-line drill, a speed saw, and some grinders.

The oil-lubricated pump and cast iron cylinder reduce wear and tear, resulting in longer service life. The convenient folding handle and low profile makes storage and transport easy – which is nice considering the weight of this machine. The Makita air compressor comes in at about 100 pounds.

The disadvantages are not related to the actual performance – other than the noise level of the machine. Makita claims that the MAC5200 air compressor is designed for low noise and high output. They got the high output part right, but the machine is definitely not quiet. At 90 dB, the Makita Big Bore is relatively noisy. We recommend wearing noise canceling safety earmuffs. Despite a few minor drawbacks, there are no other major issues.

In the end, the Makita MAC5200 Big Bore air compressor lives up to the Makita name. If you are in need of a compressor for medium-duty pneumatic air tools, the Big Bore has you covered.


Updated: April 26, 2017 — 2:03 pm
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