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Makita MAC5200

Selected technical specifications of the Makita MAC5200 air compressor

The powerful Makita MAC5200 oil-based compressor is uniquely housed within its own dolly making it easily portable. The dolly handle is situated high enough to suit taller individuals who don't have to bend down to reach it as with some other compressor designs. Conveniently, it can also be folded down to make the whole unit more compact and can even store a long air hose. For any other air compressor accessories, there is a good-sized storage compartment on the top of the main compressor body. The relatively powerful 3hp motor requires a dedicated electrical circuit if you want to prevent circuit breakers from flipping - preferably rated for 20A, not an impossible feat in most households. The unit also ships with the more desirable ball drain valve to remove excess condensation from the air tank. Earlier versions of the compressor shipped with sub-standard wheels and wheel assemblies, but Makita has listened to complaints and has since upgarded them to improved pneumatic ones making it easy to transport the compressor unit longer distances. Although the unit is able to deliver a relatively large air volume, it still only has a duty cycle of 50% like most portable compressors.

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Makita MAC2400

Makita MAC2400 air compressor
Selected technical specifications of the Makita MAC2400 air compressor

The MAC2400 is the smaller oil-based air compressor from Makita. As with other Makita compressors, the build quality is excellent, and unsurprisingly, has the more expensive ball drain valve for condensation removal from the air tank. It has two air outlets so that two different air hoses can be connected simultaneously, and the working parts of the unit are protected within a roll cage which also serves as a handle for portability.  The motor operates on a 50% duty cycle like the majority portable compressors and requires 12.3A to operate so it works fine on a normal household circuit.

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