The Makita MAC2400 is one of the most popular air compressors available nowadays. One reason explaining it is the spotless reputation of the product’s manufacturer that is recognized as one of the best on the market.
At the same time, this particular model also has numerous online reviews, most of which are pretty positive. The customers note the durability and efficiency of the compressor and find its price-performance ratio more than just satisfying.
The model is powerful enough for coping with heavy duty tasks but is convenient and easy enough to handle lightweight ones as well. The sturdy construction of the compressor made of the cast iron instead of plastic and the automotive pod filter instead of cloth one that can be found in the majority of its competition models guarantee a long service life.
Makita MAC2400 Review
The Manufacturer Company
Makita is a well known global brand that has been delivering high-quality tools since 1915. They were the first to introduce cordless power tools and nowadays the company continues to bring the innovation to the market, which makes it the leader in the industry.
The excellent reputation combined with premium grade materials, well-organized service network, and the advanced quality control of their products make the enterprise a good choice for the customers, whether it’s a beginner or the experienced contractor.
The Basic Features and Specs
The MAC2400 is an oil-lubricated, big bore air compressor running on the powerful engine of 2HP that ensures a great performance rating for a variety of tasks. Simultaneously despite the big motor the compressor is working at lower operating temperatures and has a low RPM rate of 1.720. Producing 4.2 CFM at 90 PSI and 4.8 CFM at 40 PSI, the compressor provides the highest levels of productivity even for the most demanding appliances. Unlike similar heavy oil lubricated models, this one draws only 12.3 AMPs as you start and not more than 15 AMPs while performing heavy duty tasks.
The compressor has two air tanks with the overall capacity of 4.2 gallons that provide a sufficient airflow suiting for powering different tools, such as nailers, staplers, riveting and grease guns, even some pneumatic hammers and chisels. The recovery time is very small with the compressor charging to maximum 130 PSI in one minute and around 30 seconds it takes to refill the tank.
The compressors is as loud as 79dB which is acceptable noise level for the models of its class and is still below the conversation level because the sound it creates is not so gritting at higher frequencies as it is in many of its business rivals.
The oil indicator and the pressure gauges are conveniently located and are easyly readable, and the two 1/4 connect outlets allow working with two draw tools at the same time.
The size of the compressor (20 x 18 x 19 inches) requires not so much space in a garage. Its weight of 77Ib is a bit heavy; however it’s still portable. Plus a bit heavier weight simultaneously makes the compressor more stable than other portable models.
The Power Capacity
The compressor has a powerful engine that makes performing the DIY jobs around the house a piece of cake plus it’s suitable for serious tasks that usually the experienced contractors would do, such as carpentry and roofing. But the high performance of the compressor is not determined by the horse powers of the motor only. Its 4.2 CFM enable you to use a wide number of various tools with the compressor. It can easily support the framing and brad nailers, pneumatic staplers, airbrush for painting, plasma cutter, tire inflation tools, and also riveting and grease guns. Even some heavy duty appliances like pneumatic hammers can be used with the MAC2400.
The only thing that might slightly limit the performance of the compressor it’s the 50% duty cycle. For instance, if you use the tools requiring continuous and prolonged airflow, you’ll have to turn off the compressor once in a while to let the compressor “rest” a few minutes. If you ignore it, the unit can get overheated that would eventually lead to some components failure. However, most of the users don’t find it a problem because it’s enough time to perform the majority of tasks moreover it recharges very fast, so the overall rate of productivity doesn’t suffer much from these little breaks.
It’s also important to note that it’s a very quiet running compressor. Many users noted that they could maintain a conversation while the unit was working without raising the voice, which is a huge advantage over its business rivals. You can be sure that working with it at your home or garage you won’t spoil your friendly relationships with your neighbors, as they simply won’t hear the annoying loud grating sounds of the compressor running.
The Makita engineers deliberately made the diameter of the cylinder somewhat larger than in most of the other compressors. It enabled the pump significantly enlarge the airflow and at the same time lessen the recharge cycle. And the premium quality cast iron that has been used as a material for the cylinder makes the unit reliable and very durable. The compressor also has a metal roll cage protecting its components from unintentional damage. So if you accidentally drop it, there are good chances that the compressor won’t get broken and continue serving you for long years ahead.