It should go without saying that high-power air tools require a high-performance compressor. The problem a lot of people run into, though, when it comes to air compressors, is that they aren’t really sure what numbers they should be looking at – CFM, PSI, horsepower or perhaps something else.
To keep things simple, this is the best air compressor for those who often use high-power tools like framers, grinders, and sanders.
So, what sets it apart from all the others?
Two things – its high CFM rating and its incredibly strong 3 horsepower motor. The higher the CFM rating at the typical PSI level of 90, the more power an air compressor lends to your tools.
Impressive CFM / PSI Ratings
Many air sanders, framers, and impact wrenches require compressors capable of high CFM output at a minimum of 90 PSI. With the Makita MAC5200 Big Bore, that’s no problem at all.
Supplying up to 6.5 CFM at 90 PSI, this compressor is, by far, the most powerful air compressor we reviewed. For comparison’s sake, consider for a moment that the next most powerful option: the (California Air Tools 10020C) only offers 5.3 CFM at 90 PSI.
This unit not only gives your tools the most oomph, it also packs the most powerful motor. None of the other high-quality compressors on our list have a 3 horsepower motor. In fact, it is quite difficult to find a home and small shop unit with that much power.
What’s the big deal about a 3 horsepower motor?
In a word – longevity. You can run it for hours and hours without worrying that it will overheat and break down on you. Makita air compressors are built with toughness in mind. Countless proud owners expound the durability and longevity of their Makita air compressors.
A Possible Downside
Some people may see the oil-filled air pump and get concerned. They don’t want to fuss around with changing the oil from time to time to keep the motor functioning well. The oil should be changed at least once every three months, or more frequently with heavy use.
If this sounds like too much work for you, it may be best to go with a model that uses an oil-free pump. If not, though, this little chore will help ensure your motor stays cool under pressure.
While that hassle is part and parcel of owning an oil-filled pump, this design also has its advantages, especially when it comes to high-power tools. Specifically, since you’ll often be pulling a ton of power from your compressor, you really want an oil-filled pump because it keeps things better lubricated and stops the pump and motor from overheating during intensive use.
- Strong 3 horsepower motor should never become overwhelmed or overheat.
- The oil-filled air pump keeps things running cool and smoothly.
- With 6.5 CFM at 90 PSI, this machine can run even the most demanding air tools.
- The oil-filled air pump is not recommended for use with certain tools, such as airbrushes and woodworking tools.
- It is a quite high-priced option.