Makita DMP181 18V Cordless High-Pressure Inflator

Makita 18V High-Pressure Inflator Delivers Up To 160 PSI

While cordless inflators all perform the same basic function, some models feature an extra degree of refinement. The Makita DMP181 18V Cordless High-Pressure Tire Inflator improves upon previous models with a higher PSI limit, faster inflation, and some convenience features to easily top off car, truck, and bike tires, as well as sports balls and other inflatables.

What’s the Big Deal?

The Makita High Pressure Inflator delivers up to 160 PSI. Compared to the DMP180, this version generates 40 more PSI. It has high, medium, and low speed settings to help regulate pressure across various applications. The backlit pressure gauge provides an easy-to-read display in any lighting condition.

Makita DMP181 High-Pressure Inflator

It also features an auto-stop function that lets you set a predetermined air pressure; when your setting is reached, the Makita DMP181 shuts off to prevent overfill. However, Makita includes an air release button on the side of the unit to release air pressure just in case you do over-inflate.

Other Features

  • Compact design
  • 25-1/2″ hose length
  • Rubberized handle
  • LED light


Currently, the Makita DMP181 18V LXT Cordless High-Pressure Inflator is available as a bare tool. It retails for $159 and comes with Makita’s 3-year warranty. You can find it anywhere Makita tools are sold.

Makita 18V Cordless High-Pressure Inflator Specs

  • Model: Makita DMP181ZX
  • Motor: Brushed
  • Max Air Pressure: 160 psi
  • Dimensions: 12-1/2 x 4-1/4 x 9-1/8 in.
  • Net Weight: 4.6 lbs.
  • Includes: Tool, Presta Valve Adapter, Sports Ball Needle, Tapered Adapter
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Bare Tool Price: $159

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Stefan L

My Makita pump over-inflates my car tires by ~0.35 bar, by running for approx. 17 seconds after the set pressure has been reached.
Makita customer service answered that this is normal behaviour: “The pump over-inflates, and then you you release air, using the air release button, and adjust manually to the correct pressure.”

So I’m returning the pump where I bought it from. I see on Amazon reviews that more people have this problem.


At you can get a trigger lock for the Makita inflators and it works great. It is held on with a Velcro strap and it can slide for on and off.


Filling car tire with DMP181 is not as easy as with the DMP180. Why they had to change the head from tratitional…

Bill Lutonsky

On mine I drilled a hole through the trigger and housing just slightly larger than the ball inflater needle, this works great. Set pressure,insert needle and it will shut off .

Ed Harris

I just bought the Dewalt as it can be set and walked away from where the Makita in the stores requires a finger on the trigger at all times and that was the deal breaker for me.
What about this one?

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