Does the Makita MAC700 live up to its reputation as a high powered, top quality, portable air compressor? In this Makita MAC700 review we take a look at the pros and cons of one of the best selling compressors on the market today.
- Oil lubricated pump that reduces wear, vibration and noise
- Low 12.4 amp draw minimizes cases of tripped breakers
- Maximum performance Big bore cylinder and piston
- 1,720 RPM pump speed provides maximum power with less
- Window for easy viewing of oil level
- Compact, well built and portable
- One-year manufacturer’s warranty
Motor and Pump – Makita Big Bore Compressor
The Mac 700 features a 2 HP (Max), 4-pole Induction motor that runs at only 1,720 RPM, ensuring a longer motor and pump life and also greatly reduces vibration. The oil lubricated pump has a cast iron big bore cylinder and longer stroke that helps to produce more pressure with less heat and less noise.
The oil lubricated pump means that you will need to fill, check and eventually change the oil, although this sounds a lot of work, in reality it is something that becomes second nature. Oil lubricated pumps have the added bonus of lasting longer than oil free pumps, making them ideal for both the DIY enthusiast and the professional user.
The 2.6 gallon tank has a maximum operating pressure of 130 PSI and gives 3.8 CFM @ 40 PSI and 3.3CFM @ 90 PSI. The tank fills from empty to 130 PSI in approximately 60 seconds and recharges from 100 psi to 130 psi in only 10 – 15 seconds.
The lower (12.4) AMP draw minimizes cases of tripped circuit breakers and also voltage drops that might cause premature electric motor breakdown.
Build & Design
As with most Makita tools the build quality and design are superb. The thick tubular roll cage that runs down the side of the tank and over the top of the pump has a rubber grip at the top and doubles as a carry handle.
The Makita also has a plastic cowling that covers most of the motor and pump; this helps to stop any accidental damage and protects the compressor from dust and debris.
The rubber feet on the compressor help to reduce vibration and also protect the flooring area when working indoors.
The lifting weight is distributed evenly and although the compressor weighs around 50 LBS it can be moved around with comparative ease.
The size of the compressor is 21″ high x 18″ long x 10.5″ wide, which means it won’t take up too much room in a shop or in the back of a truck. If you do feel like the weight will be as issue then you can always use a dolly or cart to pull it around, they are available on Amazon from about $15.
Overall it is a well built and designed machine, although, there are some design aspects that I feel could have been improved upon, such as the exposed gauges, pressure regulator valve and quick coupler. But that’s just my personal opinion!
The tank pressure gauge is tilted upwards and the output pressure gauge is vertically aligned, so they are both easy to view from a standing position. The pressure regulator valve has a large knob that is easy to operate.
Noise The Makita produces 80 Decibels of noise which is not on the loud scale but it is slightly louder than some of the compressors we have reviewed. Having read some of the Amazon reviews the majority of buyers thought that the MAC700 was very quiet. There are so many features to list in this Makita Mac700 review that it would be impossible to list them all.
Read the Amazon reviews here.
Assembly & Break-in Procedure – Very Important!!!
Makita Air Compressor MAC700 Video
- High output, low noise and low amp draw
- Cast iron pump with big bore cylinder and piston for improved performance
- Powerful 2 HP 4-pole motor produces 3.3 CFM at 90 psi for faster recovery time
- Pump runs at only 1,730 RPM resulting in less wear and tear on pump and motor
- Low noise level of 80 dB
- Oil-lubricated pump for reduced wear and cooler temperatures
- Roll-bar for additional protection
- Oil level glass
This Makita Mac700 review would not be complete without mentioning the few cons that are associated with this compressor. Cons
- The set up and break-in instructions in the manual are very poor
- Weight might be an issue is you need to move the compressor on a regular basis
- Some owners had issues with damaged goods on delivery
Makita MAC700 Review -Conclusion
The MAC700 is the perfect compressor for the homeowner and contractor alike. From inflating tires to running trim finish nailers, this quiet, compact compressor will cope with any small to medium sized jobs with ease. The fill and recharge times are very fast and allow the unit to adequately power a variety of air tools.