Makita MAC700 Air Compressor Review

The Makita MAC700 big bore 2.0 hp air compressor is probably best suited for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers. But due to its durability and versatility, this Makita air compressor has also become the go-to compressor for many professionals.

In fact, Makita has a strong all-around reputation for making quality tools, but in particular, their line of air compressors has developed a very solid reputation for quality, durability and reliability. And this is a quiet air compressor (Makita makes some of the quietest compressors on the market).

Makita MAC700 Air Compressor Review

Makita MAC700 Air Compressor: A Quiet and Dependable Workhorse

This Makita compressor is capable of delivering 3.3 cubic feet per minute at 90 PSI. If that capacity will meet your needs, this just might be the best compressor for you. If you need a bit more oomph, I’d recommend that you consider the MAC700’s big brother, the MAC2400.

Features of the Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 hp Air Compressor

2.0 HP with Big Bore Engineered Pump

The 2.0 horse motor of the MAC700 drives a piston/cylinder combo engineered with a large bore and stroke. With every cycle of the piston within the cylinder, a larger volume of air is compressed. The result is an increased compression capacity and faster pressure recovery for the energy input.

And the Big Bore design also means that the Makita MAC700 just isn’t working as hard as competing models to produce each pound of pressure. The increased displacement capacity allows the MAC700 to run at about half the RPM of most competing models. As a result, the MAC700 produces less noise, and offers greater durability and reliability.

The low AMP draw of the motor (12.4 AMPS) reduces the headaches and potential motor damage of frequently tripped breakers.

Oil Lubricated for Cool, Smooth Operation

The MAC700 – like most air compressors – uses a piston that reciprocates up and down within its cylinder to pressurize air. This setup is very similar to your car engine, except in reverse. The pressure created by the rapidly expanding, burning fuel drives the pistons in your car. But the pistons in air compressors are driven by an electric motor (or other power source) to compress the air.

But just like in your car, air compressor pistons cycle up and down thousands of times per minute within their cylinders. This process creates heat and friction. And again, just like in your car, lubricating oil can be used to reduce the friction and carry away the heat.

Some air compressors simply rely on anti-friction linings (such as Teflon) to reduce the friction of the pistons within their cylinders. While this works, it’s not the best solution. The best air compressors use an oil lubricating system – again, just like in your car – to minimize friction and carry heat away from the cylinders.

The oil lubrication system of the Makita MAC700 minimizes cylinder/piston wear-and-tear and makes for a cooler running pump. The payoff for you is greater reliability, reduced maintenance and a longer service life.

Durable Cast Iron Cylinders

For the most part, the cylinders of air compressor pumps are made of either aluminum or cast-iron.

Aluminum cylinders offer the advantages of being cheaper and lighter.

But cast-iron cylinders offer several advantages of their own. They’re far more durable than aluminum cylinders. Cast-iron cylinders are also much easier to repair (as in cheaper) than aluminum cylinders when there is a problem.

And cast-iron cylinders offer one additional advantage: they tend to be quieter. In fact, a compressor with cast-iron cylinders can be as much as 35% quieter than a comparable model with aluminum cylinders. So if it’s more important to you to have a quiet, more durable air compressor than a lightweight compressor, you’ll probably want to avoid compressors with aluminum cylinders.

Built-in Thermal Overload Protection

Thermal overload can occur when an electric motor begins to incur an excessive load. When that happens, the motor may begin to draw more electrical current than it’s designed for. As a result the motor can be damaged or destroyed, and there’s even a risk of fire.

The MAC700 eliminates that concern with its built-in thermal overload protection. If the motor begins to overheat, the overload protection will automatically shut down the motor. It won’t start again until it’s cooled down sufficiently and you’ve pressed the reset button.

This feature could prevent a disaster!

Large Automotive Style Industrial Air Filter

Air being drawn into an air compressor must be filtered to keep dust and debris out of the pressurizing cylinders. The Makita MAC700 air compressor uses a large, automotive style filter.

The large surface area of the Makita’s filter allows for easier, smoother air intake. This means the compressor doesn’t work quite as hard to maintain a given pressure, which in turn helps to increase the energy efficiency of the compressor.

2.6 Gallon ‘Hot Dog’ Air Tank

The ‘hot dog’ single air tank design of the MAC700 provides a 2.6 gallon capacity in a compact, easy-to-store, easy-to-work-around design.

Additional Features:

  1. Easy operating tank drain valve. Uses a ball valve with lever handle to replace standard petcock design.
  2. Finned discharge tubing. Cools the tubing so it won’t burn you if you touch it.
  3. Convenient sight glass for checking oil level

What’s Included:
The Makita MAC700 comes with air compressor oil and a 1/4 inch universal quick coupler.

Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual for the MAC700 is available online. Click here if you’d like to take a look.

Warranty
Makita air compressors come with a full 1-year warranty. They also come with a no-risk 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with your Makita air compressor, just return it within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund or replacement.

If you’d like to read the terms of the warranty/satisfaction guarantee on the Makita website, click here.

What Consumers are Saying About the Makita MAC700 Air Compressor:

This air compressor is very popular with customers at Amazon.com. With more than 500 customer reviews (as of this writing), the average rating is an excellent 4.5 stars out of 5.

Click here if you’d like to read through the customer reviews yourself. Here’s a summarization of what customers are reporting that they like and don’t like about the Makita MAC700:

Pros:

  • This is a quiet air compressor. The majority of customers who have reviewed this product commented on how much they enjoyed the low noise output of the MAC700. At 80 decibels, it’s one of the quietest air compressors on the market. One reviewer stated that while remodeling a bedroom, he ran the MAC700 in the next-door bedroom, and could hardly hear it.
  • In addition to the low noise output, many reviewers mentioned that the Makita 700 produces very little vibration when running.
  • The low amp draw (12.4 amps) of this Makita compressor was one of the features customers really appreciated.
  • A number of reviewers commented on the versatility of this compressor. While the size and output of the MAC700 probably makes it most suitable for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers, many reviewers stated that it performed well and held up just fine under very heavy workloads. One full-time professional carpenter who wrote a review stated that this is his only compressor. Several professionals mentioned that the MAC700 is their go-to compressor for finish work. One reviewer who’s been a painting and sandblasting contractor for 40 years was surprised to find that the Makita would handle all of his nail guns – including roofing and framing guns.
  • Durability. Many reviewers anticipated a long service life due to the reputation of the MAC700, along with their own initial opinion of the solid construction of the compressor. And a number of reviewers reported back and added an addendum to their review after using the compressor for a while. Some waited to post their review until they’d been using the compressor for some time. Praise for the MAC700’s durability was nearly universal among those who had been using it for a while. One professional stated that he’d been using the Makita full time for over 2 years with a 2 to 3 man trim crew. He said that they work the Makita so hard that it runs almost nonstop day after day, but continues to perform flawlessly.
  • A number of reviewers found the easy-operating drain valve to be a nice touch.

Cons:
No product is absolutely perfect, and the Makita MAC700 is no exception. Here are some of the things that customer reviewers have most complained about:

  • Some customers noted that the MAC700 was a bit heavier than they expected (the MAC700 weighs 52 pounds). But several of the same reviewers also stated that the compressor is easy to move around due to the roll bar handle design.
  • There are several complaints about the manual. Some complained about the lack of information, and others complained that the information that the manual does include is poorly written and difficult to understand. (There’s a link to the online manual above if you’d like to take a look at it.)
  • A few reviewers complained about the design of the compressor being top-heavy. One reviewer mentioned that because of this, he has to be careful to secure the compressor so that it won’t tip when transporting it in his pick-up truck (a good idea even if it’s not top-heavy!).
  • This has nothing do to with the compressor itself, of course, but there are several complaints about shipping damage. Something to consider if you order the compressor online (though Amazon’s price is by far the best I’ve found).

The Makita MAC700 is currently available for a little under $200 with free shipping from Amazon.com. Click here for current price.

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