Makita MAC700 Review

By Thomas Haugen / December 15, 2016
makita mac700 review

The Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor is an oil-lubed type of air compressor with a very strong build, which also comprises of 2 HP motor and cast iron pump with big bore cylinder and piston in order to deliver better performance. This model is fairly quiet, due to to oil-lubricated pump installed and the fact that it is running at half of the RPM compared to some competitor’s products. The Makita MAC700 will be the one to go for when you are looking for an air compressor to be used with low airflow tools, light airbrushing, stapling, nailing, inflating tires, any home DIY tasks.

Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor  tech specs as per the manufacturer

  • Model – Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor
  • Maximum Pressure – 130 PSI
  • Cut-in pressure – 100 PSI
  • Horsepower – 2.0 hp
  • Motor capacity – 12.4 A Electric, at maximum pressure
  • Motor 1720 RPM
  • Tank – 2.6 gallon
  • Sound Level – 90dB
  • Pump – oil-lubricated
  • Bore – 47 mm
  • Stroke – 44 mm
  • Output at 90 PSI – 3.3 SCFM
  • Output at 40 PSI – 3.8 SCFM
  • Quick connector – 1 x1.4” Industrial Connector
  • Dimensions – 18 x 22 x 10 inches, 59.6 pounds
  • Voltage – 120 Volts
  • CSA/US Listed

Here we offer the main features of Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor

  • Powerful Motor – the big bore cylinder and piston guarantee the outstanding performance of the powerful 2 HP motor this model has. For the ones, who are not completely familiar with what the terms bore and piston is good to clarify that in piston engines, bore is the diameter of the cylinder and stroke is the movement of the piston inside that cylinder. A big bore and longer stroke are factors for better compression, low noise and short recovery time.


    1. Short recovery time – the Makita MAC700 goes from empty to its maximum 130 PSI pressure in less than a minute and the recovery time from cut in pressure is only 20 seconds.
    2. 2.6 gallon tankthe Makita MAC700 has a “hot dog” type of tank, which is actually the cause of the fast recovery time. Air compressors with around 2 gallon tanks are usually small, but enough to excel in  stapling, nailing, inflating tires and operating with any tools which doesn’t require continuous airflow.
    3. Oil lubricated pump – the oil lubricated pump of the Makita MAC700 does require maintenance, but on the other hand has a longer lifespan and is a warranty of a reliable operation. Another plus is that as the oil lubricated pump has a big bore cylinder, it allows pushing more air at lower RPM, which actually means quieter operation.
    4. Sight glass – this one allows you to check the level of the oil, so you know when you need to change it.
    5. Quiet air compressor – as we have already established, due to the fact the Makita MAC700 operates at 1720 RPM, makes it quiet and in gets to 90 dB which allows maintaining conversation while the unit is on.
    6. Low 12.4 Amp draw – the usual household breakers trip at 15 Amp, which means you can run your Makita MAC700 from your standard 110V outlets at home. However, bare in mind that any other powerful devices should not be runned in the same circuit.
    7. 50% Duty Cycle – you can only use it for 30 minutes in every hour.
    8. Stationary – although the Makita MAC700 is equipped with a handle, which is directly welded to the tank in order to be able to lift it and move it around, but in our opinion this model is just too heavy to carry it around the house. With its 59.6 pounds, you will be best off using a cart to move it around or better off find a good place for it and leave it there. You will certainly have no troubles to carry it in a car or truck tho.


  • 1 x1.4” Standard Quick Connector
  • Accessories – the Makita MAC700 has included in the package an intake air filter, an oil cap which replaces the temporary one it comes in with and lubricant. Any other accessories that you might need like a hose, an inline filter for airbrushing, a connector set to be used with a range of tools are not included.


Here is a summary of all the PROS for Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor

    • Powerful motor – the Makita MAC700 is a 2 HP air compressor, which is great for any low airflow tools, light airbrushing, stapling, nailing, inflating tires, any home DIY tasks.
    • Short recovery time


  • Oil lubricated pump – which means longer life of your unit.


    • Low 12.4 Amp draw


  • Quiet air compressor


Here are the CONS for  Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor

    • Heavy and not very easy to move around
    • 50% Duty Cycle


  • Instructions manual is not clear and confusing



Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor is a helpful unit to have around the house. It will perform excellent as long as you are aware of its limitations. Makita is one of the strongest brands on the marked, delivering high quality products, and the MAC700 is certainly one of them. The weight and the instructions manual of this model can definitely be improved, but if this is not an issue for you, then the Makita MAC700 is the one for you with a very fair price.

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Thomas Haugen