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Makita Air Compressor Review

Updated on January 30, 2014

A little while ago I decided to get a new brand nailer in order to finish my basement. I had an electric nail gun but I chose to upgrade to a pneumatic one so I had to get an air compressor as well. Ultimately I picked the Makita MAC700 because it has a huge number of positive reviews on Amazon.

The main reason that I bought this air compressor was its small size, I was planning to use it inside while I was finishing my basement so I didn't want one that was too big. This one fits easily in a corner when I am not using it. The small size also makes it easy to move around as well, the roll bar handle also really helps with this.

After using my air compressor for a little while I have come to really appreciate how quiet it is compared to other compressors that I have used. This is especially noticeable when using it indoors. The main reason that it is so quiet is that it runs at a lower RPM than most other air compressors, this has the additional benefit of using fewer amps greatly reducing the chances of tripping a breaker.

Despite its small size the Makita compressor has a large air intake so the tank fills up very quickly. I have never had to wait on the compressor to be able to use my nail gun as it recycles fast enough to keep up.

The one downside to using this type of compressor is that it does require oil. I thought about going with a pancake type compressor since they don't require oil changes but ultimately I decided that changing the oil is not a huge issue for me since my nail gun also requires oil so it was easy to get into the habit of checking the oil level on both whenever I use them. Checking and changing the oil is very easy as there is an oil drain and a sighting window.

Makita T-01133 1/4 by 50 Polyurethane Contractor Air Hose
Makita T-01133 1/4 by 50 Polyurethane Contractor Air Hose

You may want to get a longer hose to use with your air compressor.

 
Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer
Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer

This is the nail gun that I use with my compressor, I love it.

 

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