Makita 'Hot Dog' Air Compressor - 2 HP, Model# MAC700
As always, in my experience anyway, Northern has come through once again. I was very undecided as to what I wanted and/or needed. After reading all the reviews on MAC 700 I bought it. The break in was very easy, and playing with it has been fun. I'm thinking of trying to find a link that explains adding this unit to a bigger tank, but am not convinced I need to add it to my old 20 gallon unit. I piddle with all sorts of projects and do some air brush work, which this unit will suit me just fine. Glad I found this and appreciate all the concise reviews.
August 12, 2013
quiet and heavy duty compressor
I'll be the first to agree with the other reviewers that the manual that came with this compressor is lacking in detail. After reading all the reviews however, I had all the information i needed to set up the compressor when I got it out of the box.
It's actually pretty simple though.
1.Get a pair of needle nose pliers and pull the plastic plugs out of the oil fill hole and the hole for the air filter.
2. Take the air filter and wrap some teflon tape around the threads then thread it into the hole by hand (HAND TIGHT ONLY)
3.Using a small funnel pour the compressor oil into the oil hole. You will see the oil in the sight glass on the compressor will look to be too full but thats okay, this will go down after running the compressor.
4. Take the long oil fill cap and thread it into the oil fill hole hand tight (NO TEFLON TAPE HERE)
5. Open the air drain valve on the bottom of the compressor and plug the compressor in.
Turn on the air compressor and let it run with the drain open for 20 to 25 minutes.
All Done its now broken in and you're ready to rock!!
May 3, 2013
Nice unit, but be sure you match it to your needs
Bought this as a "backup" for the house garage as my main compressor is in my workshop down the driveway and it's not always convenient to pull a vehicle or a project down there in bad weather.
Be sure to match this to your needs (SCFM versus what your tools require.) I use it for inflation, tire pressure, blow off - clean up, and have run my impact wrench with it to take a wheel off the car. If you're using a lot of air, you will need to let this catch up with you. I don't find it objectionable, but I expected it when I bought it.
I recently bought a brad nailer to help my son trim out his house. Quiet enough to not cause headaches inside the house and portable enough to lug it between rooms, but it is NOT light. Nicely built.
Unfortunately it appears my son agrees with me. It's been two weeks and I STILL don't have it back!
April 23, 2013
Built Like a Tank
This is a great little compressor and service my daily needs around the house. It is pretty heavy to lug around but very quiet compare to other compressors I have owned. It is a quality product and was worth the premium in price over other compressors its size.
September 4, 2012
great portable compressor
I recently purchased this unit from northern after finally burning up my old pancake portable compressor after a couple decades of use. yes you can buy cheaper portables but the quality and features of this unit make it more than worth the little extra over the oil less models. super quiet, quick cycling, and well designed. hey it looks sweet too, (gotta be lookin good out there) no lightweight at 54 pounds, but very portable to job sites. narrow design is a bonus the way my truck is set up. I have purchased many items from northern and have not returned one yet, keep up the good work!
May 14, 2012
Quiet !...Thank you.
Here is the only thing I don't like about this unit, it has a exposed thin cooling fins on the inlet pipe that can cause damage or get damaged.
Now the good side. I lucked into this one. I had just replaced my brad nailer (stiil in the box) when I spotted this compressor bundled with a brad. My compressor made alot of noise and was a pain to put in and out of the truck, let alone hauling it up stairs, especially for really small jobs . So I bought the bundle because I figured it would just cover those small jobs. Did I say I lucked into this one?
Not only is this compressor quiet and light, it is also strong enough to run a framing nailer for small jobs. And I really like the brad nailer too.
My old compressor in now in the basement waiting for bigger jobs or jobs where I can leave it in the truck with the door closed to contain the noise!
March 21, 2011
Great for my shop & garage
Perfect for all of my shop projects. Especially handy for keeping my car & truck tires at the exact ppi (my pet peeve). I check all of the tires monthly and am always surprised how they manage to loose air. Tire pressure = better mileage, tire wear. Saves me money - Good for the environment - Gets us away from foreign oil. The Makita Hot Dog is quiet and fast. I put mine on a dolly and find it very efficient.
August 23, 2010
Easy & Reliable
The Makita Hotdog air compressor is easy to use and extremely reliable.
Several links have instructions for adapting this compressor for a larger air tank. My only gripe would be that Makita include some extra compressor oil beyond the break-in period. All in all, a quality product at a fair price.
July 20, 2009
Best job site compressor ever!
This is the best job site compressor I have ever used.
It is well made and heavy duty.
The purge valve is heavy duty and large enough to turn with gloves on.
The compressor is quiet! Very quiet! You can easily work in the same room with it.
Cycle time is short because of the big pump and small tank.
It is narrow enough to fit between floor joists or wall studs.
Did I mention it is quiet? It is the quietest compressor I have ever owned.
It will handle two air nailers with no problem.
It is heavy enough that it will not "dance" across a floor.
No bad points, just notes:
It will turn over easily in your truck bed so tie it down. The narrow profile make it easier to tip over.
It cycles fairly often because of the small tank, but it builds pressure fast because of the big pump.
Not the best choice for continous use air tools like air grinders but will work in a pinch.
This is a great pump for the general contractor, and the price makes it affortable for the homeowner. Great pump, great value.
November 18, 2008
I've recently remodeled my kitchen and used the Makita "Hot Dog" compressor for every aspect from demo to reconstruction and the Compressor really lives up to it's name. The Makita Hot Dog is durable, portable and withstood everything I threw at it from cabinet's to flooring and lighting. I would recommend this compressor to any "do it yourselfer"
November 17, 2008