This air compressor cements its place in our top 5 by being slightly better than our last choice which is the Senco PC1010, but at the same time inferior in some aspects to our first three choices. One thing that everybody will brag about if they own this compressor is its 2 horsepower motor. Now, this isn’t something you see every day in the world of conventional air compressors. This pretty much makes it an industrial-grade model, while at the same time it is as compact as the others and isn’t that much expensive.
Features That Make It Stand Out
If you prefer an oil-less pump this will be a letdown, as it is oil-lubricated. This allows this Makita model to run in cooler temperatures, though. Also, it will take less wear over time which is exactly what some people are after. Another thing is that despite the motor going at around 1700 RPM, the noise coming out of this thing is unbelievably low. This means that you will have a great displacement at low RPMs, while at the same time you won’t annoy your neighbors or colleagues. These features reflect on the price, but not that much to make you turn your head away.
The pump and the cylinder are cast iron which is always a welcomed feature, although it slightly adds up to the weight. Furthermore, the whole thing is warranted for 1 year (commercial-grade). This isn’t the best warranty period out of our choices, but it still is good enough for that price range especially when the thing is built like a tank. If you want something that will last you forever, go with this one.
In terms of how it handles various conditions, there is no doubt that this thing is tough as nails. It can withstand anything you throw at it, including harsh working environments and all sorts of weather conditions. Lastly, you might see the “Big Bore” added to its name in different places. This is due to the fact that the cylinder and piston have big bores. That, combined with the superior bore and stroke, means that it will deliver maximum performance anytime you need it.
It handles humid weather excellently. You will still have to drain the water from the inside from time to time, though. Learn how to do that by checking out our Buyer’s Guide. You will find a lot of useful information there along with some helpful tips.
In terms of air storage, this unit packs 2.6 gallons which can sustain operating pressure of around 130 PSI (40 PSI at 3.8 SCFM and 90 PSI at 3.3 SCFM). When you take all these features into consideration, this air compressor stops looking like a competitive model, as it is substantially more expensive than our first place winner.
- Cast-iron construction
- Great service life
- Performs well in all weather conditions
- Some of the lowest noise levels out of all air compressors
- 2 Horsepower engine with big bore pump
- The handle at the top makes it easy to carry around
- A bit heavy
- More expensive than similar air compressors
- Warranty is good but feels a bit short