Two big names in the air compressor market, two products with a different approach. When you look at the PC1010 vs Makita MAC700, you could be forgiven for thinking that the units appear similar from the outside.
Both have relatively small tanks (albeit the Senco has one of the smallest on the market), both have similar max PSI levels, and they even produce around the same amount of noise.
As you look deeper however, you will find that from here the differences are quite significant. If you’ve found yourself asking: Senco PC1010 vs Makita MAC700, which one is right for me, then a head to head comparison between the two could be exactly what you need.
Here’s a head to head summary of the main features of the two air compressor units:
|Senco PC1010||Makita MAC700|
|• 0.6 CFM @ 90 PSI|
• 125 PSI Max
• Partial Roll Cage
• 20 lbs.
• 1 Gallon Tank
• 83 db noise level
• 0.5 hp Motor
• $100-$150 Price Range
|• 3.3 CFM @ 90 PSI|
• 130 PSI Max
• Partial Roll Cage
• 59 lbs.
• 2.6 Gallon Tank
• 90 db noise level
• 2hp Motor
• $150-$200 Price Range
Which of These Compressors Is the Most Portable?
Considering that the Senco PC1010 is one of the lightest compressors we’ve ever seen, it’s with certainty that we can say that it’s the most portable out of the two units compared.
The Makita MAC700 is almost 40 pounds heavier, and this could be significant if you’re someone who needs to travel with, or move your compressor a lot.
It is highly recommended that a dolly is used with the Makita unit, so this is a definite negative point against portability and storage.
Both units have built-in carry handles, and their footprints are relatively small, but if you require lightweight portability above all else, then the Senco wins easily.
How do these Air Compressors Compare with Features and Overall Design?
Although neither unit has a full roll cage, the Makita MAC700 has a better frame and added protection when compared to the PC1010. Because of its heft, it also feels sturdier. Makita have chosen to weld the carry handle directly to the tank, so it makes it feel like an all in one unit.
While the Senco doesn’t feel frail, it’s definitely not up to the standard set by the MAC700. This is expected considering that the Makita is carries a more expensive price tag, but it also means that the Senco is more of a home-only unit, whereas the Makita could be used on a worksite as long as it was only for light duty tasks.
Both compressors feature a single ¼ inch air outlet for your tools. All standard consumer and even professional tools use this fitment.
What you can’t ignore is the fact that the Senco is an oil-free unit, whereas the Makita uses oil as a lubricant.
Oil-free means less maintenance, but an oil lubricated unit will last longer. For a more detailed reference on air compressor oil, you can check out our guide here.
Expect the Makita to outlive the Senco if properly maintained, which is an important consideration to make if you’re worried about the higher price. Of course this also means that the Makita requires regular oil changes to keep it in top condition.
Senco PC1010 vs Makita MAC700: Which Performs Better?
The Makita can move more air, has a larger tank, and uses a big bore piston and cylinder. It wins on paper, and it wins in the real world.
3.3 CFM @ 90 PSI is not industrial level, but it’s plenty for home based DIY including trim work, carpentry, flooring, and even roofing repairs. You wouldn’t want to use the Makita for complete installations and new builds, but it’s more than capable for DIY and renovations.
The Senco is somewhat limited in what it can do. 0.6 CFM @ 90PSI makes it strictly for smaller staplers and nailers, with some other lightweight capabilities.
Air guns, tire inflation, and air hose cleaning are all possible, but keep in mind that air will be consumed quickly, and you will find yourself waiting between recharge cycles. In this respect, the Makita wins, but it’s not a complete whitewash. The Makita is also limited by a relatively small tank and is not suitable for high and continuous flow tools.
The Makita has a shorter duty cycle, which is 50% of every hour. The Senco fares a little better at 70%. Keep in mind though, the smaller tank on the Senco means that it will likely be cycling more often than the Makita, so it’s not easy to draw a comparison in this respect.
You need to ask yourself what kind of tools you will be using, and purchase a compressor that fits your needs.
CFM is going to be a major factor, so make sure you check out our Guide to CFM for Air Compressors. At the end of the day, if you won’t ever work outside the limitations of the PC1010, then go with the Senco, however if you need the additional capacity and air flow, then the Makita is the obvious choice.
The higher CFM output and the sturdier construction, are most probably the most important factors for the Makita model being more expensive than the Senco one.
Warranty Coverage and Build Quality
The Senco PC1010 is manufactured in Taiwan, as is the MAC700.
Both are built to high standards, but the Makita is definitely a grade above the Senco.
Everything from the quality of the hardware, to the direct welding, and even the way that the Makita has a shielded motor, makes it the more solid unit. This heavy duty construction does come at a price however, which is found in the extra weight.
The Senco PC1010 manages to shine when it comes to portability, but in every other respect the Makita MAC700 is designed and built to a higher standard.
This is not to say that it is ‘better’ for your needs. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself whether you need the extra power, whether you can deal with the extra weight, and whether the higher price is within your budget.
For basic trim work, low CFM pneumatic tools, and inflation, the Senco will get by, it’s just that the Makita does everything that the Senco does, with the bonus of being able to run tools with higher CFM requirements.
Don’t forget to check out our complete reviews of both products, which reveal more about design, individual tools you can use, tips on maintenance, and more.