Jobsite Radios Buying Guide_1

Buying a jobsite radio can be a troublesome task. Much like their cordless power tool cousins there are dozens of site radios around, all made by a wide variety of brands and coming with a massive array of features, benefits and abilities.

So how do you know which one is best for you?

Don’t worry! ITS want to make sure we can help you pick the perfect radio for you and your budget. With this in mind I’ve got our stock out, had a play and written this article to help you make the most informed buying decision that you can.

Features:

With the technology revolution in full swing, new features, gadgets and gizmos are being added to the market all the time and it’s becoming pretty hard to keep a check all of them, however here’s a breakdown of what features to look out for:

DAB Jobsite Radio - Logo

DAB – This is what allows users to access over 100 Digital radio stations, including ones currently on FM/AM. That means that DAB allows users to access Radio 1 in Digital as well as a load of digital only stations. Digital signal tends to be much clearer than analogue, reducing crackles and hisses.

bluetooth jobsite radio logo

Bluetooth – These radios allow you to play music wirelessly from any Bluetooth enabled device, such as a smart phone, tablet or computer. One of the big plusses of using Bluetooth is that you can play music from a massive variety of app’s such as Spotify, or from your own music collection. This means that you could even go onto a Digital Radio app using your Bluetooth device and then play it through you Bluetooth Radio (effectively turning it into a DAB radio)

jobsite radio logo

Analogue – This is the old ‘AM/FM only’ radios that allow you to access AM and FM stations only. There is still plenty of radio stations on AM/FM for you listening pleasure.

Josbite radio charger

Charger – Manufacturers are able to produce site radios that can charge your power tool batteries. As long as the radio is from the same ‘family’ as your cordless power tools, then they act as an additional charger for those batteries (when being powered by the AC).

AUX in Jobsite Radio

AUX in jack – The vast majority of radios come with an AUX in socket which allow users to connect any personal audio playing device to the radio using a AUX cable, so you can play any of your own music.

Who makes the best jobsite radio?

Well this one comes down to personal preference, but if you are someone that is using a range of cordless tools already, then my suggestion is to keep to the same brand for you radio. This is because virtually all our site radios can either be powered by AC or battery and therefore you don’t want to invest in a whole different family of battery just to enjoy music on site. Luckily most brands these days have a radio of their own so it’ll just be a matter of finding one that suits you, your batteries and your budget.

Which Makita Radio?

Makita-Jobsite-Radios

Makita have the best-selling battery in the UK so what better place to start. Now because they’ve been around for so long Makita have got a large back catalogue of Ni-MH and Ni-CD batteries out in the market as well as the newer Li-ion. If you’re a Makita fan then please make sure that whatever your purchase you check that it fits whatever battery you are using.

Makita-MR051W

Makita 10.8v radio | MR051W

This is the smallest radio we do. Powered by 10.8v Li-ion batteries only, it can last up to 2 hours on a single charge. It cannot be powered by mains.

It’s an AM/FM only model with FM coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It does not charge batteries, nor does it have DAB or Bluetooth features.

It does have an AUX in socket

Click Here to Buy a Makita MR051W

Makita-DMR102

Makita AM/FM radio | DMR102

For years this was Makita’s most popular model, with a robust and contemporary design that has been mimicked by every model since its conception. The DMR102 is compatible with any slide or cluster Makita battery from 7.2v – 18v in NiCD, NiMH or Lion. It is not compatible with a Makita ‘G’ battery. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is AM/FM only with FM coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. This model does not charge batteries, nor does it have DAB or Bluetooth. connectivity.

It does include an AUX in socket.

Click Here to Buy a Makita DMR102

Makita-DMR104

Makita DAB radio | DMR104

Now the most popular Makita model the DMR104 is a DAB (digital) radio which is able to access 100s of digital radio stations. It builds on the success and design on the DMR102 (above). The DMR104 is compatible with any slide or cluster Makita battery from 9.6v – 24v in NiCD, NiMH or Lion. It is not compatible with a Makita ‘G’ battery. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is digital and AM/FM with  FM coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. This model does not charge batteries or have Bluetooth connectivity.

It does include an AUX in socket.

Click Here to Buy a Makita DMR104

Makita-DMR106

Makita Bluetooth radio | DMR106
 

This offering from Makita is the Bluetooth enabled alternative to the DMR104. This model does have Bluetooth functionality, but doesn’t have DAB. It has the same look, feel and build as the DMR102/4. The DMR106 is compatible with all Li-ion batteries but not NiCD or NiMH. It is however compatible with the “G” lithium-ion batteries that some users may have. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is Bluetooth and AM/FM compatible with FM coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. This model does not charge batteries or have DAB.

It does include an AUX in socket.

Click Here to Buy a Makita DMR106

Which Dewalt Radio?

Dewalt-Jobsite-Radios

Dewalt currently have 4 current radios 2 larger models and 2 compact models. Each of the below are part of the XR Li-ion range.

Dewalt-DCR019

Dewalt Compact FM/AM radio | DCR019

This is Dewalt’s most basic model, it is very lightweight and compact with a decent range. It’s got a tough solid build, and is compatible with the full line up of Dewalt XR Li-ion batteries from 10.8v – 18v. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included).

This model is AM/FM only with FM coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. This model does not charge batteries or have Bluetooth or DAB.

It does include an AUX in socket.

Click Here to Buy a Dewalt DCR019

Dewalt-DCR020

Dewalt Compact FM/AM radio | DCR020

Released at the same time as the 019 above this is a lightweight compact radio but unlike the above it does have DAB features as well as AM/FM. It can be powered by AC mains (cable included) and is compatible with the full line up of Dewalt XR Li-ion batteries from 10.8v – 18v.

DAB allows the DCR020 to select 100s of digital stations and the analogue coverage is from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. This model does not charge batteries or have Bluetooth connectivity.

It does include an AUX in socket.

Click Here to Buy a Dewalt DCR020

Dewalt-DCR016

Dewalt FM/AM radio | DCR016

Much bigger than the above models, the DCR016 is large radio with a sturdy plastic moulded bar that acts as protection for all sides. The 016 is a AM/FM only radio. It is compatible with the full line up of Dewalt XR Li-ion batteries from 10.8v – 18v. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is AM/FM only with FM coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. This model does not charge batteries or have Bluetooth or DAB.

It does include an AUX in socket.

Click Here to Buy a Dewalt DCR016

Dewalt-DCR017

Dewalt DAB FM & Charger radio | DCR017

This is the DAB version of the above so it includes the same robust design and size, but this time offers users both AM/FM and DAB, plus it charges batteries! . It is compatible with the full line up of Dewalt XR Li-ion batteries from 10.8v – 18v. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is DAB and AM/FM with FM coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It also charges XR Li-ion batteries, when used with a 240v AC cable. This model does not have Bluetooth connectivity.

It does include an AUX in socket.

Click Here to Buy a Dewalt DCR017

Which Milwaukee Radio?

Milwaukee-Jobsite-Radios

Milwaukee are the relative new boys in the UK cordless power tool market, but they certainly see the benefit in getting a jobsite radio to fit into the range. They’ve given us 3 models so far…

Milwaukee-C12JR-0

Milwaukee 12v FM/AM radio | C12JSR-0

This is the entry level 12v radio that takes Milwaukee 12v Li-ion batteries and offers users AM/FM radio on the move. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is an AM/FM only with coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It does not have DAB, Bluetooth connectivity nor does it charge batteries

Click Here to Buy a Milwaukee C12JSR-0

Milwaukee-C12-28DCR

Milwaukee FM/AM radio | C12-28DCR

A larger and more robust model than the C12JSR-0 above and is an AM/FM model that accepts 12-28v Li-ion batteries. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is an AM/FM only with coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It does not have DAB, Bluetooth connectivity nor does it charge batteries

Click Here to Buy  a Milwaukee C12-28DCR

Milwaukee--M18RC-0

Milwaukee Bluetooth FM & Charger radio | M18RC-0

This top of the range radio from Milwaukee is one of the coolest looking things in our industry, its robust sturdy build is based on a guitar amp and looks excellent. This model has Bluetooth connectivity as well as the ability to charge Milwaukee M18 batteries when plugged into 240v mains (cable included)

The M18RC not only works with Bluetooth connectivity but also has AM/FM with coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It does not have DAB.

Click Here to Buy a Milwaukee C18RC-0

Which Bosch Radio?

Bosch-Jobsite-Radios

Bosch-GML108VN

Bosch 10.8v FM/AM radio | GML108VN

This is Bosch’s entry level 10.8v radio that takes 10.8v Li-ion batteries and offers users AM/FM radio on the move. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included)

This model is an AM/FM only with coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It does not have DAB, Bluetooth nor does it charge batteries

Click Here to Buy a Bosch GML108VN

Which Hitachi Radio?

Hitachi-UR18DSL

Hitachi FM/AM radio | UR18DSL

Hitachi’s radio takes any slide (Li-ion) or cluster NiCD/NiMH batteries from 9.6v – 18v and offers users AM/FM radio on the move. It can also be powered by AC mains (cable included).

This model is an AM/FM only with coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It does not have DAB, Bluetooth connectivity nor does it charge batteries.

Click Here to Buy a Hitachi UR18DSL

Which Metabo Radio?

Metabo-Jobsite-Radios

Metabo-RC14418

Metabo FM/AM radio & Charger | RC14418

Metabo’s contribution to the jobsite radio list is this the RC14418. It offers users AM/FM radio on the move, but also charges any of the compatible batteries whilst being powered by the included AC cable. This model can take any of the Metabo 14.4v & 18v “Compact” “Plus” and “Extreme” Li-ion batteries.

This model is an AM/FM only with coverage from 88-108 FM and 522–1620 KHz AM. It does not have DAB, Bluetooth connnectivity.

Click Here to Buy a Metabo RC14418

So that’s a run down on the features to look out for when looking you’re in the market for a new jobsite radio. I hope its been of some help and has made the buying decision easier for you. If you have any questions at all please leave a comment below and share this with your on-site pals via facebook and twitter using the icons below.

 

Mentioned Products
  1. Dewalt DCR019 Dewalt XR Compact Radio 240 Volts
    £39.99 ex VAT (£47.99 inc VAT) View Product
  2. Dewalt DCR016 Dewalt 18v Lithium XR Radio 240 Volts
    £49.99 ex VAT (£59.99 inc VAT) View Product
  3. Milwaukee M18JSRDAB+-0 18v DAB+ Jobsite Radio
    £129.99 ex VAT (£155.99 inc VAT) View Product
  4. Dewalt DWST1-75663 ToughSystem DAB & Bluetooth Jobsite Radio Charger
    £189.99 ex VAT (£227.99 inc VAT) View Product
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