Metabo RC12 10.8v Job Site Radio; Just a Copy Cat?


We love social media. For 2 reasons, among others.

1. we get to share media such as our videos and our podcast.

2. we get to talk to power tool users.

And some of you like to tell us what you think of the tools we demonstrate in our videos, or talk about on our podcast.

For example, we posted the above video on YouTube and joedobbs100replied:

"exactly the same as the milwaukee? radio"

Which got us thinking; is the Metabo RC12 10.8v job site radio "exactly the same as the milwaukee radio"?

Don't get us wrong. We understand brand loyalty. But brand loyalty shouldn't overshadow the facts.

And let's look at the facts.

First off, the Milwaukee radio we imagine our YouTube friend is referring to is the above C12JSR-0, which does look remarkably similar to Metabo's RC12 10.8v...there's no denying it.

metabo rc12 10.8v

Ok, there are a few differences in design, obviously enough differences to keep the patent lawyers at bay, but they do share a similar form factor. They're both compact, they're both heavily protected by a roll cage, they both have LCD digital displays.

But then there's the difference in price, with the RC12 10.8v coming in at roughly a tenner cheaper than the Milwaukee (currently pricing on the Toolstop website, subject to change).

However, when we start to look at the spec, item by item, we start to see more similarities.

Both have weather proof mp3 player compartments. Both have FM and AM and great quality speakers.

Both are wearing protective roll cages, meaning you can (literally) chuck them about a bit.

Both run off your power tool batteries (M12s for the Milwaukee and maX12s for the Metabo) or the mains (and the RC12 10.8v can run off the supplied AAA batteries).

So maybe joedobbs100 is right. Maybe Metabo RC12 10.8v "exactly the same" as the Milwaukee C12JSR-0.

Except joedobbs100 isn't right. Yes, they're very similar in many respects, apart from one - potentially key - difference.

The Metabo RC12 10.8v isn't just a radio. It's also a charger.

metabo rc12 10.8v radio charger

And that could be the one difference that sets the Metabo radio apart. It isn't just small, compact and robust. It also charges your batteries.

Metabo are touting the charger facility as a "really useful feature", particularly if you've already bought into their maX12 10.8v battery range.

So, it's up to you; a copy cat or a multi-purpose radio/charger?

Let us know your thoughts about this latest addition to Metabo's 10.8v range of products in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.


yeyeyeye on Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:04:33 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

could just put a portable dab into the aux input ...then its the ultimate.

Matjes M on Sat, 21 Apr 2012 07:46:35 +0100 (Likes: 1 / Dislikes: 0

maybe both were built in the same campany in Asia for the brands Metabo and Milwaukee

Toolstop on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:55:51 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Not at the time of writing, no

Socratisag14 on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:34:07 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

does Bosch make something similar?

Toolstop on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:13:17 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Just a small drawback in what are otherwise very good radios

Wayneburgess63 on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 20:30:18 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Metabo missed a trick with both radios, no D.A.B and as a Metabo fan :(

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