Metabo RC12 10.8v Job Site Radio; Just a Copy Cat?
Posted by Mark Hunter - September 01, 2011
We love social media. For 2 reasons, among others.
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.
"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.
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.
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).
Except joedobbs100 isn't right. Yes, they're very similar in many respects, apart from one - potentially key - difference.
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?
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