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Which Jobsite Radio? A Toolstop Guide

Posted by Toolstop on 1st Oct 2018

Music on the jobsite is like Slade and Christmas. Or stacks of paper invoices on the dashboard of a van.

You can’t have one without the other.

As the technology that goes into our power tools has improved and developed over time, so has the technology available to us in the form of jobsite radios. No more do we need to rely on that old paint and plaster splattered tape deck to pump out Zoe Ball in the morning. Now we can savour digital quality audio from a radio that perfectly compliments the power tools in our kit box.

However, like the world of power tools itself, we are almost spoilt in our choice of jobsite radios.

What should you look out for when buying one? What features and/or special benefits are worth noting?

That’s where our jobsite radios buying guide comes in.

Below you’ll see a table with a list of the jobsite radios we believe you should consider. We’ve selected two from each manufacturer we stock and we’ve listed the key spec and the benefits of each one. And if we’ve got a demo video on Toolstop TV you’ll be able to see it.

So, for example, if you want a small, compact radio that’ll let you hear The Archers, with Dual power source – AC or batteries, then you’ll probably want to look at either the Makita DMR112 the Metabo R12-18

It could be that we need a jobsite radio that could virtually fill a stadium with noise while at the same time be able to withstand all the knocks and bumps the back of our van dishes out. If that’s the case we need to take a close look at Dewalt DWST1-75663

What other factors should you weight up?

  • will the jobsite radio charge your batteries?
  • if so, what capacity does it support? Will it take your older NiMH batteries, for example?
  • can I charge my mobile phone will I listen to the radio?
  • can I play music from my smartphoneiPod or mp3 player?
  • can I even play mp3 files stored on a USB stick?
  • is there a safe compartment for me to store my smartphone, iPod or mp3 player while I play music from it?What battery platform are you already invested in?
  • if you already favour DeWalt power tools, and you’ve got several batteries from this manufacturer, would it be wise to buy a Bosch radio?
  • take close note as to whether the radio will run from the mains. If it doesn’t that means it won’t charge your batteries and you’ll need to already own a compatible battery to run it from.

What sort of abuse will the jobsite radio reasonably be expected to tolerate?

  • does it have robust rubber or plastic bumpers or casing?
  • is it rated against dust and/or water ingress?

What’s the Best Jobsite Radio?

Below is our list of jobsite radios that we recommend, each is available with next-day delivery! See all of the in-stock radios here.Dewalt DCR027 Flexvolt Bluetooth Digital Jobsite Radio/Charger – SHOP HERE

  • 3A XR charger with charge indicator LED light
  • Accepts 54V XR Flexvolt and 18V XR Li-Ion batteries
  • Two AC power outlets offer more versatility for jobsite power
  • Oversize Tech Box provides device protection and storage
  • A 3.5mm auxiliary port allows for connection to portable audio devices
  • 2.1A USB port in Tech Box for device charging on mains and battery
  • Injection-moulded roll cage for maximum durability
  • Twin sets of woofers and tweeters with ported bass for high fidelity audioDewalt DWST1-75663 ToughSystem Radio – SHOP HERE
  • Sound SPL: 100dB @ 1m
  • Sound power: 40W (class D)
  • Toughsystem Compatible – will stack on top of other ToughSystem boxes and will mount and lock onto a Toughsystem L-Cart Carrier
  • AM, FM and DAB+ stations with presets for your favourites
  • 6 very loud speakers, 40W RMS, 2 sub-woofers for premium sound
  • IP54 protection against dust and water jets
  • Bluetooth Technology to remotely control your music
  • 3.5mm Aux. Input
  • 2.4 Hz USB charger to boost the charge on any USB device

Watch our video guide here.

Metabo 6.02113.38 PowerMaxx RC Radio and Charger – SHOP HERE

  • Will run for 8 hours from a 10.8v Li-ion battery pack (not supplied)
  • Complete with 5 FM and 5 AM radio presets
  • Also comes with an Aux-in cable so you can play your mp3, CD, iPod or iPhone
  • Rain, shock and dust resistant with a protective roll cage
  • LCD display with clock, equaliser, channel search & battery pack charge level

Makita DMR108 Jobsite Radio with Bluetooth – SHOP HERE

  • Equipped with Bluetooth class 2 to wirelessly connect your mobile device for playing music with a range up to 10m
  • Newly compatible with 10.8V CXT slide batteries
  • IP64 rated dust and shower-proof construction
  • Foldable antenna
  • AUX-IN jack allows for connection to personal audio players
  • AC adaptor jack
  • Digital display
  • USB port allows for charging a mobile device

Watch our video guide here.

Makita DMR200 Bluetooth Jobsite Speaker – SHOP HERE

  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • Battery Range: 10.8 – 18 v
  • Speakers Woofer: 100mmØ, Tweeter: 36mmØ
  • 11 hours runtime on a 5Ah battery via Bluetooth and 65 hours on AUX-IN
  • Equipped with Bluetooth class 2 to wirelessly connect your mobile device for playing music with a range up to 10m
  • AUX-IN jack
  • AC adaptor jack
  • USB port allows for charging a mobile device
  • Storage compartment for mobile device: Charging of mobile device still possible when stored
  • IP64 rated dust and shower-proof construction
  • LED indicators for the condition of the tool and Bluetooth connection

Watch our video guide here.

Tell us the jobsite radio you’re using just now, and if you’ve got any questions about the radios in our guide, talk to us in the comments section below.