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Best Makita Jobsite Radio

Best Makita Jobsite Radio BMR100W

Introducing The Makita BMR100W Jobsite Radio

The best jobsite radio from Makita is the most affordable on the market. And you’ll get all you need in this sturdy addition to your tool box without giving up much extra space or adding tons of weight.

It doesn’t have a charger for your Makita batteries (like the Bosch and DeWalt radios do for their batteries), although it does allow you to use the new or old Makita batteries to power the radio. It is MP3 compatible via a headphone-headphone cable.

With a fully charged Makita 18V LXT battery (the new type) you’ll get 16 hours of playtime and 8 hours with the older style 18V Lithium-ion.

Benefits

1. Affordable

Coming in at around $75 this is the most affordable full featured jobsite radio on the market. Makita is a super popular power tools brand and that allows them to offer 6 radios all with varying features and price tags. This is the most affordable. Ryobi makes a a radio that has Bluetooth and radio but it is not nearly as rugged and durable (that’s why I rank this Makita as a better affordable option)

2. Light and Compact

Sometimes you just want a rugged jobsite radio that has a small footprint and isn’t bulky and heavy. The Bosch radio is very bulky and heavy but this one from Makita is only 9 pounds and the size of 2 gallon water jug. You will love how easy it is to lift up to the back of the truck at the end of the long day without worrying about putting out your back or straining your shoulder.

3. Great Sound

With 10 channel preset FM/AM radio tuner and MP3 compatible for your smartphone music this Makita will blast a variety of music option which you’ll easily hear from across the jobsite. It has incredible bass response given its size.

4. Rugged For Any Jobsite

Protection against water and dust ingress. Don’t spray a pressure washer at it but splashes and that sort of thing are fine. It will take a bang from a dropping tool or piece of steel but probably don’t drive a car over it like the Ridgid guys did with their radio.

Videos

Check out this video of the Makita jobsite radio:

What Other’s Are Saying

Overall the Makita BMR100W is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars after more than 216 customer reviews. Astonishingly it has 47% of people rating it a full 5 stars. In this section I will pull some reviews that 3 or 4 stars since those are always the most constructive. Then I’ll comment on the what each is saying so that you can see if the radios upsides outweigh the downsides.

4-Star Review From David  on Amazon.com:

“A radio built for a specific purpose

This radio is designed for people who (1) already own Makita power tool batteries and (2) want a rugged portable radio. It does not come with its own battery, and does not charge batteries (including the one used to power the radio). It is not hard wired for AC. You need to plug a not-so-rugged AC adapter into the front of the unit. Although the radio will probably survive being kicked or dropped, the AC adapter/wires/plug may not.

For those who like to take naps at their job sites, it includes a sleep function and alarm!

Overall, this radio was designed for a specific job, and does its job very well.”

Thoughts: I actually think not being hard-wired for AC has it’s benefits… Such as: When you’re using it off battery you don’t have to worry about the cord.

4-Star Review From ciphoenix on Home Depot.com:

“Nice Radio @ Good Price Buuuuuuuttt…

But#1: The Radio uses proprietary Makita batteries which don’t come with the radio, and are not charged inside the radio. You can run it without a battery if you plug it in.

But#2: You don’t have control over Bass / Treble.

But#3: The blue display backlight is nice, but it automatically shuts off after 10 seconds. Would be nice if it would stay on. Would be even if the background was black and the numbers lit up.

PLUSES:

Stereo audio jack to plug iPod into

Sound level is more than adequate unless you’re working with a jackhammer.

Built like the proverbial brick outhouse.

Looks “military” – I like it

[…]

Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Strong, Looks Great, excellent desk radio

Cons: Limited Features, no tone control, uses proprietary (expensive) batteries, does not charge battery inside the radio”

Thoughts: This is a pretty solid review of the Makita radio. If you already have some Makita tools it’s a great radio for you.

What About The Other Makita Radios?

Being such a popular tool brand Makita offers 5 different radio options. They are quite similar with the difference being some have a built-in iPod/iPhone dock and some can be powered with the new and old style Makita batteries. For the most part they all look exactly the same.

BMR100W ($70 – 85)

  • Can power this radio with newer style and old style Makita batteries
  • 16 hours runtime with new 18V LXT and 8 hours runtime with older style 18V
  • 10.1 lbs

XRM02W ($85 – 99)

  • MP3/iPod compatible
  • 19 hours runtime
  • 10.1 lbs

XRM03B ($140 – 160)

  • Built-in iPod/iPhone docking station for charging and playing music
  • 16 hours runtime
  • 10.4 lbs

XRM04B ($140 – 160)

  • Bluetooth for wireless playing of music and MP3 Aux port and also USB port for charging.
  • Runs up to 20 hours off the newer 18V LXT 5Ah battery and 6 hours on the older style 18V 2Ah.
  • 10.95 lbs

LXRM03B ($179 – 199)Makita LXRM03B Jobsite radio

  • Built-in iPod/iPhone docking station for charging and playing music
  • Can power this radio with newer style and old style Makita batteries
  • 16 hours runtime with new 18V LXT and 8 hours runtime with older style 18V.
  • 10.4 lbs

Wrap-Up

All in all the Makita radio would make a great gift for your husband, dad, uncle, brother that works a lot in the garage or goes to a jobsite each day.

The best thing about it is that it is very affordable, portable and lightweight but still has great sound and allows you to play from your smartphone with the headphone to headphone cable that you can buy for a couple dollars separately.

Sources

  1. Makita site listing for the BMR100W was used to read the Instruction Manual and Warranty details.
  2. Head back to the Jobsiteradioreviews.com home page.