Here’s The Best Jobsite Radio

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.

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

  • 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

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

XRM03B

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

XRM04B

  • 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

LXRM03BMakita 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.