Introducing The Milwaukee 2790-20 Jobsite Radio
The best Milwaukee jobsite radio for most people is the 2790-20 shown here. It isn’t the most expensive or most affordable radio by Milwaukee but we feel because of its value for money it is the best.
Like other jobsite radio is it water and dust proof and has a rugged construction in case heavy things bang into it.
Milwaukee does have a worksite radio with a charger but it is an extra $100 or so. They also have a a Bluetooth speaker without the radio but you can always play radio through you phone. Regardless, the 2790-20 is our pick because it hits the sweet spot.
1. Built in Bottle Opener
Enough said. A fun addition. Did DeWalt think of this? In all seriousness it just goes to show that they were thinking in detail how to please you with this radio.
2. Great Sound With 4-inch Woofers and 1-inch Tweeters
Milwaukee is touted has having close to the best sound from their jobsite radios. It might not be as loud as Bosch but the clarity and quality is highly rated by users. You can rest easy knowing that when you buy a Milwaukee radio you are getting great sound so that when you are across the workshop, warehouse or jobsite you will clearly hear the music or radio talk.
3. Weatherproof Compartment For Phone/MP3 Players While Hooked-in
There’s a media compartment that opens at the top of the radio to allow you to keep your phone safe when plugged in or charging.
Check out this walk-around of the Milwaukee work radio:
What Others Have To Say
The radio is very highly rated among reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars by more than 154 people. Let’s take a look at constructive review to see what might be bad about the radio.
3-Star Review From A customer on Amazon.com:
“Good (but overpriced) radio
This would be a 4 to 5 star radio if priced between $60-$80. But for $120, not nearly enough features, and one misleading feature misrepresented on both the box and instructions.
– Good, strong sound. Loud.
– Good battery life, takes every recent type of Milwaukee battery known to man
– USB plug and audio jack to play songs off your smart phone
– Reception average
– Very heavy weight even w/o batteries attached, but sturdy carry handles
– Durability seems standard for radios of this type / nothing special
– Nice water resistant battery/smart phone compartment, but too small (see below)
– Will not recharge your TOOL batteries when plugged into the wall like some competing brands do. Note, Milwaukee does NOT make this claim, but for $120, either it should recharge them or the price should be reduced.
– Will recharge your SMART PHONE batteries as claimed, but ONLY via the USB port when the unit is plugged into the wall. If I have available, working wall sockets, why do I need part of a USB port charger in my job site radio? I would just plug it into the wall. On the other hand, if you are in woods or lose power, and are hoping to run your smart phone off of the radio’s USB port/batteries, you are out of luck no matter how many fully charge M-12s or M-18s you have on you. I’ve never seen a device that lets you plug a USB device in and then not charge it in all modes. […] So for those that have the old M-12 Milwaukee USB power-port to run your smart phone off of in remote areas, sadly no such creature exists here. For $120 it really should.
– Battery compartment (where USB port/audio jack located) is too small for bigger smart phones based on where the jacks may be placed. […]
Bottom line, if you buy Milwaukee you are used to paying more but are generally satisfied with the value. Not the case here, and the smaller M-12 radio is only slightly less expensive at $80-$100.”
Thoughts: The recharging your battery when plugged in is actually a patented technology that DeWalt owns. Only Bosch has managed to negotiate the use of it through a licensing deal. From my understanding the charger radio by Milwaukee below doesn’t actually charge the battery that is in current use but in fact only charges a battery in an alternate charging station.
Other Milwaukee Radio Options
Milwaukee offers 3 other models (only Makita has more models of radio) for jobsite sound, including a Bluetooth speaker that will play your phone music wirelessly. Here’s the rundown of each:
- Bluetooth speaker with battery level gauge
- Phone USB charger
Very easily play stuff from your phone whether it be Pandora or music from your playlist. Cost is about $35 so if you only care about amplifying the sound from phone then this is a great option. Note that it has a battery gauge and can charge your phone via USB. It uses the M12 Milwaukee battery and will last days on one charge.
As you can see from the image this is a simplified job site radio that is much smaller than the best one. It runs off the Milwaukee M12 series batteries and a full charge should get you to 5-6 hours without a break of listening.
Here’s the Milwaukee jobsite radio that also has a charger. It is in the low $200s depending where you buy it and as you can see has a great big sound system.
Milwaukee Tools is owned by the same company that owns the Ryobi brand, a Hong Kong based conglomerate that also owns Hoover and Dirt Devil.
Milwaukee has been around since 1924 and over the years has been owned by Amstar, Merrill Lynch and Atlas Copco. At this stage they are just a brand and their tools are made in the same assembly line as Ryobi, Homelite and others. I don’t say this negatively… It is actually allows them to make a much better tool for much less price… And they pass that on in more affordable tools to capture a wider market. Pretty smart!
If you’re looking for a solid jobsite radio and you already own Milwaukee you won’t be disappointed by this one. They currently went on sale as we approach the sales season so check it out quick.