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Friday, October 9, 2009

The Makita Radio - Cordless Tunes For the Worksite

By Dillon Linder

With Makita's full line of high-quality, professional tools, it's not surprising that they would also offer a worksite radio. It's also not surprising that it lives up to the Makita reputation. The radio can be connected to AC power or can use any Makita battery, from lithium ion, cluster batteries, slide batteries, and Ni-Cad, Ni-Mh, and Li-Ion ones. However, it does not charge batteries, and you'll have to use your current Makita charger. If you're already using Makita cordless tools, this shouldn't be a problem. Also, it can run for 2 full days before completely draining the battery.

Featuring a rugged design, digital tuning, auto scan clock, and timer, it offers both AM and FM reception with excellent sound quality and stereo speakers. Built to withstand use on the job site, this radio offers five minutes of rain resistance and elastomer protection bumpers. That is enough time to get the radio under cover without harm in a sudden downpour. It is built to withstand intense heat or cold, as well as work site dust. It's also portable, with a sturdy handle. Compared to previous job site radios I have owned from DeWalt and others, the Makita BMR100 just looks and feels like an indestructible brick.

Even though it's small, the Makita work site radio is loud enough to be heard over the power tools and other noises of most job sites. You can also use headphones if you prefer, and the input jack allows you to play your mp3 player through these speakers. The price, at close to $200 in most stores, is expensive, but it's so durable that it should last much longer than a cheaper radio would in the tough conditions of a job site.

Dillon Linder writes on many home improvement topics and trends in tools including reviews of many cordless power tools like the Makita radio and the latest Makita 18v cordless drills.

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