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Best job site radio 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best job site radio of 2018
Based on customer reviews and my own experience with the cowboy method I’ve found the best 3 job site radio on the market. Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon.
Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time. Not all job site radio are created equal though.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this job site radio win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.
Why did this job site radio come in second place?
Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.
Why did this job site radio take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
job site radio Buyer’s Guide
If you enjoy listening to your own music files or you want to listen to satellite radio, you should look for a jobsite radio which includes a 3.mm auxiliary input port. This allows you to plug in a portable satellite receiver, MPplayer, mobile device, or CD player. That way you can enjoy music from other sources.
If you are going to be using the radio outdoors or in a poorly sheltered area (a leaky workshop for example), you should definitely make sure that the unit includes sufficient weatherproofing. Check the water resistance rating to make sure that the device will still work if it starts to rain. Remember, though, no matter how strong the water resistance is, there is no such thing as complete waterproofing; you radio will still fail if it is submerged.
Battery life and charging options
Some customers purchase a jobsite radio expecting it to have an onboard charter, and are dismayed if it does not.
This is something to pay extra close attention to when you are shopping. If you are intent on purchasing a radio which can charge your batteries when plugged in, then you will need to make sure that is in the description. The downside of having a charger onboard is a heavier, bulkier radio which is harder to transport—but for many buyers, that trade-off is worth it.
Alternately, you can buy a smaller, lighter radio that does not include a charger. If you go this route, you will need to purchase the charger separately. So take that extra expense into account.
Also make sure you check to see what the battery life is for each charge. Eight or more hours is perfect for a standard workday.
Bosch PB360s might very well be the best sounding jobsite radio on the market today. Most work radios are only good for listening to talk radio, but the PB360s’s speakers have great range and put out excellent quality sound. Also, the PB360 is extremely power efficient compared to other work radios. You can easily get 20 hours of music out of a single charge.
Awesome sound quality. The PB360S’s speakers blow away other jobsite radios.
Extremely rugged. The PB360S is more than just tough, it’s practically indestructible.
Multiple power outlets. In addition to USB, the PB360S also sports a 12v car charger style outlet.
Great batteries. A single charge yields 20 hours of uninterrupted music.
Expandable storage. The PB360S’s SD card slot allows you to store an unlimited number of songs.
Excellent reception. Far away stations that sound fuzzy on other radios come in loud and clear.
Weighing in at just over 2pounds, this heavy duty jobsite radio is a little on the heavy side and could be a pain to lug around.
Dewalt DCR0The DCR01weighs only pounds, yet it’s just as sturdy and loud as jobsite radios that are twice as heavy.
Lightweight convenience. The DCR01is one of the lightest work radios on the market.
Carrying handle. When you’re ready to move to a new spot, just pick it up by its carrying handle and go.
Dust resistant “lunch box” style case. The DCR018’s bright yellow shell protects its sensitive electronic components.
Route music in via the AUX jack. Any music player that has a standard headphone jack can connect in.
Rough and tough. Even though it’s light, the DCR01is just as durable as any work radio.
Backlit display. The LED display is basic, but very easy to read.
Above average sound. The DCR018’s speakers are loud, clear and great for listening to news broadcasts and talk radio.
The DeWalt DCR018’s lack of a built-in rechargeable battery pack is the only thing stopping this very good radio from being a great one.
Batteries can use up quickly
If putting out some immense LOUD sound is what you want. It can be cranked up and even has loudness button which makes it even louder again. In terms of reception this was one of the best radios that I used, it could tune to those stations that I sometimes had trouble with on other radios and not only that but it produced clear and high quality sound that of which I was impressed with very much. The speakers on this radio are 6.inches each for the of them. The sound can be changed with different presets depending on the music you tend to listen to whether its pop or rock you have different settings for this but I found the default one to be great anyways.
The radio has an integrated roll cage which as you can see from the pictures looks extremely durable and it does live up to that. Sangeon say it can withstand falls from feet and can withstand 250 pounds of weight pressure. And after using it I can see why.
While the radio is plugged in it can recharge D size Ni-MH batteries which is a handy feature to have. These same batteries can be used to power the radio and in my usage where able to last a whole working day (hours) on a high-power volume. The batteries also charge quickly – in about hours’ time. It also has an auxiliary port so you can plug in your phone for example to listen to your own tunes. If you want a jobsite radio that not only is resounding but one that is built like a tank and could easily be used in most environments, then this is an excellent choice.
Built in charging only works for the 8D batteries
Is this the loudest radio? Well it’s close, this thing really gets very loud and it has some solid bass which I particularly enjoy. I could easily hear it even when lots of drilling and hammering going on, so its going to be loud enough! The functionality on this radio is very easy to use, everything such as setting the programmable stations and setting the clock is very easy and the volume dial is a satisfying dial to operate. The whole radio itself is fully waterproof and dustproof which is also a great advantage to have.
It has an auxiliary port which like the other options allows you to connect a mpplayer or mobile phone to provide the sound instead of the radio if you would like. This radio is a great all-rounder and I can understand why it’s one of the best-selling job site radios on the market and I myself can thoroughly recommend it to you.
Pulling in AM and FM stations is a jobsite radio’s primary duty, so good reception is a must. A radio’s station-grabbing power can make the difference between listening to your favorite programming or settling for some megawatt station that blasts a commercial every 30 seconds. I tested the reception of each radio by seeing how many stations it could tune in strongly and clearly, without excessive chatter or distortion. I gave the one that pulled in the most stations (the Bosch P180) a score of 10, and scored the other ra- dios proportionally (see the individual model info boxes). The large RIDGID and Makita allow you to switch the radio’s normal stereo reception to mono, a feature that helps weaker stations sound better by reducing annoying intermittent static.
Only about a third of the radios have dedicated preset buttons, great for quick station changes.
All but one of the radios — the compact RIDGID — feature tuning presets that allow you to set and choose your favorite FM or AM station with the push of a button. The number of presets varies from model to model, but only about a third have dedicated preset buttons. The other radios require you to scroll through your presets by continually pressing a button(s), which can be a bit tedious, especially if the model has or more presets. To retain your presets, time settings, etc. when the radio’s power is disconnected, all units employ replaceable backup batteries, typically AAs or AAAs.
To get a good sense of just how loud these radios were, I played the same musical selection (a contemporary big-band jazz tune with a full-spectrum sound) on an iPod connected to each radio. I turned the volume up until just before the speakers distorted and measured the sound pressure level, in decibels (Db) with a sound meter set a few feet away. The loudest radio, the Milwaukee radio/charger, measured 10Db — roughly as loud as a roaring chainsaw! At 8Db, the Milwaukee compact was the least loud. Unfortunately, decibel measurements don’t provide a clear means of comparing the volume of different radios because the Db scale isn’t linear: To the human ear, music playing at 90 Db actually sounds only half as loud as when it’s played at 100 Db. Therefore, I gave the top-Db-producing Milwaukee a rating of and scored the other radios on a linear scale relative to it. For example, the 9Db RYOBI compact measured only half as loud as the big Milwaukee, and thus received a score of (half of 10). The scores (found in the model info boxes) should give you a reasonable notion of how radio loudness compares in the real world.
Just how loud does a jobsite radio need to be? In my experience, even the units with the least amplification were loud enough to hear clearly even in a large shop, and the most powerful radios were plenty loud enough to blanket a big outdoor area.
Most of the radios had enough amplification to make music audible even when running power tools with earmuffs on (however, to avoid blasting noise, the author recommends hearing protectors with a built-in radio or Bluetooth connectivity).
The Ones that Get Away
DEWALT DWST088ToughSystem Music Player with Charger
DEWALT DCR00Jobsite Bluetooth Speaker
With the 160GB iPod classic now a distant memory those wanting a large amount of storage on their iPod will find the options rather limiting.
The iPod shuffle is available with a rather humble 2GB of storage, while the iPod nano boasts a more spacious 16GB. It’s worth bearing in mind that this means the shuffle can hold around 450 songs encoded at 128kbps, with the nano’s 16GB topping out at around the 4,000 mark.
The only model to go higher than 16GB is the iPod touch which is available in 16, 32, 64, and 128GB variants. While it’s not quite the mammoth 160GB capacity of the iPod classic, it should still offer enough room for the vast majority of user, plus as you will see if you read on, it has a lot more to offer than the classic ever did.
And bear in mind that the true storage capacity of an iOS device such as the iPod touch is less than the advertised capacity.
Battery Life iPods may not have the same always-on nature of smartphones, but battery life is still an important factor for any electronic device. You might think that the iPod shuffle would win this category due to the lack of a power-sapping screen, its diminutive size though means that it lasts for only 1hours. This loses out to the nano which goes for around 30 hours, and the iPod touch – which houses the largest battery in the range – holding out for a massive 40 hours of listening time.
If you watch video though, things immediately change, with the nano affording 3.hours and the touch reducing to hours.
Interestingly, while Apple is claiming the 201iPod touch offers improved battery life the figures are exactly the same as previously.
To watch video on the nano you will need to copy episodes of your favourite TV shows or films on to the device. The iPod touch, on the other hand, can stream from the iTunes Store or play video via any app you have.
The iPod nano offers an FM radio and will play up to 4,000 tunes you have loaded onto it. The shuffle can store 450 songs encoded at 128kbps.
The power cord is beefy as is the aluminum and rubber roll cage design. Rubber bumpers suspend the radio inside the protective roll cage. The Power Box 360 is isolated from the shocks and impacts encountered on the job site.
The Bosch Power Box 360 comes with a top handle but the roll cage functions well as a handle on any of the six sides. Everything about the housing and roll cage looks well made and rugged.
After watching the video of the radio being dropped from buildings and run over by a truck I wanted to see for myself how tough this radio was. As you can see in the adjacent photo I decided to jump up and down on this radio, kick it around my shop and toss it around the parking lot.
DEWALT DWST088ToughSystem Music Player
This music player measures 21.x 6.x 13.inches and weighs 17.pounds. It allows you to carry it easily because it is not heavy, while it has a handle to enhance its portability. This radio also functions as a charger, as it has a built-in charger for Dewalt 12V Max and 20V Max lithium ion batteries. As such you can be sure to have a maximum job site productivity since the music player can run on these batteries or a wall outlet. The radio features four full range speakers, one subwoofer and one assisted bass resonator for quality sound output. This music player can connect to Bluetooth enabled devices up to 100 feet. It can charge USB compatible devices, and it has a tough system storage trolley from where it holds these devices while charging to protect them from dirt on the work site. This radio is IP5rated for dust and water resistance making it suitable for use in any job site area.
The question to answer regarding this point is, does the radio have the ability to access strong signals so that you can get a clear sound? You should go for a receiver with a high reception rate. As for, the radios reviewed above you will find that they have a strong reception because they feature a pivoting antenna which enables receiving of a lot of stations. So, ensure that you only get a job site radio with an excellent reception capability.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your job site radio wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of job site radio
- №1 — DEWALT DCR018 18V/12V/20V MAX Compact Worksite Radio
- №2 — Milwaukee 2890-20 M18 Jobsite Radio
- №3 — Bosch PB360C Power Box Jobsite AM/FM Radio/Charger/Digital Media Stereo