Working in constructions and having to be surrounded by heavy equipment and noise all day does not have to be as unpleasant as it sounds. To make your life easier when you are performing your job, you could turn up the radio and listen to some music to unwind. But the harsh environment of work sites does not allow the use of traditional radios, this being the reason why worksite radios have been designed and manufactured. Created with portability and durability in mind, these compact devices become a worker’s best friend fast as they make the professional environment more pleasant.
|1. Bosch PB360S||2. DeWalt DCR015||3. DeWalt DC012||4. Makita XRM04B||5. DeWalt DCR018|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||13.5″ x 13.5″ x 13.5″||13.4″ x 10.6″ x 16.6″||10″ x 20″ x 12″||11.9″ x 6.4″ x 11″||10.5″ x 7.4″ x 10″|
|Weight||24 Lbs||13 Lbs||13.2 Lbs||10.4 Lbs||6 Lbs|
|Voltage||14.4V – 18V||12V/20V||7.2V – 18V||7.2V – 18V||12V/18V/20V|
|Battery Type||Lithium-Ion||Lithium-Ion||Lithium-Ion, Nickel-Cadmium||Lithium-Ion||Lithium-Ion, Nickel-Cadmium|
|Battery Charge Time||N/A||90 Minutes||1 Hour||1-2 Hours||1 Hour|
|Battery Life||Over 8 Hours||8 Hours||8 Hours||20 Hours||8 Hours|
|Bluetooth Transmission Range||150 Feet||30 Feet|
|Antenna Type||Pivot Cord||Pivot Cord||Pivot Cord||Pivot Cord||Pivot Cord|
|Auxiliary Inputs||2 x 3.5mm Stereo, USB||3.5mm Stereo, USB||3.5mm Stereo, USB||3.5mm Stereo, USB||3.5mm Stereo, USB|
|Station Memory Presets||20 FM, 10 AM||10 FM, 5 AM||10 FM, 5 AM||5 AM/FM|
|Display Type||Illuminated LCD||Backlit LCD||Backlit LCD||Backlit LCD||Backlit LCD|
|Other Features||4-Way Speakers||Charging Light Bar||3-Stage Charging System||iPod Dock||Digital Tuner|
|Built-In Battery Charger||iPod Dock||2 x 3.5″ Side Speakers||Cord Wrap|
|5 Preset Equalizer Settings||Bass Boost||Illuminated Control Buttons|
|Separate Bass&Treble Controls||Dial Control|
|360° Stereo Sound|
|SD Memory Card Port|
|Product Warranty||1 Year||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
|Money Back Guarantee|
Do you work in constructions or spend a lot of time on DIY projects that keep you in a messy environment? Do you feel the need to relax and unwind to better focus on the projects that you are taking up? This is where the work site radio comes in to save the day, giving you the chance to listen to your favorite songs when working so that you will finish faster, be more relaxed, and create a better quality working environment for yourself.
Wondering what makes job site radios different from normal ones? Well, the difference lays in the design of the devices, actually. In wood shops, auto shops, or construction sites, the environment is too harsh for traditional units as there is a lot of dust in the air and other environmental issues can appear. Job site models are specially designed to resist these harsh conditions as they generally feature protective designs that make them weather and dust resistant, or special roll cages that prevent real damage from occurring when objects fall on them or when they are dropped from high surfaces.
Some even buy these specialty radios due to the fact that they can charge power tool batteries as well, thus proving to be real lifesavers in situations when you forget to charge the batteries yourself and you really need specific tools to finish the project that you are working on. Therefore, depending on the purchase that you make, the work site radio can play a more important role than simply entertaining you during a tiring day of work.
Of course, considering the fact that the work environment is not a friendly one in the sense that there is a lot of dust, you have to first pay attention to the design of the device. Purchase a radio that is weather and dust proof and that will not be damaged by the typical conditions in your workplace. Also, you should consider buying one like the DeWalt DCR015 that features a protective roll cage. The role of the cage is to prevent any damage to the radio when it is accidentally dropped off a tall surface. As you are working, it is very likely that you will accidentally knock the unit off the table or surface that it is lying on, so this is a design element worth checking out.
Another important element that you must pay attention to is the device’s portability. You will likely move it from one location to another as you will walk around the workplace, so you need a light and compact radio that is not hard to move. The portability aspect is important as it ensures you will not have a hard time carrying it from home to work and vice versa every day as well in case that is what you plan on doing.
The radio must be easy to use as you do not have time to waste on an intricate device when you are working. Therefore, make sure that the controls are easy to understand and use. Also, it is preferable to go with a model like the Makita XRM04B that features illuminated controls as you will be able to see what buttons you are pushing even in poor lighting conditions.
An illuminated display is necessary as it allows you to see what song is playing, volume settings, the clock, and other elements that are on the display with ease. If you happen to work in an environment where there are poor lighting conditions, it is practically essential for the radio to come with this feature.
If the job site radio features special compartments where you can store items like your phone, for example, it is a plus as you will have a convenient storage for valuables that you cannot afford to carry with you when working as you might accidentally damage them. This is not one of the most important features that the radio can come with, but it is a feature worth taking into consideration as it makes your life easier.
Equalization represents the ability to change bass or treble levels. For a job site radio, this is an important feature as it allows you to listen to your favorite music exactly as you like, making your work environment and experience more pleasant as convenient conditions are created.
Seeing how the radios are intended to be used in harsh working environments, providing entertainment for people while they are performing their jobs, we had to make sure that all of the products in our top are weather and dust resistant. Their resistance, when confronted with improper conditions, makes them reliable and ensures the fact that your purchase will be enjoyed for a long time.
Time is of the essence when you are at work, we know that. For this precise reason, we only selected radios that have a rapid battery charge time. Of course, one model reigns over the others from this point of view, more precisely the DeWalt DC012 that charges the battery completely in only 1 hour.
Another important element that affected the ranking system was battery life as it shows for how long the radio can provide relaxing music before battery power depletes and requires recharging. The longest battery life, by far, is boasted by the Makita XRM04B. Although this radio takes approximately 1-2 hours to fully charge the battery, when it comes to continuous runtime, it offers an impressive 20 hours.
If the radio features Bluetooth connectivity, it allows you to steam radio station off the internet and listen to the music stored in your smartphone. Thus, it is easy to see why this was an important rating element as it makes the device more convenient to use. The Bosch PB360S and the Makita XRM04B are the two radios that feature Bluetooth connectivity and that we gave more points to when it came to functionality and versatility in use. Obviously, the Bosch PB360S received a higher rating as it offers a more generous transmission range, more precisely 150 feet.
Undoubtedly, the most important feature that a work site radio can come with is the capability to charge power tool batteries. Except for the DeWalt DCR018, all the radios that we have ranked as being the best on this market can charge the batteries that your power tools require to work. Thus, you will not have to carry additional charges with you when you go to work as you will be able to recharge depleted batteries of essential tools with the help of the radio.
Even if you love your job and the music that plays on the radio makes the time spent at work more pleasurable, you still feel the need to check what time it is. To make it more convenient for you to be up to date with what hour it is and how much time you have left until you go home, all of the products listed in our top come with a built-in clock. On the display, you can rapidly check time and move on with your work without having to get your phone out or ask someone else.