Pros:Durability Accepts any makita powertool battery or AC power Runs 16 hours on a charge Great Sound
Cons:limited reception from long distance radio stations dual purpose buttons are a bit confusing at first
The Bottom Line: If you're looking for a good jobsite radio and appreciate quality items then this is your choice.
Background I am in the construction industry and I use this Radio at work and at home. I was looking for a heavy duty Job Site radio to replace my old and aging boom box. Ultimately what led me to make my purchase was the quality brand name, and the fact that this unit is capable of running on any of Makita's batteries (9.6V - 24V) or off of AC power (120-240 VAC)
Features Delivers rich stereo sound from two powerful 3-1/4" side-firing speakers 10 Pre-Set AM/FM buttons and mp3 compatible Runs 16 hours from an 18V LXT Lithium-Ion battery and 8 hrs. from an 18V Compact Lithium-Ion battery Protective bumper design for added durability Compact design at just over 10.1 lbs. Digital backlit quartz display Compatible with Makita 9.6V - 24V Slide-Style and Pod-Style Batteries LXT Lithium-Ion battery and Rapid Optimum Charger produces 430% total lifetime work with 2.5x more cycles 3-year warranty on radio
My Expirence The Radio is very Robust thanks to the aluminum frame and rubber jacket. The handle is placed right in the center of the unit so that it balances well when carrying it. The radio has a small back up battery like a computer so that it saves your preset stations when you remove the battery or if the battery was to go flat. For such a compact stereo the sound is absolutely amazing. Dual 3.25 speakers on either side of the unit send sound in all directions so that everybody on the floor can hear the music going. You can even crank the bass up and rattle the room if you want! The backlight also helps you to navigate stations in the gark. There are also to 2 AUX connections on the stereo so that you can plug in an ipod or an Mp3 player. I normally use this radio with the power coming from the wall, but that is not possible at a new jobsite where utilities haven't been installed yet. Sure you can run it off a generator but that would be a bit unpractical. The fact that this radio uses the same batteries that are used in my Makita cordless tools makes it golden! Lithium Ion technology allows this radio to run for a sold 16 hours! That's 2 Full Workdays on a single charge. Try comparing this to a standard boombox that runs on expensive disposable D batteries.
Flaws Since this is a job site radio, it doesn't have your typical telescoping antenna. It has a much more durable plastic coated antenna that folds when not in use. The downside to this is that the reception at weaker long distance broadcasters is not so great. The radio can be switched between mono and stereo mode which will sometimes help clear the signal. I want to clarify that the signal strength is great, but if you happen to be out in the boonies, don't expect to get reception to your favorite big city station. The only other thing about this radio that bothers me a bit is that many of the buttons are used for multiple purposes. For example, the volume knob also doubles as the tuning knob. You have to press the knob to switch functions. In the long run, this isn't so bad and it's somewhat of a tradeoff when you want a compact radio.
Conclusion If I had to buy another job site radio, I would buy this one again. It has never failed me in any way and the sound quality is amazing. If you're looking for a good jobsite radio and appreciate quality items then this is your choice.