Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 37
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ciphoenix Nice Radio @ Good Price Buuuuuuuttt....
But #1: The Radio uses proprietary Makita batteries which don't come with the radio, and are not charged inside the radio. You can run it without a battery if you plug it in.
But #2: You don't have control over Bass / Treble.
But #3: The blue display backlight is nice, but it automatically shuts off after 10 seconds. Would be nice if it would stay on. Would be even better if the background was black and the numbers lit up.
Stereo audio jack to plug iPod into
Sound level is more than adequate unless you're working with a jackhammer.
Built like the proverbial brick outhouse.
Looks "military" - I like it.
NOTE: You can get a small sealed 12VDC lead acid battery and wire it to the internal contacts, and drill a hole in the rear cover for a jack to connect a charger. This is what Makita should have done. They are trying to get you to use THEIR batteries so you buy their tools, which is OK, I guess, but using a standard battery pack or a set of hi-capacity D or C batteries that charge inside the radio would have made it more attractive for those who are NOT contractors or have Makita tools.
If you don't use a battery, you can store the AC adapter inside the battery compartment when you're transporting the radio; if not, you could put a 6" meatball hero in here with room to spare ;-)
August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CarGuy Great radio
Well made and sounds great couldn't ask for a better radio for the price.
June 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Heff Great Radio, Clear Sound
I've had this radio for a couple of years and love it. It's a great compact size, has a large, clear display (which is very well protected by the metal bars!), and nice sound quality.
As the listing shows, it has 2 AUX inputs, 1 on the front, and one inside the battery compartment, which is 5-minute rain resistant. The AUX inputs mean you can plug pretty much anything with a headphone jack into it. No, it won't charge or control an I-Pod, which is fine, because those cables are expensive.
The trick with the AUX input in the battery compartment is that it's right by where the lithium batteries go in. All you need to do is get a right angle AUX cord, and it will fit fine.
I also love that it uses 2 AA batteries to store the clock and radio presets. It's annoying on other radios that you lose that stuff when you take the batteries out.
I like to look at the other reviews on here, to see what other people didn't like about it. More than anything else, they say it doesn't charge batteries. A couple of points on that: first, nowhere does it say or imply it does--don't knock something for a feature only 1 radio has due to a patent on the feature--if you need a charger, use a separate one, or get a radio with a charger. Second, have you ever used a radio with a built-in charger? They've gotten better, but you still get bad sound and horrible interference/noise. Plus, when you're charging a battery, the radio has to be plugged in, defeating the purpose of buying a cordless/portable radio.
For the customer who was upset about the lack or a charger due to having to buy a separate battery and charger, my suggestion is buy a radio that runs on C or D batteries. The whole point of buying a specific tool-brand radio is that you already have the tools, and therefore, the requisite batteries and chargers to make it run.
Keep in mind the compact size, light weight, and low price of this radio. It is so much more portable than what else is out there, and for the cost savings over the monster radio with the charger, you could darn near buy an additional charger, which by the way charges bigger batteries in half the time! Plug in the charger and charge your batteries by the wall, then take the radio wherever you want to go! Cut the cord!!!
October 10, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NinthServant I like it! A lot!
I purchased this radio several years ago after I got tired of the $40 boom boxes getting destroyed after a couple of months. It had been abused by me right up until the time that someone removed it from the back of my truck, at which time I replaced it, and worked great all that time.
I like the sound of this radio a lot. The only time I have a problem with reception is because of the area I am in. I work alone, so the sound is great for me. I also like the input jacks for the mp3/iPod's. I do agree that the one in the rear could have been located in better place, like lower in the cabinet so a straight input jack could be used.
I am sure it is nifty to be able to charge the battery while it is plugged in, but I do not miss that feature at all. Because I use my Makita screw gun a lot, I have 3 batteries, one for the radio and two for the drill(the larger version). This way I always have a fresh battery ready to use when one of them drains out. By the time the next battery is done, the next one is ready to use.
If I ever kill this thing, I will probably replace it with another.
May 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mls Great Father's Day gift
He already had one of these radios at work and wanted one for home. As they are rather expensive, he didn't feel he could spend the money on another so we got him one for Father's Day
July 7, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Nice sound and battery life
This stereo has a nice sound and good volume and bass response for it's size. Recently used it camping with the larger 3.0 amp hour 18v lithium battery and it lasted over 12 hours at around 10-12 volume (goes up to 25) without dying. It will start to distort in the bass at the highest volumes. My only problems are with the design. It is very sturdy in its construction with metal bars in front of the controls so they don't get smashed. It could really use at least one courtesy outlet to charge an ipod which the dewalt work stereos do have (or at least a usb plug for that) as well as a battery indicator.
October 12, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bill A BIG Disappointment
Does not recharge batteries. Does not run off of the smaller 18v batteries my drill/impact combo pack came with, even though they fit in the battery slot on the back. Power pack and cord to cumbersome to try to fit in the back for storage. Sound is too bassy and can't adjust. Antenna doesn't fold down, so it will break off eventually, or be lost. Does not come close to being good enough to replace my DeWalt job site radio. I guess I was spoiled. I'm returning this to HD. Very dissatisfied.
April 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by seabeescot Awesome Radio!
I bought the Makita Radio the other day. I have to say I am blown away by the sound this thing produces. I got about 7 1/2 hours out of an 18 volt battery. (Battery is a few years old) It's the perfect size and built very well. Great Purchase!
November 6, 2011