Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 37
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Kodiak great radio, but......
This is an awesome sounding radio but it is ridiculous that it does not charge batteries like other competitors models do.
December 18, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Roger Jobsite Radio
Overall the radio sounds great, compact, and works with tool batteries., Seems very durable.
The problem is why I bought it, for use with an ipod on the jobsite. You can't put an mp3, or ipod inside and plug it in. The aux 2 jack is right behind where the battery slides in and you can't plug the cord in and put the battery in. I called makita and they said plug it in the front, this defeats the purpose of protecting your ipod on the jobsite.
Thought about taking it apare and drilling another hole to move the jack.
Going to take it back and find another one.
April 13, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by cowgrlkirby made well
The radio is made well and does not take up very much room when traveling. The radio is not very loud, but I think if the speaker was bigger and on the front I would not be returning it. :( I love the price of it and that was one of the reasons i bought it. I had high hopes but I am a little let down. But I have to say that I bought this to take on the beach and hang out at the pool, so maybe in a workshop or around the grill it is perfect when there is not so much backgroung noise to compete with. Battery lasts a very long time and are quick to charge but the radio will not charge them. so I keep a spare always charged. When plugged in it automaticly stops using the battery. Overall it is a well made radio and does its job it just was not loud enough for what I was wanting it for.
July 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by larry 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jobsite Radio, Tool Only
i love this radio, we really got it for ease and being able to carry around wherever we want to.It runs on drill batteries and works well.
September 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Very sturdy radio.
The Makita jobsite radio is built to take jobsite conditions. It has good sound and plenty of volume. the only downside is that batteries don't last very long, If you are running only on batteries, keep a charger and a spare handy so you can have continuous radio.
June 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Trish Great outdoor radio
Easy to use, durable, good reception and great value!
July 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sypko great sound.
This product has great sound and seems to be very durable. It has excellent features. The port to plug in a music device and I like how it runs off the battery without draining the power fast.I would recommend this to others looking for a work radio like I was.five stars for real.
March 16, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by 3thumbs Do your research.
This is Not a battery charger. This radio/MP3 player sounds pretty good but the volume does not go up high enough for a job site. I thought I would be able to charge my batteries while listening to music but I guess I didn't do enough research. Now I have a $100.00 MP3 player in my garage.
March 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by yachty Yachty - St. George, Utah
When I first saw this Makita Radio I was excited. First it was a Makita, so I knew it was quality & really liked it compact size. I replaced a old clock radio on my work bench, boy was the sound a quality improvement. The radio works off 3 different power sources. I can just plug in my Makita battery & its good for around 16 hours, which is great when I am out side working on a project. Makita radio is great & not a bad price.
April 1, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MistaObvious Good radio
PROs: Does the job it's supposed to do. Having different battery options makes it versatile. Good sound. Light weight. 5 AM and 5 FM presets (says there's more than one set of presets for FM, but I haven't found how to switch them yet).
CONs: HD's advertising of this as being MP3 ready ACTUALLY means it has 2 AUX inputs so you can plug an MP3 player into it. Gets a little distorted at high volume levels, but sound is still pretty decent. AC cord is flimsy and will quickly get destroyed on a job site and there's also no place to store it except in the battery compartment.
Thoughts: It's a good radio. The pros outweigh the cons, IMO, especially the size and weight. Being able to run this off a battery is another reason I bought it. Would have been nice if HD's advertisement of being MP3-ready meant you could play MP3s with it, but it's hardly all that big of a deal.
December 11, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by ernestine It did the job well
I purchased this for an on site job. It was portable, did the job it was designed to do and I am pleased with my purchase.
March 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WTCB This product has great features
Batteries last a long time. Has a good heavy duty handle. Has an ac adapter. Has storeage for the ac adapter.Has pre set station buttons. Has an impact resistance housing.
January 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sulli pretty good radio
Had a couple issues with reception, but other than that works great. The large knob makes it easy to use when wearing gloves. The aux input is nice when I want to listen to Pandora off my phone. The rubber around the edges does a pretty good job of protecting the casing. Its smaller than most, but also makes it easy to move and still sounds great.
January 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jimmys23 great looks
performance a four star signal not good some times
January 14, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mollymo Great radio just wish it charged batteries as well
This radio has great sound, reception is excelent and the 2 input jacks for i pods is nice especially if the weather is bad you can put your i pod in the storage area so it stays dry. I wish it charged batteries also like the Dewalt radio but i'm not about to change from makita tools just for a radio that charges batteries. Overall good radio and a nice size.
July 10, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Kirkfu Doesn't charge the battery
I like the size of the radio, and it sounds good. But $99 for the radio and $80 for the battery . Now I have to buy $99 charger if I want to use it cordless . I don't think it's worth it , most likely I will return the radio and battery , and get the dewalt work radio. It charges , and has 3 outlets on it.
January 10, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Phil Wish I could return it
Mine came with no antennae so wont receive well.
It is not loud enough for construction site noise.
No USB Port.
Does not charge batteries?
August 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tootsie Great radio, great sound
But...make sure you get the right battery and the right battery charger when you buy this. It comes with neither. Otherwise, it's a great radio.
July 17, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by yetinate not versatile
Bass is way to high. Cant adjust. Wont get very loud either. It does last about 20+ hours though. WHY WONT MAKITA PUT A USB PORT ON THIS!!!! Now looking at bosch.....
June 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gera great purchase
Looks nice, good sound, heavy duty, match perfect for a driver.
August 21, 2013
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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by shipyardswagga great product
this is a great product for a great price.. cant go wrong. the sound is great..
June 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chibcha good radio
what I like the most is the compact size, I bring the radio to beach, camping, etc. and it doesn't take to much space. Volume is not that bad considering the size.
July 25, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sdlu Wish it would charge Mikita batteries while plugged in.
Over-all a good work radio, great sound. I think it should last a long time. My work radios usually take a beating.
May 28, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RUSSM great radio
great reception and sound. Does not have CD but if you are only looking for a great shop or jobsite radio there is no reason to spend more.
November 29, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Not bad
Like others said, wish it would charge batteries. Other than that, it's a solid little radio
February 24, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chair13 Great radio!
Bought this for my husband for Christmas and he loves it! It works great! Reception is great!
January 15, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Great compact radio
Great compact radio, I like the idea of no cords!!!!
July 31, 2012
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