Makita DMR104 Jobsite Radio Review

Makita DMR104 Jobsite Radio is a good choice if you’re looking for an FM/DAB radio to use on your work site. This model is designed for heavy use which you can easily tell from its very sturdy and robust appearance.

The DMR104 is more expensive than other Makita DAB radios, but it is worth the price and the best choice if you’re going to use it every day at work.

Makita DMR104 Features

  • FM and DAB radio
  • Splash proof (water resistant to IPX4)
  • Anti-shock speaker system
  • Aux-in
  • 2 stereo speakers
  • LCD display
  • Soft-grip handle that turns 90 degrees
  • Uses an AC adapter or Makita rechargeable 7.2V to 18V cluster batteries or Makita 18V slide-on batteries.
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Dimensions: 33 cm high x 17.6 cm wide x 29.4 cm deep
  • The main flaw of this model is that the Bass sound level isn’t too good when turned up loud. The too bassy sound is irritating, so you must take that into consideration. DMR 104, in spite of its price tag, isn’t Bluetooth capable, too.


  • Generally good DAB reception
  • Storage space for cable and aerial in the back
  • Water resistant—it can withstand up to 5 minutes of rain
  • Stereo speakers
  • Rugged, very sturdy


  • No Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Equaliser isn’t adjustable hence the bassy sound when played in high volume
  • Batteries don’t charge when it’s plugged in
  • Doesn’t come with a battery
  • Not compatible with a Makita drill battery
  • Saves only 4 preset stations

Makita DMR104 Functions and Use

The DMR104 is a made by a Japanese power tool company Makita. The jobsite radios they manufacture were premeditated with builders and contractors in mind, making the product fit for jobsite use. This tough music player has both FM and DAB, so you get good reception. However, you need to buy a separate battery for this radio, like the Makita BL1830 18V 3Ah LXT Li-Ion Battery.

DMR 104 radio is a keeper. I noticed that it has superb sensitivity and it passed my tests for AM FM and SW reception. Excellent signal and clarity, even in areas where you find transmitters that tend to overpower radio signals. I like the exact key frequency entry and station presets feature that you would only find on a higher priced jobsite radios.

On the other hand, if you’re the type of person that loves cranking up the radio on the jobsite then this model isn’t for you. But then, we’re not supposed to play music too loud on the jobsite, right?

Makita Jobsite Radio features 2 Speaker Stereo System with 10 channel preset and auto-scan buttons for FM/AM radio tuner. This radio has three tuning methods – Scan Tuning, Manual Tuning and Memory Presets Recall. It’s equipped with USB Charger, Headphone Jack, AC Adapter, Jack Timer Set Button, Sound Volume and Manual Tuning Button Digital Quartz Display with backlight Power on-off and Off-timer button, FM/AM band selection and Mono-stereo change button on its front control panel. MP3/iPod compatible delivers rich stereo sound from two powerful 3″ side-firing speakers

Personally and experience wise, I would like to give the Makita DMR104 Jobsite Radio a higher rating, but, sadly, this radio just doesn’t have the volume for outdoors; though it sounds really great. You just have to keep it nearby, so you get to enjoy your music.  I love its compact design. It makes this thing easy to haul around and because the built is solid, you don’t have to baby it when using it in your workplace.

As the # 1 pacesetter in cordless tools innovation, Makita succeeded in producing this latest addition to the company’s line of hard wearing radio designed for the workplace; the DMR104 Jobsite Radio.

Makita DMR104 Jobsite Radio Review
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