Makita DMR104 Job Site Radio Review

Who can deny that it’s fun to work whilst at the same time being entertained? It improves morale and helps the working day go that little bit quicker, absolutely ideal right? Well for whatever reason, Makita are the name most closely associated with job site radios, so the DMR104 could well be the ideal solution to you on site entertainment needs. With this radio, you can catch all your favorite digital, as well as FM channels. And don’t forget it’s compact and tough enough to suit the harsh environment of a building site.

As mentioned this radio is able to pick up both DAB and FM signals, so there’s always a wide range of stations for you to listen to. The silver front control panel is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also makes operating the radio straightforward. For this latest model Makita have redesigned the elastomer bumpers on each end making it resilient to drops and knocks, and improving its working life. Not only is it resilient to being dropped, but this radio is also shower proof, able to withstand up to 5 minutes of exposure to rain. This is a great feature as it gives you just enough time to move everything indoors if rain strikes when you’re working outdoors.

The dual power source is yet another benefit of the this radio, like most job site radios it can be powered by either mains AC or Makita batteries. Having the option of both is imperative when working on construction sites where mains power may not yet be available.

From a technological standpoint this radio is bang up to date, equipped with a Micro USB port for software upgrade; so you’ll never be left behind when it comes  to new software developments to improve your listening experience. Then of course there’s also an auxiliary port where you can plug in your iPod or any MP3 player to listen to your own collection of songs with the full benefit of Makita’s two speaker stereo system


  • Flexible listening possibilities with DAB and FM tuner as well as aux input
  • Robust construction ensures longevity
  • Powered either by AC power or Makita batteries


  • It is not fully waterproof
  • Sound quality is dubious


Some users have complained that the DMR104 dishes out poor quality sound, specifically the lack of bass frequency. Whilst there is some truth in this, the reputation Makita have built around their radios hasn’t come from nowhere, and this is still one of the better radios on the market in terms of build quality and reliability.

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