Milwaukee M1-28 C12-28DCR-0 Job Site Radio Review

There are a lot of job site radios in the market today, some rely on mains electricity while others on batteries, or even both. Clearly a radio that has the option of either is going to be a winner. The Milwaukee M1-28 C12-28DCR-0 is one such model, and as well as being versatile in terms of power, it’s also great quality in many other respects.

Like other Milwaukee tools, this radio runs on Li-Ion batteries, which are far more reliable and long lasting than other rechargeable batteries. Once you’re powered up the AM/FM tuner with digital processor delivers a very clear signal, with easy station search and great quality reception. The premium speakers in conjunction with a 40 Watt amplifier produce a rich, full sound that doesn’t irritate the ears like some radios that are notoriously tinny.

The radio has an auxiliary compartment that’s been weatherproofed to protect your MP3 players and other audio devices, so you can use these on site in conjunction with the radio’s speakers, without any concerns over them getting damaged. The shock absorbing ABS polymer and steel construction on the radio protects it against abusive site conditions such as drops, dust, and falling materials.

This radio comes with a customizable equalizer making it easy to adjust it to the station of your choice, and to make things even easier there are 10 pre-set stations buttons to make accessing your favourite stations as simple as possible.

The MI-28 C12-28DCR-0 also comes with a 220-240v power adapter and a 3.5mm jack plug for auxiliary connection.


  • Crystal clear reception
  • Guarded against damage and drop shocks
  • Connectivity with iPods or other external devices is possible, with the added bonus of keeping them protected as you use them


  • Lacks the DAB feature that allows more stations to be available to the user – a lot of other models do now offer this
  • Some users say it is heavy, which could limit your movements and make this less convenient than other models
  • Undeniably one of the more expensive ruggedized radios on the market


The The MI-28 C12-28DCR-0 has a lot to shout about, it’s protected against many risks associated with being on a building site, and we particularly love its storage compartment for external devices – after all the last thing you want is a cracked phone or iPod screen! Granted it’s basic in the sense that it doesn’t receive DAB signals, but what it does do it does well. There haven’t been many complaints about the sound quality of the M1-28 C12-28DCR-0, and that’s probably the most important factor of all when buying any kind of audio equipment.

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