The Best Jobsite Radio To Take Your Mind Off Back Pain As You Work 

Having some music on in the background as you work isn't just great for your morale, it can also distract your mind away from any aches and pains you may be experiencing. 

best jobsite radio

Having the radio on while I paint and hang wallpaper is absolutely essential to me. 

Because not only does it give me something to listen to and follow throughout the day, it keep​s me company on jobs where I'm working alone too. 

It also makes the working day pass quicker​. 

And I can choose the music to suit my mood, whether that be needing a lift and more energy or to chill and wind down a bit. 

So for me it's one of the most important items in my tool kit.

​And if you're like me and were ever in any doubt about how reliant you are your jobsite radio, just wait until the day when you forget to load it onto the van in the morning. 

The sound of silence all day is deafening!

So a decent jobsite radio should be high on the list of priorities for any tradesman in my opinion.

But did you having a jobsite radio can be even more important and valuable for workers that suffer from back pain?

This is because research has shown that listening to music can distract people's minds away from the sensation of pain.

And as a consequence they become less likely to feel any pain as they work if they do it with music on in the background.

Pretty cool right?​

So enjoy your favourite tunes, give yourself a lift, make the day go faster, and ​stay out of pain's way by investing in a jobsite radio.

​And here is my selection of the best ones to check out, which I'll take you through one by one further down:

But first let's see what you need to know about jobsite radios to be able to choose a winner.

Which Features Should You Look For In A Good Jobsite Radio?

Jobsite radio features

Your tool box is no match for a jobsite radio!

When you're buying a radio to use on site, it needs to have certain features if it's going to survive and give you good value.

​So look out for the following when making your choice.

​Is It Durable Enough?

Construction sites are harsh environments that don't mix well with expensive and delicate electronic equipment.

Fortunately the makers of jobsite radios are well aware of this​, so they build them to withstand any of the hazards that you're likely to come across.

Such as:​

  • Making them robust by fitting them with a variety of rubber, plastic, and aluminium frames and roll cages to protect against shocks, bumps, drops, and falling debris. 
  • Water-proofing them against spills or drizzly rain.
  • Sealing them to protect against the dust that flies around on site.
  • Designing them to withstand extreme weather conditions, from working in the cold and ice of winter to the heat and humidity of summer.

So work out which kind of conditions you are usually faced with on your site and find a jobsite radio that can stand up to them.

What's The Sound Quality Like?

Not all jobsite radios are built the same, and much like buying any kind of music player, you need to find one that suits your own listening preferences.

As some will have more bass than others if that's important to you, while others may have a a sharper and​ crisper sound.

And volume and reach will differ too.

So your sound needs will be different depending on whether you work on a large and open site or in a smaller, confined space such as someone's home or a workshop.​

It's all about working out how and where you'll use your radio, and making a choice to fit your needs.​

Can It Play Your Own Music Too?

Jobsite radios have come a long way since the days when all you could do was tune in the radio.

Nowadays they come with a variety of connectivity options including Bluetooth, USB slots, and AUX ports.

Which is great as it means you can connect it to your phone or MP3 player to play your own music, podcasts​, or even audiobooks if you're the thinking man's tradesman!

So look out for compatibility with your devices when making your ​selection.

And if you plan on using the AUX or USB ports, make sure ​the jobsite radio comes with a safe compartment to keep your phone/iPod/MP3 player protected.

Can It Charge And Run Your Power Tools?

Many larger jobsite radios come with sockets that allow you to charge and run your power tools on site.

Which is great as it ​means you'll never run out of juice or be waiting for a battery pack to charge before getting on with what you need to do.

However if you are going to use this feature, you need to make sure that your jobsite radio​ is the same make as your power tools, or they won't charge the batteries otherwise.

So if you already favour a certain brand of power tool (​Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, etc), then it's a good idea to get a jobsite radio from the same brand.

For this purpose I've included an option from all of these main tool manufacturers in my list of recommended ​radios.

Do You Need To Carry It Around?

Jobsite radios come in all shapes and sizes.

You can get some absolute beasts that are heavy and bulky but would fill a nightclub with pumping bass, as well as ones that are more compact and provide a gentler​ and crisper sound.

So you need to work out which shape and size ​of radio will suit your place of work and the tasks you regularly do during the day.

For instance, if you work in the same large open space ​or workshop where the radio will be a permanent fixture, then big and bulky is fine and you may need the extra volume this provides.

However if you need a radio to carry around with you from job to job, or room to room, then get yourself something more light and portable.

Fortunately I've got you covered with both of these options among my selections below.​

The Best Jobsite Radios For Larger Sites

Large construction site

"I SAID CAN YOU TURN IT UP A BIT!!"

Most construction sites are spaced-out, busy and extremely noisy places.

​So if you're working on a big site with lots of noise, you'll need a radio with plenty of punch if it's going to be able to make itself heard over such a large area and the incessant whine of power tools and machinery.

Which is where this selection of powerful jobsite radios come in.​

As the following examples ​have enough guts to be heard on even the biggest and noisiest of sites.

>>> Back On Site Top Choice <<<

Bosch PB360C Power Box Jobsite Radio

Bosch Bluetooth Power Box Jobsite AM/FM Radio/Charger/Digital Media Stereo PB360C

Features

  • Bluetooth connectivity with a range up to 150 feet.
  • Built in battery charger.
  • 4 x 120 volt power outlets for connecting and running your power tools.
  • Runs on 18-Volt Bosch Lithium Ion batteries.
  • Can also be plugged into the mains (120 volts).
  • Multiple carry handles for portability.
  • Weighs 24 pounds.
  • USB port to charge your phone.
  • AUX input port to connect your devices.
  • Digital media bay to keep your phone or iPod safe and protected.

Durability

  • Protected by an aluminium and rubber roll cage.
  • Dust & weather resistant.

Sound Quality

  • 360 degree stereo sound from 4 speakers.
  • Subwoofer for bass and volume.
  • 26 watts output.
  • Separate controls for bass, treble & equaliser.
  • 20 FM & 10 AM radio presets.

The Bosch PB360C Power Box Jobsite Radio is the daddy if you're looking for power, great sound, ruggedness and connectivity on a big construction site.

It's a beast!

The square 'box' design comes with a speaker on each side, meaning that the sound pumps out of this radio from every angle.

So you get 360 degree sound (at 26 watts output) that spreads across your whole​ working area.

There is also a subwoofer built into the base that really adds to the power of the sound​, giving you more bass, depth and volume.

And you can fine-tune the sound to match your tastes and musi​cal preferences by individually adjusting the bass, treble and equaliser settings.

The Bosch Power Box comes with 30 preset radio slots (20 FM and 10 AM)​ so you can save all your favourite stations, and there is also an AUX cable so you can attach your phone and music devices.

However the big winner in this jobsite radio is the Bluetooth connectivity.

Because this means you can link it up to your phone or music player and play your own music or stream internet radio without needing to connect them manually.

And it has a reach of 150 feet, so you'll stay connected wherever you move around as you work.

It's also designed to be as rugged and tough as it can be, with an aluminium ​and rubber roll cage that will protect it from any accidents or bumps.

And it's dust and weather resistant too, so perfect for withstanding life on site in all seasons and conditions.​

It runs on Bosch 18-Volt Lithium Ion batteries, although these aren't included so you'd need to buy one if you haven't got one already.

Alternatively you can connect it and run it from the mains via the 120-Volt AC adapter​.

There is also a built-in battery charger​ with the Bosch Power Box, which is great for keeping your power tool batteries charged throughout the day.

And there are 4 x 120-Volt power sockets on this radio, so you can also run your tools directly from the Power Box if you want to.

Finally there ​is a USB socket so you can charge your phone as you work, and a protective compartment to keep it protected while it's charging.

So all in all I'd thoroughly recommend th​e Bosch Power Box jobsite radio for anyone working on a big and noisy construction site.

As you'd struggle to find one with more powerful sound​, connectivity options and durability.

Check out the video below to see for yourself what it's really made of.​


Dewalt DCR025 Bluetooth Charger Radio

DEWALT DCR025 Bluetooth Radio Charger

Features

  • ​Bluetooth connectivity with a range up to 100 feet.
  • 3-amp built in battery charger.
  • 2 x 120-Volt AC power outlets to connect your tools and chargers.
  • Runs on 20-Volt & 60-Volt MAX and FLEXVOLT Dewalt Lithium Ion batteries.
  • Can also be plugged into the mains (120 volts).
  • Relatively small and portable, weighing 15 pounds.
  • 2.1 amp USB port to charge your phone.
  • AUX input port to connect your devices.
  • AVRCP technology to control music from your device via the radio.
  • Built in bottle opener!

Durability

  • Solidly built casing and protected by a heavy duty roll cage with handles.

Sound Quality

  • A variety of woofers and tweeter speakers for rich and clear sound quality.
  • 20 watts output per channel.
  • Separate controls for bass, treble & equaliser.
  • 10 FM & 5 AM radio presets.

The Dewalt DCR025 Bluetooth Charger Radio is another good option for large site use.

​This radio comes with a variety of speakers, woofers on the bottom to capture the low-pitched sounds and bass, and tweeters on the top for the high-pitched sounds and treble.

The result is a clear and full sound that will retain it's quality even when played at high volume, perfect for filling a large area. 

You can also get it sounding just right for you by individually adjusting the bass and treble levels.​

​The radio is good with 15 preset radio slots for you to program in your favourite stations (10 FM and 5 AM), and you can also connect your devices to play your own music via Bluetooth.

This has a range of 100 feet which is great as it means you can move around freely without worrying about losing connection.​

Alternatively you can connect your device via an AUX lead​, and there is a device storage box (with USB port for charging) that is larger than on most other jobsite radios and will protect even the largest of phones.

Dewalt have also added a really cool feature they call 'Audio Visual Remote Control Protocol'which is a bit of a mouthful but allows you to skip or repeat songs played from your device directly from the radio dashboard.

So no more having to remove gloves or fiddling around with your phone or mp3 player with dirty hands.

The Dewalt DCR025 runs on 20-Volt or 60-Volt MAX and FLEXVOLT Dewalt Lithium Ion Batteries, as well as an 120-Volt AC adapter that you can plug into the mains.

And it has a built-in 3-amp charger that will charge these batteries quickly when the radio is plugged in.

There are also 2 AC power outlets on the side where you can run your tools and chargers from.

As you'd expect, this jobsite radio has been very solidly built to withstand the rigours of heavy site use, with solid casing and a heavy duty roll cage to protect it from shocks, drops and knocks.​

And as a nice finishing touch there is even a built-in bottle opener on the side, so you can treat yourself to a cold beer at the end of a hard days work!​

So in my opinion you won't go wrong with the Dewalt DCR025 jobsite radio if you're looking for something to fill a large site or workshop with your favourite tunes.


Sangean FB-100 Fatbox Industrial Radio

Sangean FB-100 Fatbox Rugged Industrial AM/FM Radio

Features

  • Built-in battery charger.
  • Runs on 6 x D-size Ni-MH batteries.
  • Can also be plugged into the mains (120 volts).
  • LCD backlit display.
  • Weighs 18 pounds.
  • 2 x AUX ports to connect your devices.

Durability

  • Protected by an ABS plastic roll cage.
  • Dust, rain & water resistant.
  • Can survive falls from 6ft and sustain weight up to 250lbs.

Sound Quality

  • 2 x 6.5" speakers providing loud and clear stereo sound.
  • Dynamic bass boost.
  • 7 watts output per speaker.
  • 6 preset equaliser settings.
  • 6 FM & 6 AM radio presets.
  • Digital PLL radio tuning.

The Sangean FB-100 Fatbox Industrial Radio is probably the most rugged and indestructible of all the jobsite radios I've recommended here.

In fact you'd have to go out of your way to damage it, as it can withstand falls from 6ft high and sustain weight on top of it up to 250 lbs.

So it would take some serious amount of falling debris to cause the Fatbox any problems!

It's designed with a heavy duty roll cage made ​from ABS plastic, and every important component such as the speakers, buttons and battery charger, are sealed against water and dust.

This makes it rain, water and dust resistant, perfect for life on sites and for both interior and exterior jobs. 

And it boasts great sound quality that can fill a large site too, with two dual high-powered 6.5" ​speakers pumping out 7 watts of output each.

There is also a dynamic bass boost that converts low pitched sounds to give the volume more guts.

And there are 6 preset equaliser settings (flat, pop, rock, news, indoor, outdoor) to tailor the sound to fit your listening tastes.

The radio has a digital PLL tuner that delivers super clear FM​ sound quality, and you have 6 AM and 6 FM presets to save your favourite stations.

And there are two AUX ports where you can connect your phone or mp3 player to play your own music too, with one being inside a media storage compartment to keep your phone protected from water, dust and worksite debris.

​The Sangean Fatbox can be run by plugging it into the mains, or by inserting 6 D-size Ni-MH batteries.

And if these batteries are rechargeable ones, they can be recharged with the built-in battery charger when the unit is plugged into the mains.

So for an extremely tough jobsite radio with great sound quality, the Fatbox is a great and popular choice.

However it is missing a couple of features that may be important for workmen.

Firstly there is no USB port, so you can't charge your phone with this radio on site.

Also it doesn't work as a tool charger and there are no ports​ to plug them in to.

And finally this lacks the Bluetooth connectivity that makes playing your own music​ through the radio so much easier than linking up AUX cables.

But if those drawbacks are not important to you, don't hesitate to check the Fatbox out.​


The Best Portable Jobsite Radios For Smaller Sites & Residential Work

Put the plaster on the walls, rather than blowing it off with loud music.

While the jobsite radios featured in the previous section are all fantastic for big construction sites, they might be too overpowering for tradesmen that work in smaller, more confined areas.

And they might also be a bit too heavy and bulky to be constantly carrying around from room to room.​

So if you carry out work in people's homes and need a more portable, 'neighbour friendly' radio to ​accompany you during the day, check out these compact jobsite radios instead.

Back On Site Top Choice

Bosch PB180 Compact Radio

Bosch 18-Volt or 120V Compact AM/FM Radio with MP3 Player Connection Bay PB180

Features

  • Runs on 18-Volt Bosch Lithium Ion batteries.
  • Can also be plugged into the mains via an 120-Volt AC adapter (included).
  • Small and portable design.
  • Extremely light, weighing just 4 pounds.
  • AUX input port to connect your devices.

Durability

  • Protected by shock absorbing casing and handles.

Sound Quality

  • 2 x 5 watt neodymium speakers giving good sound quality and clarity.
  • 5 FM & 5 AM radio presets.
  • Good antenna with 360 degree rotation for picking up radio signals.

The Bosch PB180 Jobsite Radio is the ideal choice for tradesmen that need a portable, light and compact radio.

Weighing in at only 4lbs and measuring 12 inches in length, it is super easy to carry around on site when you are working in different locations. ​

In fact it's among the lightest on the market, and due to it's compact size it won't take up too much room once you reach ​your destination either.

However if you do need the extra floor space, then there are screw mount slots in the back of the radio so you can easily hang it up on a wall.

But don't let the small size fool you, because this radio still packs a punch when it comes to sound quality.

It's neodymium speakers give out great sound clarity and volume, while the ​7" antenna is great for picking up radio frequencies.

It comes with 10 radio presets (5 FM and 5 AM)​ so you can save your favourite stations, while there is an AUX cable so you can connect and play your own devices through it.

And a really cool feature is that it has a big mute button right on it's face, perfect for silencing the radio quickly when you need to talk to a client or take a phone call.

It's designed with a shock absorbing casing that means it will survive minor bumps and tumbles on site​. 

And it runs on 18-Volt Bosch Lithium Ion batteries, although this radio won't charge them, so you'll​ need to buy a charger if you haven't already got one.

Alternatively you can run it through the mains with the AC adapter that is included, and this is ideal for most residential work.

So all in all I'd recommend the Bosch PB180 as my top choice for portable jobsite radios because of its compactness, lightness and great sound quality. 


Dewalt DCR018 Compact Worksite Radio

Features

  • Runs on Dewalt 18-Volt NiCad/Lithium Ion batteries as well as 12-Volt Max or 20-Volt Max Dewalt batteries.
  • Can also be plugged into the mains via an AC cord.
  • Small and portable design, with a nice handle and weighing just 6lbs.
  • AUX input port to connect your devices.
  • Phone storage box with USB charger.

Durability

  • Protected by a roll cage to guard against shocks and drops.

Sound Quality

  • Has a 4" full range speaker with an AB amplifier.
  • 5 FM & 5 AM radio presets.

The Dewalt DCR018 Compact Worksite Radio is another solid choice for a radio to carry around while you are working on site or at home.

As it comes with a good handle, a compact shape, and is light, weighing in at just 6 pounds, so it won't weigh you down.​

And it sounds pretty good too, with the 4" speaker and AB amplifier ensuring you get both decent sound quality and volume.

You can connect it up to play your own music from your devices with the AUX cable, and there is a phone storage box with a USB charger to keep your device safe while you are doing this.​

The radio is easy to tune in and there are 5 FM and 5 AM preset slots to store your favourite stations.

Reception is easy to pick up too, especially if you're working outside.

​Speaking of working outside, this radio is sturdily built and will be able to withstand knocks and bumps due to the protective roll cage that surrounds it.

However this roll cage doesn't protect certain batteries when plugged in to the back​ of the radio, so you need to be mindful of that.

But a plus point for this jobsite radio is it's battery compatability, as it can be run ​on older 18-Volt NiCad or Lithium Ion batteries, as well as the newer 12-Volt Max and 20-Volt Max Dewalt batteries.

These batteries are not supplied so you'll need to buy your own, and the radio doesn't charge them either so you'll need one of those too.​

It does come with a cord​ that you can plug into the mains to run it, which is great when you are working inside.

So overall I'd say this is a great choice for anyone looking for a portable but sturdy jobsite radio.​


Makita XRM02W Compact Cordless Jobsite Radio

Makita XRM02W 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Job Site Radio, Tool Only

Features

  • Runs on Makita 18-Volt LXT Lithium Ion 3.0Ah batteries, as well as 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah batteries.
  • Great battery life.
  • Can also be plugged into the mains via an AC adapter (included).
  • Small and good looking design, with a handle for portability and weighing 10lbs.
  • AUX input cable to connect your devices.

Durability

  • Protective bumper design guards against shocks, bumps and accidents.
  • Water-resistant construction. 

Sound Quality

  • Comes with 2 x 3" speakers to provide powerful stereo sound.
  • 5 FM & 5 AM radio presets.

The Makita XRM02W Compact Cordless Jobsite Radio is a great looking jobsite radio that sounds as good as it looks.

As it has 3" speakers in either side of the ​radio that ensure that the sound quality and volume remain on point.

There are also the usual radio preset slots (5 for FM and 5 for AM)​, and the AUX port allowing you to play music from your own devices through it.

Coming in at just over 10 lbs, it's a heavier radio than the other two I've featured here, but the shape, design and great handle mean it is still a very portable option.

And the great design continues through to it's ruggedness, with it's protective bumper guarding against construction site hazards.

It's also water resistant, which is a good feature for smaller radios.

​But where this one beats it's competitors is with battery life.

As it can run continuously for up to 19 hours ​at a time, which is more than enough for even the hardest working tradesmen!

So if you want a compact jobsite radio with ​great sound that will last right through the working day, check out this one by Makita.


Rounding Up

I hope that this article has helped you to learn more about jobsite radios and their benefits.

Because not only is it great to have music on to work to throughout the day.

It can also be a great distraction for your brain that will stop it from recognising and accepting pain signals that your body may be trying to send.

And anything than can lower the amount of pain you feel on site is a good thing right?

​So give one of these jobsite radios a try if you haven't got one already and see if it makes a difference for you.

​Just be careful not to put your back out from dancing around too much!

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Daniel

A 30-something painter and decorator, psychology graduate, and veteran of 5 spinal surgeries. Looking to explore the physical, psychological and emotional effects of living with chronic low back pain.

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