RIDGID® Job Site Radio Review – Model R84082
RIDGID® Job Site Radio
The folks at RIDGID® sent us their latest Job Site Radio to listen to and test out it’s toughness. As we previously reported by showing off an abusive RIDGID® Job Site Radio video, the radio has been built to take the daily abuse of construction and keep performing.
Information from RIDGID®
The new RIDGID® Job Site Radio has ShockMount™ protective armor designed to absorb impacts from demanding job site conditions ensuring playback of your favorites time after time. Water resistant to withstand nature’s elements, it is also the only job site radio made specifically to play and charge iPods® in an exclusive protective docking station. It is the first radio with the ability to change songs via on-board external controls or remote control from up to 25’ away. It also plays every other brand’s music player by using the included audio patch cord. Find versatility on the job site by using standard 120V or RIDGID® 18V battery power and rock like only RIDGID® can.
Includes R84082 Job Site Radio, remote control with key ring fitting and button battery, audio patch cord, (2) AAA batteries and operator’s manual.
Specification: Job Site Radio
- Voltage: 120V AC, 18V batteries (RIDGID only)
- AM Range: 520 kHz – 1710 kHz
- FM Range: 87.5 MHz -107.9 MHz
- Radio Weight: 13.9 lbs
- Protect and charge most iPod models with exclusive docking station
- Remote control with functionality for iPod
- Weather resistant design protects radio and iPod in damp conditions
- ShockMount™ protective armor is engineered to absorb impacts for maximum durability
- Phase-lock loop digital tuning for exceptional reception
RIDGID® Job Site Radio Review
This year we’ve tested several job site radios and the consistent theme seems to be TOUGHNESS! The new RIDGID® Job Site Radio seems to live up to the company name of “Rigid”.
Almost all today’s job site radios offer really nice sound along with features you’d expect from a good radio including digital tuning, quality sound and the ability to run off brand specific batteries. So I won’t bore you with all that stuff because the RIDGID® Job Site Radio provides all of what you’d expect.
After watching the video of the radio being dropped from buildings and run over by a truck I wanted to see for myself how tough this radio was. As you can see in the adjacent photo I decided to jump up and down on this radio, kick it around my shop and toss it around the parking lot.
Anyone that’s met me in person knows I’m a BIG guy and that poor radio had no problem supporting my hefty weight and shock as I jumped up and down! For me this was important because job site radios get tortured, abused and smashed around at work. The RIDGID® Job Site Radio is certainly one of the toughest we’ve tested!
The RIDGID® Job Site Radio does offer a feature that the competition doesn’t currently offer. This radio has a built-in iPods® docking station that allows you to charge and play your iPod®. This radio also offers a remote control which is also a great feature if you want to quickly turn down the radio for a phone call or conversation.
First off, while the battery does fit into the compartment it is a tight fit that didn’t feel very natural and easy to insert. Secondly the battery compartment cover is a hard “rubber” type material that simply snaps over the compartment housing. Again, this wasn’t super easy to open and close. Overall both of these are VERY minor suggestions and really don’t effect the overall performance of the radio.
RIDGID® Job Site Radio Model R84082 is a great sounding, tough, nearly indestructible accessory perfect for people who own RIDGID® cordless tools. The radio can charge your iPod® and keep everyone on your crew working along to their favorite tunes. If you own RIDGID® cordless tools then we recommend this versatile radio system.
The RIDGID® Job Site Radio Model R84082 can be purchased at The Home Depot. You can purchase it online at the following link:
- Ridgid Jobsite Radio for $149.00
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