Sunday, 19 September 2010

Makita BMR100 Job Site Radio

The blaring building site radio is a cultural icon.

Some workmen came yesterday to put the finishing touches to the scaffolding.

Now I don’t know about you, but I always associated the name Makita with big and beautifully made power tools. Yesterday I learned, to my total surprise, that they also make a building site radio – and here it is, the Makita BMR100 Job Site Radio.

From what I can gather, rather than a volume switch it seems (at least to my ears) to have only an on / off switch, is set to maximum volume and is permanently tuned to Heart FM.

I looked it up and the bloody thing costs £159, which seems a tad steep for a radio. I suspect it contravenes a number of European (if not galactic) noise abatement by-laws.

1 comment:

  1. I think there are several companies that make these things. The plasterer that we had recently had a JCB branded one, it was about twice the length of the one in your photo but it did have a volume control. In our case the plasterer used to sing along to it.