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Offline Frank-Jan

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Systainer jobsite radio
« on: April 11, 2009, 03:04 PM »
It would be nice if a jobsite radio built into a systainer, or sized like a systainer with the coupling latches was available.
Features that are nice to have (for me anyway) are:
extra powersockets, so you don't loose a socket for the radio, and even gain extension cord functionality. (like the bosch radio's)

mp3 playback functionality, by just plugging a usb stick in (or maybe even wifi or bluetooth streaming, since most cellphones will have that functionality soon enough) (seems handy, but in practice on jobsites it's always the radio on)

a 12v socket for charging cellphones, mp3 players etc.
No brand specific battery charger (they always interfere with reception anyway), but maybe a lightweight, high capacity battery built in. (with a smart charger, so it keeps the battery healthy)

Jobsite toughness (no breakable antenna's, dustproof, splashwaterproof, impactproof...etc)

Other possibilities:
A barebone version, with a DIN sized room to fit a carstereo of your own choosing, but finished for the rest, so you don't need to be a electronics whiz  to get  it working.

Maybe a modular design, for optional accesories... maybe a clip-on  systainer with bigger speakers and an amplifier built-in or something like that.

Personally, I got myself one of these recently
I like the soundquality, and most of the features; definately a major improvement over the Dewalt radios. (they were all the old model, but I hate them enough to not even consider the new model ;) )

It seemed like the best option for me at the time... other contenders were
the Bosch... but the only bosch cordless tools I have aren't supported (10.8Li Ion).
The makita, but I don't like the adapter, and the only makita cordless tools I have are 14.4 Li Ion, and I don't think the makita batteries have the battery protection built into the batteries themselves, like the bosch batteries do. (The manual of the makita informed me it is bad for the batteries to drain them too much)

So I went with the one mentioned earlier, but it's pretty heavy, (especially with the batteries installed) doesn't have the power sockets , etc...

If a quality systainer-compatible jobsite radio existed, I would certainly have gotten that one.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2009, 03:55 PM by Frank-Jan »

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Offline Notorious T.O.D.

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009, 06:27 PM »
I would want to add satelite radio to the wish list too and maybe a cd player / changer...

Best,
Todd

Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 10:07 PM »
The sad part is, if they came out with one, I would buy it.

Offline Woodenfish

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 10:42 PM »
Where's Bill Wyko when you need him? :D

Offline EcoFurniture

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2009, 10:53 PM »
I like the idea! But I can see this radio set costing around $1000.... ;D ::)

Offline lordinteriors

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009, 02:03 PM »
i am going to buy a sys1 and convert my makita radio to go inside it cant be that hard. can it ?

lee
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Offline Meatplow

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2009, 07:49 PM »
Lee,

It's been a couple days now, did you get that radio done...how hard can it be? Seriously, I would like to see the prototype.

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Offline lordinteriors

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2009, 03:45 PM »
meat plow

i havent had time to do it this week im trying to make time but it just doesnt seem to be happening

lee
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Offline Tom Gensmer

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2009, 06:57 PM »
The Makita radio fits in a systainer, I just can't remember if it fits in a Sys 2 or Sys 3....
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Offline lordinteriors

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2009, 05:49 PM »
what does it sound like when its closed ?

lee
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Offline Tom Gensmer

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2009, 06:07 PM »
I've never actually tried to play it whilst in the systainer, I was looking more for storage. Due to the location of the speakers on the Makita, I don't think it would sound very good in a systainer, mostly  because one speaker would be very muffled, and you'd have to make a lot of holes to get any sound out. I agree that a radio integrated into a systainer would be pretty sweet, I just don't think the Makita would be a good choice, other than just for transport.
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Offline FestFan

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2010, 06:46 PM »
Frank-Jan and others,

I can imagine so well what is requested. I've transferred all of my tools recently into systainers and appreciate the stacking possibilities very much. I've used every available systainer and sortainer there is. However, no such thing as a jobsite radio. Most of the other well known tool companies (e.g. Makita, Bosch, DeWalt) do have them and I was rather surprised to discover that Festool's only radio is something I wouldn't even consider paying for.

So what I've done till so far (and I still hope my project will be interrupted by a mindblowing Festool Radiosystainer): I've oufitted a systainer III with an extension cord from a redudant vacuum cleaner.

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After connecting the 2 power cables to the main switch, I added some smaller switches for powering the radio, two powersockets and a LED light.

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I used a cheap car radio (outfitted with MP3 function) with SD card and USB connectivity. It lacks a CD player though. I've kept the original frame so the radio can be swopped in a later stadium for one with CD functionality. To make use of the car radio; the 220 Volt AC current had to be transformed to 12 Volt DC. I bought a transformer of the internet for ? 40 only. The radio is outfitted with a 15 Amp. fuse; the transformer is capable of just 5 Amp. I've put both the 40 W speakers to their maximum capacity for about 1,5 hour, and luckily, nothing happened. Not even a rise of temperature of the transformer. I'm not an electrician, so I don't know why I didn't break anything...

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In the front end, the buttons and radio are sticking out slightly. I've tried to keep it all within the systainer outer limits, but failed in doing this when I had to compromise in keeping the radio outfitted in the original frame.

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The LED light in the back can be turned up and down slightly to provide some additional light (so not like the 1000W halogen lights). It's enough for me to light up some darkened areas. BTW, the heat generation from this lamp is neglectible.

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After drawing a pattern on the sides I drilled out some holes to let the sound get out. Even when the lid is closed, the sound coming from the two 40 Watt speakers is superb. At full power, the only thing drowning them out would be my table saw.

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This systainer is far away from completion. I will try to add a flashlight, calculator and an AA&AAA battery charger. If it's finished, I'll upload some more pictures. Hopefully Festool will come up with something better and more advanced than this. I will be more than happy to throw this one away and buy an original Festool. I even hope they are able to fit in a small coffee machine. That would really be something.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2010, 06:49 PM by FestFan »
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Offline Mac

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2010, 06:53 PM »
Genius!
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2010, 07:00 PM »
Festfan,
 [welcome] to the Forum!  What a great first post and excellent picture posting!  You didn't even need a tutorial on posting pictures.

Next you will have a built-in toaster.  Stack all those on an insulated systainer and you'll be set.

Great idea.

Peter



Offline Inner10

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2010, 07:01 PM »
If you were here I'd shake your hand.  I love it, nicely done!

Offline justinmcf

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2010, 07:05 PM »
hi festfan. you have done an amazing job here!

i dont know anything about electrics so this is well above  my skill level.

the one thing i know is that speakers work better if they are enclosed in 16mm - 25mm mdf.

have you thought about this already?

regards, justin.

Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2010, 08:02 PM »
Well done.   [thumbs up]

Doing something similar was on my long term to-do list and now you have beeten me to it.  [crying]  [unsure]  But, on the other hand your efforts mighr prompt me to get around to the job earlier.

And Festfan, here is a BIG welcome to the forum.  You certainly have gottenoff to a good start.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2010, 08:43 PM by Frank Pellow »
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Offline Charimon

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2010, 08:03 PM »
Nice.
Does the lid rattle when you kick the Bass??? [eek]

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Offline PeterK

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2010, 08:12 PM »
FestFan - what an awesome project!!!! Love it. Really has me thinking of doing something similar.

Starting out with that for your very first post means we will be demanding more - much more!!   [big grin]
Pete

Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2010, 09:34 PM »

 [thumbs up] [thanks]



That is awesome!!
I have been trying to think of a way to take something apart
and put inside one.  You just made one, way more simple.

Fantastic, I have all those main parts lying around.

Oh, welcome.

Offline Wood_Junkie

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2010, 09:53 PM »
Stinking brilliant genius!     [thumbs up]
and beautifully executed  [not worthy]
and actually pretty attractive, from an (ex-modder) computer junkie perspective  [jawdrop]

and along with others ...  [welcome]

You didn't mention, and it's hard to tell, but what sized Systainer is that?  Sys 3?
« Last Edit: March 28, 2010, 09:54 PM by Wood_Junkie »

Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2010, 10:18 PM »
It was a 3.

Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2010, 03:56 AM »
That's SO cool! WOW  [jawdrop]

It may lack a battery for now, but the extra sockets and the light more then make up for the outlet you lose for the radio.
Very nicely done, I also love the retractable cord.

I just bought the upgraded model of the jobsite radio I got last year. (same radio but built-in SDhc and USB). I personally wouldn't miss the CD functionality. I don't think I would have gotten that one if you posted this two weeks ago.

To protect the protruding part of the radio you could maybe add a few of those small metal handles you sometimes see on rackmounted stuff, to act like a mini-rollcage, so the radio doesn't get damaged if it tips over, or something slides into it in transport.

I really look forward to seeing the finished version

Wellcome to the forum and awesome first post [thumbs up]

Offline woodguy7

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2010, 05:30 AM »
Wow, what a first post.  You have set the bar very high for further projects & like others i very much look forward to seeing what you come up with next  [big grin]

What about one of those car stereos with the TV screen ?  Prob not the best idea but hey, if we are gona have a coffee machine & a toaster then why not summit to watch  [tongue]

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Offline Jon Hilgenberg

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2010, 07:30 AM »
Oh boy,

It seems I'm going to have to take apart my Sirius radio and modify the parts to fit in a systainer now.  I'm always worried I'm going to break it when I bring in on jobsites...

Great post, and great job!

Jon
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Offline Wonderwino

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2010, 05:37 PM »
Great job, FestFan!

This would be a great way for Festool to collaborate with Blaupunkt!
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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2010, 12:22 AM »
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This would be a great way for Festool to collaborate with Blaupunkt!

That's exactly what I was thinking, Alex.


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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2010, 04:11 AM »
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This would be a great way for Festool to collaborate with Blaupunkt!

That's exactly what I was thinking, Alex.


Tom

Considering Festool's habit of going for the best of the best, they can really only team up with Bang & Olufsen.

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2010, 04:24 PM »
Hello all,my first post.
Radios on site is one of my pet hates, three radios all slightly off tuned into different stations.  and on full volume aaaahhh [mad].
I would like to see a radio in a mini systainer.It would need to be digital.
the analgue radio signal will be turned off in the uk in 5 years,lots of dead radios [big grin]
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Offline woodguy7

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Re: Systainer jobsite radio
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2010, 04:27 PM »
Ratts, i forgot about that.  Anyone want to buy a Makita Radio  [big grin]

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