View Full Version : Radio in Skid Steer

11-13-2012, 09:56 AM
After spending 30+ hours completing a job with my skid steer last week I was thinking about putting an on board radio like for a boat or something in this Winter. Just wanted to see what radios y'all had put in your equipment I was thinking a head unit with speakers built in would be best but I'm open for ideas. I figured boat stuff would be best since it's waterproof?

Or maybe we should just be talking about what set of Work headphones are the best. I thought it might be cool if everyone could enjoy the tunes though!

I like listening to local FM/AM stations and occasionally my mp3 player but I'm an old fashioned radio listener mainly.

Let me know where you have your unit mounted as well as I'm unsure where I'd put it (I have a Case 440 and it does have a small shelf area behind the site before the rear glass.

Any pictures or model #'s would be appreciated.

11-13-2012, 02:44 PM
I just rock sony headphones. 50 bucks and had them probably 4 years. You can get radio stations on your smart phone
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11-13-2012, 03:27 PM
i use work tunes. I would think it would be tough to hear over the machine

11-13-2012, 03:56 PM
Jensen weatherband radio. I was going to just use my Ipod, but I was kind of leary plowing around people with earbuds in.

11-13-2012, 08:52 PM
I work out in the middle of nowhere and the radio signals suck. I pay for XM radio and either plug directly into the radio with ear buds or use the FM transmitter and wear AM/FM hearing protectors. I spent years listening to nothing but the engine hum and it drove me nuts. With a radio, I at least feel like I'm not missing anything.

11-13-2012, 10:22 PM
I had a Jensen HD in my Takeuchi, that unit kicked ass, it took major vibrations and wet weather and kept going. It is a much better brand than the units Bobcat was selling years ago.
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11-14-2012, 12:41 AM
I have a radio in the T770 but hate listening to the radio other than the KQRS morning show. Smartphone + Pandora + Headphones. Sometimes I listen to books during the day too. I stay more focused and the day goes faster.

11-14-2012, 09:44 AM
I forgot that I too use my phone to pick up Iheartradio. I like to listen to talk during the day and 80's rock on the way home. The drawback to my phone is that the battery doesn't last and it's a pain to plug into the power port. I'm a lot more productive and less distracted when my mind is occupied while I'm getting beat up in a machine. Looking back over the last 16 years of working in a machine, I'd say that the creature comforts like radio and a/c have allowed me to enjoy work a little more.

11-14-2012, 10:46 AM
I agree. Our first skid was a 94 mustang. Still have it but pulling 24 hrs with no heat or cab or radio doing snow was miserable. Now in the 07 gehl with heat wipers cig lighter and door I'm like a king and have billed out 46 hours work in 48! I don't tun the door unless its the winter though. No AC and i think it slows me down grtting in and out.
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