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No kidding they rushed it out the door. It has no battery charging features like other brands do. Somewhat pointless just to have a radio that can run off your very expensive tool batteries. A cheap little radio will do the same job. I bet later they will likely release a fully featured model that can charge batteries. Oh well, fortunately I'm getting mine for free and its probably going straight to ebay... http://www.makita.com/assets_promo/fall06/LXT_MIR.pdf
Yeah I don't think it has a MP3 player input and I also don't think it even has any additional plug-ins (for a charger, other corded tool or cell phone charger etc). Looks nice, sounds nice, but what were they thinking? Even just one of those added features would have made it more appealing.
I see very few Makitas down here on the jobsites (mostly yellow, orange, Bosch blue and Milwaukee red) . I guess we need a better dealer than the big box stores here, plus there's not a close service center.