HAVING A RADIO in the workshop or milking parlour can make that long working day seem a little bit shorter. The problem is that more often than not these electrical devices are unable to handle the harsh farm environment.

Bosch has developed the Powerbox – a waterproof AM/FM radio that has been specifically designed to withstand hard knocks.

The unit has a rubber-encased antenna, steel grid speaker protectors and spring-mounted protective roll bar. It also incorporates a 12V battery charger for all Bosch batteries.

According to Bosch, the Powerbox can be dropped from 2m without damage. Powered from the mains or by rechargeable Bosch batteries, the Powerbox costs 129 (01895 838 782 or www.bosch.co.uk).