|Review by pintodeluxe||posted 02-23-2011 09:56 AM||12578 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
I was excited to add this router to my collection because of its 15 amp power rating. However, several factors led me to use other machines.
Ergonomics: The machine is heavy and clunky, with no particular thought to ergonomics. A router is one tool in particular that needs to feel good in your hands. The plunge action is fair. The plastic handles are hollow, and feel like they may break off at any moment. They actually creak as you pick this tool up. The height adjustment knob is a cheap afterthought, and mine quickly cracked and failed.
Changing bits: Bit changes are cumbersome because the height adjustment knob prevents you from setting the router upside down. Worse still, for 1/4” bits you must use a reducer sleeve. There is no seperate 1/4” collet available. 1/4” bits routinely slip while routing, thus ruining your workpiece. 1/2” bits worked fine.
Hand routing: The M12V is a little too heavy for my tastes when it comes to hand routing. Think Portercable Speedmatic type of weight here. I much prefer my Dewalt 618 for hand routing operations.
In a router table: Not too good for that either. The height adjustment knob, and collet are very difficult to access when mounted in a table. I didn’t notice any power improvement over my Freud 2-1/4 hp router. The Hitachi collet does not extend above the table, which means you have to remove the throat plate in your router table and use a bent wrench whilst bending/contorting your body to lock the spindle from below.
The Freud extends above the table, and offers above the table adjustment and bit changes (no need for a router lift). With the Hitachi, you need to factor in the cost of a lift.
Cheers and happy routing!
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