|Review by knotscott||posted 03-21-2009 01:41 AM||6084 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
- Hitachi M12VC 2-1/4-Horsepower Variable Speed Router
- Brand: Hitachi | Category: Routers
The M12VC is Hitachi’s basic fixed base 11 amp router, that includes variable speed, soft start, and electronic feedback to maintain a set RPM throughout the cut. It’s also available in a kit as the KM12VC that includes both the fixed and plunge bases. The sub-base accepts the standard size PC style bushing adaptors.
I purchased the M12VC in hopes it would be more manageable than my heavier Bosch 1617 for dovetail work. Mine was a refurb purchased through Reconditioned Sales for the whopping price of $59 plus $7 s/h. The price attracted me, but the feel and the performance is what has impressed me. It’s a quiet powerful well balanced router that performs well and is very maneuverable. It doesn’t have quite the “built like a tank” feel of the Milwaukee 5615 or Bosch 1617, and the plastic handles on the Hitachi don’t compare with the polished hardwood handles on the Bosch, but it feels great in hand and spins a bit with high precision. It doesn’t offer the terrific above table features of my Freud FT1700 or conveniences like an auto collet lock, but it does offer both 1/4” and 1/2” collets, and does the basics very well. What a great starter router this would be for someone on a budget who’s not certain how far into this activity they’re going to go, or for even a seasoned veteran. Hard to go wrong with all you get for the price.
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