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Forum topic by Scott posted 12-03-2014 03:32 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2014 03:32 PM

So I fried my 2hp craftsman router making 4 cabinet doors. I’m on a tight budget and needed a replacement. I ended up getting a single speed Hitachi 3 1/4hp router (Model M12SA2) from Tool Barn. It only set me back about $115! I emailed Hitachi and said that it would work with a speed controller. So for about $130 I have a new 3 1/4hp router for my table. The Hitachi guy I was talking to said the only difference between model M12SA2 and model M12V2 is that the M12V2 has a variable speed.

I just thought I’d share this deal if anyone else was interested in getting a new router for their table.

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 03:41 PM

Good price. Do you know if it has above the table height adjustment?

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 04:22 PM

I have 2 M12V’s…...You’ll like it….The variable speeds are an asset to the router…...

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 04:34 PM

Sounds like a winner.

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 04:39 PM

I don’t know if it has above the table adjustment. But here is the website if anyone is interested. I just got email confirmation that it shipped!

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#5 posted 12-03-2014 04:54 PM

Just curious, why would you get a plunge router for a router table?

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#6 posted 12-03-2014 05:00 PM

Most 3 1/4hp routers that I saw were plunge router . You just have to take the springs out of the plunge mechanism and it acts like a normal router

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#7 posted 12-03-2014 10:15 PM

Are the collets on these different from the M12VS? Those are notorious for sticking. I have two of them (one fried), and the collets are really bad. I have a third party 1/8” collet that doesn’t have that problem.

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 02:37 AM

I believe they have the same collets. Have you tried using dry lube? Like graphite?

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#9 posted 12-10-2014 05:11 PM

My new router came in the mail! I have been looking at it to find a way to make above the table height adjustment. It will be really easy to do so. Since it has a threaded rod for a micro adjust, I have to take that off, drill a hole through the base plate, and reinstall a new threaded rod. I think I’ll have less than $10 into it as well which is a big plus!

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