Hitachi 2-1/4 HP Fixed Base Router #M12VC

Average reader rating
4.6
out of 5
Brand:
Hitachi
Model:
M12VC
Price:
$120

Description

• 11 Amp motor (2-1/4 Peak Horsepower), for precise, controlled cuts
• 2-stage motor release clamp, for quick and accurate depth adjustments and base changes
• Nickel plated motor housing, for smooth depth adjustments
• Electronic speed control, maintains constant RPMs even as load varies
• Class leading noise level, only 79.5dB for a quieter workshop
• Amps: 11
• Peak Horsepower: 2-1/4 HP
• Max Collet Capacity: 1/2" & 1/4"
• No-Load Speed: 8,000 - 24,000
• No-Load Noise Level: 79.5dB
• Motor Clamp: 2-Stage Lever
• Weight: 7.3lbs

Includes
Collet Chuck 1/4" & 1/2"
Template Guide Adapter
Centering Gauge
Hex. Bar Wrench 4mm
Hex. Socket HD. Bolt M5x10 (10 PCS)
Wrench 16mm & 23mm

Reader Reviews

Excellent Performer for the Money

Review Summary

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.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

nice router

Review Summary

I bought one of these new and messed up because I didn't buy it with the plunge base kit. A couple weeks later I found one at the pawn shop for a very low price, so now I have two and I like to leave them with my rail and stile bits, always ready to go to work. The machine is a little high and narrow but that hasn't been an issue since they sit under benches. If you have it under a bench, use an auxiliary power switch as it has a small toggle that could be hard to find at times.
They are very smooth and keep a very constant speed while cutting through all types of wood. If you plan on using it freehand and think you'll ever need a plunge base, you better buy it in the kit right from the start. I have never been able to find just the plunge base for sale except from the factory itself and then it costs as much as a whole router kit.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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