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Hitachi M12V Plunge Router

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
2.3
out of 5
Brand:
Hitachi
Model:
M12V
Price:
$195

Description

Amps: 11
Speed Range RPM: 24000 rpm
Voltage: 110 volts

WOOD magazine review

Hitachi M12V Plunge Router

Review Summary

This model has been discontinued by the manufactured, and been replaced with the M12V2 and M12VE. High points: The rack-and-pinion depth-stop system proved one of the easiest to set and use. Handles can be rotated to any of three positions to suit the user or the situation. Low price includes an adapter for use with P-C-style guide bushings. Low points: No dust-collection accessories are provided with or available for this router.
Tedious bit-height adjustments under the table: There’s no coarse adjustment, and the fine-adjustment knob is close to the router’s body. More points: We could run a 3-1/2"-diameter bit in the M12V with the collet extended beyond the base. However, mounting tabs for guide bushings prevent bits larger than 2" from passing through the base.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Reader Reviews

M12V Not on Par with Other Machines

Review Summary

This is a large, heavy router which ordinarily I don't mind. The power is good, and the switch placement is okay. That is about where the positive aspects end. The handles are hollow plastic, and creak under the weight of this router. The height adjustment knob is flimsy, and the handle quickly split and cracked. Both the cord and the height adjustment knob prevent the router from being rested on its top for bit changes.
The depth stop is a bit flimsy compared to other plunge routers. The plunge action is decent, nothing to rave about. The bushing guide tabs in the base prevent the use of large panel raising bits. I cut the tabs off (as I have seen nearly every other M12V owner do). However, using this router in a table is really a chore. The collet won't extend far enough above the table, so you have to reach under the table and bang your knuckles each time you change bits. The deal breaker is when the 1/4" collet started letting the bits slip loose. I replaced the collet twice, but nothing helped. FYI Hitachi uses a cheap collet sleeve insert, instead of an actual 1/4" collet. I replaced this router with a Freud FT1700 and have been very happy.

Detailed Ratings

2.3
out of 5

Performance

2

Features

3

Ease of Use

1

Value

3

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