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Hitachi 2-1/4 HP Multibase Router Kit

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.1
out of 5
Brand:
Hitachi
Model:
KM12VC
Price:
$165

Description

• 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: 79.5 dB for a quieter workshop
• Fine depth adjustment (plunge base) for precise depth control
• Amps: 11
• Horsepower: 2-1/4
• Collets: 1/2" & 1/4"
• No-Load Speed: 8,000-24,000 RPM (variable)
• No-Load Noise Level: 79.5 dB
• Motor Clamp: 2-Stage Lever
• Plunge Stroke: 2.6"
• Weight-Fixed Base: 7.3 lbs
• Weight-Plunge Base: 9.9 lbs

Includes:
• 1/2" Collet Chuck (323293)
• 1/4" Collet Chuck (323293)
• Template Guide Adapter (323272)
• Centering Cone (323296)
• 16mm Wrench (323294)
• 23mm Wrench (323295)
• 4mm Hex Bar Wrench (944458)
• Subbase Plate (323297)
• Hex Socket HD Bolt M5x10 (10pcs) (949819)
• Case (323358)

WOOD magazine review

Lots of extras and a 5-year warranty

Review Summary

High Points: This model proved the quietest in our test of 10 kits. This kit includes seven guide bushings and an adapter to mount them in the subbases. An extra, clear subbase with a flat edge is included for the plunge base. It comes with a five-year warranty. Good power and overall feel was comfortable with no noticeable vibration. Low Points: The variable-speed dial shows only unintuitive “1” through “6” increments.
Plunge action on the plunge base was stiffer than most other models. More Points: The plastic handles proved comfortable to use but a little slick.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Good value-price router

Review Summary

This is a very good router for a lot less money than the Bosch, Makita, Porter Cable, Dewalt and other high price brands. I really like it's power and precision. It does all the jobs I need from a router, even mounting it in a router table it works well. It can be a little tough to move the motor from the fix base to the plunge base and the plunge base is stiff like WOOD said. But overall I'd buy another one of these in a heartbeat. Plus you get 5 years warrenty.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

Needed a lot of TLC

Review Summary

Power and features were an eye catcher as well as cost. I ordered mine online but spent hours getting the plunge base to work smoothly. It is now acceptable but I should have returned it. The collets are just plain bad. I had to replace mine within a few months as they wouldn't tighten properly, and then wouldn't release if tightened enough to keep the bit in place. I'm thinking I got a dud since there are many positive reviews available.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

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