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Hitachi M12-volts 3-1/4-Horsepower Electronic Variable Speed 1/2-inch Plunge Router

by Hitachi
3.9 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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  • Powerful 15 amp motor
  • Three-position side handle with easy-to-reach controls
  • Electronic dial-in variable-speed control
  • Multislide scale and scale-index system
  • 1-year warranty
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Product Description

Product Description

18V, Cordless, Drill Kit, Includes: The New DV18DMR Cordless Drill, C18DMR Cordless Circular Saw, CR18DMR Cordless Reciprocating Saw, Universal Quick Charger, 2 3.0 AH Ni-MI Batteries, UB18DL Lantern & Ballistic Nylon Bag, Individual Tool Specs: C18DMR 18V, 6-1/2" Cordless Circular Saw, Blade Located On The Left Side For Improved Sight Of Cutting Path, Equipped With A 24 Tooth 6-1/2" Blade, Runs At 3,000 RPM, Features A Built In Spotlight For Better Visibility, CR18DMR 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw, Best In Class Stroke Length Of 1-1/8", Tool Less Blade Changing System, External Carbon Brush Access, 380W Of Output Power, DV18DMR 18 Volt Cordless Hammer Drill, Made With 2 Piece Rare Earth Magnets That Offer Greater Durability & Performance, Class Leading 550 In LBS Of Torque Allows You To Tackle Jobs Other Drills Can't, High Capacity 3.0 AH Ni-MI Batteries Saves Time By Providing Longer Run Time & Fewer Battery Changes, 3 Modes Of Operation Allow You To Drill, Drive & Hammer Drill.

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Routers don't get any bigger and tougher than this Hitachi workhorse. It has the solid construction, horsepower, and features we've come to expect in a top-of-the-line router. Its heft goes a long way toward eliminating vibration, working with the soft-start motor to cut out torque at startup. Despite its nearly 12 pounds, it actually handles as well as most 3-1/4-horsepower routers we've tried in freehand applications. It has a 1/2-inch collet and a wide sub-base opening, making it suitable for working with all but the very biggest panel bits. It features electronic variable speed, so the router makes clean cuts in a wide range of different materials. We found the controls to be within easy reach of the handles, and though this isn't the quietest router we've used, it comes pretty close. We like the unique eight-position handles that let the tool be adjusted to the worker rather than the other way around. While this is a topnotch plunge router, it's also an excellent choice for table mounting, and many people choose this model for exactly that reason. This is an all-around solid tool that offers more bang per buck than many competing models. --Brian Trinen

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Technical Details

Part Number M12V
Item Weight 15 pounds
Product Dimensions 10 x 10 x 16 inches
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Item model number M12V
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Special Features plunge

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Additional Information

ASIN B0000223K9
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3.9 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #788,432 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#307 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Routers
Shipping Weight 11.7 pounds
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Date First Available November 8, 1999

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I did my homework before buying my larger 3+hp router for my router table. From the Internet, woodworking books, local stores and personal opinions the Hitachi M12V 3-1/4 HP router time and time again came up to be the router of choice or best for its price. I have a mid-size plunge router already, (the DeWalt 621-a fantastic router, read the MANY reviews) and needed a heavy duty machine for my table.
This router at it's normal everyday price is a good value. I'm not allowed to disclose this price unfortunately, (sorry Amazon's policy). When purchased with the accessory package and the height adjustment knob it's a great deal. I got mine at Amazon with all the above and an additional twenty five percent off. This unique Amazon offer was a terrific (once in a lifetime??) deal!
3-1/4 hp is more power than most people are going to need unless you plan to use it for panel raising or using 3" diameter bits. I just used it in my router table for cutting 3/8" deep 1/4" dados in purpleheart, a very hard/heavy exotic hardwood I plan to join for a heavy duty cutting board. The cutting was flawless. Earlier I used a 3/8" radius bit for rounding off corners in some pine shelves and a 3/4" straight cutter in redwood for some 5/8" deep dados. The soft woods of course did nothing to arouse the Hitachi beast's attention.
The Hitachi M12V has been around a long time and has proven itself in countless professional and school woodshops and of course at home with the everyday woodworker. It has a long and positive track record.
While some might argue getting a plunge router for a table is not a good idea because of their inherent design (you have to fight gravity and the plunge springs to adjust). This router is easy to convert.
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This is a well-made and powerful tool.
The spindle lock makes bit changing easy and the built-in depth setting mechanism uses a ruled gauge which can be preset to zero in order to measure the required depth with a great degree of accuracy. The accessory pack is good too.
My only gripes are the lack of an electronic brake and there is no fine height adjustment screw handle, but you can buy the latter as an accessory.
It is slightly lighter than my Makita 3612 and I think I like it better overall. At the price it is a much better deal than Porter Cable's clunky 690 series plunge router.
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This is truly a Clydesdale among the industry 3HP+ router workhorses. Built like a tank, yet nimble enough to be comfortably used with the Leigh dovetail jig. The soft start is a tremendous help for this type of operation. It is a heavy but well-balanced machine, which is an asset when maximum stability is desired. The edge guide is top quality, easy to install and accurate. I used this router to plow out 3" raised panels in oak without phasing the beast. This was possible due to the variable speed settings for any sized bit. The router is also equipped with an adapter that accepts PC guide bushings. The height adjustment knob is a bit flimsy, but it works well and provides good accuracy. The only complaint I have is that the 1/4" collet will not sufficiently hold any of my 1/4" bits. I purchased an aftermarket slotted collet that does the job. The Hitachi collet simply was not ground accurately. However, now that the kit comes with the height adjustment knob, I'd say jump all over it. This is a great deal, and I'm elated with my decision to go with Hitachi's green machine. Wish I could give it 4 1/2 stars.
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Light weight and significant power make this an excellent choice for all around use. I have used it to mill over 150 rafter tails out of 3"x8" stock. My only complaint is that the linear bearings needed some silicone lubrication occasionally during the project. The variable speed is a plus; the large bit that I was using cut best at less than maximum speed.
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I recently attended a woodworking show where I saw first hand the many router bit suppliers using this router to demo their router bits. I asked them why they weren't they using Porter Cable or Dewalt routers and the typical response was this was the best router for the buck! They literaly abused this machine and it plowed right along. I did the research and this is the cheapest(dollar wise)router thats built very well. It is a little heavier than other models of the same caliber, but it was very comfortable and easy to handle. I would definitely recommend this product.
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I first used the router in the free hand mode and liked it a lot. I find it very sable and comfortable to use, it doesn't jump around or make me feel like I need to use a lot of arm strength to keep it under control, and it has very good visibility to see your cut. It came with a good fence that is simple yet precise and thats well made and won't break. Also I like the position of all the controls and the fact that it doesn't have any extra knobs or gizmos. I prefer things that are simple. I prefer to use my mind to figure out how I'm going to build something not how my tools work. I now have it as a permenant fixture in my router table. The router has plenty of power for any type of bit or wood I need to cut, and the speed control knob is easy to get to. I did have to cut off the ears that hold the template guide in place so I could get those big panel raising bits in it. It will take 31/2 inchers now. I also removed the springs in the plunge tubes to make it easier to raise. I added a crank for those times when I need to make fine adjustments, but I seldom use it. I also put a bend in the wrench so I can remove and install bits from the top of the table. Its not a perfect system but its a very good one. I need it back as a hand held so I'm going to buy another one.
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