|Item Weight||15 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10 x 10 x 16 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||M12V|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
Hitachi M12-volts 3-1/4-Horsepower Electronic Variable Speed 1/2-inch Plunge Router
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OK, I've owned a few routers in my day. This Hitachi is a beast...very heavy, which is good to keep it on the goods, but takes some muscle to hike it up onto the table. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JB
Have had this router mounted in my router table for about 15 years. Very Nice work horse. Still runs great. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob Fleck
It's a workhorse router and works well on a router table. It does not have a soft-start or a variable speed. However, I bought it several years ago so times have changed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marcus R. Miller
Purchased strictly for router cabinet mounting. It has done a lot of work and is a real horse for large molding cuts.Published 14 months ago by Chuck Hanger
Powerful, smooth start. I wish it were easier to change bits.Published 15 months ago by John Baumchen
Had this for many years. Adjustment knob bit it early so I hook a small drill up to it to move it up and down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dustin Galofaro
I am ashamed to say it is still in the box, but I am sure it works fine.Published 16 months ago by J. Triplett