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Hitachi M12VC 2-1/4-Horsepower Variable-Speed Router

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  • Powered by an 11-amp variable speed motors, ranging from 8,000 to 24,000 RPM with soft start
  • Electronic feedback system allows the bit to maintain the set RPM throughout all cuts
  • Easy-to-use fixed base dials up and down along heavy duty grooves
  • Includes 1 1/4"-collet chuck, 1 23mm wrench, 1 16mm wrench, 1 template guide adapter, and 1 template guide centering adjuster
  • Backed by 5-year warranty
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Product Information

Style Name: Without Plunge
Technical Details
Part Number M12VC
Item Weight7.3 pounds
Product Dimensions4 x 8.6 x 10.9 inches
Item model numberM12VC
StyleWithout Plunge
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Voltage120 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Special Featuresfixed-base
Batteries Included?No
Warranty Description30 day money back guarantee and 5 year warranty
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #15,487 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight10.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004
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Technical Details

Style: Without Plunge
  • fixed-base

Product Description

Style: Without Plunge

Product Description

Hitachi M12VC 2-1/4-Horsepower Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router


The Hitachi M12VC Variable-Speed Fixed-Base Router features a powerful motor and electronic speed control for making smooth cuts in a variety of materials. A welcome addition to any workshop, this precision router features electronic speed control, quiet operation, easy depth adjustments, and more, making it ideal for fine groove cutting, chamfering, window cutting, trimming, shaping, and pattern cutting.

Features of this router include a top-mounted rotation-speed dial and nickel-plated motor housing.

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M12VC Variable-Speed Fixed-Base Router
Tool Specifications

Power Input11 Amps
No-Load Speed8,000-24,000 RPM
Insulation MethodSingle Insulation
No-Load Noise Level79.5 dB
Collect Chuck Capacity1/2" & 1/4"
Depth Adjustment SystemRotate the Motor Pack
Motor Clamp2-Stage Lever
Straight Edge Guide PositionFront
Weight7.3 lbs.
Powerful Motor Operates Quietly
The M12VC's 11 Amp, 2-1/4 peak horsepower motor produces enough speed to cut through hardwoods with ease. Equipped with electronic speed control, the M12VC produces a no-load speed of 8,000-24,000 RPM. This means the router maintains constant RPM even as the load varies, so you'll get precise, controlled cuts in a wide range of materials.

Despite its powerful motor, the M12VC operates quietly. In fact, this router has a class-leading noise level of just 79.5dB, which means you'll get a quiet workshop, reduced vibration, and improved control.

Quick and Easy Depth Adjustments
The M12VC utilizes a two-stage motor release clamp for quick and accurate depth adjustments. The release clamp makes it easy to change from a fixed base to a plunge base (not included). Depth adjustments are also made easy by the nickel-plated motor housing, which also helps to reduce scratches and stains on the tool body.

The M12VC has a collet capacity of 1/2 inch (not included) and 1/4 inch (included).

Ergonomically Designed for Comfort and Control
Like all Hitachi tools, the M12VC is ergonomically designed to enhance comfort and control on the job. To start, this tool weighs only 7.3 pounds, making comfortable enough for freehand routing. Additionally, the handles are wrapped in Elastomer compound to reduce vibration and prevent slippage for ultimate control. For further ease of use, the fixed base offers a smooth work surface for gliding over the workpiece without scratching.

The M12VC is backed by Hitachi's industry-leading five-year warranty.

About Hitachi: A Tradition of Innovation
Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) provides professional-grade power tools for a variety of applications, including woodwork, metalwork, concrete, drilling, cutting, and fastening. Hitachi is a leader in power tool research and development and has achieved many firsts in the power tool industry. Today, Hitachi continues the tradition of innovation and engineering with new features in addition to classic quality.

What's in the Box
M12VC Router, 1/4-inch collet chuck, centering gauge, 16mm wrench, 23mm wrench, hex bar wrench (4mm), and hex socket HD bolt M5x10 (10 pieces).

Important Information

Bulb Voltage
120.00 Volts

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I love the variable speed and the soft start.
G. Book
The nut simply slips off, with only a little bit of torque, and the bit/collet stays on the router.
Udo Licht
It has plenty of power and it is very quiet for a router.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

141 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Bigfoot on November 17, 2007
Style Name: Without Plunge Verified Purchase
I bought this router during a promotion about a year ago. I figured for the price, I couldn't go too wrong. I use this router mounted in my router lift with good results. Positive experience echos that of many other reviews. However, I do need to sound a couple notes of caution:

1. I've had some problems with the collet(s) releasing bits. The design seems a little odd, and Its a struggle releasing some bits without damaging the collet jaws. For best results, be sure you don't fully seat the router bit. If you have problems with the bit releasing, tap it lightly with a rubber or plastic mallet before removing the bit. It should drop free. (Please see the following comment section for some updated information)

2. Buried in the manual, just before it turns to French, owners are cautioned to inspect the carbon brushes for wear. DO IT. Neither I nor my carpenter peers have had a router go through carbon brushes in less than a year, but this one did. Hitachi did honor its warranty for damage caused by worn brushes, but in my wildest dreams I wouldn't have expected the brushes to wear out with the moderate use I've given this tool. I'd buy this router again, but I'd check it more frequently.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By E. Rowell on February 23, 2005
Style Name: With Plunge
The first thing that I noticed about this router is how solid it is. The motor is surprisingly hefty for its size. I love the ease at which I can switch from the fixed base to the plunge base. The soft start is smooth and yet powerful. One of the things that made me decide on this Hitachi was the fact that I was constantly seeing it being used in the background of woodworking magazine article photos as well as on the covers and in advertisements for different products related to routers. The base locks are a breeze to use, they hold tight and are easily adjustable. I would have been satistied had I paid even more for it regardless of the free palm sander which is also a fine piece of equipment. It is true that it takes two wrenches to loosen the Collette but that is a give and take situation. Locking colletes are convenient but all that extra engineering in the motor housing just isn't necessary and I feel that it would tend to detract from the solid feel and quality of the motor. The router maintains it's RPM under a considerable load. I love this machine and would highly recommend it!
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Crusty Woodworker on April 28, 2009
Style Name: With Plunge Verified Purchase
Hitachi KM12VC Router plunge and fixed base.

I purchased this router kit with high hopes. When I received the package i was very pleased with all of the accessories that were supplied, especially the set of guide bushings. Initially I was impressed with the power of the motor, and with how quiet it was even under load. I am still impressed by these features, even though things go downhill from there.

Plunge base. The plunge base was so stiff out of the box that I had to work on it for hours to get it to work properly. I finally got it to what would be called "acceptable" but I ruined a couple of chair leg mortises before I worked out the bugs. This was with a jig I have used for years with zero issues.

Collets. I have had several issues with both the 1/4 and 1/2 inch collets supplied. While routing a deep mortise with the above mentioned jig (1/2 inch carbide spiral bit) the bit came loose and spoiled the workpiece. This after I tightened it to what should have been an acceptable level with the supplied wrenches. I re-torqued the bit with even more force and now both collets stick in the spindle. The only way to remove them is with a punch and hammer. This is very frustrating. I have polished the spindle bore, and done everything I can think of to remedy the sticking collets, but nothing has worked yet.

All-in-all this has been a disappointing purchase. I only paid $134.00 from Amazon with free shipping, so I probably got what I paid for. I just keep reading about how other woodworkers love this combo. I am a machinist by trade, and have over 30 years of woodworking experience so I don't feel it is "operator error". I'm thinking I just got a dud.

I did read where some are having difficulty finding an edge guide to fit.
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Locker on March 3, 2005
Style Name: With Plunge
I played around with a bunch of routers and router combo packs before settling on this one. I played with the Bosch, Porter Cable, Dewalt, Milwalkee, and Makita, but none of them felt so solid in my hand or ergonically precise as the Hitachi.

Getting it out and using it (a lot already) has only confirmed my decision. This is my first router to own, but I have used and fidgeted with a number of them. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

I really like the smooth feel of the locks on these, and the precision with which you can set them. The depth stop on the plunge base has a great design and the spring is firm enough to force you to make a smooth entry, rather than the motor 'falling' into the workpiece.

The motor is a work of art. It is so smooth and quiet compared to many routers. As sound is a product of vibration, I tend to think that a router that is quiet and powerful at the same time is going to be more precise and smooth than a loud and powerful one. It's true that you have to use 2 wrenches to loosen the collet, but I feel more confident in its durability than a locking collet (as noted by another reviewer).

I really think this the best 2 1/4 HP router combo on the market. Yes, even better than the old vanguards like Porter Cable and Bosch. It doesn't hurt that it is also a bit cheaper than most.

Now if Hitachi would make a D-handle and include the edge guide in the package, then it truly would be the perfect router. But even without those, I still highly recommend this router, whether you buy it with the combo or just the fixed base.
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