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Hitachi M12VE 3-1/4 Peak High-Powered Variable Speed Plunge Router

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  • Soft start with easy to operate sliding switch reduces torque and makes start up simple
  • Powerful 3-1/4 Peak High Power motor produces up to 22,000 rpm
  • Lightweight and compact at just 11.7 lbs and a minimum height of 9-Inch
  • Ideal angle adjustable handles ensure superior control
  • Industry leading 5-Year Warranty
  • Powerful 3-1/4 Peak Horsepower motor produces up to 22,000-RPM
  • Lightweight and compact at just 11.7-pounds and a minimum height of 9-inches
  • Comes with a 5-year limited warranty
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Style: Without Collets
  • plunge

Product Description

Style: Without Collets

Product Description

Hitachi M12VE 3-1/4 Peak Horsepower Variable Speed Plunge Router

From the Manufacturer

The Hitachi M12VE 3-1/4 Peak Horsepower Variable Speed Plunge Router provides a lot of power in a small package. With a forcible 3-1/4 peak horse power motor and 2-9/16-inch stroke capacity, this router is capable of handling the toughest woodworking projects. The variable speed control allows for speeds between 8,000 and 22,000-RPM. The easy to use, sliding soft start switch and adjustable handle makes operation easy and control precise. This tool weighs only 11.7-pounds and measures 9-inches tall. For first-class performance and exacting control look no further than the M12VE. The Hitachi M12VE 3-1/4 Peak High-Powered Variable Speed Plunge Router is warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defect in materials and workmanship for a period of 5-years from the original purchase date. 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. Since its inception, Hitachi has pioneered innovative technologies that have improved the quality of craftsmanship worldwide. 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.

Product Information

Style Name: Without Collets
Technical Details
Part Number M12VE
Item Weight11.7 pounds
Product Dimensions18 x 16.5 x 8 inches
Item model numberM12VE
ColorGreen
StyleWithout Collets
Voltage120 volts
Wattage2000.00
Horsepower3.25 HP
Item Package Quantity1
Special Featuresplunge
Batteries Included?No
Warranty DescriptionProfessional 5-Year Limited Warranty
  
Additional Information
ASINB004BG2JJO
Best Sellers Rank #139,715 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight22 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First AvailableNovember 9, 2010
  
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Important Information

Wattage
2000.00

Bulb Voltage
120.00 Volts

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Patrick T. Robinson on January 9, 2007
Style Name: With Collets
I bought this router as an upgrade from a crappy, underpowered Craftsman 1/4" router that I had for years. That thing was so bad that it turned me off from using routers, and I hardly touched it for years. It was underpowered, wouldn't hold a bit, and screamed like a banchee even under light cuts.

Now that I have this new M12V2 I love routing again! It's awesome.

High Points:

Power: This thing is powerful! I just ordered some panel raising bits and have no doubt this will drive those very well. I will try to get back in here and give an update after some experience with these big bits. I has powered through 3/4" cuts easily (even when I tried to hog too much)

Plunge: Smooth as silk!

Speed control: Having it on the handle is really, really nice. It is right under your right thumb. I use it for every startup and shutdown. It gives you a reall feel of control.

Table mount: Mounted easily, and height control is easy with the standard height adjustment knob.

Low Points:

Size: This thing is BIG and heavy. You will probably want to have a smaller router as well to complement this router.

Collet: So far I have been having trouble getting bits into and out of the collet. Hopefully this will wear in and get easier. I will try to do an update after a couple of months.

Overall I am thrilled.

Patrick Robinson
Washington Woodworker

Update: I have had this router for 6 months now and still love it. The collet has loosened up nicely and bits come out easily. You need to make sure that the collet is snapped together when you put the bits in place, or they will be hard to remove. It has a ton of power. I have been driving large bits and it just plows through hard woods. It works great in my router table!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RT on February 7, 2007
Style Name: With Collets
I was needing a router to be used with a ProMax Cast Iron Table. I looked at several routers before deciding on this one. I saw the tool had a very good warranty, but questioned the low price. However, this is one deal where quality, power and design are excellant. Also did not have to buy anything extra for fine tuning, i.e. a router lift. After using it for a while I find only one minor issue. The collet likes to hug the bit. I have several other routers, including Bosch, Milwaukee an old Black and Decker and etc. Their power ranges from 3/4 hp to 3 1/4. They are all good tools and do what they were built for. However, the Hitachi will clearly hold it's own with my other routers. Won't waste time thinking if I need another router.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Brewster on December 19, 2008
Style Name: With Collets
My wife bought the router for me 2 years ago for christmas. I got it as a dedicated router for a router table cabinet I was adding to my table saw. Prior to receiving the router I fretted about whether or not to add a router lift and finally decided to wait and see how much of a hastle it would be to deal with under the table adjustment given the cost of most router lifts. As I removed the sub-base to attach the router to the table insert, I noticed a lock nut on the bottom of the height adjustment shaft. I turned the nut using a socket wrench (sorry, don't remember what size) and it seemed to turn the height adjustment shaft easily. I figured I had nothing to lose, so drilled a hole in the phenolic router table insert large enough to slip the socket through to make above the table adjustments. I've been using this router regularly for the past two years and the height adjustment using this method has always performed flawlessly, and it didn't cost me a thing. I've never used this router other than in my router table, so I can't comment on some of the problems others have encounterted. But if you're looking for a work-horse for your router table, I would give this one my highest recommendation.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Young VINE VOICE on January 30, 2007
Style Name: With Collets Verified Purchase
I was looking for a large, powerful router for woodworking to replace an old router I own. This one has performed beyond my expectations. It is much larger in size than I imagined, but all the controls, clamps, adjustments, etc. were thought out and executed so well, that its size hasn't been an issue at all.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Miles on February 18, 2007
Style Name: With Collets Verified Purchase
I bought 3 hitachi units for my router table for producing stile / rail / and door cutter on the same table and this unit exceeds my expentations !

the original router I recieved was not working properly on the cam lock for the plunger on the router , I EMAILED AMAZON AND THE REPLACED IT RIGHT AWAY, NO PROBLEM! AMAZON STANDS BEHIND THEIR PRODUCTS !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MT on March 5, 2007
Style Name: With Collets
I bought this router two years ago from amazon. I have nothing but good things to say. I mounted it on a bench dog router table and it has performed very well since. I use it with a router raizer for easy up and down movement. I have made many raised panels with this router. Even though some will tell you to make multiple passes with with a large raised panel bit, I don't! Not even in oak. It eats right through it on the first pass. Get your speed right (2-3) so you don't burn or chip and it does great. Even with 1/4 inch shaft bits. Trust me, it's a good buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corey L. Young on May 4, 2011
Style Name: Without Collets
I have had my M12VE for about 2 months and I love it. I debated for months between the Triton 3 1/4 and the M12VE. I chose the M12VE because of Hitachi's classic (now vintage) M12V. I recently mounted mine to a shop-made router table and have been amazed at how well my M12VE performs. I recently routed some oak strips to make drawer pull handles and it cut through the oak like a hot knife through butter without problems.

The only problems I have had are the adjustment knob and the 1/4 collet. You have to buy or make an adjustment knob because the plunge springs are impossible to press in when mounted upside down in a table. Anyone who owns one of these routers can build an adjustment knob (check out Shop Notes #25, page 28 for instructions) or buy one ready-made. The 1/4 collet sticks to the bits and it is difficult to free "frozen" bits from the collet without using some WD-40.

Overall, I am very happy. When I ordered mine, I even got a free Hitachi sander and paid no shipping!
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