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DeuceLee
04-07-2007, 02:47 PM
i currently have a Black and Decker with a 1/4 collet that i'm using with my Jasper 200 and i'm interested in buying a more heavy duty router that can be used for bigger house projects...and can have a 1/2 collet to handle a 3/4 radius round over bit for box building...

I'm looking at these two hitachi's...

Hitachi M12V2 (http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-M12V2-Horsepower-Variable-Collets/dp/B000GKC28W/ref=sr_1_1/104-3952204-9256732?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1175971601&sr=1-1)

Hitachi KM12VC (http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-KM12VC-Horsepower-Variable-Collets/dp/B0002ZZWX8/ref=sr_1_16/104-3952204-9256732?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1175971601&sr=1-16)

seems like the M12V2 is a huge tank. Has 3.25HP, tool is 14lbs...

KM12V2 is 2.25HP, tool itself is only 8lbs...RPM's are similar...

do you guys think the smaller KM12V2 is plenty powerful enough for most wood working already?

any suggestions is appreciated...thanks

bjfish11
04-07-2007, 02:51 PM
If it were me, I would go with the Hitachi M12V2. That extra power would be nice.

Flipx99
04-07-2007, 02:54 PM
I currently use this one and have no problems at all.

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-RP1101-4-Inch-Industrial-Plunge/dp/B00005Q7CI/ref=sr_1_2/002-3161609-1083210?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1175972491&sr=8-2

Now all I need is a real good router table.

DeuceLee
04-07-2007, 04:12 PM
I currently use this one and have no problems at all.

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-RP1101-4-Inch-Industrial-Plunge/dp/B00005Q7CI/ref=sr_1_2/002-3161609-1083210?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1175972491&sr=8-2

Now all I need is a real good router table.

that is a nice one as well...alittle more then the hitachi but makita's name can't be talked down on...

well, i guess the question is if i should spend a tad more and get the more powerful, bigger, heavier, 3.25-3.5hp ones or will the smaller, 2.25-2.5, lighter, little brothers will work plenty fine...

:confused:

thankx...

iamamp3pimp
04-07-2007, 04:18 PM
whats the largest thing that you think youll be building?

3/4 roundover is really big.

DeuceLee
04-07-2007, 04:51 PM
whats the largest thing that you think youll be building?

3/4 roundover is really big.

well, i will be using 3/4 mdf, so a 3/4 radius round over would give me perfect round overs...

my dad has build a house and we're thinking bout building another house and one for me as well in the future...

we could be using it on pretty much anything that you can think of in respects to building a house...all the trimings, stair holders, deck, etc...

momuzykent
04-07-2007, 05:02 PM
I brought this one on sale for 99.99. It works great and I havent had any problems. comes with plunge & fixed base, 1/4 & 1/2 inch collect, hard case, connector for dust bag & edge guide.

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?cat=Portable+Power+Tools&pid=00917543000&vertical=TOOL&subcat=Routers+%26+Laminate+Trimmers&BV_SessionID=@@@@0466285125.1175979960@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccdaddkilgfgkhcefecemldffidfjg.0

W8 a minute
04-07-2007, 06:03 PM
Hitachi KM12VC

It has more than enough power to shred MDF and the dual bases are a nice option.

Also has 1/4 and 1/2 collets like the bigger router. Does the larger router come with a case like the Hitachi KM12VC does?

Flipx99
04-07-2007, 06:09 PM
Hitachi KM12VC

It has more than enough power to shred MDF and the dual bases are a nice option.

Also has 1/4 and 1/2 collets like the bigger router. Does the larger router come with a case like the Hitachi KM12VC does?

Yes. The hitachi I have has a fixed/plunge base, 1/4" and 1/2" collets, dust collector and a few other odds and ends. Fot some reason the link isn't showing all that so what I posted might just be for the one.

baseballer1100
04-07-2007, 06:11 PM
Get a bosch 1617evs combo.

DeuceLee
04-07-2007, 06:42 PM
Hitachi KM12VC

It has more than enough power to shred MDF and the dual bases are a nice option.

Also has 1/4 and 1/2 collets like the bigger router. Does the larger router come with a case like the Hitachi KM12VC does?

thats what i was leaning towards...

i don't know if the larger router has the case...you'd think it should...

i'll check out other brands as well for these dual set up smaller routers then...

as far as name brand goes for routers, hitachi and makita seems to be the cream of the crops...

bosch, porter cable are seems excellent as well...

mlstrass
04-07-2007, 07:15 PM
Does anyone use a 3/4" roundover when box building? I've always used a 3/8" and it works fine...

helotaxi
04-07-2007, 09:50 PM
Use a 3/4, 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4 all fairly regularly. Only use the 3/4 on the table though.

The 3/4 makes for really nice port flares.

Smoknum
04-07-2007, 10:43 PM
Dewalt DW618PK regular and plunge base. Kinda pricy but awesome and you can hook a vacuum hose to it and there is virtually no dust at all. Also cuts through 3/4 mdf like butter with a upcut spiral bit.

mlstrass
04-07-2007, 11:52 PM
The 3/4 makes for really nice port flares.

Looks like I'll have to pick up a 3/4" roundover bit then :naughty:

Paul73
04-08-2007, 12:49 PM
3/8 for box edges (if using 3/4 material) and 3/4 for port edges is what I do. I have a Festool plunge router which is overkill for box building.....but overkill is consistently more fun :D

QtrHorse
04-08-2007, 02:37 PM
Lowes has 15% off every tool until the 11th of this month. If you buy the Porter Cable router, there is also two $50 ($100 total) rebates you can get which brings the cost of the router down to $137ish. The Porter Cable router was in the top 3ranking in a couple of the wood working magazines. The Bosch and Festool routers are also very nice. I have never heard/ read anything about the Hitachi stuff.

DeuceLee
04-08-2007, 07:34 PM
Use a 3/4, 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4 all fairly regularly. Only use the 3/4 on the table though.

The 3/4 makes for really nice port flares.

EXACTLY!!!


3/8 for box edges (if using 3/4 material) and 3/4 for port edges is what I do. I have a Festool plunge router which is overkill for box building.....but overkill is consistently more fun

double X2


Lowes has 15% off every tool until the 11th of this month. If you buy the Porter Cable router, there is also two $50 ($100 total) rebates you can get which brings the cost of the router down to $137ish. The Porter Cable router was in the top 3ranking in a couple of the wood working magazines. The Bosch and Festool routers are also very nice. I have never heard/ read anything about the Hitachi stuff.

thanks for the heads up bro...

and as for hitachi, trust me, they are good tools...excellent quality on everything i've read on...powerful as hell 18v drills, 5yr warranty's, i'm just not a fan of their alien design...