It's reasonably priced for what you get. It's not as refined as some of the
other more expensive routers, but it's a powerful, reliable no-frills
workhouse. I've had one for a few years. The only qualm I have is that it
doesn't include a 1/4" collet, nor is one available (at least there were
none last time I checked). You can use 1/4" bits through the use of a
reducer bushing, but it's a mickey mouse approach and often results in
slippage and bit wander.
I love my Hitachi. I think it is the best value in a large plunge
router. I have had no problems with the 1/4" bits slipping in the sleeve
however I usually use 1/2" bits. My router came with a screw mechanism
which allows fine-tuning the height when used in the router table.
Although the process is slow, it works. The router also came with a
1/2" straight bit and an edge guide - at a price lower than the
competition which didn't include these accessories. For me, it was no
Line up the slot in the 1/4" adapter with the slot in the 1/2" collet before
tightening and that should stop slippage. Until someone else pointed that
out to me I once had a 1/8" straight cutting bit come up through the work
and slice up the push block I was using! Glad it wasn't my hand.
I like mine. I keep it mounted in my router table.
Its noiser and may not have all the bells and
whistles of a Porter Cable, but for the price it
is a great router. Probably the best 3HP+
router to be had for the cost (Currently $159
Like others have said: Buy one immediately. Gut the springs out of
the plunger sleeves. Throw springs in trash. Put router in a router
table. Never take it out.
Imo, It's not very user friendly as a hand-held plunge router. The
plunge mechanism is the roughest I've used, it's loud, etc., etc...
It's a pig, but a very hard-working pig. :)
Do a google "groups-advanced" search on this router. There was a
lengthy thread here about 4 or 5 months ago. Also there are several
web sites out there showing shop-built improvements for it.
Ordered it yet? :)
Michael "Love mine!" Baglio
I fabricate Solid Surface countertops, and have done so for the last 16
years. I have gone through 3 PC 3 1/2 HP production routers, I still
have 3 on the go and now I have added 3 M12V's.
(I also own a variety of smaller routers, less than 2 HP, my absolute
favourite being the Milwaukee 5615 BodyGrip, I use those for roundover
bits and small bevel bits etc.)
Dollar for dollar, there is nothing to talk about. Even using a 1 1/2"
full bullnose router bit (and THAT is a whopper) the Hitachi has a nice
soft start, maintains LOTS of power at low RPM's and not a problem yet.
The adjustments are crude, the baseplates were immediatly replaced with
1/2" Corian, 7" square.
The collet is NOT fun to undo when I use the built-in lock, so two
SnapOn wrenches it is...that works better.
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