Need some help to decide between Porter-Cable 2.25 hp router (
http://www.porter-cable.com/index.asp?eT7&pH55 ) or the Hitachi 2.25 (
. Has anyone had the Hitachi for a while? Had any problems? I've used the PC
before, off and on but never the Hitachi.
I have 2 PCs and no Hitachi, happy with all both. and last year got a
2.25 Bosch combo, I can not say enought about this one, it is just
greate. Hitachi from other hand is not bad too I guess, but I would
not get it over PC, Bosch and or Makita.
Maybe someone can say more about Hitachi.
Exactly! We have found that the Hitachi is the best deal per dollar/hour.
I think that should translate to whatever duty-cycle with me being at one
end and the hobbyist being at the other end. A hobbyist might never wear it
out and it's cheap so, it logically follows that a more expensive unit
wouldn't have a pay-back to justify the additional expense. Sorry, I'm not
a good communicator, but do you see what I'm getting at?
Many brands are good, and the excellent ones are so expensive that you
can buy two Porter Cable routers for the same money. Personally, I'd
stick with the PC brand--it is reasonably priced, good quality, and
parts/accessories easily available. Makita and Hitachi are decent
I;ve had a TR-12 for over 10 years of light duty, the posts need to be
lubed once every six months for smooth plunging. BUT I know of no one
who has bought and used the latest Hitachi routers. They are on sale
at Lowes and I am thinking of getting them and a woodhaven adapter to
use on a router lift I bought.
PC would be my choice. Without getting into a lot of minutia see the
http://patwarner.com/selecting_router.html link. It might be that a
single tool will not work for all of the procedures you think it will.
I agree with the ugly. I'm not to fond of Hitachi's new tennis shoe inspired
look. The thing that struck me about the router though was that it only
comes with a 1/4" collet. Is a half inch available? How hard is it to find?
replacing them, they went to a smaller motor body and quality just went
down from there. I could no longer justify the cost of the PC
production units and started looking for a high horse-power
alternatives. I tried a M12V Hitachi and did everything I could to kill
it. To no avail. It (and I have bough many since then to expand
capabilities) still runs like a top today. Huge power, quiet (for a
universal motor) and these days, they're cheap as dirt.
Its down-side is that it is a bit top-heavy, the base a bit small (I
put bigger feet on them).
I have said it before and will say it again... best bang for the buck.
For "all-day" trimming and shaping, I use the Milwaukee 2.25 HP
routers. Just love those red puppies.
I own Fein and Festool equipment as well... so 'cheap' isn't the
overriding factor. Performance is.
I'm thinking many of the folks who tout PC today haven't been around long
enough to remember what they once were. The last two I have "acquired" have
not stood up to hard use, not abuse, to the point that, on the plunge model,
I have to keep a 1/2" socket driver handy because the plastic adjustment
parts keep breaking/falling off.
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