BUT... I don't have a lightweight router except my DeWalt laminate trimmer set!
I wanted to buy a router to dedicate to the new Akeda jig I will be ordering tomorrow, one that I can easily set up and adjust. All my other routers have homes and do specific tasks, and that works for me.
I was surprised that the sold prices on the Hitachi and Makitas are almost cheap. Some are outright cheap. Some don't even get bids. I have DeWalt, Bosch, PCs, my first Sears (32 years old and it still runs!) and those first three are my preference in certain models.
I can see NOT buying the Hitachi as I would feel like I was looking at a comic book Martian while I was trying to use the tool. But I have understood from the guy at Lowes that the Hitachi tools sell well and they have little problems with them. And I thought those newer Makitas were supposed to be great with their quiet operation and all.
So why are they so cheap?
I also found out something from a friend of mine, and he's usually right about these things. Sears has switched from the Bosch line for some of their routers to same manufacturer that makes Porter Cable. I may have to drop by tomorrow and check that out. Anybody know anything about that?
I wouldn't doubt it. I remember how stunned I was when I went to Sears for their sanding belt blowout and saw the Bosch 1617 branded as Sears. I contacted Bosch, and they told me it was the EXACT router as the Bosch. They no longer sell it branded as Sears, but I think they do have a couple of other routers made by the Bosch conglomerate.