Hitachi Router

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Hitachi Router Model M12V2

Hitachi Router Model M12V2

Hitachi currently carries a handful of routers as of this writing.

They vary in many different ways such as; collet size, power, plunge or fixed base and variable speed or not.

There are some other minor differences as well...but subtle ones.

We picked one of the more popular Hitachi routers and put together a quick review for you to refer to.

Once again we have concentrated all the specifications, features and included accessories into an easy to read format below.


  • Powerful motor can cut through even the toughest hardwoods
  • Soft start motor to reduce torque twist at start up
  • Equipped with a variable speed adjustment
  • The variable speed dial is located on the handle for easy adjustment while working
  • A fast and fine adjustment knob for simple and accurate plunge depth setting
  • Converts quickly and easily to table use with easy collet access when table mounted
  • Improved collet for tighter bit holding strength
  • A dust guide that moves the dirt and debris away from user and work piece
  • The almost 14 lbs of weight makes this router much safer and more stable
  • Ergonomic design, enhanced comfort, and vibration reduction all combine for comfortable user control


  • 15 amp full-load current
  • 2,000 watt power input
  • 3 1/4 peak hp
  • 8,000 to 22,000 no-load speed
  • Constant speed control
  • Soft start
  • 2 9/16" total plunge stroke
  • Slide type switch
  • Quick and fine plunge depth adjustment
  • Dust guide
  • Speed control dial on handle
  • 1/2" max collet capacity
  • 13.9 lbs total weight


  • Straight Guide
  • Centering Gauge
  • Dust Adapter
  • Guide Bar
  • Wing Bolt
  • Wrench
  • 1/4" Collet
  • 1/2" Collet


  • - $189.95
  • - $189.95
  • - $224.99
  • - $189.95

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Hitachi Router Model M12V2 review

Hitachi Router Model M12V2ProsCons
  • Push button spindle lock makes changing bits a snap
  • Plenty of power...even in the hardwoods
  • Variable speed control with soft start
  • The on/off switch is conveniently located
  • Operates much quieter than most routers
  • Speed control dial isn't clear on RPM changes
  • Heavier than it's predecessor the M12V
  • Plastic height adjustment knob brakes easily

Our Conclusion ?

This seems to be a pretty solid router.

It has plenty of power to tackle even the hardest woods.

It will make a great addition to your workshop as a hand-held or a table-mounted router.

Bosch, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Porter Cable and Makita all carry a 3 1/4 hp router...sometimes more than one...all of which have an average price tag of $297.

As of Feb 2010 your looking at a price almost $100 cheaper for the same hp and basic features.

I think you all see where I'm heading with really is a decent buy.

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