Paul wrote us to tell us how much he loves Hitachi’s M12V, a 1/2″ 3-1/4 hp plunge router, calling it “the best value in its class.”
Interestingly, I haven’t seen that many Hitachi plunge routers in use, and I’ve never owned one personally. It sells for around $200 according to Froogle, which compares to Makita’s 3612C, which seems to sell for around the same price — possibly $20 more. Though I’ve seen almost nothing but Porter-Cable in high-end cabinetry shops, Porter-Cable’s 7539 sells for more like $320, which seems to put it in a different “class” than the M12V. DeWalt’s DW625 is a 3 hp model, selling for around $250. Would that be in the same class?
Certainly a 3+ hp is a lot of power for a router, but I’m not sure that I see what makes the Hitachi stand out so much against these competitors. Paul, maybe you could comment and give us a better idea.
Also, what about the M12V2, which seems to have improved specs and sells for significantly less — like $169 as shown in the Amazon link below (note: Amazon associate link)?