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Hitachi KM12VC

I’m finally getting into the world of routing, and my entry point is this Hitachi KM12VC plunge and fixed-base router kit, available from Amazon for $130. The router features an 11A, 2-1/4 HP variable speed motor (8,000 to 24,000 RPM), and it includes the plunge base, 1/2″ and 1/4″ collet chucks, template guide adaptor, centering gauge, sub-base plate, three wrenches, and a five-year warranty.

I chose to save a Jackson and a Hamilton and get the refurbished model from the folks at Reconditioned Sales for $102.

KM12VC [Hitachi]
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9 Responses to Dealmonger: Hitachi KM12VC Fixed/Plunge Router $130

  1. robdew says:

    $130? Amazon says this is $199.

  2. Gene says:

    If you click on the Amazon link above, it takes you to Amazon.com and the router is sold by Hardware Sales, Inc. at 129.99.

  3. robdew says:

    the Hardware Sales is a refurb as well.

  4. Tony says:

    Every once and a great while, Amazon will offer this set for $120 (new not refurb). I got in the habit of checking once a week and scored it back in November for the $120 + free shipping.

  5. Fred says:

    Anyone using this router on a jobsite or shop as a professional?
    From the new Hitachi green color scheme – it looks like its aimed at the hobbyist market – but we use a lot of Hitachi pneumatics – which have given good service.

  6. Teacher says:

    How can you tell that from the color scheme?

  7. Jon Soroko says:

    We’re looking for our very first router – does anyone have thoughts as to whether or not this model is a good one for clumsy, fearful beginners?

    Jon S.

  8. Fred says:

    Re Jon Sorko

    What we have become comfortable with and use professionally – may not be what you want as a first router. The idea of a kit is probably appealing for you – since it provieds both a fixed base and a plunge router. Most companies: Porter Cable, Bosh, Makita, Ryobi, Ridgid (at Home Depot), Craftsman (Sears), Milwaukee et. al offer these kits. As a newcomer to routers – you may wish to see how they feel in your hands. Those that have the power switch in the handle – may be more comfortable for you than these Hitachis.
    I’ve always liked Porter Cable D-handle bases – but some of my carpenters don’t. I have one guy who likes the Milwaukee palm grip – but I have small hands and hate it. You may want a set that will rest easily on a bench upside down for bit changing. Some models have rounded tops that do not allow this. You may want a model that uses a bit lock and 1 wrench (versus 2 wrenches) to change bits. If you’re planning to use one in a router table – then you need to look at features that allow easy height adjustment without removing the router from the base. On the plunge base – you should try to see how smmoth the unlock/lock and plunge mechanism is and how natural it feels for you to access and use the lock.
    There probably some recent comparisons made in woodworking magazines – that you may be able to access via the internet.

    Good luck

  9. SuperJdynamite says:

    “From the new Hitachi green color scheme – it looks like its aimed at the hobbyist market”

    I think it’s aimed at people who like blingy sports shoes crossed with Nerf toys. I find the styling a little odd but I don’t know that it says anything about the quality of the tool.

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