If you're considering a different router, give the Triton TRA001 a good looking over. Above table height adjusting, 3.25hp, locks the shaft when raised to full height for bit changes. Less than the lift for the Hitachi. Lots of member have praised it. This was an interesting string.
Ha. I wish Id gotten this advise sooner, before I bought this Porter Cable 7518
Ill look at the Triton. thanks for the tip. How is the collet in it? The Hitachi M12V2 I had once, I still cant get over the alien psychedelic look it has
But If it has built in lift and inside a router box who cares right!
today I used the 7518 with the hillbilly fix of using the Harbor Freight Speed controller. It worked wonderfully. Used it for about 1hr of operating time, full speed, with 1/2" triple wing following bit, 2" long and cutting 1.25". No worries, the Harbor Freight SC did fine and the router did fine.
interestingly when doing similar work with the pre modified PC router, or in other words with the broken internal speed controller the router plate would get very hot, concerningly so. Now today, with the HF speed controller in line at full speed, the plate got warm. Maybe the hot plate was involved with the failed PC controller. I checked the HF controller and it never got warm, the case was always at room temp.