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I purchased this router today. It should be here next week. If anyone has suggestions concerning this router, bits guides etc., please feel free to post them as I'm very new to routing. I have yrs of experience with tablesaws, etc. but have decided to branch out in my woodworking as retirement is near. Any owners of this unit send your tips etc. as all info is greatly appreciated. This is a great forum and I welcome all replies. Thanks in advance. Steve
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I purchased this router today. It should be here next week. If anyone has suggestions concerning this router, bits guides etc., please feel free to post them as I'm very new to routing. I have yrs of experience with tablesaws, etc. but have decided to branch out in my woodworking as retirement is near. Any owners of this unit send your tips etc. as all info is greatly appreciated. This is a great forum and I welcome all replies. Thanks in advance. Steve
Hi Steve - Welcome to the forum
I've had that model for just on a year. Has been a nice little starter router. I had some problems early on with stiff/jerky plunge but found that the release lever needs to be pressed ALL the way down or the locking mechanism seems to drag. The bushings and/posts/springs may have been a bit rough too. Not really sure why but it smoothed out with use.
I also had a little bit of an issue with seperating the fixed base from the motor. It uses kind of a circular "ramp" around the motor for a couple of pins in the fixed base to guide the depth of cut. Mine had a bit of flashing on the motor just where the motor and base seperated. A couple of judicious strokes of a jewelers file stopped that nonsense. About the only other gripe I had was the power switch. It's a black toggle switch on the top side of a black motor cap. I was always having to look for it so I put a dab of white paint on it so I always knew where it was. Not much of a problem on the plunge base because it is always in the same place relative to the handles. On the fixed base, the motor is rotated in the base to set depth so the switch position changes. Overall, I'm quite satisfied with it. It uses a two wrench system instead of a collet lock which hasn't been an issue. For a small router it has had plenty of power for anything I've needed to do. Adjustments and setups are fairly straightforward.
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Thanks John. I'll add your remarks to my list of thinks to check out.
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I bought the mlcs 15bit kit today. My router should be there by the time I get home. Once the bits arrive I'm good to go.
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I bought the same router bit set shortly afterI purchased my KM12VC. Only used a couple of them so far but they seem to work quite well, I think you'll be happy with them.
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Hi Steve I've sold and have used Hitachi power tools. The newer Hitachi Tools on the market today are not as good as they once were. For that size and price router you could have had a Porter Cable 890 series Router and you would have been much better off. Joe
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Thanks Joe but too late. It arrived awhile ago and is sitting on my table as I get ready to check it over. It was like trying to buy a car when I was shopping for routers. For some reason I kept going back to it after days of reading and comparing reviews. Hopefully it will get the jobs done. I have a Craftsman pistol grip trim router that had done all my formica etc. work since 1967 recently die. Felt like I lost a family member.
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I ordered the bit set this morning and I got notice it was shipped UPS this afternoon. Whew, that was quick. Maybe the kit will get here by Friday so I can get in some quality time this weekend.
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Steve maybe you could post a review of the router and the bits in our reviews section after you have had a chance to play with them a bit.

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I'll do that. So far I've just been getting familiar with it until the bits get here. This weekend I'm going to make my own edge guide from steel rods and thick clear acrylic or white acrylic I've had laying around. I'll post those too as soon as I get it finished. By the way Deb, holler real loud some time and give a hello to my sister. She has lived in Vancouver for the last 25 yrs.
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