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I just picked up 2 Makita Routers at a price I just could resit. One is a 1/4" shank model 3620 and the other is a 1/2" shank model 3612BR, both are plunger types. Does anyone own these and what are your thoughts good or bad. I am going to mount the 3612 to a table permanently and use the 3620 for free hand jobs.
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Hi Ali,

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I have the 3612C which I use for hand held routing.

Not sure what the difference is..


I am very happy with the Makita.

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Welcome to the forum Ali. If you had a great deal of time on your hands to way through the great number of my posts, you will conclude that I'm one eyed regarding Makita routers. I have stated MANY times that those who are serious about routing and can afford one, Makita is THE one. You may have noticed that the three answers to your questions are from Aussies, who take routing very seriously. The 3612 that you mention has unfamiliar letters after the number so I don't know if it has variable speed and soft start like our 3612C, but even if it's fixed speed, it's a GREAT router. I'm not familiar with the 1/4" one but being Makita it's bound to be quality.

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I have the 3620 that's almost the same as the 3621 , it's great Little router,the plunge part needs some design rework from Makita... I have it setup full time for doing dovetails I don't have the tank 3612 but it must be a good one many have it down South in Metric land ..


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The 3612BR must be for the North American market. It is a plunger base but is a fixed speed and does not have soft start. I am just in the process of installing it on a table so I will advise how it works. My first project is to make my own baseboards.
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The code letters on your 3612BR mean as follows:
The B designates it as the second design of the model.
The R designates it is a factory refurbished model.

The C designates it as the third design of the model.

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Harry....I notice BJ's at it again with his anti metric antics.....you going to give him a smack or me? haha........AL
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The code letters on your 3612BR mean as follows:
The B designates it as the second design of the model.
The R designates it is a factory refurbished model.

The C designates it as the third design of the model.
I beg to differ--the R indicates a round base. The 3612 came with either a round base or a "roundish" base that had one flat side (for consistent placement when routing along a fence).
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I just picked up 2 Makita Routers at a price I just could resit. One is a 1/4" shank model 3620 and the other is a 1/2" shank model 3612BR, both are plunger types. Does anyone own these and what are your thoughts good or bad. I am going to mount the 3612 to a table permanently and use the 3620 for free hand jobs.
I've had a 3612BR for about fifteen years or so (I don't remember exactly when I bought it.) It's a workhorse. It doesn't have variable speeds or a soft-start, but you can get the MLCS router speed control box to remedy that. I just bought a Router Raizer to table-mount mine, but haven't built the table yet. The Router Raizer replaces some of the parts in the factory lift mechanism, but you can still use it handheld if you like (unlike some other router lifts). I replaced the factory base with a Kreg base. I have several Makita tools, and they are all top-shelf quality. My latest is their 18-volt Lithium-ion cordless drill, and it is a great tool.
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