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The Hitachi router combo looks nice and is one on my list of what to buy and start with. I was wondering if anyine has this and or having any problems as I read a few reviews saying it was hard to mount on table and plunge base was stiff anyone have this? Some of my other choices are Bosch 1617 EVSPK, Milwaukee 5615-21, Makita 3612C and of course the Porter Cable models. My thinking is buying a combo would save a few dollars as mounting the fixed base in table (when I buy it ) and I would have the plunger when needed. I do already have a Ridgid laminate router which I purchased to do some engraving on a box for my grandson so may not need the plunger any input or suggestions would be welcome.
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The Hitachi router combo looks nice and is one on my list of what to buy and start with. I was wondering if anyine has this and or having any problems as I read a few reviews saying it was hard to mount on table and plunge base was stiff anyone have this? Some of my other choices are Bosch 1617 EVSPK, Milwaukee 5615-21, Makita 3612C and of course the Porter Cable models. My thinking is buying a combo would save a few dollars as mounting the fixed base in table (when I buy it ) and I would have the plunger when needed. I do already have a Ridgid laminate router which I purchased to do some engraving on a box for my grandson so may not need the plunger any input or suggestions would be welcome.
Hi Warren - I've had that kit for almost two years now and it's still my go to machine for most hand held work. Plunge was a bit stiff when I first got it but it smoothed out in a couple of weeks. Either that or I got used to it. I like the way the plunge locks on lever release but that's more a personal preference. The others I have I need to move the lever to lock it which, to me, is a point of distraction. I don't think I would like it in the table with either base. With the fixed base, the motor needs to be rotated to change cut depth so the on/off switch and speed control are in a different spot each time as well as the cord wanting to wrap around. Plunge base may be a bit better but I wouldn't swap the Freud out of the table for it.

I haven't got any of the others you mentioned but don't forget the Sears models, I've heard good things about them on this forum.
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I do have a small Craftsman table that was a combo w/router the router does seem strong but the table is small and I am redoing my shop want something larger and more of a permanent type as the tables I have been looking at are much larger, also the router has a tendency to slip in the height adjustment so this set-up is for sale.
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I do have a small Craftsman table that was a combo w/router the router does seem strong but the table is small and I am redoing my shop want something larger and more of a permanent type as the tables I have been looking at are much larger, also the router has a tendency to slip in the height adjustment so this set-up is for sale.
Hi Warren - I wasn't referring to a Craftsman router/table combination. Some of the newer Craftsman fixed base/plunge base combination kits also offer "through the table" height adjustments. Sorry, I can't give a model number but one of the other members may jump in here for you.

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I have a M12V2 and at times it can be a little stiff. Allthunbs has 2 of them and he suggested taking the tubes out and waxing them. Haven't gotten around to it yet but it should work. I love everything else about the router.
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I have a M12V2 and at times it can be a little stiff. Allthunbs has 2 of them and he suggested taking the tubes out and waxing them. Haven't gotten around to it yet but it should work. I love everything else about the router.
Hi Chuck - the VC is the baby brother of the V2 and is a different animal. I put a little dry graphite lube on mine two years ago when I got it and haven't touched it since.

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Sounds good a little dry lube graphite, I think that could be arranged all the reviews I have been reeding say it has nice power, only thing I am worried about is mounting it in whichever table I decide to buy as some have said either they would not table mount it or they have had trouble mounting it in a table
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Sounds good a little dry lube graphite, I think that could be arranged all the reviews I have been reeding say it has nice power, only thing I am worried about is mounting it in whichever table I decide to buy as some have said either they would not table mount it or they have had trouble mounting it in a table
Hi Warren - I think I'm the one that said I wouldn't mount it in a table. It's a great little router but I use it exclusively hand held, either with fixed or plunge base, whichever the job requires. Two things make it less than optimum for table mounting.
1. Lack of a spindle lock. Needs two wrenches to change bits almost guarantees motor removal each time a bit needs changed.
2. Height adjustment with the fixed base requires rotating the motor. Not terrible but a hassle with the cord wanting to wrap around, speed control and switch changing position.
I'm not saying it wont work in a table, just that there are better choices. I use a Freud 1700 in my table (now discontinued) which has above table bit changes and height adjustment.
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The Hitachi router combo looks nice and is one on my list of what to buy and start with. I was wondering if anyine has this and or having any problems as I read a few reviews saying it was hard to mount on table and plunge base was stiff anyone have this? Some of my other choices are Bosch 1617 EVSPK, Milwaukee 5615-21, Makita 3612C and of course the Porter Cable models. My thinking is buying a combo would save a few dollars as mounting the fixed base in table (when I buy it ) and I would have the plunger when needed. I do already have a Ridgid laminate router which I purchased to do some engraving on a box for my grandson so may not need the plunger any input or suggestions would be welcome.
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I have a bosch 1617 and a rockler plate mounted in my table. I am very happy with it's performance. For hand held work I use Bosch 1617evs with plunge base (mostly). For smaller work I use Bosch Colt an I just order a Trend T4.

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Hi Chuck - the VC is the baby brother of the V2 and is a different animal. I put a little dry graphite lube on mine two years ago when I got it and haven't touched it since.
Thanks for the tip John, I'll give that a try.
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