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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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ve realised that the dremel will not do the things I thought it would, so I will only use it for carving pine.

I have been offered a HITACHI(MODEL# TR-12)ROUTER for $79.00 it is in good condition cosmetically but what do I look for that moght be a potential problem and is $79.00 a good price for this unit s/hand?
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Must be a a model not made here in the states so I cannot help ya but I would try a spin with a bit in it make sure motor feels strong and collet tightens around the bit holding it snuggly $79 does not sound bad if it is in good shape ...Good Luck

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They show it on Amazon ,have a few reviews as well.

Amazon.com: Hitachi TR-12 3 HP 1/2-Inch Plunge Router: Home Improvement

Looks to be similar to the Hitachi M12V ,except it appears to be single speed. Probably a solid and reliable router from everything I've read about the M12v. For $79 I'd grab it.
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Hi Tim

I thought the TR12 was the model which preceded the M12 (mk1). I can recall references to them in Fine WoodWorking magazine 25 or more years back (I just looked at a few old copies of FWW and they are certainly advertised in FWW #37, Nov/Dec 1982, yes eighty-two!). I recall reading that theye were pretty reliable routers with one minor flaw - Hitachi didn't put fully shielded bearings in them which made them prone to premature lower bearing failure when used constantly in a router table. I also recall the solution; the bearings are apparently proprietory so 3rd party shielded replacements should be a breeze to obtain when the time comes.
Hope that helps

Incidentally, that Amazon page seems a bit screwed up..... "Here is the ultimate value in 18V cordless combo kits" ?????

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Phil,I bow to your superior knowledge.I was going by the hp rating and what I've been able to find out researching my own hitachi router. I couldn't find anything wrong with the amazon link,perhaps you are logged into a different version/country of Amazon and it's tossing you to what ever it can find? I think it's a good value based on the price $79 for a 3 1/2 hp router. But that's up to Rayzor51 to determine,I'd at least ask to turn the thing on and listen for any rattling before handing over the $$$.
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thanks all for the input I think I will buy new I have since found out there are no spanners or guides for the darn thing so new will be better., at least a warranty.

how about 1/2" ryobi?
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FWIW Rayzor I have had my m12v for about 10 years and its a workhorse.
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Did anyone notice the new M 12VE link at the bottom of the page? This looks like the best deal in the 3+ hp range. It includes a bit and guide bushing along with the other goodies and for $209... I wonder if BJ has ordered one yet?

http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-M12VE-...d_sim_sbs_hi_7

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