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post #51 of 56 (permalink) Old 02-19-2018, 02:35 PM
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Oh no! Not another Morbidelli vs. SCM vs. Biesse argument. (BTW, I favour Biesse - only because I can program several of them, so I guess I'm biased)

Harry, is that a 3601 in the background? I haven't seen one of them in a while - had the original square base 3600 (?) in about 1981, as well as a Ryobi R-150. The Makita was better, but the Elu MOF98 that replaced it was even better. Still got a MOF98

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It's SCM..
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The three routers on the table were 3600BR, 3612C and RP2301FC. I had just purchased the latter one and was making a multi-step anvil to replace the last century designed three screw useless type.
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Originally Posted by blue_can View Post
Thanks for the feedback. Does it have a smooth plunge mechanism with no side to side play? Since you are using it in a router table I'm guess that is not much of an issue for you.

Also do you know what the difference between the M12VE and M12V2 is - is the M12VE just a newer version of the M12V2.
I have the predecessor to the M12 - the TR 12. There is absolutely no play in the plunge mechanism, but it can be hard to depress! Those springs are very strong. The TR12 did not have a speed control, did not have 'soft start', and the on-off switch was ergonomically not in the best possible place - but: workhorse! It gave you the feeling that you could drive a truck over it and it would go right back to work. If I had to take a router on a building site, that's the one I'd use. The M12 is much improved over it, I understand, but not sure if it's as robust.
For use in a router table it worked much better once I got an 'extreme extender'.

In the workshop I prefer my new Bosch GOF 1600 (known as the MR23 in the US I believe?). Technologically speaking it's streets ahead. Plunges easily in the plunge base and I can just pull the motor out and plug it into the fixed base that's mounted in the router table permanently now.
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and input. After much consideration I decided to go with the Hitachi M12VE. I used it yesterday to route some through mortises in 1-1/2" cherry 1/2" wide and generally happy with the performance. It feels quite light and easy to handle and the plunge lock mechanism is easy to activate. Plenty of power and had no problem routing the mortise in 3 passes - in fact there was no sensation of it being under load at any time. Plunging is smooth and no side to side play.

Still trying to figure out the dust collection - until then I'm using it outdoors. Hitachi seems to sell an attachment but it does not seem easy to find. I tried the universal dust collector attachment from Oneida but that does not seem to fit. Waiting to hear back from their tech support.
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I know this is a month old, but I just became a member. My go to plungers are the DW 6182 (618 w/ plunge base), DW 621, and DW 625. I also have the PC 892 with the plunge base but prefer it and the 690 as fixed base routers.
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