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I'm looking for a good plunge router - something in the 3-1/4 to 3-1/2 HP category. Any suggestions on models? I was looking at the Hitachi M12VE - does anyone have any feedback on that?
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I have a Hitachi M12VE -it a real workhorse but it is heavy i use mine in my router table
i am real happy with it never had a problem, i installed a muscle chuck on it love that to
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I have a Hitachi M12VE -it a real workhorse but it is heavy i use mine in my router table
i am real happy with it never had a problem, i installed a muscle chuck on it love that to
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Also do you know what the difference between the M12VE and M12V2 is - is the M12VE just a newer version of the M12V2.
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Thanks for the feedback. Does it have a smooth plunge mechanism with no side to side play? .
in that case you want a Bosch 1619..
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Ravin, here is a good place to look and buy routers and other woodworking tools. I and others here on this forum have bought from them. They have very good customer service.

https://www.cpooutlets.com/routers-a...efault,sc.html

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Please consider a smaller router for hand-held plunge use. About the only thing a smaller router won't do is spin panel-raising bits. A 3 HP router is just so large and cumbersome and heavy. It's fine to install in a table, but like trying to drive a tack with a sledgehammer to use handheld.
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You can't get parts for m12 any more, couldn't get a new starter switch for mine.

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You are spot on as regards horse power. The Hitachi is a fine router but I prefer the Makita
RP2301FC, compare the two by plunging with only one finger. In fact, try this test on all the routers that you can find in the shops.
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I agree absolutely on the weight part, Ravin. I have both a Bosch 1619EVS and a 1617EVSPK (finally!), and the size and weight difference is remarkable. I much prefer the lighter 1617.
You're right though; if you're plunging and dadoing with a 3/4" mortising or straight bit in tough wood, you'd certainly notice the difference in power.

Re what you and Stick were talking about re the precise plunge action with the Bosch 1619EVS...mine's been trouble free. Also, if you want to use it in a table you can lock the plunge springs out without having to disassemble anything, not so for other brands.
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I used a 3 1/2 hp router hand held ONCE!!! Since then I use 2 1/4 hp and smaller routers hand held. 3 hp and larger routers are too heavy and to large to be using hand held. In a router table yes, but a fixed base router is easier to adjust in a router table.

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