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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2017, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Just a heads to anyone thinking of buying an MK12v, the power controller on mine went and hitachi doesn't supply that part anymore so my router is now an anchor. Bought a new Bosch, seems to have a good rating for repairs and parts

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bypass the controller and us an external speed control...
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Yep as Stick suggested get an external speed controller. You can get a cheap one at Harbor Freight that will work. You do loose a little torque but the router is still usable
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There is a reason why the Hitachi sells for $200 and the Bosch sells for $325. You get what you pay for. Bosch customer service is second to none.

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There is a reason why the Hitachi sells for $200 and the Bosch sells for $325. You get what you pay for. Bosch customer service is second to none.
I have 3 Hitachi routers, one is the M12V, and I've never needed any CS yet.
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I am not saying there is anything wrong with the M12; it is an excellent value for the money. The Bosch 1619 costs 50% more, is beefier and has tighter tolerances. It has the largest base opening and the most plunge depth plus the plunge lockout feature and the best turret design of any of the 3+ hp models. I have owned and worked with any router I comment on. Hands on experience is the real way to measure performance.
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The M12 V was my table router for a number of years until I bought the 12v2, which has a larger base opening, above table adjustment, and is just plain smooth running. I liked those 2 so much I bought a 12VC fixed base which was on sale for $130 C. That's way below the price of a 1617 and it is a joy to use. Plus we've seen a few people looking for collets for older Bosch routers with no success. It eventually happens to every machine. Sooner for some than others. But for about 50 to 60% of what I would have paid for Bosch routers I picked up the ones I have. If they only last for 50 to 60% as long as a Bosch would then I'm pretty much still at least even with the game.
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Replacement collets are available for those 40+ year old Bosch routers from Elaire Corporation in Ohio. Considering that most people don't bother to even change the brushes in their routers I think it speaks highly of Bosch quality.

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I checked Elaire for a 1600 model that someone was looking for and it wasn't listed. They might specially make one but it would probably be too expensive to justify on a machine that old. Seems to me that they might have checked with Elaire too.

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