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I have very particular preferences for every power tool I use. (Tool snob). The Hitachi MV12 is the most powerful lightweight plunge router available. I love it because of these qualities. I am a luthier, and having power and lighter weight is a real plus when cutting cavities for tremolos, pickups and neck joints for guitars. I have a 1 1/2 hp Porter Cable that is heavier and has less visibility for precise routs which is suitable for a router table.

Unfortunately, I lent my Hitachi to a friend who clamped it into a vise as a makeshift router table, and the armature and windings shorted out. Hitachi redesigned this model, and it weighs 2 more pounds and looks like a Transformer toy. I am still trying to replace what was destroyed, but the going price is higher than my wallet's threshold. I will eventually find another and will never lend it out.

This is an amazing tool, probably not best suited to jobsites where they'd take a beating. But if you want cabinetry-exact routs, this is as good as it gets.

Note from Moderator: this post was relocated to here from an ancient thread.
 

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G'day @dmesple , welcome to the forum.


Bob and Rick ( The Router workshop, and founders of this forum) used a Hitachi MV12 . They seemed very happy with it.

I presume it is now an "ex friend"...?
 

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I bought mine in 1989 and have never regretted it. I leave it mounted on a table using a Router Raizer lift. I have a second one mounted on a separate plate so that when I'm doing rails and stiles I can simply drop the other one into the table and not have to mess with resetting the bits.
 
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