Hitachi M12VE/J7 2000W Router 230V
I've only been using the router for a couple of days, so my reliability rating is purely arbitrary, but first impressions are of a good, solid machine that feels like it will be a durable addition to the tool kit. I found the router powerful and easy to manoeuver. The guide fence was rock solid and very stable in use. Having both 1/4 & 1/2 collets is a bonus for obvious reasons. Incidentally, I had no problems with the collet nut as had by an earlier reviewer. An earlier problem now fixed?? However, I can only comment on my own experience. All in all, I'd recommend it to anyone.
30 Nov 2014
Fitted in my router table ; I lift it with a cheap car type pyramid jack; Soft start is good.
When undoing the collet nut to remove router bit;
loosen with spanner then turn outer nut further until it goes tight again the re-apply spanner and slacken further before removing bit, this has confused many owners.
Does not have a fine tune for depth
26 Oct 2014
i bought this routter, however it is an amazing tool, really smooth to use glides into the wood really nice, howevr i had to send it back twice as the blade got stuck in it twice as the nut you tighten to hold the blade in was not the spring clip type, so as a result i had to buy a differant routter, if a differant design on the nut was available i would definatly buy it again, such a shame as i really was impressed.
18 Dec 2011
Hitachi...One of the best....
Made by the leaders of engineering machines 'back in the day'
This router is powerful, very easy to use and accurate.
The collet works brilliantly unlike many of the cheaper routers I have tried. The lock on switch makes it safe and easy to route and perfect for a table (howether there are no mounting holes so some intelligent design will be needed to add to your table)
It cuts cleanly and smoothly with little' throw-off' and no slippage of the bit.
Comes with 1/2" AND 1/4" collets and straight fence guide.
No fine adjustment can mean a fiddly menouver to add on a few mill to the depth of cut.
14 Nov 2011