Hitachi KM 12VC Router Combination Kit Howard Beach NY

Sometimes combination tools have to make too many compromises to perform their numerous functions. Fortunately, that's not the case with Hitachi's new KM 12VC router combination kit. This smartly designed, solidly constructed, and well-outfitted tool fulfills its promises as a fixed-base and plunge-base router. And, at $180 you've got a tool that pulls its weight without asking much in return.

Local Companies

Staples
201-678-0600
466 Hackensack Ave.
Hackensack, NJ
Staples
516-520-0218
2981-2991 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown, NY
Staples
516-792-0013
80 W. Sunrise Hwy.
Valley Stream, NY
Staples
212-697-2615
261 Madison Ave.
Manhattan, NY
Staples
516-799-9516
5500 Sunrise Highway
Massapequa, NY
Staples
201-863-6700
3113 Kennedy Blvd
N Bergen, NJ
Staples
212-864-5747
105 West 125th St.
Harlem, NY
Staples
718-884-6544
5680 Broadway and W. 234th St
Bronx, NY
Staples
212-255-4687
116 W. 14th Street
New York, NY
Staples
212-956-9210
1755 Broadway
Manhattan, NY

Provided By:

Source: TOOLS OF THE TRADE Magazine
Publication date: November 2, 2005

By Section Editor: Mark Clement

Sometimes combination tools have to make too many compromises to perform their numerous functions. Fortunately, that's not the case with Hitachi's new KM 12VC router combination kit. This smartly designed, solidly constructed, and well-outfitted tool fulfills its promises as a fixed-base and plunge-base router. And, at $180 you've got a tool that pulls its weight without asking much in return.

Power. The 2-1/4-hp rating with electronic motor control keeps the rpm constant under varying loads. Variable speed combined with a nice soft-start feature enabled me to work effectively with small or large bits and on numerous materials. I easily plowed 3/4-inch dadoes and made massive 3/4-inch radius round-over cuts in hard maple.

Standard Accessories. The kit includes the bases, 1/4- and 1/2-inch collets (with wrenches), a large hole sub-base for oversized bits, a template guide adapter with centering gauge, and seven template guides that mount without tools. (Note: I had problems with my very early production 1/4-inch collet. Hitachi says the collet is now manufactured to improved specs. I advise simply getting a warranted replacement if any of the old versions inadvertently made it to market.)

Touching the Bases

Fixed Base. There is no combination-tool sacrifice in the fixed-base configuration. The base threads onto the motor, and depth is adjusted by twisting the motor.

Click here to read full article from Tools of the Trade

Related Articles
- Festool Joining System Howard Beach NY
Festool's Domino isn't just a brand new type of joining tool; it's a whole new joining system. Based on mortise-and-tenon joinery, the Domino combines the qualities of biscuits and dowels with a stronger, self-aligning joint.
- Hand-Held Power Saws Howard Beach NY
- Electric Concrete Breakers Howard Beach NY
- Home Repair Tools Howard Beach NY
- Form-Release Agents Howard Beach NY
- Flue Liners for Masonry Chimneys Howard Beach NY