1/2" Shank based Routers on X-Carve

The Makita is the bomb. Quiet, slow spindle speed and after running the crap out of them, never changed the brushes. Of course, I ran the Hitachi for several years and checked the brushes and they look like new. I think the Dewalt has a flaw.

Makita does not have a down light, but I installed them on my dust shoes anyway.


Yes. https://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-M12VC-Variable-Speed-Router/dp/B0002ZZWXI

I will sell you mine WITH a new set of brushes (if I can find them) for $100. Plus, I have a mount and Precise Bits collets of .125; .25 and .5. AND I will throw in a kick-■■■ .5" end mill.

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I’d like to know more as well, if possible.

Because I needed two and they are $99. My metal milling machine is small so I went with Makita. So I upgraded both x, and z axes, milled identical Makita mounts - everything is swappable between the two, including collets. I think the Hitachi is superior by far. YEARS and the brushes show hardly any wear! But I love these little Makita’s.


Hell yeah…

“I’ll buy that for a dollar…” :smiley:

I noticed some black soot on my dewalt.
I have not checked the brushes yet. When I do I will know.
I have not put as much wear and tear as the rest of you guys but still. I hate using tools that wear out fast.


Plus shipping right? I would PM you a link to purchase. But first I would inventory what I have and take pictures for you.
Let me know if you want me to do that. I am guessing Shipping would be less than $20, but I have a post office right next door, so I can get the exact amount.

Please do

Try to get it done tonight when I get home. Last round of golf for the season today.

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Makita RT0700 user here, checked its brushes recently after atleast 100hrs of speed 1&2 combined, they appear barely worn (close to 3/4" long still). I have a couple of spare sets coming in soon and can compare new vs used.

Makita rpm at Speed1 = approx 10k (10-30k range)

If Jay changes his mind I would be interested.

I love the hustle, Ramon. :smile:

But, there are concrete walls which are less decisively placed than I, on this deal. :stuck_out_tongue:

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The Makita 12mv goes down to 7k rpm and is whisper quiet (at THAT speed, I should add).

Makita 12mv? or Hitachi?



Hello Earwinger,
I am at the point that in need to update my router. the Dewalt is not doing it for me anymore. I really would like to start using 1/2 shanks.
In regards to the Makita, is it a direct fit? or do i need new mounting brackets?
If i am going to need new mounting brackets, do you have the STL files for those that you can provide?

Reading through this post, it is a bit confusing. The Hitachi did 1/2" shanks. The Makita did not. Both required that I create custom mounts. The Makita mounts are posted elsewhere - someone was making and selling them, but also posted the STL file.

Here it is: Any interest in a Makita RT0701 spindle mount for X-Carve - #19 by JohnScherer

Sorry about the confusion and thanks for responding so quickly. I will try to locate those mounts for the Makita and hopefully i will find them for the Hitachi as well. I really would like to move to a 1/2 shank