I have two, an old Hitachi M12 (not the M12V ) and a smaller M8.
The M12 I got at a recycle place of a really low price, and the M8 I bought new, MSRP A ways back, as I did not know of Joyful Honda, or any other DIY shops at the time.
I have the M12 in the router table, and it has been great, but, I tore it apart today, as the bearing are making a LOT of noise, I thought I was going to let the smoke out of it at one point
I have to laugh, this router is at least 10 years old, maybe even 20 made in Japan, but the bearings, well they say "Made in China" right on them I guess the outsourcing has been going on for some time?
The M12, with a speed controller on it, does heavy lifting on the router table, with the new bearings installed, I'm confident I'll get another ten years out of it. I put the Router Raizer thing on it, which works slick!
I really do not like the M8, I find it clunky and nothing is in the right place, the stops always seem to rattle loose, and the collet is the worst, if I use 2' long bars on it to tighten it up, I still seem to have to check it every 5 minutes of use to make sure the darn bit has not extended out of the router, wreaking whatever I'm working on
The new Hitachi combo set, with the fixed base and plunge base looks very good, well the "Alien" graphics design does not do much for me, but the unit looks solid, and has gotten fairly good reviews.
I have to say the DeWalt units look good too, but if I had the dosh, I'd get a Festool for handheld and be done with it
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward