It really started a while back, I got hooked on the idea of a router lift for the table after seeing the Incra Router lift with the magnetic inserts. after that the obsession was fed by finding Woodpeckers’ router lifts with the quick release mechanism which allows for quick lift of the router to rough positioning, and for pulling it all the way up for over the table bit change.
then came the Woodpeckers PRL-V2 (also rebranded by Incra with their magnetic inserts, and recently also rebranded by Kreg tools.) which blew me away. I’ll admit it – I’m very mechanical and electronic and I love those devices.
my barrier was the $300 price. which for my ‘serious’ hobby, I cannot justify at the moment – same goes with the Incra LS-TS fence which I would really like, and this router table is designed for – yet, just cannot justify the expense.
Then came the Rockler sale for their (Jessem) router lift. it was (still is) affordable, yet does not have the quick lift feature for rough positioning and over the table bit change. so, no go for me.
Then came the Woodcraft sale for the Triton 3.25hp router, which caught my eye, but wasn’t enough to make me consider it too seriously. Thanks to Daniel (LJ craftsman-on-the-lake) who brought it back to mind as he started a discussion about it here. reading through reviews, it seemed like a good unit, at a great price. it can be used in a router table, and has built in lift mechanism, has both rough positioning and fine tune positioning possibilities, and has above table bit change feature using only 1 wrench (auto collet lock). this will also be a more powerful motor for use under the table (as opposed to my 2.25hp bosch) and will also free up my bosch for free hand work.
however, I figured there must be a reason why they updated that router model (hence the old model was on sale).
further researching showed that the new model also comes with above table crank handle. for some this is no biggy, but since I plan on enclosing the router in the table, I figured this might come in handy. also the router received some upgraded design and parts, such as sealed power switch (If it’s enclosed in the table, I’d rather have it sealed from dust), the lift plastic gear has been replaced with a metal gear, the lift bushing has been updated for smoother travel, and the collet reducer (for 1/4” bits) have been changed for better use.
I figured the extra is worth my peace of mind, and made the plunge (pun intended) and ordered it from woodcraft.com. we’re in the holiday season and they have free shipping on everything which was a nice bonus. (woodcraft don’t carry this router locally here).
The router arrived one day earlier than expected. I have yet to use it, but my first impression is a positive one- it feels comfortable in my hand, heavier than my 2.25 Bosch, but not overly heavy that it would feel uncomfortable. all the mechanisms work pretty nicely.
All in all, it’s an expense that I wasn’t really planning to make, but am very happy with it as this will allow me to continue with the router table project, and get something that will work as I wanted it, with the lift capabilities I was hoping for, a bigger motor than I would have had until now, at a low(er) cost than other options would have cost me.
Triton seems to be controversial as they went under last year, and were resurrected, they have minimal online resources, and seems like there are still some things floating around. hopefully I can add a bit more content online regarding this unit.
I’ll review this router as I get to use it for making the router table (I will use this one freehand as opposed to using my lighter bosch just so that I can get a feel for how this one performs while I can still do something about it).
This router table project feels stuck, I have so many ideas for it. maybe too many that I’m overloaded, and can’t find a combination of them all that I would like. uughhh…
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