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Review by Paul posted 03-04-2011 07:51 PM 4370 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When using the 1/4 inch collet adapter I just cannot tighten the bit securely. I know enough to leave it not quite bottomed out in the chuck and I know that if I tighten it any more it will shear the router away from the mounting plate. The 1/2 inch bits seem to be much more secure. I think the way it is it is a dangerous situation because the bit will ‘climb’ out from the collet.
I E Mailed the Triton people over a week ago and have gotten no response (yet).
Has anyone else had a similar problem with Triton or other brands?
Thanks,
Paul

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.




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#1 posted 03-04-2011 07:54 PM

I just bought this router but haven’t used it yet. I don’t have an answer for you but that certainly makes me nervous. I’ve had a bit climb out of a 1/4” collet adapter before & take flight upward. Scary stuff. I’l stay tuned in on this one. Thanks!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 08:04 PM

I have Ryobi, Ridgid and Hitachi routers all that use 1/2” and 1/4” bits with a collet. No problems with any of them. If your bit is moving do not use the router until you have the problem resolved. Make sure you are using the correct size collet. There is a European size that is slightly different that 1/4”.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 08:10 PM

I’ll pop my 1/4” collet adapter in tonight & see if it’s holding.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 08:12 PM

You may need a new collet….sounds like that one is defective?

I don’t have the Triton…but I did have an old PC that I got at a garage sale that had a similar problem….the previous owner had tightened the compression nut too tight on the collet and deformed it….it would not compress enough to hold a bit anymore. I tried several times to fix it by realigning it and by honing off the burs….but no joy. I bought a new collet and compression nut and the bits seem to hold tight once again. Do not know if that is similar to your problem….but I would still suspect that it is a defective collet either way.

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 08:15 PM

I have a Triton and have not had this problem. I just used a 1/4 bit for a cpl hrs with no problem. You may want to call the service center in Michigan and talk to them. If you have trouble I had the Head of R&D for Triton in the UK contact me when one of mine caught fire. They stand behind thier product so I’m sure they will fix this for you ASAP.
Ken
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#6 posted 03-04-2011 08:17 PM

If your 1/2” bits are secure, then it is obviously the 1/4” adapter that is defective and has nothing to do with the collet. Get a new adapter.

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 08:18 PM

^caught fire? Maybe I won’t try mine out tonight afterall :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 08:20 PM

Just read your post, Ken; happy you’re all right. It looks like I’ll be spending the $100 I saved on this router on a fire extinguisher.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 09:10 PM

I have the 2 1/4hp model and have NOT had this issue!

-- That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” ― Aldous Huxley

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 09:19 PM

Did they pack an 8mm collet with your unit by mistake?

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#11 posted 03-05-2011 12:10 AM

Did you try more than one bit? I’ve bought bits that seems a little shy on the shank thickness.

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#12 posted 03-05-2011 01:30 AM

Make certain that both the collet and the bit shank are free of lubricants. Scant shank size plus oil equal slippage.

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#13 posted 03-05-2011 03:17 AM

Several people have pointed out the possibility of the wrong collett or having metric bits. That would be the first place I would check. Did you buy this router new or from someone?

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#14 posted 03-05-2011 03:36 AM

I have used this model and make of router for a year. I’ve used both 1/2” and 1/4” shank bits on a router table without any problems. I think it is a super router and am glad I purchased it.

As others have said, try a different bit or find a different collet.

Good luck.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#15 posted 03-05-2011 06:44 AM

I have a bunch of older 1/4” bits from my old router that I use in both my Bosch 2 1/4 and triton 3 1/4. No issues in either.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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