|Review by HorizontalMike||posted 03-08-2011 02:42 AM||8601 views||6 times favorited||25 comments|
- Triton TRA001 3-1/4-HorsePower 1/2-Inch Precision Router
- Brand: Triton | Category: Routers
I have had my Triton 3 1/4hp router since last June 2010 and did not get to use it much until the last couple of months. I mounted this router on my TS extension and drilled the appropriate hole in the cast iron router extension and was good to go. The lifting mechanism worked well at first and then began to slip and eventually failed to lift, though adjustments could still be made when lowering via the above-table micro-adjuster.
I called HTC-Triton (HTC are the new owners) in Michigan and they knew right away what the problem was and sent out a new metal worm gear (gratis, free, no $$, etc.) to replace the failing original plastic worm. They also sent me an email with a graphic PowerPoint set of instructions for replacing the worm (too late for me as I dove right into it and had it done before finding the email). According to HTC, all routers produced after ABOUT May of last year (2010) have this NEW metal worm gear in the micro-adjuster. Mine was apparently one of the last with the older plastic worm that had the tendency to fail when used under the table. They are replacing them as they come in and are VERY friendly about helping customers fix this issue.
Running the router through its paces, the lift is much more solid and will lock tightly in the upper position well after it locks the collet for removal of bits. The locking of the collet is one of this router’s best features for changing bits above the table. 5-stars here.
As mentioned in an earlier review of this router, the poster mentioned that the 1/4 in. collet insert failed to lock down and climbed out of the collet while running. I have had this occur just once and immediately understood what had happened. I had overheated the bit through overuse without adjusting for this overheating. Once I paced my work and gave the running bit/collet time to cool between pieces (even just a few seconds) I no longer experienced any problems with the 1/4 in. collet insert coming loose. I am convinced this type of event is operator induced and preventable, IMO.
Bottom line, this is the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to a big powerful router for router table use with above-the-table micro-adjusting lift capabilities. Additional images here.
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."