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A Router Designed for the Table

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Review by mikebremner posted 2259 days ago 5401 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently decided that I needed a new router as my old DeWalt was looking a bit long in the tooth. A quick trip to my local store to check their price on a new DeWalt and I found this Triton with 75% off. As soon as I seen the price the decision was made for me. Triton sell two models of router – the smaller 2-1/4HP model and this one – the bigger 3-1/4HP.

The first thing I noticed when I got it home was the weight as I lifted it out of the box – this is one heavy beast of a machine. Noticeably heavier than my previous router I was a bit concerned about the effect this would have working handheld. The router comes fitted with a 1/2” collet and a 1/4” reducer is packaged with it – the collet is very easy to loosen and tighten on a cutter – approximately 1/8th of a turn is all that is required.

The router also comes with a 1/2” straight cutter, collet spanner and guide plate/side fence that doubles as a circle cutting jig. The cutter seems reasonable quality and cuts well. The provided fence is a different design to many – comprising a sheet that the router sits on top of, and a sliding fence locked in place with two T-knobs. I prefer the sliding bars of my DeWalt.

In table use, the Triton is excellent, being adjustable via a conventional plunge, or a ratchet handle – and fitted with an easy to use fine height adjuster. Unfortunately, unlike its smaller sibling, there is no above table height adjustment. The router does however lift enought to protrude the collet above the table, allowing easy and quick cutter changes. The hefty motor really comes into its own in table use, with no problems router deep cuts in the hardest of timbers.

The downside, and the reason I only gave the router 4 stars, is the weight when using the router handheld. Any edge routing that leaves the router hanging over is a real chore, with the router tipping very easily. When using the router with a Leigh Super 24 dovetail jig it was very easy to tip the router as it left the guides and ruin the joint. I can see the purchase of the VRS add-on for the jig being a necessity rather than a pleasure.

Overall, in the table, this router is everything you could want (except maybe an above the table height adjuster). Handheld, I think I might be looking elsewhere in future or relying on the old DeWalt for a while yet.

-- Mike, Hawick-Scotland, www.mikebremner.com




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#1 posted 2258 days ago

Thanks for the great review …..When i was at the Seattle Wood working show …I was looking at a Kreg router table …499.00…( I still think the Kreg is a good deal ) anyway …the Kreg demonstrator was using a Triton 2.1/4 hp router with the Kreg table and suggested I should also if I was to get the Kreg Router Table …
I believe he said the 2 1/4 hp Triton had the above the table lift on it and the 3 1/4 hp did not …
I found it funny that a smaller HP model would have features that the larger HP model of Triton did not …
anyway good review …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#2 posted 2258 days ago

Thanks for the review. I have heard only good things about this router.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 2256 days ago

I have both of these routers and love them. The smaller one is mounted to a Kreg table and I agree with Gator that the large one can be a bit tippy due to its weight. But it does have as Tim the Tool Guy says…”More Power!) ;-) I don’t use the large one on small projects.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 2254 days ago

I have the 3 1/4 HP Triton also. By way of clarifying Mike, when you say the 3 1/4 has “no above table height adjustment.” and “an above the table height adjuster). ” am I correct to assume you mean that there is no way to adjust the height of the bit from above the table (such as the neat little rotating handle winder attachment that comes with the 2 1/4 HP router)? That is a bit of an inconvenience isn’t it? I guess Triton gave the smaller router the winding handle attachment and the larger router the fast action round winding handle. Still makes you go under the table though.

As for your trouble with the Leigh dovetail jig, I wonder if you had the base fitted with the fence attachment without the fence attached? (For those without a Triton router, that’s the big silver plate that extends past the round base of the router. Triton recommends using the base even if you don’t have the fence attached to it to give you more control.) I leave mine on at all times because I’ve found it easier to control this big router with the base on than to control my small router.

I love the power too. The dust collection is a great improvement over my older router too. I plan on attaching my Triton to the WoodRat I have on order. I’ll review the WoodRat and let ya’ll know if it fits when I’ve had a chance to break it in.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 2254 days ago

Hi, to confirm, I was referring to the lack of an above table height adjusting attachment – you do need to adjust the router height from under the table, although the winder handle makes that fairly painless (depending on the design of your table).

With regards to the Leigh, it is not really possible to use the base due to the need for a guide bush and also the general design of the jig. I also don’t believe it would help prevent the overbalancing that can happen as the router is moved away from the guides.

-- Mike, Hawick-Scotland, www.mikebremner.com

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#6 posted 2253 days ago

Thank you OutPutter for clarifying what i thought i meant, and thought i knew …lol Yes what i meant to say was I understood the Kreg Router Table Salesman to say that, besides the obvious power differences of the 3.1/4 and 2.1/4 Triton routers …the 3.1/4 Triton Router when adjusting the 3.1/4 it must be done from below …
That eliminates that tool (3.1/4 ) for me as i am a fat guy and would rather adjust from above …

Of course the JessEm has the adjustment crank handle at just below table top level ….I think that is the one i will go with ..Tho I am still wanting to build my own stand and use the JessEm Table …maybe ..we shall see …
But all agree that the Triton Routers are as good as any routers coming down the pike …
thanks

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#7 posted 2252 days ago

why is that every tool sold gets 4 2 5 stars?.............out of five

the Triton router at such unbelievable pricing, free from vibration would be my first choice too, definitly 4 stars.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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