|Review by spaids||posted 09-09-2008 07:04 PM||4773 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
I am a new woodworker so everything I do is a new learning experience. This Triton is my first plunge router. It comes with a lot of accessories and its already a good price even with out the extras. It has some cool features like a selectable rack and pinion height adjustment for quick large increment hight changes. It comes with a handle for through the table height changes. It comes with a circle cutting jig and edge guide and a full set of bushing inserts. As a table router I imagine it will excel. It does not have a soft start though. That might actually be good in a table router as many people chose to wire to a separate switch which I have heard that a soft start might not work well with. As a plunge router a soft start would be nice. The big problem I have with it as a plunge router is its depth setting mechanism. Unlike other routers that have different length posts on a turret, this router has screws with a nut on a turret. You might be thinking hey thats great you can set them to any height that you want. I thought so. I then used this router (my first time ever using a plunge router) and even as a beginner I quickly realized why the other version of this mechanism is better. If you want to say … mortise a hinge. Its nice to be able to just stick that hinge on top the the post and drop the depth guide rod onto it. you can do this with the triton but only to that one depth. What if you want to route out something thats going to take a couple passes? You could have a sample piece of some depth you want to route and use that at the lowest setting and use the higher settings to make the first couple of passes. With the Triton you can not do that. You have to turn this little knobs that spin on threaded rods and adjust them to the correct hieght using a measurement scale thats not terrible accurate. If you wanted to use a sample piece, or maybe even you have some little pieces of stock that you have milled to use for depth gauges, you can only do so by putting it on the edge of the small knob and then you have to make sure your holding it flat and level. It simply is not ideal. Learning this tells me that if/when I buy another plunge router, I know what I don’t like in the depth setting mechanism. If I ever permanently mount it in a table then I’ll probably love it. I still give it 4 stars because it does do everything that its supposed to do and it does them all well. Its price is outstanding and the problems I have are from me not knowing any better when I bought it.
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