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Forum topic by RetiredCoastie posted 12-09-2009 05:33 AM 1672 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2009 05:33 AM

Woodcraft has the Triton 3.25 hp router on sale for $179.00 http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080321/8311/TRITON-3-14-HP-Router--Model-TRC001.aspx

I am looking for a router to mount in a table. I want a router that won’t require a router lift but that can be adjusted from above the table.
it shows the same model # TRC001 but with a price of $269.00 and a different woodcraft # from the one on sale. The one on sale does state Does not include a winding handle for above table bit adjustment. I cant imagine a winding handle being that expensive.

Woodcraft’s online catalog is a bit confusing, on one page it shows the 3.25hp model with the sale price $179.00 and it’s “normal” price as $229.00 and on another page http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080240/27329/Triton-3-14HP-Plunge-Router.aspx

Does anyone have experience with this or any Triton router? Does the above table adjustment work as well as a dedicated lift? What do you folks think of the 2.25hp version? Finally, What table base plate is compatible with the Triton? I will be building a table around whichever router I eventually buy.

$179.00 is hard to pass up unless there are flaws in this model! Thanks for any help you can lend to my search!

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 05:40 AM

There are some good videos on You tube on both models, I believe the larger model does not have above the table adjustments, the 2 1/4 does have an above the table winder. I had looked at both models a while back and was interested int the 3 1/4 model however the lack of above table adjustment was a deal breaker. One nice thing about both models is that they convert from plunge to rack and pinion height adjustment. They both also provide above table bit removal.

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 05:46 AM

I have the 2.25 Triton. It works fine and you don’t have to buy a lift. There are better lifts but the cost around $350 with out the router. Unless your doing work that you need large router bits then the 2.25 will be fine and it does have the above table crank that the the 3.25 doesn’t offer.

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 06:06 AM

I agree with Jim unless your cutting door panels a 2.25 router will meet 99% of your needs.

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 06:13 AM

If you’re not dead set on the Triton, I just picked this up: http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-5616-24-Max-Horsepower-Multi-Base-BodyGrip/dp/B000QV1CXW/ref=pd_cp_hi_2

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 06:15 AM

That must be the difference in price because the one for $269.00 says it comes with above the table adjustment crank handle, but they didn’t change the model number that would reflect a major design change which I would think above table adjustment would constitute. Thanks for the help folks!

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 06:27 AM

A 13 amp router should be able to handle all but large volumes of heavy duty tasks like raised panels, though it will do the occasional raised panel just fine. If you plan to do lots of them, you’d be better off with a 15 amp.

If the Triton doesn’t pan out for you, the Freud FT1700 and FT3000 both have full above table features.

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 06:37 AM

I am using the Bosch 1617EVS with the Bench Dog cast iron extension on my table saw. The bosch has an above the table height adjuster and it has done everything I have asked of it. I have raised panels in solid oak, maple and walnut without hesitation. If I had to do it over again I dont think I would change a thing

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 07:28 AM

I just bought a friend the 179 triton router. Looks to be a good router, very heavy. Looks real nice. It does not have the above the table adjustment but seems to be built so you can change the bit from above the table and hieght adjustment looks real nice from below the table.

I have the ft1700 in our table and we love it but we use our 3 hp shaper for doors. I personally do not think you would be upset for the triton router on sale, plus it is a great price for a 3 1/4 hp router.

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