|Forum topic by PurpLev||posted 12-11-2009 01:32 AM||5581 views||0 times favorited||55 replies|
12-11-2009 01:32 AM
before I take the plunge (pun intended) I wanted to get whatever feedback I can from you guys/gals.
After Daniel (Craftsman On The Lake) brought it up in a post a week or so ago, the bug hit me, and although I was trying to postpone this expense, I figured I might as well take advantage of the opportunity to get the triton 3.25HP router on sale at woodcraft for $179 which allows for under table bit change in a router table, and also uses its rack and pinion plunge mechanism for router table positioning of the bit.
I stopped at woodcraft on the way home today, and really like the router, it seems like it would be a good deal for me as it will do what I need it to do at minimal expense and leave my Bosch router free for freehand work (as opposed to spending at least the same on a router table lift, and having to switch the bosch back and forth, or having to get another router at more $$$). Also I like the fact that the Triton allows for quick rough positioning of the bit as opposed to the less expensive router lifts which require you to crank the handle all the way up, and all the way down.
however – I have a few points that I want to verify before I sign up for it, as woodcraft return policy is not quite the best. any feedback is most welcome:
1. Collet – I read mixed reviews on the 1/2” collet design on this router, what is your experience with that? do they have a strong hold on the bits? do they seem to loose their grip? easy to tighten? hard to tighten?
2. warranty, and quality – seems like the Triton warranty is for 1 year – has anyone had any issues with the router after a long period of time? how is the overall quality on the router? has anyone had experience with Triton Customer service? how is it?
3. On/Off switch – is not sealed (like my Bosch which I have 0 problems with) – has anyone noticed any issues with this?
For those of you with the 2 1/4hp model – do you find yourself use the over table winder handle (which the 3.25hp router on sale does not have – but the newer model does)? or do you find yourself using the router adjustment handles?
Thanks in Advance,
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