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Forum topic by PurpLev posted 12-11-2009 01:32 AM 4692 views 0 times favorited 55 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2009 01:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table triton lift question review sale

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,
and Happy Holidays Everyone

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 02:39 AM

Sharon, I have the 2 1/4 HP model and have had zero problems of any kind.

The main reason I went with the smaller router was to get the crank-through-the-table feature. In hindsight, I should have just gotten the more powerful machine because I never use that feature. I quickly discovered that it was faster and easier just to use the crank handle and the fine adjustment knob from underneath.

Don’t get me wrong, the 2 1/4 is plenty powerful enough for my needs, but more is better, right? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 03:11 AM

Thanks Charlie, that’s what I’m thinking, getting a more powerful motor and just leave it permanently in a table configuration to handle larger bits, and more repetitive operations, and leave the 2.25hp router for other tasks.

Thanks for the response, seems like the over-the-table-crank-handle feature is not worth the extra $90. I’m more concerned about the ease of use of the micro adjustment and having to reach inside the cabinet for that- but I guess I can leave with that, as this is not something that I will be doing much (hopefully).

do you find the 1/128” precision sufficient? or are there times where you ‘need-that extra tuning capability’?

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 03:20 AM

Sharon,

I found this I think it will help you a lot :)

Alonso

About 1/4 from the bottom of the page he talks about issues with the microadjustment and how to fix it.

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 03:38 AM

Thanks Alonso, as I stated above – I do not think $90 is worth the winding handle – however, based on the link you posted, you can see what the $90 really stand for – a better protected switch, a better designed posts, nicer 1/4” reducer, and of course the winding handle. prob. worth it, but not necessary for me or my plan for this router, so cheaper is better between those 2.

I am however interested in more personal experience from people with the tritons RE my ‘concerns’

Thanks again for the post and the link, it’s definitely the review that pushed me in the direction to think about this router more seriously.

if you’ll notice – that 1/4” from the bottom of the page you mentioned – he actually refers to the NEW model – the TRC-001 (where the one on sale at woodcraft is the TRA-001)

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 03:44 AM

Sharon, what’s the difference in price? If it’s incremental I’d go with the 3-1/4 now, verses maybe later when you’re wishing you would have. For $179 in my opinion you can’t go wrong. I just looked at Woodcraft and I didn’t see the sale price but the regular price difference was $40 so if it’s that or less I’d say go for it.

Ok, Iooked again and found it, there have it listed twice, one on sale the other regular price. I didn’t see a sale on the 2-1/4HP so right now the 2-1/4 HP is $50 more then the 3-1/4 HP, need I say more?

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 03:59 AM

Not trying to muddy the water, I’ve been eyeballing a new Bosch router that will come out next year, a combo router that has on the handle controls, it’s an above table adjustment capable router.I don’t think it is 3+hp though. AHHH you know how it is, as soon as you buy one, something better will come out.

KS

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 04:00 AM

Hey ah Sharon, don’t mean to split hairs but the one I’m looking at on the WoodCraft site now that I found it is the TRC-001 for $179. Don’t mind me, I’m totally confused at the moment cuz that review says the TRC comes with the winding handle and this is the link for the TRC for $179:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2080321/8311/TRITON-3-14-HP-Router--Model-TRC001.aspx

Ok, end of confusion, I see where it says it doesn’t come with one.

And also I seem to remember that Sommerfeld’s used to use and push Trition routers at the Woodworkers Shows. And one of their big things was the winding handle so you could adjust it from above the table. I can’t remember if the handle came with it or they supplied one you could buy for it, but if you want/need one and you get this router might be worth checking out.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 12-11-2009 04:03 AM

Thanks Curt,

unfortunately Triton don’t quite have the best online service, and they use different model number names. the 2 routers referenced above by me/Alonso are actually both 3.25HP (the one Charlie has is the 2.25hp).

the one one sale at woodcraft is labeled “Triton 1/2” precision router” and it’s model number is (not anywhere to be found on woodcrafts website – they actually mislabeled it as the NEW model) – TRA-001, while the new model which replaces it is the TRC-001, it’s also 3.25hp, and has bee revamped based on some limitations the TRA-001 had (over table crank handle, better bushing for the plunge posts, better 1/4” collet reducer (minor), and dust sealed power switch)

model on sale = 179, new updated model 269. I’m just not sure I need all the updated features, and for 179 might get a great tool (hopefully), at 269, I’ll pass. can always get it when/if needed, but the sale is enticing.

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#9 posted 12-11-2009 04:06 AM

My setup is a benchtop table mounted to a rolling stand I made myself, so reaching under the table is not an issue at all. Maybe when I get around to building a Norm-style table with a router compartment one day, I’ll feel differently about the crank issue.

I can’t imagine needing to fine-tune the depth with a greater degree of precision than the fine adjustment knob allows for, but that’s just me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 12-11-2009 04:09 AM

I’m getting confuseder…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#11 posted 12-11-2009 04:09 AM

Thanks KellyS – I have the Bosch 2.25hp and it’s fantastic! are you referring to the 1619? do you have any link to the router you mentioned? if it’s worth waiting – I’ll wait for it. not in a rush, just want to make use of an opportunity if it’s a good one.

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#12 posted 12-11-2009 04:11 AM

To answer Curt’s confusion….and this has come up before… what they refer to as the “winding handle” is the handle on the router itself. You twist it to set the gross depth adjustment. It has nothing to do with a through-the-table crank.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 12-11-2009 04:17 AM

Thanks Charlie, that helps a bit. But I’m still seeing the “New” TRC-001 listed for $179??

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 12-11-2009 04:31 AM

I’ve been searching and searching, but I’ve only seen it in issue 195 of Wood magazine on page 69. It’s listed as model MRC23EVSK. Looks way cool.

KS

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#15 posted 12-11-2009 04:48 AM

Thanks KellyS, looks like a super router, looks more like a replacement to the current 2.25hp model (the one I have). as far as mounting it to router table, I think the Tritons features fit my taste better as I mentioned above.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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