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Forum topic by JerrodMcCrary posted 12-11-2015 09:46 PM 6133 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JerrodMcCrary

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12-11-2015 09:46 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Triton-TDJ600-Duo-Dowel-Jointer/dp/B017DR9QZ2/ref=sr_1_6?s=hi&srs=11758130011&ie=UTF8&qid=1449870090&sr=1-6&keywords=triton Looks interesting to me, reminds me of the Freud version, or the Mafella. This is the Triton TDJ600 Duo Dowel Jointer


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#1 posted 12-11-2015 10:30 PM

Lot of money to drill a dowel. And according to some questions and answers I read, it only goes to 8 mm and takes a special bit. I use a jig I bought a while back and it works really well. I didn’t pay much for it but I can’t remember the exact amount. I would have to use it and need it bad to pay that much.
Gerald

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 10:41 PM

I was thinking it was a lot as well. I have read about other dowel jigs that cost just as much but are manual. I think dowel centers and drill press is all I will need, but I have not used dowels much.

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#3 posted 12-12-2015 02:07 AM

Looks moderately interesting but kind of expensive and limited.

Last winter I bought the Jessem doweling jig (http://www.jessemdirect.com/JessEm_Dowelling_Jig_p/08350.htm) and I am pretty impressed with it. Very easy to use and quite versatile. No affiliation – just an impressed customer. I puchased the basic kit for 3/8” dowels which are easy to find or make.

-- Brian - Snow Dog Woodworks - http://www.snowdogwoodworks.com

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#4 posted 12-12-2015 03:29 PM

BrianNH, that is a nice setup.

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#5 posted 12-12-2015 03:59 PM

I agree with the others,there are less expensive dowel jigs and this unit only does 8mm dowels.

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#6 posted 12-12-2015 04:26 PM

I couldn’t find the dowel rail for the Triton as it looks like a Mafell replica.

In any event, run with the big dogs and get a Mafell.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUI67MZUsCs

A second mortgage may be required :)

Here’s more jigs to consider
http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=017914489645407774653%3Agwwk-zif3wk&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=shop+made+dowel+jigs&sa.x=0&sa.y=0

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#7 posted 12-12-2015 11:18 PM

You can get a self centering dowel jig for Harbor Freight for 14.99. Some how I don’t think its it the same class as the Mafell or even made for the same purpose. You can always find something cheaper these days.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 12-12-2015 11:30 PM

The Mafell is at its best,.... and what it was really designed for, when used in the small cabinet shop putting cabinet boxes together. The other used are just a bonus. The Trition is a cheap knock off of the Mafell.

According to the video you can get cutters from 3mm to 16mm. Not just 8mm holes.

Watch the last 25% of this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUj-zsxu3DY

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 03-02-2016 03:39 PM

I just joined Lumberjocks today and this is my first post…

I realize this is an older post, but I’m considering this dowel joiner by Triton. To me, it looks like a really good compromise between a biscuit joiner and a Festool Domino. (Like a lot of other woodworkers, I really want the Domino, but I can’t stomach the price tag.) Rockler sells this tool for $200, but it looks like it’s currently on back order. So the price tag is at least comparable with a good biscuit joiner, in general.

I agree with others that there are less-expensive doweling jigs out there, but to me the real strength of this type of tool (like a biscuit joiner or Domino) is it takes out the guesswork. If the tool speeds up production and eliminates the need for a tape measure, I am personally willing to pay a little extra money (with emphasis on “a little”).

I plan to use this tool to index and reinforce joints for assembly and glue up (panels, cabinet boxes, furniture leg-and-apron assemblies, etc.). The joints will likely be reinforced with screws in many cases, so the added strength of the dowel would be a bonus.

I’ve read through all the posts so far, and I’m wondering if any members have actually used this tool and what their thoughts are. I don’t own any Triton tools, so any thoughts on these tools (both positive and negative) would be appreciated.

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#10 posted 04-23-2016 04:35 AM

I agree with your analysis and would like to hear from owners of the tool. Whether it is expensive or not depends on your usage, the value of your time, and the quality of the results..

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#11 posted 04-25-2016 04:23 AM

I have a Mafell Duo-Doweler DD40P. We have bits from 5mm to 10mm. This covers holes fore case construction (8 mm) and shelf supports (5 or 6 mm) holes based on the 32mm system. The Triton offered uses 8 mm bits but in there overseas brochure they mention bit sizes of 5 mm to 10 mm. If you are going to use the Triton in 32 mm construction see if you can get more than just the 8 mm bits.

-- Wuddoc

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#12 posted 04-25-2016 05:18 PM

There is a huge price difference between the Mafell and the Triton. I wonder why?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 04-25-2016 07:13 PM

I’ll just keep usin’ my old General turret style doweling jig. $12.00, and it still works after all these years.
Bill

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#14 posted 04-25-2016 07:33 PM

I have it and really like it. That being said, I do find it limited sometimes and not as multipurpose as I had hoped.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 04-25-2016 07:36 PM


I ll just keep usin my old General turret style doweling jig. $12.00, and it still works after all these years.
Bill

- Bill White

Maybe I’m wrong but the Triton and Mefell double dowers while could be used for some other things but it look to me to be primarily for build boxes. Something your 12.00 jig would not excel at.

The huge difference in price between Trition and Mafell is probably how accurately they can place holes. If the holes can not be placed quickly and accurately what good are they to the small shop making doweled cabinet boxes.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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