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02-01-2007 08:21 AM

anyone have experience with a triton router? Am in the market for a good router, primarily for table use.


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#1 posted 02-01-2007 09:02 AM

Yes, I’ve owned the larger one for four years. It’s a great router for the table, but I think the newer smaller one is even better as it has a raise and lower feature through the table. It has a number of other unique features.

The bit can be changed from above the table and requires only one wrench to do so. It is impossible to remove the bit without putting the route in safety mode which means that you can’t inadvertently start it up when changing the bit. It has a great micro-adjustment that works throughout the whole range of the raise and lower. It’s a plunge router with a soft start which means when using it free hand, it won’t be wrenched out of your hands when powering it up. It has good dust extraction, a easy to use fence and a circle cutting attachment. Of course it’s variable speed. It was rated by a number of reviewers as the best value for money on the market.

I highly recommend it – another great Aussie design.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#2 posted 02-01-2007 11:26 AM

I haven’t had any experience yet with the triton, but the school here in Tasmania is getting a triton and a triton router table here in the next couple of weeks. I have to admit that I am excited to use it. The write up about it in the latest Fine Woodworking says that it is the best router out there right now. So I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’ll let you know when I do.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 02-01-2007 04:07 PM

So… being made in Australia, does it spin in the opposite direction, like water going down the drain, Don?

Kidding… I tried to recommend my little brother pick one up – he’s looking for a good router he can use by hand and in a table and I’d just read the review in Fine Woodworking.

Ok, and I wanted him to buy one first so I could check it out… hey, what are big brother’s for?

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#4 posted 02-01-2007 04:38 PM

Ethan,
A good Lumberjock would suggest a fine tool for his little brother and then borrow it for about 6 months to make sure it could handle the grind, then give it back to him and go buy a new one… THEN, post a review of the item. HAHAHAHA !!!

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Ethan Sincox

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#5 posted 02-01-2007 07:22 PM

I tried walking off with one of his tools before, Obi… I didn’t get far. He might be my little brother, but he’s much, much larger than me.

I’m still trying to talk him into the Triton, though. The price really can’t be beat, for what it is supposed to offer!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#6 posted 02-01-2007 07:27 PM

Let me see if I can help you out … I saw a site that tested and reviewed them … He (your Bigger little brother) doesnt come in here does he?

Found it … go here

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#7 posted 02-01-2007 07:31 PM

Nope; he’s a bit of a neanderthal when it comes to the internet.

I suppose it doesn’t help when I remap his keyboard and switch his mouse buttons on him when he’s not around… But I could always print out review info and send it to him via snail mail, Obi. I sent him the review from Fine Woodworking already; I think he just needs to save up the money. He has a little boy, a wife out of work (w/compound fracture of the lower right leg), and a baby on the way, so he tries to be careful with his money. I told him if he didn’t get it by next Christmas that I’d work with mom and dad to see about getting him one.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#8 posted 02-01-2007 11:19 PM

Quote Kaleo: ”...but the school here in Tasmania is getting a triton and a triton router table here in the next couple of weeks.”

Kaleo, you will love the router, but I strongly advise against the Triton Router Table. I speak from bitter experience. Also, having been associated with a club that used a lot of Triton equipment, I can attest to the general dissatisfaction of those members who wanted to do fine woodworking.

It fails at a number of levels. The surface is not flat, The surface flexes, The black insert disk that fits around the router bit hole table doesn’t sit flush with the table, plus other minor annoyances.

Triton’s tables are entry level devices made of pressed steel, reinforced with square steel tube sections. There is simply not enough rigidity in pressed metal to make a suitable stable router-table. And in an effort to feature up the table they have constructed the top from a number of sections. Although the fit of one section to the other is very close, it only requires a .5mm variance to have a negative impact on routing.

I gave the table away to be used by friend as a base for a properly engineered router table top. I do like the fence, and kept this to be used on my Incra Router Table when not using the Incra Jig.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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bud

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#9 posted 02-02-2007 04:39 AM

Thanks for advice, taking look at the router, but wlill pass on table. Copied a set of plans from one magzine that had a good looking portable table which I intend to reseach further. Also one of the articles somone put me onto said to get heavier plate for table top mount because of flexing problem with heavy router .
thanks again; very much appreciate your interest!
bud

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#10 posted 02-07-2007 12:45 AM

Don
I had the same problem with my Rockler table. Those cheap plastic reducer disks are lousy.
Those companies must use the same inserts.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 02-07-2007 01:01 AM

Why a company that makes arguably the best router in the market would sell a poor router table is beyond me.

The table surface I now use is this one. Combine it with this and you’ve got the perfect tabletop.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#12 posted 03-01-2007 01:31 AM

Hi,

I’ve got the little one, and it’s great, except for two things thus far.

1. The template bushingss are not the strongest, rigid components. I have found that they deflect a bit when in use, and I’ve chipped the inside of the guide busing. They use a wagon wheel design, and the spokes flex a bit. Ouch!

2. The fence is difficult to align exactly perpendicular to the bit. You need at least three hands to do it.

jp

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