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Forum topic by mrg posted 04-06-2016 06:41 PM 933 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2016 06:41 PM

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Hi all,

I read the Triton reviews on here and they are a bit dated.

I am looking for a bit of insight on the Triton TRA001 3 1/4 hrs router. I am looking for user experience/opinions on this router. How has it held up? Is it a good router for a router table? Do you use it in your table and how do you like the raise and lowering functionality from the top.

Would you buy this router again? Suggest another router for table use?

I am just finishing up my router table build and want to get a dedicated router and this seems to fit the bill. I have a Porter Cable PK 892 with plunge and fixed base. The bit changing is a pain in the butt even with the spindle lock. Holding the lock and trying to loosen the collet is not as easy as one would hope. You still need three hands.

-- mrg

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 07:16 PM

So far so good with the 2 I have. One is for my router table and the other is for my router sled table.

It has plenty of power. I haven’t had it choke on me yet on the router table. On heavy cuts with the 1 1/2” flat bottom bit it can slow down but it has never quit.

Above table adjustment is pretty easy. One thing I found that the spindle automatically locks when the bit is raised up all the way so you don’t need a hand to hold a wrench while using another to loosen the collet.

If you do use it for the router table though, you pretty much have to leave it there. For using the above the table adjustments, you have to remove a spring from the plunge assembly, so if you were to want to take it out and use it free hand, you’d have to do some reassembly.

All in all, I like it and am considering another one for some other projects I have as well.

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 07:50 PM

I’m happy with mine but it is the only large router I’ve used. My other router is an older PC 690 with fixed base only. I have the router in an open table so I find I’m reaching under the table for adjusting height as much or more than using the above table. When router is setup for mounting in table, you can rotate one of the handles/knobs for a rack and pinion gear type lift. I usually reach under table and use that feature along with the fine adjustment knob under the table. The above table adjustment uses same adjusting as the fine adjustment knob so it is slower for “gross” adjustments.

The arbor lock is great! On the old 690, I had to use 2 wrenches and it is a pain. With the Triton, raise it all the way up and arbor is locked.

If used in a table, be sure to attach to an external switch. The triton has a safety cover over the switch that can take a little fumbling when it is below the table. You do have to physically place switch in off position to change bits using the arbor lock.

I would definitely buy it again. I’ve used for some hand held work – mortises, shelf pin holes, etc – and while heavy it isn’t totally unmanageable. I like the edge guide and collar guides.

I would like to eventually get the next size smaller for hand held work and leave the big one in the router table.

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 07:52 PM

PS – I’ve used the 1/4” collet and had no issues. Some reviewers have had problems with the 1/4” one slipping since it is a adapter sleeve type.

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#4 posted 04-06-2016 08:12 PM

I’ve had mine in a table for years now. It’s never been a problem, and never been short on power.

I seldom use the 1/4” collet, but I’ve never had a problem with either.

I do agree with AZWoody: put it in the table and leave it there.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 11:59 PM

I have a Triton TRA001 router and really like it. I did break a 1/4 inch bit once with it. I inserted the bit into the router and did not notice that the bit was touching the wood. When I turned on the router on it broke the shaft. It has a soft start so I didn’t get a jerk from the router as it started to spin up, but it had no problem breaking the shaft. OOPS! I have also had the bit walk up or down while using it so I don’t use the 1/4 inch adapter any more. having the bit change depths while working might be more my fault then anything else but for now I will stick with 1/2 inch shaft bits for now.

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#6 posted 04-07-2016 01:11 AM

I have the triton router mounted in a table and use it for making raised panel doors. I also have porter cable 690 mounted in a table I use it for round overs, chamfers and other edge routing. I would get the triton if your mounting it in a table.

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#7 posted 04-07-2016 02:00 AM

I also have it mounted in my router table and it does a very good with plenty of power and easy of adjustment. I like most of us have collected additional routers and this is the best for the table I have found so far. I would not tend to use it out of the table because of its size and weight but that could be because I have other options rather than it true functionality.

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#8 posted 04-07-2016 11:30 AM

The Triton router is one of the best routers I have purchased. Always up to the task at hand and a pleasure to use.

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#9 posted 04-07-2016 09:50 PM

Everybody, thank you for your input I will be getting this router for my table.

-- mrg

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#10 posted 04-08-2016 12:34 AM

Yep I’m happy with mine. The above table adjustments are very easy, soft start is nice, no complaints here.

-- @craftcollectif ,,

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#11 posted 04-08-2016 03:46 AM

I have it and it works great. Enough power and the heigh adjustment is easy and accurate. It makes me wonder why anyone would ever spend money on a lift (I know why, but it’s a great buy). Be sure to remove the spring in the plunge base before you use it in the table. Also, Incra makes a great plate. You’ll have to drill a hole in it to make over the table adjustments.

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#12 posted 04-08-2016 05:20 AM

I had the TRA001 3 1/4 HP machine hanging under my router table for a few years. I never liked the way the raising and lowering knobs worked. Finally got rid of it on Craig’s list and bought the 3 1/4 HP PC machine with a Woodpecker lift. Now I never think about the router at all. It just does its job without complaining. Everyone else on this planet loves their Triton, I can not explain it but I’m happy To be rid of mine.

-- Ken

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