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Forum topic by williams posted 04-29-2010 08:37 AM 1114 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2010 08:37 AM

Is there other 2-1/4 recommended routers besides the Triton that have winding handle adjust from top of table? I like the Triton MOF001C from what I read. And the top of table adjust seems like a really nice feature for me so I don’t need to buy a lift. Is the micro adjust good on this? I notice the bigger 3hp brother shows 1/128 micro adjust, but they don’t call out this on the 2hp model. Why don’t more routers have the winding top feature – seems like a no brainer.

Also, is there anything I can’t do with a 2.25hp router? At some point, I want to do some raised panel projects, but no production work. Do I need a 3hp? Would to avoid if possible. tia

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 04:07 PM

Few months ago, I bought the Triton 2-1/4 HP router from a seller who lives not too far away from where you are at. Recently, I had put it in my router table, replacing a Hitachi 2.25 hp router, and I instantly started appreciating the micro adjustment capability. The other day, I was doing some rabbet cuts using a straight edge bit. The amount of precision the Triton offered in terms of adjusting height was far superior than what the Hitachi could ever do. On the Hitachi, I had to turn the motor body under the table to raise or lower the bit. Not very accurate and definitely not very convenient.

The Micro adjustment on the Triton is very good. There are markings on the winding handle to measure how much you are winding. I believe each marking translates to 1/128” but I haven’t measured it. There is one thing I have noticed that when I lock the plunge lock (can’t recall exactly what Triton calls it), the bit moves slightly. I am not sure if other Triton users experience the same or not. On my Hitachi one, the bit movement was lot more evident, one of the reasons why precision adjust was such a hassle.

As for the power of the 2.25HP, it sufficient for my use, but I don’t do any raised panel projects. I would imagine taking smaller cuts at a time would allow the 2.25 one to do raised panels, but I have no experience.

Somewhere I read that the Ridgid 2.25HP router has above the table bit height adjustment.

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 04:25 PM

FYI, the Bosch 2.25hp router fixed base also has above table micro-adjust capabilities, and also some of the Porter cables have the same functionality. however, they are not infinite adjustments like on the Triton.

I recently got the Triton 3.25hp router to be permanently put into my router table – the height adjustment and above table bit change are fantastic! I also have the Bosch which I used to use in the router table but found it to be a bit inconvenient to change height and bits and it’ll now be dedicated for freehand work.

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 04:55 PM

the newer freud model does this as well. also above the table bit changes – you pretty much dont have to ever remove it. its a very good table router actually, better than it is for plunging.

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 05:14 PM

I have a Craftsman brand router that has through the table fine adjustment with an allen wrench. I believe it’s identical to the Bosch model Purplev mentioned.

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