Why are the big brands not offering Triton Router features

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Forum topic by lashing posted 11-24-2010 02:25 AM 1418 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2010 02:25 AM

I’ve had a Triton 2.5 HP router for several years. It has all the features I want in a router. It’s a little plastic and “hobbiest” in build though and slightly underpowered for my taste.

I’m wondering if any tool designers are out there who can tell me why brands like Makita, PC, Hitachi etc are not offering the features of the Triton in their usually pro level package.

For instance; above the table bit change. Above the table height adjustment.

These features have come in handy countless times for me. Why isn’t everyone doing it? Must be a reason.

I know people will start talking lifts. I can’t tell you how many laughs I’ve gotten out of people paying more for a lift then their router. Especially when my Triton is very easy to make minute adjustments as is. Why would I spend $400 on a lift when it’s possible to just put it on the router?

I figure there must be some reason. I’m a pro level user and you won’t catch me buying a “lift” package. It’s like the old example of the US spending millions to make a pen that writes in space and the Russians using a pencil.

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 02:32 AM

I’ve wondered the same thing many times. The Freud FT1700 and FT3000 offer a similar set of above table features that the Tritons do, but no others I know of offer a collet that extends above the table for those easy one handed bit changes. Several offer above table height adjustment, but you still need to unlock it from underneath.

I have an excellent Milwaukee 5625 for my router table, but I tend to use my smaller 13 amp Freud FT1700 in my table most of the time because I really like the host of above table features.

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 02:46 AM

I think Woodcraft still carries it…

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 02:48 AM

I haven’t bought a router in 25 years. I used to use my Makita R2D2 looking 1 hp and the Hitachi TR-12 when I worked as a carpenter. We used the old Rockwell D handle routers in the shop a lot but, other than early Makita plunge routers, I don’t have much experience with the new ones. Now I have a pattern need and would like to find something durable, variable speed and with a D handle configuration. Any recommendations?

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 04:48 AM

My Bosch has above the table adjustment. I’m not sure, but, judging from my industry, a lot of the good sellers, porter cable etc. probably don’t retool for new models more then a couple time a decade. I would imagine you’ll see this more common in the future.

Also, the million dollar NASA space pen is a myth. NASA spent $129 for a pencils early in the space program, most of the cost due to redesigns for use with large space gloves, but, the space pen was privately funded.

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 01:42 PM

my Bosch has above table adjustments aswell, though i have never used it that way. it’s a good selling point, but in reality i don’t think everybody is convinced of the actual utility.
- with a router table the fence is usually close to the bit, or over it. wich means you need to move away the fence to get good access, and lose your setting.
-when adjusting the bit height you usually need to sit prone, so you can see the height, or measure it. while you are prone, it’s is just as easy, if not more, to just set the height with the turning knob underneath, instead of having to use a separate tool from above.

all this makes that i just take out the router and set it on my bench to change the bit. it’s faster and my settings are preserved.

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 04:39 PM

No tool designers here? I can speculate all day but it would be nice to here from those sending the plans to the factories in China.

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