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Forum topic by Douglas Bordner posted 03-03-2012 04:47 PM 2458 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Douglas Bordner

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03-03-2012 04:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router question

Sadly my PC 690 is getting a bit weary after 14 years hanging under the table in the garage.

Tell me what you know about Triton’s line up, old or new from your own perspective as an owner.
Conversely, if you think they suck, and have a non-Festool, non router-motor/separate lift table favorite, I’m all ears. I’d like to go a minimum of 2HP or equivalent.

Thanks Lumberjocks for your time and thoughts on the matter.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.


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#1 posted 03-03-2012 05:49 PM

I’ve had the MOF001 in a router table for about a year. Plenty powerful for my needs, and all adjustments happen above table.

It IS a little awkward, but its probably just me. I’m nit-picking here.

1. To get the height winder forward of the fence, the switch winds up at the back of the table. When you raise the bit to lock the collet, the switch turns off, and a little door slides over the switch. Very safe, but awkward to turn back on.

2. To change bits you have to raise the bit to lock the collet. If I’m doing rails and stiles, this is (sometimes) exactly what I do NOT want to do. Again, not a deal-breaker, but it would be even nicer to be able to change bits without changing height setting (that is, an alternate collet lock).

I think that to get everything I’d really like, I’d need to get me an electronic, digital lift – rather than a built-in, above table height changer. Well, if I ever win the lottery and there’s any money left over after payiing off bills – I’m probably still too “frugal” to ever buy such a thing anyway.

Triton’s a very good router (best of the 5 that I own).

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 06:27 PM

Thanks. Jim. I’ve only got three, including a Dremel on Stew-Mac’s base and a PC trimmer. If I hit the lotto I’d like a bunch more. That little DeWalt plunge looks sweet, and then if I got the Powerball—Festool.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 06:41 PM

I have been using a Bosch 1617 router in my table for over 4 years and it is a workhorse and I am very satisfied with it. I also have a PC 7815 router hooked to another router lift plate that I can put in the table if I need more power for raised panels but it seldom gets used.
I have a Triton plunge router i bought onsale about 6 months ago but it have never seen any use yet so I can’t say much about it.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 06:51 PM

Thanks, Greg. Good to “see” you.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 08:37 PM

Hi Doug,

You may as well save your money on the power ball…I’m gonna win it! but I’ll buy you a nice Festool router.

lol

Lee

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 09:48 PM

That’s funny Lee, because I thought I had the winner in my sights.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 10:05 PM

Douglas: I had a Ryobi in my Router table and the bearing started to go and after running for a while I could smell Electric smoke. Turn it off and wait awhile and I was good to go for a while.

I finally decided to swap it out. I bought a Hitachi at Big Blue for a very reasonable price. I’ve got a raiser as part of my router lift so I don’t do it as part of the router. It seems to be working fine but it’s less than 1 year old.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 10:16 PM

I have had three bosch 1617evs. Very comfortable to use. however, I burned one out in a year. Another, still works after two years, but he bushings are going to need to be replaced. The third one works perfectly, oddly enough, it is the one that I have abused the most and had for almost 4 years now. Its a shame I’ve had varying results from this. I liked the first one so much I went out and purchased two more. Unfortunately, that did not work out so well.

I have a freud 2200 plunge router. This thing is a beast. IT is heavy and slightly awkward to use, however, it is more than powerful enough for almost every application. Changing out bits and the on/off switch location are two of my favorite features.

I’ve used the porter cable 690’s. They are nice and versatile for light to medium duty routing. To be honest, I wish I bought a pair of those, rather than the last two bunk bosch routers I picked up.

Hope that helps you with your decision douglas. Good luck & Happy woodworking

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 11:27 PM

Doug, I’ve had a ‘Makita’ for many years. Has not missed a beat. Very tough & durable. Worth the extra dollars.
Good luck in whatever you choose.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 11:32 PM

I have an 3 HP Triton. I’ve had trouble with dust gumming up the rack & pinion. I’ve cleaned it out once, but it’s starting to work hard again, so I guess I’ll have to clean it again. I think I’ll remove it as my table router, because its a pain cleaning it. I don’t know how the dust gets in there. It seems to be a design flaw.

-- -** 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 03-04-2012 12:42 AM

I have the two larger Tritons and have both mounted. The 3 1/4hp model is in my router table extension of my TS and the 2 1/4hp model is in my horizontal mortising machine. Both work as designed, though I do NOT care for the stock 1 1/4in dust hose as it is worthless. The routers themselves work very well, especially after Triton upgraded their worm gear from plastic to metal. I reviewed that upgrade here.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 01:44 AM

Mike that was one of my fears, so thanks for that!! Thanks for the excellent links.
If they have an on-shore presence in the US that is even better – that was a second concern.
I wish Woodcraft had them on-sale today.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 03-04-2012 01:52 AM

Doug,
I was able to build a very efficient dust collection system into my horizontal mortising machine (in the neighborhood of 90-95%). Knowing this, I would imagine that could also be done on any shop-built router table. Having one of my routers hanging under a cast iron extension, a good DC system for that would take some extra thought for the underside of the extension. The router fence DC on my router extension does work well though. A rough estimate of overall dust control on that router would be in the ~60-70% range.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 03-04-2012 04:51 AM

Thanks all! Dick and grumpy especially nice to see you!
Went with the 3.5 Triton – which was on sale at Woodcraft after all.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 03-04-2012 05:25 AM

Good luck with the new toy Doughie.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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