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Forum topic by david_larch posted 01-15-2013 04:55 AM 3180 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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david_larch

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01-15-2013 04:55 AM

Hi gang

All of the reviews on the Triton routers have aged a bit so I wanted to solicit input on the MOF001 2.25hp and TRA001 3.25 routers. I will be mounting in a table so the above table adjustments are appealing. If you have either or both and any info to share that could help me decide between the two models I would appreciate it.
Thanks.

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NiteWalker

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 04:58 AM

Other than the size they’re pretty identical.
I used to have the 2,25 HP version and for hand held use loved it. Plenty of power and very easy to adjust and use.

For table use I’d go for the big one.
IIRC triton had some parent company issues, but kreg tool is the US distributor of triton tools now.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 05:04 AM

I have the 2.25 HP version mounted on a table and I’ve had no issues with it. It has plenty of power, but a few extra hoses never hurt anybody.

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david_larch

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 05:07 AM

I’ve read the manuals for both and noticed that the larger model doesn’t note having the through table crank like the smaller model. I think I’ve read reviews stating it is now included. Can anyone verify?

NW and bladedust- thanks for the input.

I’m leaning to the little guy but not by much. I think I’ve seen more favorable reviews more recently is all.

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 05:30 AM

After inspecting at a store, I was not impressed with the Triton. It won a tool review a while back, so I took a look. Specifically, it felt top heavy and the plunge release knob felt chintsy.
I decided on the Freud FT 1700 VCE, which also has the full above the table adjustments. You can raise/lower the bit, change bits, and lock/unlock the collet with an included wrench.
The Freud also has a larger opening at its base. The Triton wouldn’t fit my largest panel raising bit.
The collet lock on the Freud is also excellent.
I own Dewalt, Bosch, and Freud routers so I am no Triton expert. However the quality of that plunge release seemed so cheap, I didn’t want to go any further.
The Freud is worth a look.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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knotscott

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 11:13 AM

In a table, there’s next to no disadvantage going with the larger motor other than price difference. The smaller motor will work much harder over it’s life.

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iamwelty

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 12:18 PM

I have had the big Triton table mounted for several years. Works great! It does have above table crank- an auto lock that engages for bit changing- a quick raise/lower crank and a powerful motor. I’d definately go big for the table. They have good customer service too.

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 02:58 PM

Willie, I don’t think freud routers are available any more.

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bondogaposis

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 03:37 PM

I strongly believe that putting a plunge router in a table is a waste as you can’t use many of the plunge features while it is mounted in a table. Why not get a cheaper, non plunge router for in table use?

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 03:54 PM

I have the bigger one mounted in a table that I built a couple of years ago. Wrote a review about bit tightening here some time ago and I have not been able to resolve the problem.
It is fine with the half inch bits but when I use a quarter inch bit with their adapter the bits slip and come loose. They simply will not tighten and I’ve tried new collets and bigger wrenches with no luck.
A couple of others have commented also. Their Customer Service was sorry for my trouble and sent a new collet but it did not help.
I would not recommend the Triton

My prior review is here
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1974

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#10 posted 01-15-2013 03:55 PM

I have both and use them quite a bit although the big one is in my table. One of the advantages is that you don’t need to buy a lift and it adjusts from the top of the table. For delicate hand held routing I just purchased the Bosch Colt that comes with 3 bases and I will get the plunge base some time later. The 2.25 is still a great router for large flat work.

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 01-15-2013 08:46 PM

bondogaposis, the tritons were designed to be very table friendly routers and even include instructions for table use in the manuals.

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#12 posted 01-15-2013 09:19 PM

I have BOTH routers. I have the 3 1/4hp in my router extension on the TS, and it kicks butt there. I have the 2 1/4hp as handheld now. Used to have it in my horizontal mortising machine but got a double based Ridgid and have it splitting duties in the mortiser. I like them both.

A couple of years ago, I did a review on the 3 1/4hp model HERE. This was at a time when Triton had just completed an upgrade to this router by replacing a plastic gear lift with a metal one. All are metal geared lifts now.

Look closely and you can see both routers, one in/under the TS extension, and the other in the mortiser:

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#13 posted 01-15-2013 09:38 PM

I have the 2 1/4 Triton and have had in it use for a number of years with out problems.

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iamwelty

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 01:59 AM

Bondo- Why a plunge router in a table??? So that bit height adjustment is easy! The Triton provides that without the need of an additional raiser. Try it- you’ll like it!

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HorizontalMike

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#15 posted 01-16-2013 03:17 AM

Bondo,
Here is a view of the Triton ‘above-table’ crank. I had to drill through the cast iron top, nearly using all of my drill index, but it was well worth it.

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

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