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03-14-2013 01:44 PM

Anybody know where Triton tools are made? I’m looking at the spindle sander and it appears to be a decent value.

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 01:49 PM

I believe that Triton is an Austrian company. I think that my router was made there.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 01:54 PM

Triton is an Australian company and I believe many of their tools, including the routers, are made there.

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 01:56 PM

They are designed in Australia according to their website. Probably made in China or Taiwan. If you are looking for a spindle sander I would recommend the Ridgid. Has a spindle and a oscillating belt.

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 02:02 PM

The Triton spindle sander is a clone of several others that are made in China, including one sold at Harbor Freight. Its table is too small in my opinion.

I bought the Ridgid spindle sander 2 times and had to take it back both times because the spindle wasn’t straight and excessive rattling. The table is flimsy in my opinion and I’d rather have a nice big cast iron plate than a foldable thin one that is a pain to align.

If a spinde sander is what you need, I’d advise you to look at the Craftsman, which is a clone of the Powertec OS1000. I’m very happy with mine, it works well, and has a large cast iron table. It also comes with an extra spindle that is larger than the biggest one on the Ridgid, up to 3 inches. It sometimes goes on sale, like the rest. I bought mine when it was 199.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 02:13 PM

Triton sander

ShopFox sander

Rockwell Shop Series

Hmmm, I sense a theme, thanks for the reminder from LeChuck. Since I know the Shopfox and Rockwell are made in China, I’m going to assume the same on the Triton. The Harbor Freight one is dark blue. How many different colors can you make the base of the same spindle sander?

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 02:35 PM

Looks like I need to keep up the search a while longer. For me the rigid wasn’t even a consideration. Everything I’ve bought from them was immediately returned.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 03:24 PM

I have been using the Rigid spindle/belt sander for about 6 years now. It is starting to make noises it probably shouldn’t. I really use it a lot. I plan on replacing it with the same if I cannot fix it when the noise stops.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 04:11 PM

Ridgid has the advantage of an oscillating belt sander. The large end of the belt is a 3” diameter.
It works great, and I wouldn’t want to give up the belt feature, which I use 95% of the time.

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ldl

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 05:07 PM

+1 Willie. I have the Rigid and use the belt sander almost exclusively. With the 2 diff pulley sizes on the belt attachment you can go around most corners and when you need to go inside it has plenty of sizes for that too. It’s like everything else though no machine will fit every circumstance but this one comes close. I would trade the larger drum for the belt any day.

JMHO

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iamwelty

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 06:39 PM

Australia. I really like my Triton router. I also really like my Ridgid oscillating sander.

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 12:47 AM

I’ve been using my Ridgid over 5 years and it works perfectly. I’ll buy another if it croaks.(besides I have umpteen gizillon belts for it)

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#12 posted 03-15-2013 12:51 AM

I thought Triton tools were on a par with Festool.

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#13 posted 03-15-2013 12:58 AM

I don’t think Triton is anywhere close to Festool in quality or price….......

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#14 posted 03-15-2013 01:58 AM

For what it’s worth, I’ve owned the Craftsman spindle sander since it was new on the market. Seems like over 20 years, but I can’t be sure. I have nothing but good to say about it. Rock solid. I’ve never had a problem with it.

When the oscillating spindle and belt sanders hit the street, I started having second thoughts. But I found that my bench top belt sander worked fine and I was happy to stick with my Craftsman spindle sander.

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#15 posted 03-15-2013 02:22 AM

Jay T- Those appear identical to my Harbor Freight OSS (except for the color).

I think the HF OSS is one of their better power tools. Mine sees a lot of use and has held up very well.

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