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Forum topic by Crickett posted 12-08-2014 05:35 PM 977 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2014 05:35 PM

I have been beating my head against the wall for some time trying to figure out which router table, lift, or package I wanted to buy. After reading countless reviews and doing a lot of research, I wound up putting together the Kreg router table with the 3 1/4hp Triton router with built in lift. I saved hundreds by not having to buy a lift (I was already planning to buy a dedicated router for the table anyways). Anyways, I wanted to throw this out there to any possibly considering what router package to go with. After 3 weeks of making moldings and trim, I’m extrermely happy with my purchase and its ease of use.

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 08:27 PM

I’m really glad to hear this. I just received my Triton 3.25 horse router this morning, and I’ll be putting it in my Bosch RA1181 router table mounted in my table saw wing. I had the same thought as you: for the cost of finagling a lift for my Bosch 1617, I figured I might was well just get a beefier router with a better built-in lift.

I’m just hoping it won’t be too difficult to drill out holes in the Bosch table to mount the Triton.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#2 posted 12-09-2014 01:08 AM

Thanks or the recommendation. I am finishing up my router table build this week. I was going to purchase a lift but I think I will go by HD and take a look at the Triton 3.25 to put in the table.

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#3 posted 12-09-2014 12:26 PM

This is interesting. Does the built-in lift raise it high enough to do above-table bit changes?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#4 posted 12-09-2014 02:56 PM

I have the Triton in an Incra router plate… very nice setup.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#5 posted 12-09-2014 03:08 PM

JeffP- The built-in lift gives the router the same range of motion as plunging, so there’s more than enough travel to change bits above the table. It also only requires one hand (the one holding the wrench) to change the bits so there’s no finagling with the router under the table when you’re trying to change bits.

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#6 posted 12-10-2014 08:47 PM

Sorry for the long delay in responding. Yes, the collet fully extends past the mounting plate (remove reducer rings first of course), and in this top position it has a built in collet lock which allows you to loosen/tighten it with one hand/wrench. I was rather amazed when I saw the large amount of travel built into this router. You also get the long micro-adjuster wrench for above-table fine adjustments. Another nice thing is that Kreg offers their router plates “pre-drilled” for the Triton router as well to eliminate any potential issues with drilling a mounting plate. I also downloaded and buillt the router storage cabinet plan from Kregs website which was created for this table. I think it’s the best package in terms of total value on the market.

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#7 posted 12-10-2014 09:18 PM

I agree, a router with a built-in lift is a great way to go. I happen to use a Freud FT1700 in a BenchDog table, but it is the exact same idea. If you’ve ever used a router in a table that doesn’t have above-the-table features, you can really appreciate the difference.
Good choice.

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