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Forum topic by vr6slper posted 03-17-2009 04:13 AM 1021 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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vr6slper

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03-17-2009 04:13 AM

I am debating on getting the Triton 2 1/4 hp or the 3 1/4 hp. I am leaning towards the 3 1/4 because the bench dog pro plate already come pre drilled for the 3 1/4. I would appreciate the advice.

Thanks

Dan


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#1 posted 03-17-2009 04:30 AM

I ended up buying the 2 1/4 because of the above-the-table adjustment feature…not 100% sure, but I don’t think you can change the bit height from above the table with the 3 1/4 hp model.

here are two extensive reviews I found

http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/tritonrouter2.htm

http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/tritonrouter.htm

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 05:36 AM

I have the 3hp and I’m a little annoyed lately. I find the locking lever isn’t working properly and allowing the router to slip. I noticed while cutting a rabbet and the bit started coming up through the wood. I should check and see if I’m still under warrenty.

Oh I’ve also had issues with the adjustment lock built into the handle. Sometimes it gets jammed and takes a bit of force and fumbling to get it to pop back out.

Sorry, I can’t really recommend this to you. I read some good reviews before I bought it and it seemed like it would be perfect; unfortunately not.

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 02:12 PM

Its very odd but it seems that Triton designed the 2 1/4 router more for table use than they did the 3 1/4. I have the 2 1/4 Triton and in the table its awesome. Here’s why: It comes standard with a hand crank that you can slip through a hole in the top of the table and you can adjust the bit height through its full range from above the table. You can also do one wrench bit changes from above the table. This is not just because of the included crank but the design that makes it possible. Now get this… the 3 1/4, the one that is obviously designed for table use, CAN NOT DO THAT STUFF! It completely nuts… I know. Why Triton would leave these features out of the 3 1/4 hp router is completely beyond and reason I can comprehend. If your only going to have one router get the 2 1/4 hp.

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spaids

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 02:15 PM

oh yea… I reviewed the 2 1/4 a while back.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/448

I wasn’t crazy about one aspect of the plunge depth settings, and I’m still not, but due to its table use over all I love this router.

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 02:53 PM

I have the 2 1/4 table mounted and love it. I would NEVER go back to a router that didn’t offer the convenience of above-the-table height adjustment and bit changes. (Unless of course I was going to invest in an expensive lift system to make those things possible.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 03:16 PM

I have both and love them.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 03-18-2009 12:38 AM

VR6SLPER:
The bolt patterns for both the 2 1/4 and 3 1/4 router bases are the same.
And to eveyone else reading this topic and own a table router i hope you use the lock lever. That could be your movement problem. So you all see you have to reach under to lock anyway.

Any way i have both size routers, the 2 1/4 still amazes me. But the 3 1/4 is what i use in the table, next best thing to a shaper, what a hog it is.

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#8 posted 03-18-2009 01:33 AM

The triton doesn’t do above the table lock along with height adjustment like the Freud?

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