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Forum topic by raf posted 05-17-2009 05:23 AM 3554 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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raf

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05-17-2009 05:23 AM

I have the 2 1/4 hp triton router with the above the table height adjustment. I’ve had it for a couple of months and it’s been working fine up until a couple weeks ago when I started having a problem with the lift mechanism.

Basically what happens is that when the router is in the table, the weight seems to be causing the fine adjustment mechanism to skip at the end of its full rotation, which means I can’t raise the router. It lowers without a problem.

If I reach under the table and support the router with my hand (which takes the weight off the lift mechanism) and then turn the fine adjustment handle it works fine.

I just wanted to to know if anybody has had any similar issues with this router.

Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 05-17-2009 05:30 AM

Hey Raf
Here’s what I found with my Triton is that the router won;t raise unless the plastic cover to the switch is closed once the switch is in the off possession . After that the router raised and lowered fine.

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#2 posted 05-17-2009 03:47 PM

I have the same router and no problem. But I do have a fuzzy recollection of reading something about the problem you describe a while back. I want to say it had something to do with a spring in fine-adjustment assembly.

I don’t remember the specifics….try Googling it.

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 03:59 PM

I Just remembered something else: Did you remove the plunge spring before you table-mounted the router?

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 05:05 AM

Thanks guys…

I checked the plastic cover on the switch and it was closed. The plunge spring was also taken out.

I did find a discussion on another site:
http://www.mv.com/users/besposito/woodworking/incra/rtew_wonderfence_pg2.html (scroll about half way down the page)
http://www.woodworkforums.ubeaut.com.au/showthread.php?t=74228

Seems to be the same problem. The cause appears to be related to the router table insert not being flat, which in turn distorts the posts of the router enough to bind the lift mechanism. I have the Rousseau plate that I bought at woodcraft and sure enough, it’s not flat. I tried shimming between the router and the base plate but that didn’t work either.

Next step will be taking the thing apart, which I really didn’t want to do. I found some detailed instructions on how to do that.
http://www.raygirling.com/dismtra1.htm

On a brighter note, it may just be the perfect excuse to but the unilift from woodpeckers which actually works with the triton. :)

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raf

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#5 posted 05-28-2009 03:48 PM

Just FYI in case somebody runs into this issue.

I managed to solve the problem by blowing compressed air into the lift mechanism from the top of the router. I guess I’ll just have remember to do that from time to time to keep it clear of sawdust.

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 02:54 PM

I’m having this issue now. I was about to order the replacement parts for the worm gear drive on the fine adjust but I’ll wait after seeing that it is not necessarily a broken gear. I do leave the spring in all the time. Is that bad?

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raf

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 04:20 PM

spaids – the compressed air trick worked for a little while, but I utlimately had to call triton (now HTC) and they sent me a brand new part since it was still under warranty. After replacing that a few months ago, the adjustment has been working like a charm…no problems at all. I’ll send you a pm with the contact information for the person I dealt with (not sure if she would appreciate me posting her direct phone number, email, etc…so I’ll just send it separately).

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#8 posted 10-26-2010 04:29 PM

spaids – leaving the spring in is not ‘bad’ per se, but it just adds more resistance for the lift mechanism to have to deal with – since the router is upside down it already has gravity to deal with. taking the spring out just makes it a bit easier to adjust height

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raf

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#9 posted 10-26-2010 04:38 PM

I agree…just be careful when you take the spring out…it comes out in a hurry :) (Dont ask how I know this)

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#10 posted 11-02-2010 07:02 PM

Just to recap how my issue went.

After getting in touch with Triton I was sent a metal replacement, for the plastic original, fine adjustment gear. For FREE! No questions asked other than my mailing address. I’ll try to get it swapped out tonight or tomorrow. I feel much better about putting a metal part in for a broken plastic part.

Thanks for the help.

PS They shipped my part and had it to me in less than a week.

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spaids

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#11 posted 11-05-2010 01:18 PM

Extra Parts? The new metal worm gear that replaces the plastic one also came with a washer. I can’t figure out what thats for. Any ideas?

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#12 posted 11-05-2010 04:12 PM

Hey spaids—when did you buy this router? I seem to remember they’re in their 2nd version of these routers. I’m NOT in the market for a router right now, but might be on the 2nd half of 2011. Thanks.

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#13 posted 11-05-2010 04:19 PM

I picked this up about two years ago. I like it. I find the soft start a little bit hard but manageable. Its the fact that it came with the accessories that it did and its table mounted performance that make me so happy with it. Above the table height adjustment and bit changes are terrific. The hand held plunge work I feel is standard. So all in all it averages out to above standard performance and features.

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