Triton 3-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router
With its awesome power and suite of unique, user-friendly adjustments, the Triton TRA001 Dual-Mode Plunge Router more than deserves the praise it's been getting. Depth adjustments are a breeze with the unique "winder handle" - just squeeze the router's handle and turn to raise or lower, then use the micro-adjustment knob to dial in the final setting. You can also turn a dial to use the standard free-plunge adjustment. A turret system allows you to dial in two preset settings. Soft-start variable speed motor provides smooth, even power regardless of load. Bit changes are easy, one-wrench affairs - the spindle lock automatically engages when the spindle is extended past the faceplate - no more skinned knuckles juggling two wrenches inside the base. Whether in fixed mode or plunge mode, table-mounted or freehand, the Triton Dual-Mode Plunge Router will be a pleasure to use. It even includes a multi-function fence that serves as an edge guide, a circle cutter, and an oversized base.
- Fully enclosed plastic shielding provides maximum protection from chips, and aids in dust collection
- Automatic spindle lock only engages when power switch safety cover is closed
- Multi-function fence mounts easily with quick-fit pins
- Side-mounted cooling vents keep sawdust away from motor housing when router is mounted in a router table
- Removable height-winder handle allows above table depth adjustments
- Removable plunge tension spring makes bit adjustments easy when the Triton TRA001 is table mounted
- Worn brushes are easily accessible
- Single spanner 'above table' router bits changes
- Soft Start & Variable Speed controls provide the ideal speed for all cutter types and therefor a superior cut
(1) Multi-function fence
(1) 1/2" collet
(1) Table height winder
(1) 1/4'' collet
(1) Collet wrench
|Manufacturer Part Number||TRA001|
|Speed Range||8000 - 21000 RPM|
The router is tuff. I mean really tuff! It doesn’t bog down for nothing and I was using it to create tenons in 3-1/2” Ash. I also used it on hard maple, mahogany and cherry so far. No issues at all (I use Freud bits except for the tenon creation in which case I used a huge Infinity Tools rabbit bit)). However, there are a couple of things I noticed. Sometimes after you tighten the lock lever down once you have the router depth set, loosening it causes the router to drop as much as a 1/16” or more of an inch. If you wanted to make an adjustment by using your existing position as the starting point, this would really mess you up. (Use a dedicated router measuring gauge so you are always on the money). However, the adjustments are fine enough that I can adjust in the thousands of an inch easily. The other issues is the vibration, which though it doesn’t really feel like much, parts have actually fallen off the router! The depth stop screw and spring feel off. The screw for the lock handle fell off. And I have another part I’m saving just because I have no idea where it came from! Did it affect the router in any way? Nope. Still going strong. Just a little surprised is all. Put each piece back and keep on cutting.
I don’t know what would happen if I used a Bosch router instead, but the fact that this router can be adjusted in depth from above the table was the selling point for me. I had no desire to purchase an additional lift kit. In that area, excellent!
Oh yeah, good customer service from Rockler. God bless!
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Tried edge routing with poor results due to weight and size.
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You have to raise it to lock the spindle. Other than impact, I have had this as my table router for about a year. I have used other 2.5 to 3.25 HP routers in this table over the years and hands down, this is the best. I really like the spindle lock / single wrench change, the very gentle height adjustment with the removable crank and the constant torque throughout the speed range. Hope that helps. Pete
Otherwise you would have difficulty using it easily when installed into a table, especially one with a closed cabinet below.
I made a table top for mine, but no room in my small shop. I carrry be table top outside and place on two sawhorses. Then insert my Triton and it works splendidly. I use an external switch for convenience and I never have to reach underneath to turn it on or off.
It does come with a wrench which did not come with the original shipment. I had to call up and ask for it.
Performance has been good, but I've only used it with the table.
All said, I love this router. I own an older 3hp Makita plunge, with square base (that I love), but I bought this one to do things the Makita wouldn't do since I didn't buy the 'attachments' for it when I bought the router--now they were unavailable. Hindsight is always better!