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Triton 3-1/4 HP Dual-Mode Plunge Router

Triton Dual Mode Precision Plunge Router with Multi-Function Fence.
Item #
48271
Rating:
94% of 100

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.


Features:
  • 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) Triton Dual-Mode Plunge Router
(1) Multi-function fence
(1) 1/2" collet
(1) Table height winder
(1) 1/4'' collet
(1) Collet wrench
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Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 30 days, 36 months with registration
More Information
Brand Triton
Manufacturer Part Number TRA001
Weight 19.6000
Tech Spec
  • 2400 watts, 3-1/4 HP
  • Plunge Range: 0 - 68mm (2 - 2-21/32'')
  • Variable Speed Range: 8,000 - 20,000RPM
  • Safety Power Switch: Yes
  • Spindle Lock: Auto
  • Micro Adjustment: Infinite
  • Dust Extraction: Yes
Speed Range 8000 - 21000 RPM
HP 3-1/4 HP
4.7 / 5.0
118 Reviews
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great router
strong, smooth operation
easy adjustment, soft start
very happy
and I have 5 routers
July 5, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
My favorite router. The height adjustment works great.
June 27, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Soft start is really helpful especially with this 3.25HP
Used it to reset the V groves on my door that I am sanding and applying new varnish. Turned out really nice.
Re-setting V groves with Triton 3.25hp in re-varnishing my door.
Re-setting V groves with Triton 3.25hp in re-varnishing my door.
June 25, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Love it
Great router ! Glad I got it and love the fact you dont need a lift . Great power
Nice addition to shop
Nice addition to shop
June 21, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Love it. Works great
June 16, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Impressive tool
I’m a pretty talented amateur and absolutely love my Triton router. It’s a phenomenal piece of equipment, lots of power, easy to adjust above or below the table. I’m using it with the Kreg table, plate and fence. Also used it to flush cut the grain end of a 1 7/8” thick bar top as well as to cut out the opening for an undermount sink in the same bar top using a 3/4” x 2” pattern bit. Perfect, no burning. That’s a lot of power. Awesome tool!
June 15, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Straight foward and versatile
I am setting up a frame making center for my art artwork I purchased the Triton Routef to incorprate it with the Work Center Package.
June 12, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
I love the design of the functions but it is on the heavy side. It’s not too bad right now, I’m using it in my router table to make moulding.
Excellent router
June 10, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Plenty of power and options.
After doing my research, I purchased the Triton 3-1/4 Plunge Router. I have two other routers; a 1 HP and a cordless trim router, but they weren't powerful enough for many of the jobs I wanted to do. The Triton has that power. I'm also happy with the integrated lift and variable speed control. I've table mounted mine so I can't say how it works in plunge mode but, overall, I'm very pleased with my router and recommend it for any serious wood worker.
June 8, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Really pleased with the power and performance really improves the work that I do
Really pleased with the power and performance really improves the work that I do
May 28, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
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More power, more safe and an all around awesome tool to have in the shop! Upgrade from my Bosch hand router!
julian snow E on Jun 30, 2020
easier to adjust from above the router table
Mark V on May 11, 2020
More power, more safe and an all around awesome tool to have in the shop! Upgrade from my Bosch hand router!
julian snow E on Jun 30, 2020
I like the bigger horse power and it has good reviews
JOE B on May 13, 2020
easier to adjust from above the router table
Mark V on May 11, 2020
To mount on a router table
Will on May 5, 2020
Wanted a more powerful router for my router table
Brian on May 1, 2020
To install on a router table. My present router is over 40 years old and does not have the ability to easily change bits nor raise/lower without removing it...nor is it anywhere as powerful as this.
Bob M on Apr 29, 2020
powerful for router table
SledgeMan on Apr 28, 2020
The specs, reviews and price are are very favorable.
Michael K on Mar 1, 2020
In need of a nice, easy adjustable plunge router were I don't have to change bases
steven strunk T on Feb 18, 2020
Power and features, versatility
David L P on Feb 12, 2020
nice horsepower and the above table height adjustment are exactly what I needed.
mac on Jan 31, 2020
good reviews and built in lift
scott a on Jan 24, 2020
Great reputation, router table gem
Ross M on Jan 24, 2020
Been searching for a while, had great reviews everywhere i looked
Mark O on Jan 21, 2020
I did a lot of comparing and the Triton had the best features for what I was looking for.
richard r on Jan 14, 2020
Versatility. One hand/ above table bit changes.
Kristofer B on Jan 10, 2020
Great value for the money.
bill b on Jan 5, 2020
I liked the height adjustment options and the power of the 3.25 HP, I have a bowl routing project in my shop that I need the power and the micro adjustment ability to perform.
Dave R on Jan 1, 2020
HP size
Jeff H on Jan 1, 2020
I'm going to make garage door panels and really needed a more robust router. The reviews were great and the special Rockler pricing sealed the deal.
David S on Jan 1, 2020
Wanted for the longest time as much for the design as for the router lift in the design
RICK G on Dec 30, 2019
Easy compatibility with router table.
Dana S on Dec 29, 2019
I have read many good things about this router. The feature that sold me was the above table adjustment when used in a router table. Also, the price of this router is very reasonable.
Thomas B on Dec 28, 2019
very good reviews. built in lift mechanism looks like easy height adjustment
Josh S on Dec 28, 2019
Purchased this item because of the built in router lift function.
Blane M on Dec 27, 2019
I need a good router for table mounting and occasional plunge work and this unit seems to meet my requirements and appears to be a great value. Thank you.
Chris L on Dec 25, 2019
For my router table
Joe Logan U on Dec 25, 2019
It is reviewed to work well with under table router installations without the need for a router lift.
MIKE D on Dec 17, 2019
It has the features I want.
Kathryn K on Dec 14, 2019
Built in Router Lift- Positive Reviews
Rebecca c on Nov 8, 2019
Highly rated
Robin H on Sep 19, 2019
Have had and used 2.5 hp Triton router for several years. Bought this unit based on satisfaction with smaller router.
George D on Sep 16, 2019
Read about it online
Stephen R on Jul 29, 2019
features , power, customer ratings, parts included, proven work horse.
javier B on Jul 27, 2019
Maximum horsepower for a dedicated router setup that doesnt require an extraneous lift.
claytonista on May 20, 2019
To use with my Triton router table
Joseph B on May 4, 2019
Need a bigger one
Brandon C on May 2, 2019
the price was right and had good reviews
david h on Mar 20, 2019
Needed a new router, old Triton wore out after 14 years. They make excellent tools.
Edward B on Feb 17, 2019
Needed a good router for new router table.
David W on Jan 31, 2019
Fine Woodworking Article, ratings and the design and features met my requirements.
Elizabeth Word W on Jan 31, 2019
Rack and pinion lift system
Allan D on Jan 30, 2019
for the in-table height adjustment as opposed to buying a router lift
EVAN M on Jan 20, 2019
brought because its at a good price
Paul K on Jan 18, 2019
Highly recommended by a fellow woodworker. He really appreciates the adjustment & bit change capabilities while keeping it mounted.
Joan M on Jan 10, 2019
features and reviews
Daniel M on Jan 9, 2019
Reviews and versatility.
William Z on Jan 7, 2019
Based on all research and after speaking with the distributor, decided this is the best router for mounting on a table, freeing up my Bosch router for handwork.
david m on Jan 7, 2019
I have been looking at purchasing this router for a year now. I haven’t had the opportunity to use it yet but it appears to have all the features and power I’ve been wanting. It also appears to be well made and worth the price. I’m excited waiting to use it!!!
Reverdy A on Jan 5, 2019
I needed a heavy duty plunge cut router for flattening slabs and this seemed to be the best one for the money.
Joseph H on Jan 4, 2019
I like the bigger horse power and it has good reviews
JOE B on May 13, 2020
To mount on a router table
Will on May 5, 2020
I have a triton 3 1/4 hp router. The dust collection is 1 1/2" left hand thread. Where do I find the adapter to fit into this?

Chuck
Chuck R on Oct 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I had the same problem: Very hard to find a hose that would screw into this left-hand thread. I finally found a workable hose, believe it or not, in the swimming-pool-supply department of a discount store. All you need are a few feet, which you can then attach (one way or another) to your vacuum hose. Maybe the proper adapter is common in Australia...
does this router come in 110 volts?
A shopper on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought the 110V version about 3-weeks ago. So yes it does. I have used Ryobi and Hitachi 3 HP for table mount as well as Porter Cable 2 and 3-1/4 HP. So far, I am finding this unit to be very, very good and the best I have used. The crank / elevator feature is great. I might not use this as a hand held as it is heavy (though some would consider that a benefit to stability). The only challenge with the unit is that once you change a bit (and you engage the spindle lock), the safety cover auto moves over the switch and stays there until you manually move it. That said, if you set-up up in a table, keep both the switch and the crank engagement connection closest to you. If it is mostly for table mount, it's worth every penny. Enjoy.... Pete
Does the Triton TRA001 (3 1/4 hp) fit my Rocklear table insert?
Marv W on Dec 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I use a Rockler insert. However, I bought it after I bought this router and (I think 'D" size/model) this router was pictured on the 'box' it came in. Go to Rockler's website and check out the insert that you bought and it should make you sure that it will or won't fit this router.
Does this router have a soft start feature?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does. I bought mine about 3-months ago and mounted it to a heavy table. Every time I use it I really enjoy the features of this unit and only wish it was available 25-years ago......
Can you change router bits without raising the depth of router? This would be helpful when using bits such as the Summerfeld "tongue and groove" bits that are sold as a matching set. I have had problems changing bits without raising the router in the router table and this defeats the purpose of the Summerfeld system!
Peter on Jun 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Peter,
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
Can the router's on off switch be left in the on position so that a router table switch can be use?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it certainly can be left "ON".
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.
Does this router include the newer 1/2" and 1/4" dedicated collets, or the older 1/2" collet with 1/4" reducer?
John H on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Includes dedicated 1/2" and 1/4" collets.
I'm looking for the dust collection hose that attaches to the dust collection port. Do you know where I can get one?
Thanks, Bob
Mowry on May 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A typical 1-1/2" (38mm) flexible vac hose will thread into the port. There is also an adapter available which threads into the port to allow for any standard 1-1/2" slip on shop vac connector.
Where may I get a bushing set for this router?
Jim S on Aug 19, 2016
Does this router come the height adjustment crank for under table adjustments to be made from above the table? Also does this package include the wrench for removing the bits? Happy Christmas everyone.
Samuel S on Dec 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The router does come with a crank to raise and lower the router. Unfortuneately if you are using a fence that often covers over where the crank would go. If the base of your router table is open then fine adjustment can be made from underneath.

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.
Does this come with router table plate insert?
MichaelW on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it does not. There are several sizes of insert plates and depending on what brand table you have then you will have to get the appropriate insert. Of course, if you build your own table then you can use what ever size you like.
Anyone having difficulty with the automatic collet locking feature?
Darrell on Apr 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Darrell: I didn't like the automatic locking feature. I got on you tube and found a video which explains how to take the router apart and remove the parts that cause the router to automatically lock. The person in the video says don't do this at home because it could be dangerous and voids the router's warranty. I did it anyway and never looked back. As an operator you need to be extra careful but, it's nice not having what I feel is an annoying feature. If you make the change you must know you're taking a chance. My router works perfectly and I haven't had any problems. Good luck.
Does it have built-in LED work light(s)?
Johnny on Dec 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it doesn't i have this in a router table I do not use it as a hand held router. Works awesome in a router table plenty power to use raise panel bits and do anything I need done.
If the automatic spindle lock only engages when the safety switch cover is on, if I'm using the router in a table, raise it up to change bits, do I have to reach under the table and reset the safety switch?
Bill on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I would say so. I tried to change bits without doing that and it did not lock. I have an open table so it is really no problem. If you have a enclosed one, it'd be more of a challenge. Also, you need access if you want to vary the speed with the included 'switch' (roller, I guess) for that.

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!
Does the depth stop read only in metric?
Brin L on Jun 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately Brian you are going to need a conversion chart as the depth stop is metric only. This is because Triton Tools are manufactured in Great Britain with their headquarters in Suffolk. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
will this router work with a festool cms-ge router table?
Dave L on Feb 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I do not use mine with a router table, although I do use another router on my table. And, I am unfamiliar with the router table you are referring too. But this is what I can tell you. Yes, this router will/can attach to standard router tables, but you will not be able to you the plunger feature of the router while attached. Good luck, this IS an awesome router!
Which dust buckets (sawstop, rockler, incra, woodpecker) does it fit?
Bruce E on Jun 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have not personally used a dust bucket with this router. However, the size of the Rockler dust bucket is 13" wide x 10" deep x 13" high.
my router starts at full power and after it runs a bit it looses power?
Dennis M on Jan 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have the same router and it does not lose power. Mine is mounted in a table and I have run it for 10 minutes continuously with no change in power.
Does anyone have a problem turning this router on with a switch on router table?
David P on Nov 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I did the same as the previous reply, made a safety switch box that has a paddle on front and single outlet on the back, works perfectly. And you also need to switch it off and close the lid to be able to raise it enough to change the bit.
what is the maximum bit diameter this router will accept?
bob h on Nov 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The metal base plate opening is 3 1/2 inches
What is opening of the base; in other words can it take a 3 1/2" diameter panel bit?
Charles C on Sep 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use Sommerfeld's 3 1/2 panel bits with my Triton 3-1/2 HP router and woodpecker router table to make raised panels for my cabinets. It works great and I have had no issues.
Is the clear plastic shielding removable?
Matthew D on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes the plastic shielding is removable
Will this router work well with the MLCS Precision router table ?
Houston on Jan 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I Put one into a Kergg router table and was very pleased, plenty of power, good price, and one of the best hieght adj built into the router. Those aussies make a good router.
Will the TRA001 fit my Bosch RA1181 with modifications?
Mike D on May 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would give Bosch a call on the compatibility of the table and this router
I would like to know the circumference of the base plate?
fyretwk on Jan 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would love to make this measurement however the router is mounted to an enclosed router table and I would have to dismantle it to get the circumference. Other than that I can only say it is a fabulous router, and it works so well.
Where in the USA or Canada can I purchase a replacement 1/4" collet reducer? Or will the dedicated 1/4" collet fit older models with the 1/2" collet?
Sharon L on Jan 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I am sorry, but I do not know.
Will this router accept porter cable dovetail guides? Thanks
Michael G on Sep 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I have used it on my Porter Cable dovetail jig.
will this work in the bench dog cast iron router table?
David M on Jan 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: My Triton is installed in a Kreg table so and cannot answer specific to the bench dog table. I did look at various tables including Bench dog and do know there is a plate available to fit the Triton in the Bench Dog. There are various plate makers that fit several different routers and tables. It should not be an issue to find a plate that will fit just about any table. The 3 1/4 horse Triton is a freaking beast by the way! I have mine set up specific to run in my router table.
What the minimum and maximum size circles that can be cut with the included base?
jason d on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have been using a 2” molding bit at low rpm to route bowl-like circles that are sanded and gold leafed. Plunge cut with this bit has worked great.
Can someone tell me the size of the throat opening? Will this support 3-3.5in raised panel bits if mounted in a table?
jerryg on Feb 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Recently finished 20 raised panel kitchen doors with 3-1/2" Freud bit, not a problem. Also the bit sits high enough, more a concern if your router plate is big enough.