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post #1 of 10 Old 04-17-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any good or bad info for me before I spend $290?

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Does anyone have any good or bad info for me before I spend $290?
I have heard nothing but positives about it here and on other forums. A lot depends on what you are planning on using it for. Most I have heard about are dedicated table routers. I was about to pull the trigger on one a couple of years ago for my table but Woodcraft came along with a $199 deal on a Freud 3000 and I grabbed that instead. It is one of the cheaper 3+ HP guys and the cheapest with above table adjustment capability.

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I would like to mount it in a table an use it as a small shaper for raised panel doors with 1/2" bits and other smaller jobs.

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I would like to mount it in a table an use it as a small shaper for raised panel doors with 1/2" bits and other smaller jobs.
Should work great for that. I wasn't considering it for hand held use, at least not for myself. 14+ lbs is more than I want to try to handle. I did pick up a little JOF001, 1-1/3 HP Triton and it is a decent little router with some neat accessories but I wish I had gone for it in 2-1/4 HP trim.
The iffy thing about Triton, and it slipped my mind till now, is that Kreg has taken over North American distributorship and support and they seem to be treating it as an ugly stepchild, no visible interest in promoting the products. This has been of some concern to me as I also have a Triton Compound sliding miter saw. I am happy with the quality of both my Triton products but also have not had a reason to tap Kreg for product support for them. I guess not having a reason to need service is about as good a warranty as you can ask for though.

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Lol. I'm a little man, only 4' 6", I was also thinking 3 1/4 HP would rip my arm off my body, tie them in a knot, and mail me home to Mama if I tried to hold it.

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If no one tells me to stop, I'm going to order it from Rockler on Friday after I get paid. They have 20% off orders right now. They also have $50 rebate o this item, so this can help a lot on the price. I kind of also like the PC 3 1/2 HP but it is $60 more with no rebate.

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If no one tells me to stop, I'm going to order it from Rockler on Friday after I get paid. They have 20% off orders right now. They also have $50 rebate o this item, so this can help a lot on the price. I kind of also like the PC 3 1/2 HP but it is $60 more with no rebate.

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That's a good price. With the PC you would also need to figure in $250 more or less to equip it with a lift. The PC motor rotates to adjust depth of cutting making it a ROYAL PIA to adjust without one. The Triton offers above table adjustment and bit change capability which pretty well negates the need for a lift.
Actually, the big routers, when equipped with soft start are pretty docile. When I first got my Freud 3000 I just set it on the bench, no bit or collet, and pulled the trigger on it to see what would happen. The thing just twisted a little bit, not at all violently, and then just sat there whirrring.

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I have one in my table and love it. It replaced my Hitachi M12V that I had for years.

I like every thing about it.

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Got 2 Triton 3-1/4 like them a lot not in table though
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Got 2 Triton 3-1/4 like them a lot not in table though
Why not in a table? My impression has been that they were pretty much designed for table use.

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