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Triton Router



In this issue I have chosen four new and innovative tools that all deserve our highest rating. If you’re looking to pick up a router, reciprocating saw, thickness planer or dovetail jig, be sure to check out the features of these new and impressive tools.
One doesn’t usually associate Australia with the manufacturing of woodworking tools, but maybe that is just a quirk that we, living north of the equator, seem to have. That is, until Triton, a company based in Melbourne, introduced their Triton Plunge Router. This is one great tool.
The Triton Router (rated at 2400 watts) is equivalent to a 3-1/2hp machine. It is a variable speed tool with many features previously unseen in a router. First, and probably foremost, is the fact that the Triton Router is as comfortable to use above or below the table.
The tool has a couple of unique features for under-the-table use. First, the plunge spring pops out with the twist of a screwdriver. Second, when you raise it up to its highest point, two things happen. You will quickly see that the entire collet head sits well above the table surface and, second, the motor shaft locks so a one-handed bit change becomes possible. When the router is under the table, all controls are at your fingertips and facing front. An illuminated power switch is very visible and the simple turning of the handle raises or lowers the tool. In addition there is a microwinder for precision adjustments. In the upright position the Triton Router performs equally as well. In the plunge mode you can do either a direct plunge or use the winder handle to feed it slowly. The lock-down is simple and convenient, with no fumbling; it’s right where it should be.
The Triton is a big machine. When you first lay eyes on it, you can see it is quality built and Triton backs this with a three year warranty! The tool has a “soft-start” feature and a speed control that regulates it from 8,000 to 20,000 RPMs. As if that isn’t enough, they have a front and rear safety shield that is crystal clear. Want more? You’ve got it. The Triton comes equipped with a base plate that includes a multifunction fence with a circle-cutting feature. Still more features include a ½” router bit, a ¼” collet, and a Triton ½” straight router bit.
How did I rate the Triton Router? The maximum is a ***** star and the Triton Router Plunger gets all of them easily. Busy Bee Tools are Triton dealers.

GRAHAM McCULLOCH