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    Triton vs. Freud - $189 vs. $129

    Nearing the top of my 'to-do' list is building a router table. So, I'm starting to give a lot of thought to the router that will live in it.

    Some time back Chris Mire wrote about his new tools...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Mire View Post
    Two Triton 2-1/4hp router with all the accessories. these will become my dedicated rail and stile routers when i get my new shop set up...that way i only have to adjust them when i sharpen the bits.
    i think just about everyone knows by now how great the Triton routers are after some of the reviews they have gotten. i look forward to putting them through their paces....not to mention never climbing under a router table to adjust bit height ever again

    a much happier woodworker,
    Chris
    Chris,

    Chris - Any update on those routers? Woodcraft has them on sale for $189, free freight, with the $100 accessory pack free.
    Are you still convinced they are as good as people say?

    Note to Frank Pellow - I think I read that you have one of these also - any reports?

    Vaughn - didn't I read in a post once that you had one of these?

    or

    Does anyone have something to say about the Freud 3 1/4 HP router (FT2200E) on sale for $129? Anyone use this in a table? How does it compare to the Triton?
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    My dad has the Triton and I got to play with it a bit. The power switch on both are a bit gimpy. I mean they are 'different', not that they are low quality. My dad bought the Freud and returned it as it was ergonomically a bit odd and used a cam style motor lock that always seemed to jog the bit setting when applied. The Triton is 'different' as well being a euro-style design as far as controls go.

    There are many folks here who like the Freud; I just happen to prefer the Triton and would recommend it highly. I am struggling as to whether or not to pick one up myself as they are on sale. Plates for the Triton are scarce and I had a 1/4" Rockler drilled for my dad at the local machine shop. You could easily do this yourself with a decent DP.

    See this review for a long term users viewpoint: http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/rev...tonrouter2.htm
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    I normally try not to chime in here where I have no specific knowledge of the tools being discussed. However, I have learned through a lot of expensive education (money wasted) that there are simply some tools that should be in every serious woodworkers invantory.

    I have been using Porter Cable for years now, and I really don't know if there is a heavier duty long lasting tool on the market.

    When I built my router table, I installed a 3 1/4 HP Variable Speed Plunge router in the removable router plate to use as the primary router in that location. It has performed like a champ for over 13 years. I also at the same time had a Incra router fence system, one of the early ones. I happened to be at the Woodworkers show down at middle Amana that summer, and Woodpeckers was demoing the new (then) Twin Linear, it turned out to be an absolutely phenominal fence system, with an integrated dust collection port built in.

    Just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoffman View Post
    I normally try not to chime in here where I have no specific knowledge of the tools being discussed.
    Tom, with that kind of experience to share I think you should always chime in. I, like many, will take actual user input over magazine reviews any day. Thanks for posting.
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    Hi Rennie - I don't know much about the Triton, but I hear good things.

    The FT2200E is basically a red FT2000E...which is decent 15 amp plunge router with few above table features and a small throat opening. While it's a good value for the money, I much prefer my FT1700 to my FT2000 in the table...I even prefer overall by a lesser margin to my MW5625 b/c the above table features on the 1700 are so nice. I'd check the FT3000 if I were shopping now. If your use will be very heavy, the MW5625 is plenty stout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Vaughn - didn't I read in a post once that you had one of these?...
    Wasn't me. The only Triton I can think of in my shop is a Triton wood rack. (My router table has a Hitachi M12v, and I have a couple PC 690s and all the bases for them.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Wasn't me. The only Triton I can think of in my shop is a Triton wood rack. (My router table has a Hitachi M12v, and I have a couple PC 690s and all the bases for them.)
    Hmmm. Must have been the wood rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott spencer View Post
    Hi Rennie - I don't know much about the Triton, but I hear good things.

    The FT2200E is basically a red FT2000E...which is decent 15 amp plunge router with few above table features and a small throat opening. While it's a good value for the money, I much prefer my FT1700 to my FT2000 in the table...I even prefer overall by a lesser margin to my MW5625 b/c the above table features on the 1700 are so nice. I'd check the FT3000 if I were shopping now. If your use will be very heavy, the MW5625 is plenty stout.
    For me, right now, price is a major consideration. Also, I have a 690 I like for hand held work, so the new router will be 99.9% table bound. I like the ability to fine tune from above the table without having to sink a couple of hundreds of bucks into a router lift - that's what's attracting me to the Triton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    See this review for a long term users viewpoint: http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/rev...tonrouter2.htm
    Thanks for the link Glenn! Makes good reading!
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    Rennie,

    That's exactly why I would look seriously at the triton. You actually need three things to get past the 'hole in a piece of plywood" router table: A good plate, a decent fence, and a way to adjust the bit from above the table. You're going to want a really good fence fairly quickly (like many, I have an incra, and it's worth its weight in platinum). You can get a decent phenolic plate for 30-40 bucks (some people complain about those... I know I did . With the triton, you may be able to save the cost of the lift (which, in my case, cost more than the router itself).

    Still, if money's tight, try to learn from my mistakes and plan wisely... I had no idea how much a router table would cost: a couple hundred for the router, but 300 for the lift, half of 400 for the fence (mine doubles as my table saw fence), an unseemly amount for bits, safety gear, incremental cost for dust collection. The people who say "by the time you add it up, you could have a decent shaper" are right. The only rational rationale is that with a router table, the cost can be incremental...

    Good luck!

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