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    Triton plunge in router table question

    Hi to all of you brains,

    I have a question. I have a 2 1/4 peak HP Triton plunge router in a router table. I purchased this unit for two main reasons: 1) the articles and forum members praised it 2) I should have absolutely no reason to have to look or reach under the table top to do anything I want with this unit.

    Item #1 is great. Item #2 is great EXCEPT for safety reasons the router will not let me place or remove a router bit unless I turn off the switch on the router itself. Guess what? The switch is on the router, which is under the table top.

    I am hoping that I am not the first person to have this problem and that one or more of you brains have solved it for me. The switch has a safety cover. When you turn the switch off it activates some sort of cam that allows the collet to come all of the way up and lock. I need to defeat this mechanism. I would prefer to do this without breaking anything in case I want to use the Triton as a plunge router in the future. Don't get me wrong---if I need to break something to make it work so I never have to go under the table---I will break something.

    I am eagerly anticipating your brilliant ideas---or any other kind.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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    Jim,

    I'm not all that familiar with your router, but what about if its unplugged?

    Will it let you remove the bits then?

    I guess you can't get much safer than it being unplugged.
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    Sean, as I understand it, there's a safety interlock on the switch itself. Unless it is in the off position, the collet won't come off.

    Jim, I haven't seen the inside of that router, but is there perhaps a way you could bypass the switch with a little jumper and wire it so it's always on, even when the switch is off? Of course, you'd want another, table-mounted switch if you did that. You'd also need to be able to remove the jumper when you wanted to use it out of the table. A bit of hassle, but at least it wouldn't break anything.
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    I have that router on the table and find it trivial to reach under to turn off the switch when I want to change the bit. It takes no more than 5 seconds.

    But, recently I discovered something that is not so trivial. The fine adjustment above the table should not be used to wind the router into itís final locked position. If you use it much to do this, the fine adjust will eventually break. For more information about this, see this thread: http://www.canadianwoodworking.com/f...ad.php?t=19653 on the Canadian Woodworking forum. So now, whenever I want to change a bit, I need to reach under the table and use the handle to wind up the router to itís locked position. This takes me at least 15 seconds and I find it not as easy to do. I only started doing this a couple of weeks ago so maybe, with time, I will get better at it.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan DuBoff View Post
    Jim,

    Simple solution, get one of these. I don't have one but have used one. They work well. I don't have a table for my router, I did but it was in my old table saw extension, and I sold it. I like that Triton router, but I have an old DeWalt 621 that keeps chuggin' along which is a great plunge router for hand work. A router is sure handy, but a bit noisy for the way I like to work. Still, it's a needed tool in today's shop, IMO. How is the noise level on those Tritons?

    Did you get one on the Woodcraft sale recently? They had a great price...

    EDIT: I see Vaughn's response, if that is the case you are SOL I suspect.
    Alan, that won't work. The actual switch on the Triton must be used before the router can be wound into its final locked position.

    About you noise question, the Triton has an adjustable speed control and at the low end, the noise is not bad. At the top end it is just as loud as my Festool router.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Sean,

    Thanks for the input. However, the switch on the router has to be physically moved to clear something so that the collet can be raised into the locked position.

    Yes, I do have a separate switch on the router table---one I can turn off with my knee. I'm a bit chicken---I still unplug the beast.

    Enjoy,

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    Vaughn,

    I would have no hesitation to wire around the switch. After reading all of these responses I think I will just take my screwdriver and remove the cover in that area and see what I can do.

    When I was younger I said that I could put anything back together that I took apart. It didn't matter if it was electronics, a mechanical typewriter, a record changer (have you heard of those things), or the seat out of a car. Now I am older, wiser (and consequently not so smart), and I hesitate to just tear into something.

    The Triton is dedicated to the table. I have other routers for hand use.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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    Frank,

    The router table will soon have drawers in front of the Triton. The Triton position in the table was predicated on these drawers. That put the switch to the back. The switch is in a ychkie position for routine use.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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    Frank,

    I get a chuckle every time I see your helper in the avatar.

    Are you trying to pop my bubble? It took me over 6 months to get that particular router because of back orders. I purchased it specifically because I NEVER want to go under the table to do anything with the router. I already had routers I could have mounted, but they all required reaching under the table for some reason.

    The link you posted for me was VERY disquieting. I guess I will be very gentle and use the fine tuning because the purchase of the Triton and the router table design were all predicated on the fact that I could do everything from the top.

    My oldest son (Greg not Glenn) is always saying, "Nothing is ever simple dad." I guess this is a point to help prove it.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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