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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-22-2018, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Default Triton TRB001 Winder Modification

Hey folks, first post so go easy on me.

I've found a few dead end threads where this has been discussed but nothing useful. Apologies if I've missed it being answered elsewhere.

I've just picked up a TRB001 and will be building a table to use it exclusively as a mounted router. Unfortunately it lacks the tabletop winding mechanism present on the later models.

To be clear finances are very spartan ( I only paid £60 for the TRB ) so simply replacing it with the new one isn't an option.

At the same time yes I can totally manage with the under table controls but I would prefer not to.

First thing I've done is stripped the whole machine down and cleaned it thoroughly, at which point I've noticed the plastic worm thread for the fine control.

I've located various alloy replacements for this including a couple for the TRA/TRB which had the winder. On first visual inspection it seems entirely possible to drill out the casing to accept the upgraded part with winder as long as the dimensions, thread pitch etc are the same for the rest of the shaft. I have a decent pillar drill so should be a clean job.

I guess my question is has anyone else done this successfully ( or unsuccessfully ), any guidance on which parts are compatible ?

A second question behind that is on the actual winder/mechanism interface. I see some of the later ones with a small T bar but this doesn't seem universal. Can anyone give me a heads up ?

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Hi Ian and welcome. I’m not a Triton owner but many here are so hopefully someone will be able to help you.

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I've got the newer one but don't really know whether the older one can be converted. Harry Sinclair in Australia is the guy who turned me on to Triton and he might be able to answer. He goes by HarrySin here. The other option is to contact Triton's tech people to ask. Otherwise you're on your own, the best that can happen is it works, the worst is that the router is toast. I think that model has a lock so you can push it up and down for gross adjustments, then reach under for the exact adjustment. 60 £ is not a lot to lose on an experiment, but the possibility of losing it a consideration. I'd want to use a micrometer on the new and old parts before starting, so you're in it for the new parts if you try. Personally, I'd use it as it is and enjoy the bargain.

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I once found an article about doing it but I did not follow up as it would have meant replacing the metal gears in mine with nylon gears.
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Welcome to the forum Ian, I have an early TRA001 and solved the problem two ways. First I made the simple lifter shown and secondly I replaced the chuck with a MUSCLECHUCK which not only gives about an extra 1/2" lift, but only requires a half turn of an Allen key to fully tighten and loosen. It's grip is also far greater than conventional chucks.
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