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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-20-2014, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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A built a bunch of MDF raised panel doors over the weekend. All of the routing was done using a table-mounted Triton TRA001. A had a shop vac connected to the outlet port of the fence. In spite of this, dust was flying everywhere. And yes, I was wearing a very effective dust mask.

At some stage during the process, the above-table adjustment of the Triton stopped working. I took the router out of the table, and tried to adjust the height by turning the handle while depressing the lock ring. No result, the height adjustment simply did not work. My suspicion is that the clutch mechanism has failed, and that the router is now permanently in the free plunge mode. I tried depressing and releasing the plunge mode selector several times, with no effect. Since I had to finish the project over the weekend, I simply adjusted the height by hand, and used the plunge lock lever to lock the router in position.

My first suspicion was that the clutch mechanism had been clogged up with dust. Last night I took the router out of the table and cleaned it up, using the shop vac and compressed air. A lot (and really, a lot!) of dust was removed. But the problem remains, the router is stuck in free plunge mode.

Is there anybody on the forum who had the same experience with this router?
How do I fix it?
It seems quite an intricate procedure to open the router up in order to get to the clutch mechanism: is this recommended?

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HI Lucas.

I am not sure what you mean by ".....while depressing the lock ring....".??

Also, did you have the spring removed for the in table use?

The router should not have been in free plunge mode whilst using in the table?

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I had the same problem about a year ago and figured it was broken. Since Kreg now "owns" Triton brands, I called the Kreg number 855-227-3478--The distributer for Kreg is in Huxley, Iowa. They sent me a replacement part ( the clutch mechanism inside the round knob was broken) at no charge! I replaced it at -- was a challenge but I got 'er done.
Recommend you take pictures of the whole router from all angles before you disassemble it--I didn't and got a couple of knobs in the wrong place. Good luck
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Thanks Jim and James.

James, the spring was removed, and the above-table depth adjustment functioned perfectly for a while. Then it stopped working, which leads me to suspect a malfunction of the clutch mechanism due to:

1. dust clogging up the clutch mechanism;
2. vibration dislodging something in the clutch mechanism;
3. some part malfunctioning.

The question is, should I attempt to take the router apart? As suggested by Jim, I'll do so, and take photos as I go along. Ray Girling has a very helpful web site that shows how to take the router apart.
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Hi Lucas, how old is your Triton.

The older model (say < 2008) had a plastic/nylon part in the winder that caused trouble. This was replaced with a metal part which is available. Ray 's web site is great as a help to replace that part. Some owners in UK, US and Aus have used that video to replace the part.

I don't believe the clutch mechanism is used in the table mode. It should be in full ratchet mode.

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