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As some of you may have read I just purchased an older TRC-001...

And before I even got to put it on the first piece of wood I may have rendered it useless...

I had it on the back seat of my truck, opened the rear door and it jumped out on to the driveway...apparently it shifted...

So here's the assessment...the coarse height adjustment broke off leaving the splined collar cracked and split, when I plunge it the orange release turns as it plunges and it sticks about half-way down/up...I have the springs and pins but I think I am missing a piece between the engage/disengage button and the inner "stuff".

Since I didn't get a manual with it I am now going to the parts diagram and see what parts I need. Don't know what to do about the plunge sticking until I open it up. Guess making sawdust will have to wait.

What turned out to be a really good deal on the purchase could now turn into spare parts for another Triton owner.

Cheez...this is one for "did this ever happen to you"...I sound very calm, don't I...?

I am now going to make myself a pot of decaf coffee and ponder my position (it might be fetal position in a minute)...

Have any of you taken your Triton apart to help me understand how the engage/release works (from a parts perspective not operational)...

P.S. - just went to the parts diagram and it's not clear enough...will need to find a better one...I'm looking at the Triton "Operating and Safety Instructions...anybody have a better one...?

Thanks for sharing in my grief...

And for those of you who can't resist offering that I shudda bought a Bosch...please do not hold back...

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The plunge sticking scares me as it means something's bent. Others are probably going to contradict me but I suspect it's only good for parts now .
I guess at this point there's no loss other than your time to assess the damage by taking it apart .I wonder if they sell all the individual parts ?

It could have been worse as it could have been a Festool router!
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Okay then...router is apart...here's the quick review...pictures to follow as I don't have the camera to PC cable to download...

Tools required: long handle #2 Phillips (some of the angles are a bit acute to take top cover off...

Process: took out brushes...off with the dust guards (long handle comes in handy - or a short stubby)...off with the base plate...then the dust port (had to take off the guide mounting knobs (only one)...lock down lever, out with the brass hold down beneath it...

That's when I discovered that the lever (before disassembly) didn't back out enough to allow travel of the plunge...PHEW...it's fine without it (will adjust better on reassembly)

Then the plunge spring, then the micro adjust knob and everything else that had a screw or spring in it... I naturally put all the screws back into their holes so I wouldn't wind up with any spare parts... I put everything in a bucket (literally)...

There is a c-clip behind the height adjustment clutch and gears...that has to come out to take out the broken culprit and the engage/disengage plastic shaft (watch out for the spring inside). For whatever the reason I was spared the excitement of losing any parts when it came apart in the driveway...even the spring behind the engage/disengage button (pardon the non-technical lingo as I don't have a real good parts explosion...

Long story made short...? Only one part broken and it's probably not worth an attempt at crazy glue (the big white plastic part that connects between the adjustment knob and the gear/clutch inside)...

Now need to order the part and then (YAY ! ! !) sawdust...

The router is assembled very simply...good design from my novice point of view. My original post was two hours ago...made and had coffee...put a coat of poly on the shelf I had made (20" X 40", complete with routered/molded edging), took pictures and patted myself on my back for not losing it...

I will post pictures as soon as I can download from my camera...

Next I will Google for a parts diagram...I know...typical male...first assemble/disassemble, then read the instructions... Just to beat the opposite gender woodworkers out there... If anybody has a good link or diagram, please let me know...

All in all a productive couple of hours...and I owe it all to not losing it...

Thanks for listening to my story...comments are welcomed...

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Have I got the right place to contact for parts...?

Kreg...?

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Hi Nick,

As a mariner of many years standing , I would certainly not advise using your router as an anchor ; even with plenty of scope it is bound to drag and you will be on a lee shore before ye know it. Well done with the calm and methodical approach - an example to us all.


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Well good going Nick. As I said it wouldn't hurt to disassemble it and assess the damage and it ended up with a good outcome .
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Hi Nick,

As a mariner of many years standing , I would certainly not advise using your router as an anchor ; even with plenty of scope it is bound to drag and you will be on a lee shore before ye know it. Well done with the calm and methodical approach - an example to us all.


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Aye, matey...aargh...if the wind blows, sail into it...if it does not, ye be in the wrong place...the mistake was made long ago...

...and people wonder why I'm so patient in traffic...sail underwater for 6 months at a time and then complain...

It did work out fine...soon as I get the part, I'll be sailin' again...

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Triton is a very user friendly self maintenance machine Not sure who new parts distributor is. Kreg no longer is but may still have parts left over in their router graveyard. give them a call monday

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The plunge sticking scares me as it means something's bent. Others are probably going to contradict me but I suspect it's only good for parts now .
I guess at this point there's no loss other than your time to assess the damage by taking it apart .I wonder if they sell all the individual parts ?

It could have been worse as it could have been a Festool router!
Scared me too until I took the lock lever off...PHEW...

Years ago I wouldn't have known Festool from toilet bowl...today I only know one more thing - it's too rich for me...

Yup...cudda been worse...glad it wasn't. I got a great deal on the router, long compression bit, 1/2 inch 2-flute straight, mortising bit and a plywood edging set. The bits alone were worth the money...

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Scared me too until I took the lock lever off...PHEW...

Years ago I wouldn't have known Festool from toilet bowl...today I only know one more thing - it's too rich for me...

Thanks...Nick
Yes it's to rich for me to . Kinda cutting into my router table budget
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