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Can anyone give me some information on the Triton routers? I see in the Sommerfeld's catalog the two Triton routers they offer(2.25 hp & 3.25 hp) are the same price. I cannot see a big difference between the two. Why would someone buy the 2.25hp when he could buy the 3.25 for the same price? I am looking for a new router for my Sommerfeld router table and think the 3.25 is the one I need (of the two).

Also, I have a chance to get a used Porter Cable 7539 couple of years old in excellent condition for the same price as the Tritons. Any suggestions on which of the three routers would be the best way to go?

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Hi Doug ( BlueGoose)

I like Porter Cable alot but I think I would go with the 3 1/4 Triton....for the new table...because it's only 200.oo bucks for a brand new one... plus if you don't like it sommerfeld with take it back for 90 days...it's almost try it b/4 you pay for it..almost.


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Doug, I have the Triton 2 1/4 on my table and it is an excellent machine, but if you can get the 3 1/4 for the same money...GO FOR IT!

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I just took a quick glance at the website and noticed that they are both the same price, but the 2.25 hp model also comes with a "7 piece template guide kit, a complete 1/2 & 1/4" collet set and a full featured fence with circle cutting option", whereas the 3.25 version does not.

I haven't dug much deeper, but you also might want to find out what amperage it draws to achieve 3.25 horsepower. If this still runs 120V and not 220V, its probably got to draw at least or close to 15Amps. Keep that in mind when running this unit. Some outlets cannot draw 15Amps completely because they share the line with something else and will trip over extended or heavy usage.

If that is the case, I would assume that this should probably be a dedicated line to operate a 120V at this high a HP, but don't take my word for it, I'm just guessing. I very well could be wrong... it's happened before!
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The smaller model can be height adjusted from above the table so this must be weighed against the extra power of the larger model, whichever model you choose, in my usual humble opinion, I think you have made the right choice in brands. If you dig into my past threads you will find my impressions when I first tested my new 3.25 Triton.

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Hi Doug

Pros. and Cons. on both models of the Triton,,,But if you don't have the HP you can't use it when you need it ,,,to get over changing the bit from the top side a offset wrench will take care of that one quick..a 14.oo dollar item...not to bad of a price to pay to have one more horse power when you need it..for the BIG panel bits etc.
as for the edge guide for the router when was the last time you used one,then for the brass guides should fit in the drop in base plate in the router table...if not you can make a quick one like I did by using one from a Portel Cable base plate to fit your new table...(CMT table top ) or make one to fit the Oak-Park type brass guides in about 10 mins or less..

Power,,,I have 5ea. 3 1/4hp routers and I have only poped the breaker one time.
As you know all the wall outlets are setup on a 20amp. breaker the norm,the only time the routers will pull the 15amp. will be at startup and under full load,,that maybe why they made most with a soft start mode,,,most shops are loaded up with plugs going to the wall outlets but you are only use one tool at a time the norm...if you have a vac.system setup to come on when the router comes on like I do you can always hold it back just a bit until the router is up and running and again it's a start up load thing...
I use a remote control unit to hold the Vac. back just a bit ..


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Thanks for the info guys. I thought the 3.25 lift could be adjusted from above the table like the 2.25 but the above table handle did not come with the 3.25 router, had to be bought separately. I'm glad to know this before I bought the router. I'm like BJ, hate not to get the 3.25 but I do want the above table adjustment also. Guess I'll think on it for a little while longer.

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You're post suggests that an accessory can be purchased for the 3.25 to adjust height from above, my understanding is that it cannot.

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I haven't dug much deeper, but you also might want to find out what amperage it draws to achieve 3.25 horsepower. If this still runs 120V and not 220V, its probably got to draw at least or close to 15Amps. Keep that in mind when running this unit. Some outlets cannot draw 15Amps completely because they share the line with something else and will trip over extended or heavy usage.
I'm from Manila and our sockets are configured at 220V, I would like to know if this router runs at 110 or 220 volts... or if they have a 220V model?
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