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Found this interesting link to a video comparing the 3 Triton routers. I know we're mostly favoring the Bosch these days, but the Tritons are darned good. The smaller routers are covered first, but the final third covers the TRA001 used in a table. After lots of research, I choose the 001 for table use and love it. Click around the final third to view his coverage of what I think is an ideal table router. The presenter is a Brit.

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One of the mail-order places had a really good deal on the mid-size Triton and I watched this video several times. Finally, based on the recommendations of several one this forum, I bought the Bosch 1617 kit. Haven't had a chance to use it yet but hoping to soon once the doctor has signed off on my back problem.
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Mike Magrath fixed me up with a Triton 001 in a Grizzly table. Great set up for what I do. It's the quietest router of the 3 I own (that work). The only thing I would addd to the Grizz table would be a table switch to turn it on and off. Reaching under the table can be a pain. The guy is right - It's a beast.

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Stick favors Bosch not all of us. There are many happy triton owners here
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I am one of them. I have the 001 in my table and it is really great. I'm in the process of switching mounting plates from the Rockler plate to a Woodpecker plate with the twist lock insert. Went out today to find a pattern bit to enlarge the opening and couldn't find one. Had to order it so the project is put off til Monday. Hate it when that happens--being one item short to get the project done.
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BTW, I have two 1617s, one was in the table. I also have a colt. The 1617 is really nice to use freehand, larger routers feel very awkward to me. I have a Dado Wiz for exact fit dados and grooves which is perfect with the Bosch.

The 001 is really quiet.
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The switch is a pain when using it in a table. Put a muscle chuck Colet on it. and a remote switch It is a dream changing bits now.

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The switch is a pain when using it in a table. Put a muscle chuck Colet on it. and a remote switch It is a dream changing bits now.
@paduke If I understand you right, the muscle chuck means you don't have to raise the router to the top, which is what locks the switch out and turns it off. So with the muscle chuck, the on switch just stays on? Is that correct?

I have a metal dust collection box with a metal door and yesterday while working on it, I scraped a chunk of skin off the back of my hand on the metal edge. So reaching for that switch isn't really working for me. Disabling the interlock is possible, but not easy. Sounds like the Muscle Chuck is the way to go.

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I am one of them. I have the 001 in my table and it is really great. I'm in the process of switching mounting plates from the Rockler plate to a Woodpecker plate with the twist lock insert. Went out today to find a pattern bit to enlarge the opening and couldn't find one. Had to order it so the project is put off til Monday. Hate it when that happens--being one item short to get the project done.
A few months ago I was at KMS Tools in Kamloops and they had the 1 3/4 h.p. (I think) Triton router on for what I thought was a bargain price. I didn't know anything about the Triton's then. I should have taken a chance and picked it up.

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A few months ago I was at KMS Tools in Kamloops and they had the 1 3/4 h.p. (I think) Triton router on for what I thought was a bargain price. I didn't know anything about the Triton's then. I should have taken a chance and picked it up.
@cocobolo1 Triton had a problem finding a good distributor for awhile, but their tools are very good. One subtle thing about their design is that the impeller pushes air out through the chuck end, which reduces dust incursion. @Harry Sin is a big fan and on his advice I got the TRA001 for the table and retired my 1617 from table use. My only problem with it is the metal box I put in for dust collection. It has an unfinished, sharp edge and is a pretty tight fit. I could replace it, but it would be an unpleasant chore. I'm going to figure out a way to put something over that edge so I don't get scraped again, maybe a thin plastic binder used for making quickie booklets.

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