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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-19-2012, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have had the 3 1/4 hp triton for about 3 years. I have been very satisfied with the cutting abiltiy/ power of the tool but it is frustrating to set the bit height. The first problem I had was the micro adjustment stopped working when attempting to adjust upward..it would still adjust in the downward direction. Then it stopped adjusting completely and I have been forced to move bits up and down by just manually pushing the rounter body up or releasing to allow it to drop down and then engaging the locking lever to hold it in position. In addition the router body does not move as far upward as it used to do so bit changes are more difficult. The wrench with the bent arm that came with the rounter is also no longer functional because it's soft steel has expanded the jaw mouth causing it to slip when trying to loosen or tighten a bit. When I first got the tool everything worked fine but it has gotten increasingly worse. I took it out of the table and cleaned it but maybe I'm not getting into the correct places. Any suggestions would be appreciated, Thanks, Bob.
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Welcome to the forum, Bob.

You seem to have every possible problem with the Triton. I have never heard of some of these issues, here in Australia or overseas.

I know there is a metal replacement for the Nylon micro adjuster. For some of the other issues, part of the micro adjuster may have come loose or there are other issues with the rack and pinion.

I don't know what pressure would be required to expand the jaws of the spanner.

I will see if I can find a posting on replacing the micro adjuster.

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Bob if you are using this on a table then I would suggest making your life easier and get a router lift something like the Router Raizer works from above and very easy to set your bit where ever you want it. It cost a few bucks but IMHO is well worth the money. Trying to raise a router to 1/16 of an inch by pushing or pulling on it never worked for me.
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Art, Thanks for taking the time to respond to me but I'm not willing to spend the big bucks on a lift, since I bought this particular rounter to avoid the cost of a lift. It worked fine for about the first year but has become a hazzle since. I'm assuming there is a way to return it to it's original operation and that is the reason for my post. I watch guys on the TV shows use the lifts and they look sweet but I'm not frustrated enough to spend the bucks at this point. Thanks, Bob.
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James, Thanks for your reply from "way down under". I bought this router to avoid buying a lift, which costs more than most routers. It worked well for about a year then the problems started. I can and do still use it as my only table mounted router but it has just become very aggravating to make adjustments. Bob.
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I have had a Triton TRA1000 for more than 5 years as my main table router. Even as a hobbiest this router gets a lot of use. I have had none of the problems of which you speak. I can't imagine what it might take to spread the wrench for the collet. All the adjustments are in excellent working order as well. Perhaps you have a faulty machine. Please let us know what you find to resolve these problems.

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Reg, I thought I had the router for about 3 years but I got my receipt out today and it was actually January of 2008 so it has been in service almost 5 years. The wrench spread due to the amount of force it took at times to break the collect loose from the bit. I use the router for making raised panels and use some very large bits. I run them at the lower speeds as recommended but maybe they have contributed to the difficulty breaking the collet loose. Anyway, thanks for responding and hopefully someone will have a solution to the micro adjustment not working. Bob.
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Hi, the only reason one can have problems with micro adjuster is they forget to release the locking lever! When adjusting the height.1 Unlock,2 Use coarse adjuster(Knurled Side handles) 3 Then use micro adjuster.4 Lock!
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Bob, I too have made many raised panels in red alder ( a semi-hardwood) without having to use severe force to loosen the collet. I'm not trying to tell you anything you likely allready know, but cleaning out the collet each time of bit change is most important. The micro adjuster has a certain order for use and I see someone else has already explained. IF you have no luck replacing your collet wrench, I'm sure any machine shop can make another for you, out of any strength of steel you wish. Good luck with your machine. I hope you will let us know how this works out for you. I swear by my Triton router. It's by far the best I've had to work with.

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