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I just bought the Triton 2 1/2hp router for my portable routing needs. I have a dedicated 3 1/4hp PC motor for table use.

The main reason I went with it is for its dust collecting, and it has gotten some good reviews. I have yet to try it out though.

I would like to get a good base plate mainly for use with inserts, but it would likely stay on for the majority of my freehand use. Here are some base plates I came up with in searching. Most of what I found was stuff for sale, and not reviews on them though.

I would appreciate any input you have, either from first hand use, or just from looking yourself. If there are any other ideas then what I found, by all means, let's hear about them.



Lee Valley Adapter Base Plate.

Saw some good reviews, the price is right, and I can get it locally

Pat Warner Precision Subbase Kit
Pat Warner Offset Base
These two appear to be well made, and I like the ability to accurated center the base to the collet, great for dovetail jigs and the like. I also like the idea of an offset base, it would help on edge work, and really should not get in the way. A bit pricey, but hey if they are good.....


Rockler One Plate

I like the fact that you can leave the base plate on and add on various inserts and below base dust collection.

Leigh Guidebush System
They have an adapter for my router, though I really don't see how it works. Are these for dedicating to the Leigh jig system. I don't have a dovetail jig yet, and it is between Leigh and Akeda as to which one I go for.

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Hi Jim, Welcome. Sorry can't be of help on the base plate for your Triton. I have two Tritons the 3-1/4hp is in a table & it replaced the 2-1/2hp. I have not used the template guides with either router. Some template kits come with a centering bit to help. I'm sure someone has more info on this.

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A bit of a shameless bump here, sorry. Still curious to see if anyone else has input on aftermarket bases.

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Hi Jim

To me you can't beat the MilesCraft base plate, it will do it all with just one plate, use the 1 3/16" guides plus you can pop it out and use up to a 2" bit in the same plate, it will fit almost any router on the market place,and all for 20.oo bucks


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I just bought that milescraft base and it fit both of my otherwise odd seeming routerbases, one Harbor Freight, and one Ryobi that my previous universal plate didn't fit. Needed the pieces anyways as over the years since I bought the previous universal base some of the parts for the bushings and guides disappeared.

Too bad I accidentally lifted the router and the bit ate away at the template.
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Bj, how tough is that Milescraft base plate? I had seen it, but discarded the idea because it was too plastic looking. When I first saw it my immediate (though very possibly wrong) impression was that there might be some flex to the webbed inserts. I do like the idea of the easily interchanged templates.

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Hi Jim

The plate is about 3/8" thick, most base plates are 1/4" thick and the Milescraft is about the same, the webbing makes it stronger and stiffer than the normal plates..once it's screwed down I don't think it will flex at all..

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Hi Jim,

For the Triton routers I would recommend the Oak Park 7" x7" plate.

I have the OP 11" plate on my Triton in the table and the 7" plate for hand held use on the Makita 3612C?

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IMO, I'd go with a Pat Warner plate. I have the Precision Plates mounted on my Bosch routers. I do a lot of dovetails on my Akeda jig and these bases are flat and sturdy. PC guide bushings fit perfectly. He also sells a centering pin and disc that centers the plate hole on the bit perfectly.
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I talked with Pat Warner, and he said he had tried out the Triton router and did not like it at all, and would not make base plates for it. I asked him if he had a recommendation and he suggested the DeWalt 621. After a bit of looking around, I decided to buy the DeWalt 618B3E, which is a model that Warner endorses and builds plates for. I just picked it up tonight, and I must say, it is leaps and bounds better that the Triton as far as ergonomics go. I also get the flexibility of a plunge, fixed and offset base with it. The edge guide is WAY better then the one supplied with the Triton too. I got $50 off of it on sale at Home Depot, so it was only $50 more than the Triton, and absolutely worth it.

Tomorrow morning the Triton goes back to the store.

Anyone want a big honkin' case though. There is no way I am keeping the plastic one the DeWalt came in, the sucker is HUGE. I can easily fit all the bases and pieces in a small 12" deep drawer.

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