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I am considering purchasing a Triton router for my table but am curious about this spindle lock. I can't find much info or any good videos showing how and when it activates. Can someone shed some light on this. I currently run a Dewalt with plate in my table but changing the bits is almost impossible considering were the motor housing lines up.

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Are you talking about the spindle lock or the on/off switch interlock? The spindle lock kicks in automatically when you raise the router to full height to change bits. You can also depress it for freehend use. It is not reachable when you raise the router in the table, so the automatic lock is a must.

The power switch lock is a different critter. You must manually unlock it after cranking it up to full height, which means reaching under the table to override the lock. You can search for how to defeat the power interlock, but it is a worthy safety feature and reaching under is a minor effort for the sake of keeping fingers intact. The switch lock slides away from the switch so you can press the rocker switch to on. The lock cover slides in place and physically blocks the rocker from going to the on position. It is a superb machine for the table, but awkward for hand held use, at least for this old guy.

One other thing I like about it is that it has a manual height locing lever. When you cinch that baby down, it won't creep. You can watch it in serious use by watching one of Marc Sommerfeld's videos on YouTube.

Use your DeWalt for freehand use and you'll never have to take your Triton out of the table. One other minor point. The Triton is heavy, so I urge you to get an aluminum router plate, not phenolic. I went with the Woodpecker plate for the twist lock insert and the extra 1/8 th in thickness. But any aluminum plate will be fine.
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The spindle lock will not engage until you turn the switch off. This allows you to raise the router completely for above table bit changes. It took me a bit to remember that (I am a slow learner), but now it is second nature and I really appreciate the safety it offers.
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I am now more confused. I thought the router would lock the spindle from rotating when it was turned off and not having to adjust the height. I have some operations that I don't want to adjust the height for when changing the bits so that is what im trying accomplish.

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I am now more confused. I thought the router would lock the spindle from rotating when it was turned off and not having to adjust the height. I have some operations that I don't want to adjust the height for when changing the bits so that is what im trying accomplish.
I just use a bent wrench to do this. For bit sets that have matched bit sets, you can drop a half inch rubber grommet in so the bit bottoms out on the grommet, retaining the exact height. I know that Freud and Sommerfeld bits come in matched sets, really don't know of any other matched set sources.

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I have a bent wrench to loosen and tighten the collet but the locking of the spindle is what I am trying to get around.

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I am considering purchasing a Triton router for my table but am curious about this spindle lock. I can't find much info or any good videos showing how and when it activates. Can someone shed some light on this. I currently run a Dewalt with plate in my table but changing the bits is almost impossible considering were the motor housing lines up.

Thank you for you help.
I am on my second Triton TRA001 and don't know how I would get along without it in my Veritas RT. I haven't run into the same problem since it is virtually impossible to change a router bit and not have to re-adjust the height to resume the work. It's a safety feature to have the spindle lock engaged before you can loosen the collet. Router must be raised all the way up to engage the Spindle Lock.
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So it seems like I am just an odd duck of trying to change bits without moving router height. I guess I will just abandon my thinking and go with the Triton. Now the next decision is to order a new WP router plate or drill out my current Dewalt version to work.


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So it seems like I am just an odd duck of trying to change bits without moving router height. I guess I will just abandon my thinking and go with the Triton. Now the next decision is to order a new WP router plate or drill out my current Dewalt version to work.


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Before you make any decision on a router plate have a look at the Veritas Router plate from Lee Valley Tools. I love the plastic inserts to fit around the different size bits. Makes dust collection simple with my shop vac.
IF you decide on a Triton Router; also have a look at a 'MUSCLECHUCK.com" to replace your collet. A bit pricey, but SO well worth it. Makes bit changing even more easy!!
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I am considering purchasing a Triton router for my table but am curious about this spindle lock. I can't find much info or any good videos showing how and when it activates. Can someone shed some light on this. I currently run a Dewalt with plate in my table but changing the bits is almost impossible considering were the motor housing lines up.

Thank you for you help.
Triton "spindle lock" is a safety feature only available to Triton (as far as I am aware). In Triton, the power switch has a "cower" over it that needs to be open in order to operate the switch. When you "close" the cowering, the spindle lock pushes in the spindle and locks it so you can change the bit. This gives dual safety, electrical and mechanical; that is you can not accidentally operate the switch with the cower on.
This feature is important to me as I use my Triton exclusively "table mounted" and use external (no voltage) switch.
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