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just wanted some opinions on the best all around table router. i will be using the jointech system that i purchased for next -to-nothing on craigslist. thanks for any input.
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just wanted some opinions on the best all around table router. i will be using the jointech system that i purchased for next -to-nothing on craigslist. thanks for any input.
Hi Curt,

This is like asking which is the best medium sized sedan. Everyone has their own preference.

My preference is for the Triton router in the table.

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Ultimately it will be the one you are most comfortable with. I have a Triton 3-1/4 hp with built-in lift, in one table & a Hitachi M12V with a Router Raizer in the other. They are both excellent table routers. The larger PC's are real workhorses but are not cheap. I use my tables all the time & sometimes all day. They have not missed a beat & have been very dependable. The Hitachi is a little quieter than the Triton. It is an older model but you can still find them refurbished from some sources. No regrets.

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Ultimately it will be the one you are most comfortable with. I have a Triton 3-1/4 hp with built-in lift, in one table & a Hitachi M12V with a Router Raizer in the other. They are both excellent table routers. The larger PC's are real workhorses but are not cheap. I use my tables all the time & sometimes all day. They have not missed a beat & have been very dependable. The Hitachi is a little quieter than the Triton. It is an older model but you can still find them refurbished from some sources. No regrets.
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You expressed the information much better than I.

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pardon my ignorance, but is it best to remove the springs from the plunge base when installing it in a table I have a hitachi TR12 thanks
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pardon my ignorance, but is it best to remove the springs from the plunge base when installing it in a table I have a hitachi TR12 thanks
Hi Curt.

A number of router users have at least 2 (not counting BJ).

One fixed in the table and one for hand held routing.

I have the Triton TRA001 mounted in a table with the springs removed. I use a makita 3612C for hand held and a Ryobi in my circle jig.

If you only had 1 router and wanted to use that for table and hand held, I would not remove the springs.

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How is the lift design on the Triton router? It really looks like a great built in feature for height adjusts above table, but I read a few reviews where the height adjust caused some problems, mainly I think not being durable enough. What do you all think? I was interested in this model too for table use & wanted some feeback from owners, it sure looks like a great feature instead of buying a lift. How does the Triton design work, say compared to the Bosch RA1165? similar? Sorry in advance if I should have started a new thread here, still learnin' the format!
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How is the lift design on the Triton router? It really looks like a great built in feature for height adjusts above table, but I read a few reviews where the height adjust caused some problems, mainly I think not being durable enough. What do you all think? I was interested in this model too for table use & wanted some feeback from owners, it sure looks like a great feature instead of buying a lift. How does the Triton design work, say compared to the Bosch RA1165? similar? Sorry in advance if I should have started a new thread here, still learnin' the format!
My particular model Triton TRA001 does not have the through table height adjust.

I use it in an Oak Park table and I can simply reach under and adjust the height with the knob. I can then change the cutter above the table.

I have no problem with durability.

I cannot comment on the Bosch RA1165.

The current TRA001 has the through table height adjust built in, so no lift is required.

There are now more makes and models available in the US with this built in height adjust.

As we are talking about 2 different topics, a new thread should have been started but it does tie in with the original question..
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have a hitachi tr12 and the porter cable 690 with a plunge base. only problem with the tr is it is not variable speed, and only hold 1/2" bits. maybe i will invest in another , more well-rounded model.
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Hi Curt

No need to invest in another just pickup the parts to make more usable

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