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I just visited a router table setup in a showroom with the Triton 3-1/4 hp (TRC001). When I raised and lowered the bit, I was disappointed to find that it operated rather erratically. Cranking it slowly down as if to be precisely setting the bit height, it drops suddenly. Is this backlash something I will just get used to? I've never experienced a $300 lift and $300 PC motor combo. Would I find this much smoother and more precise? But for $189 for the Triton and $60 for a plate, it's sure tempting to go the Triton route and save $350. That's quite a difference in cost, especially now that I'm living on a fixed retirement income. I'd really appreciate hearing from you about your experiences with the Triton option before I dive in. Thanks!
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I can't speak to the Triton, but my BenchDog Pro lift and PC 7518 combo is very smooth and precise.

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I have used a Triton in my table for years. The height adjustment is a pain but the above table bit changes are a pleasure.
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I'm a great fan of the Triton for under table use, and the new version that you quoted with the above table height adjustment should be the ultimate. I can't imagine why the one you tried was jerky, my earlier model TRA001 without it's spring is as smooth as silk.

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Where is someone selling this at this price? thanks
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Where is someone selling this at this price? thanks
Rooky, woodcraft has it.
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Today, I bought the Triton TRC001 for $189.90. Cayce Machinery in Baltimore, and Woodcraft have them at the same new price. Both dealers had been selling it for $269.00 and reduced it on the same day so I think that Triton itself is now offering them to their dealers at a lowered promotional price. Sale price ends April 2 at the Woodcraft stores.

Unfortunately, the above the table height adjustment has an annoying backlash as did the Triton in the showroom. Raising the bit works smoothly but if you went a little high and want to lower the bit just 1/64" or so, it suddenly drops way past where you want it. So, you start over again and hope this time you can hit the "exact" spot while adjusting upward.

The great power, bit change ease and low price attributes are so positive that I think (hope) I can learn to live with the negative height adjustment situation.
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Joel, you might want to check the height adjusting screw and make sure it is the metal one and not the plastic one. They are all supposed to be coming with the metal screw now but you might have got one that was on the shelf for a while and had the older plastic part. I have seen several posts that people said that was the fix for thier problem on height adjustment.
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Racer – I just checked my adjustment screw to see if it is metal or plastic. The "tip" which connects to the crank handle is the only part I can see and it's metal. Does that mean that the entire worm gear is metal or do I need to dismantle it to tell? I do think mine is a newer version because the on/off switch has the dust boot on it.
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The correct and accurate way to adjust the height on any table router is to lower it then bring it up slowly to the correct position. It's a bit like adjusting the old mechanical kitchen clockwork timers, for five minutes simply turning it clockwise to the five minute mark is hopeless, one winds it at least half way clockwise then anti-clockwise to the five minute position. I think you will be VERY happy with the Triton TRC001, but don't forget to remove the spring, a very simple job.

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