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Okay, now I'm totally confused. About 6 months ago I bought a new in the box Triton TRA001 from a reputable tool store. I bought it for the sole purpose of it's above the table ability to be adjusted in lieu of buying a router lift. It's never been opened and I'm about to put it into my router table, replacing my Hitachi M12V.
So I'm reading here on the forum and see several people saying the Triton TRA001 "IS NOT" the one that can be height operated from the topside of the table. That another model, the TRC001 is the one to be able to do that.
So I do an internet search and see several stores selling the TRA001 touting it's "above table height adjustment crank handle feature".
I haven't unwrapped my Triton yet as if it has to go back ... because then I'm better off not unwrapping it. I spoke with that router chap from the woodshows .. Mark Eastman? or something last year and he explained that I'd be loving my Triton because of this.
So now I can't tell if mine needs to go back, or if it is the proper "top side crank handle version". Can anybody shed light as to this and clarify? I recently went to several websites who are selling the Triton TRA001 and they all cite the "crank handle above table feature". Or do I just have to open the darn box and hope the retailer will take it back.? Help!
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Hi Scott,

There is some confusion about the Triton "TRx000" family at the moment.

Open the box and see.

All the new TRA001 routers have the 'through the table height adjustment' facility.

I bought a new TRA001 not long ago and in the box was a TRC001. Go figure...

If yours states on the box, or in the ad that it does have the facility and you find that it doesn't (which I doubt), you have a case of false advertising and the item should be returned.


PS: don't wait until it is outside the warranty period before opening....

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thx James. I'm afraid I bought this more than 6 months ago so I'd probably be at the mercy of my "we'll see how friendly" tool merchant! I've read on this forum a number of the older models had a plastic gear which was problematic which has now been replaced. Be nice to know simply if "your s/n is above __blank__ then yours has the metal one. I'd hoped to not fully open the box but I guess I'll need to go into the garage & carefully have a look. Darn the confusion! I'm not certain what the "crank handle for above the table" would look like to even identify if I have the correct one? Did the older version (non top side adjustment model) have a crank handle as well for the underside? If so, even opening the box, how would I be able to determine which model I have? I guess what I'm asking is what do I look for to differentiate which model I have? (Being new to routing isn't much fun right now! ;(
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okay, against my thoughts, I went out and opened the new router. Now bear with me, I'm no router expert but this is what I saw and maybe you can tell me if I have the right model after all (wow would that be a relief!)
There is a silver metal crank rod with a close to 90 degree bend at the top. It's about (rod) 7" in lenth then after the 90 degree bend it has a orange knob on top of the bend. There is a black circular dial that slides along the length of the shaft. The bottom of the slver rod has a "T" shape which appears to mate to the little reverse "T shape" on the bottom of the "micro adjusting?" turret.
By just having this "crank, is this the piece that ensures this model is the "above table adjusting version of the Triton? (fingers crossed)
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Scott, your model will adjust from above the table. The point that has been made in recent posts is people are surprised to learn they must reach under the table to lock the height once it is set. This is true of all routers and most lifts, it is not a big deal.

You can see where I removed the screw to take the spring out for table mounted use. When you undo the screw you must keep a hand on the knob so the spring doesn't try it's own moon launch.
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ahhh, it's refreshing to get "a break" and not have to return this girl! Thanks so much Mike for your help. No doubt once I get it into the table I'll have more queries. I was considering using the "Incra" insert designed for the Triton. I'm a bit confused from the other posts, if I do use this, will I have to drill the insert regardless? (One would think if the insert is designed for the Triton, then it would be pre-drilled) but then again, I suppose logic shouldn't factor in should it?
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Hi Scott,

As Mike said, if the crank is enclosed in the box, than you have the newer model which will
adjust from above the table.
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thx James and Mike. Hey I presume both of you have this particular router? If so, I'll presume you both have it mounted in a router table? If so, what router table insert did you choose and what would you two recommend if you were to do it again now with more experience? or are you satisfied with the one you have?
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Hi Scott,

I have this router (TRB001) and an older model TRA001 (no crank). I have used both, table mounted.

I use the Oak Park 11" x 11" plate in the Oak Park Table and the el cheapo Grizzly plate (or clone thereof) in a larger table.

On both of them, I do not use the crank handle as I just reach under the OP table to adjust, using brass set up bars for height.

I am currently using the TRB001 hand held at the moment to confirm it is not 'tippy' as some people try and make out...

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Scott, my Triton is mounted on the $13 Grizzly mounting plate. Drilling the 4 mounting holes and the hole for the crank handle is not difficult.
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