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Angry Troubled Triton

Own a TRC001 (I think that's the model) that lives in a table. It replaced a predecessor having no (above) table adjustments and had a RouterRazor modification installed. Anyway, here's the problem - lowering smoothness!

When I lower the router (bit), the router doesn't lower right away, but then "falls" to the lowered height. As I continue to crank it lower, it stays still, then "falls" again. I can't seem to trust it's height adjustment, so I have been lowering it well below the needed height, then raising it to the height I need and as you'd figure, I often take it too high, then must go through the same thing again to lower it.

What's wrong? I have DC in (and over) the table - not great mind you (the cavity fills a few inches, but far below the router, and the top (below the plate ring) has rarely had accumulation. Where do I spray the WD-40? ARGGGGGGGGGG!!
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it could be a buildup of fine dust..did it work well before or like that from the beginning..if was ok in beginning I'd pull it out and check and clean....

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you need to take it a part and blow out the gears that run the adjustment I need to do it about every 6 mounths with mine it dust built up on the gears its about a 10 min job once you do it once
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HI Bob, I tend to agree with BC and "dogrunner".

Triton did have a problem with plastic fine adjusters. They have now replaced them with metal and you can order a replacement.

My old TRA001 has this issue, but not enough to cause any problems. I sometimes hold my hand under the router while I lower it to reduce the weight on the gears.

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Thank you for your responses.

1) I removed the router and placing it plate up, held it in place and cranked it all the way up & all the way down several times paying attention to "smoothness" (or lack thereof) while lowering, and it wasn't very smooth during most of its travel, and it clearly "resisted" my turning the crank in a certain area.

2) With compressed air, I blew away all debris, especially in and around cranks, posts and vents. Again, I cranked it all the way up & all the way down several times without observable change.

3) I removed the spring housing cap and blew the void out thoroughly. A little dust came flying out at first, and another small burst shortly after, but that was it. I continued blowing it out till I was confident no benefit remained. I again cranked it all the way up & all the way down several times, but this time with a definate change for the better - a small one, but better. While I was inspecting and trying to figure out what else to do, I was tempted to squirt some WD-40 into the gears at the base of the void into which I was staring, but decided against it. I put the cap back on and dropped it back in the table and screwed the plate back in.

Back in place, I cranked it all the way up & all the way down again several times thinking magic would happen, but ... Can I live with it? Well, I'm going to have to, unless 1) I win the lottery (and there's no chance of that since I don't buy tickets), or 2) one of you guys tell me what else I can do! Meanwhile, I have other stuff to do in the shop. You?

Thx guys, and happy woodworking.
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You need to disassemble the router to clean it thoroughly, and check if you have the plastic worm gear.

Use this URL for clear instructions on dis assembly.

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Someone in Oz raised a similar issue recently, and one response from another member suggested to check the mounting plate/insert. They had had a similar issue and a warped mounting plate/insert had forced the plunge guide rods out of alignment, causing binding on the rods as the router body was raised and lowered.

I suspect that a self drilled insert plate with alignment issues could do similar things, and always advocate using oversized holes and recessed panhead screws to mount a router to an insert as this limits screw alignment issues and allows the router to be centered about an insert ring mounted template guide if needed.

My understanding is that the local problem was subsequently traced back to the way the router was mounted to the insert.
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Sounds like you are describing a "bind." The best solution would be cleaning and lubricating. Since I just got my Triton 3¼hp router, I don't know if there is any adjustment required after cleaning & lubricating. I would refer to the user manual.

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