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The biggest criticism used to justify the value of purchasing the Millwakee Router over the Trtion router is bit feedback.

People on several woodworking forums claim there's a lot of vibration on Triton Routers using small 1/2 inch collet cutting bits. They claim the Milwaukee does a better job with smaller bits.

Most of these comments are from 2012-2015. The TRA001 has seen updates since that time.

Do any Triton owners feel they are getting a lot of feedback (vibrations) when using the Triton at full speed with smaller bits?
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My Triton TRA001 is about 2 years old, and I've never used it handheld at all. Mounted in the table as it is, I've never felt that its vibration was any different from the 2 Porter Cable routers that also go in the table. One of my routers is a 12 amp Milwaukee that I use handheld, and that's also a fine router. I would buy either of them again, but I use them for different tasks.

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If a router vibrated with small bits and it was the router causing the vibration I would expect the vibration to be much worse with larger bits.
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If a router vibrated with small bits and it was the router causing the vibration I would expect the vibration to be much worse with larger bits.
and if it's router...
the bearings are likely at fault...
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and if it's router...
the bearings are likely at fault...
It's why I'm asking.

This is where you have to be cautious with opinions online. Some people are fanatical about a product. Their opinions are biased rather than objective.

I doubt cabinet makers like Mark Sommerfield would make use of the Trinton if it had bit chatter in small bits. From delicate bead frames and other patterns, Cabinets use tons of tiny router bits for finishing details.
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a poorly made cheap bits can do it to... same for a bit that got hot, has a soft body and now has a slight bend to it...
swap bits.. if the vibration is still there start looking at the router...
if a bearing suffers a catastrophic failure you risk damaging the stator/commutator/armature and reducing the router to junk...
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My TRA001 is permanently installed in my shop made table with the Kreg plate.Using bits of all shapes & sizes,& no problems ever found. Same goes for my Bosch Router used freehand.I really like both these machines & I'll praise both any time so I may sound Biased,but I'm not
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No such problem with my bench mounted TRA001. Much too large a machine to use freehand for aging me. Use 1617s for freehend when a Colt isn't quite enough. Vibration should not be occurring in a router, it is nearly always a sign that something is wrong, as Stick said, with the bit, the bearings or some other portion of the armature.
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No such problem with my bench mounted TRA001. Much too large a machine to use freehand for aging me. Use 1617s for freehend when a Colt isn't quite enough. Vibration should not be occurring in a router, it is nearly always a sign that something is wrong, as Stick said, with the bit, the bearings or some other portion of the armature.
I doubt it's a real problem. Some people's egos function on trying to prove they've always made the best choice. It's fanboy syndrome.

The Milwaukee and Triton are in the same class of heavy beast routers. The Tritons are being used in professional shops around the world taking a heavier daily beating than any home hobbyist would throw at them.

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Most of the time if there is vibration the bit will be the culprit and either it has been damaged or it's out of balance. If it's out of balance that bad then chances are it's a cheapo. If you get a 2" or larger bit that's out of balance it can get downright scary when it gets up to speed.

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