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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 10-19-2018 10:28 AM 391 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rwe2156

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10-19-2018 10:28 AM

Triton 3hp. Using built in height adjuster in a router table,

Issue: when unlocking the bit will drop, sometimes as 1/8”.

If I approach the cutting height by lowering the bit it doesn’t happen.

But if I raise the bit to dial in a height, the next time I unlock the bit will drop.

Just started doing this on my current project. Router is less than 1 yr old.

As you can imagine this is a hassle when trying to dial in a bit height if then bit drops you’ve lost your reference,

Thanks for any insight and guys – PLEASE don’t tell me I need a router lift, OK?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!


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Woodmaster1

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#1 posted 10-19-2018 10:39 AM

It is called backlash, just start lowering your bit to get the final height. I would check to see if you can make adjustments to get rid of the backlash.

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#2 posted 10-19-2018 11:48 AM

I have the same router and the same problem. I’ve tried just leaving it unlocked, but then vibration lowers the bit slightly during the cut. It is annoying. I do love the router though.
I don’t do enough router work for this issue to make me hate it or to have prompted a thorough investigation of the mechanism behind the problem.
If you mess with the adjustment mechanism to fix it, please post your solution!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#3 posted 10-20-2018 01:23 AM

please tell me you removed the internal spring.

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rwe2156

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#4 posted 10-20-2018 10:52 AM

Bill no I have not removed spring. What will that do?

I have commmunicated the issue to Triton waiting for response.

In the meantime I will deal with it like WM1 said.

Thing is, it’s never done this until just now.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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shawnn

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#5 posted 10-20-2018 11:56 AM

Mine does this too sometimes but I’m not sure why you consider it a problem – not trying to be a wise guy just don’t understand the issue. I always use my Wixey digital height gauge to set bit height, well worth the money IMO plus I know exactly what the height is. After setting the height I always lock the Triton so it doesn’t move.

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d38

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#6 posted 10-21-2018 03:49 AM

I have a 1990s Freud plunge in my table and always set the bit by raising it to minimize backlash issues, then lock it. I also use a Wixey digital height gauge which is an awesome accessory.
I’d assume the Triton has some backlash like all brands due, so suggest setting the height by always turning one direction (raising the bit makes sense because the router weight on the threads should minimize play), then lock it.
If the threads move while routing, it shouldn’t be an issue with the mechanism locked.

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Bill_Steele

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#7 posted 10-23-2018 05:50 PM



Bill no I have not removed spring. What will that do?

I have commmunicated the issue to Triton waiting for response.

In the meantime I will deal with it like WM1 said.

Thing is, it’s never done this until just now.

- rwe2156

My Triton router is fairly old—so maybe this does not apply to yours—the internal gear connected to the raising/lower mechanism is plastic or nylon and will strip or lose teeth over time. If the internal spring is left in place when the router is mounted in a router table it is my understanding that this can increase the potential for damage. The spring supports the body of the router for plunging operations. When it is mounted in a table the spring is not necessary and weight of the body plus the spring are putting force on those fragile gears. The manual provides instructions on how to remove it – very easy to do. I know that they now make a metal gear that I can buy and retrofit.

I wonder if the gears on your router are worn or damaged?

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lumbering_on

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#8 posted 10-23-2018 06:00 PM



I have a 1990s Freud plunge in my table and always set the bit by raising it to minimize backlash issues, then lock it. I also use a Wixey digital height gauge which is an awesome accessory.
I d assume the Triton has some backlash like all brands due, so suggest setting the height by always turning one direction (raising the bit makes sense because the router weight on the threads should minimize play), then lock it.
If the threads move while routing, it shouldn t be an issue with the mechanism locked.

- d38

I was wondering about this. I have it in my router, but it’s not exactly expensive. I’m a bit surprised the Triton has this issue as well. As with everyone else, I just make sure that I lower down to the desired height, and I have no issues after that.

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Artie623

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#9 posted 10-23-2018 07:24 PM

For table mounting just about the first thing you do is get rid of the spring… it’s amazing how long it is once removed from the machine….

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