Triton Tra001 Router Review
The Triton Tra001 is a new entry into the plunge router family. It was introduced in April 2015 by Triton Technology.
They are based on the same design as their TR1020 series routers but with some improvements such as a larger power supply, improved cooling system and better cable management. The TR1000 series is not being updated anymore due to its high cost and low performance compared to other brands’ models.
The TR1001 is a slightly smaller version of the TR1000 series which offers similar features at a lower price point. These include:
A single-sided blade design (no two sided blades)
An integrated stand for easy placement on tables and stands. The stand can be removed when not in use.
A screw cap secures it in place while using the router.
Integrated fan for quiet operation.
Integrated dust collection port. A hose can be connected for use without the dust port for large amounts of material and large shop vacuums to collect the debris.
The ports on the bottom are larger than on the TR1000 routers making them easier to remove bits and adjust the router with a wrench.
A redesigned handwheel that is easier to grip and turn, especially when wearing gloves.
Triton provides a “base” plate for mounting the router to a router table or other project.
These routers are suitable for both home and light industrial use and will make excellent additions to your workshop. The quality of construction is more than suitable to handle everyday use in a home shop.
We do not recommend these routers for professional contractors unless they don’t require a heavier-duty machine. If you need a router that can stand up to constant use day in and day out, please see Triton’s TR2000 series.
Triton TR1002 Plunge Router
The Triton TR1002 is a plunge router with a 1.25 hp (Max.
15,000 RPM) motor. Along with the integrated fan and larger power supply that makes these routers more suitable for a home shop environment, this model has several features that are not available on other plunge routers.
Quick release system for changing the bases. There are three bases included with this model: A standard base, a base with a “Soft-start” function and a base with a “hard-edge” guide system.
The quick release system allows you to easily swap between the bases by simply turning two levers. Once the base is in place, it locks in with a quarter turn.
The standard base (Included with the router) offers the most versatility for general use.
The Soft-start base includes an idling system that slowly brings the router up to speed when lifting the bit out of the work piece or lowering it onto the work piece. This reduces the impact force when starting or stopping the router and can increase the life of the drivetrain.
You can see this base below with “Soft-start” printed on the dial.
The hard-edge guide base has multiple edges to support a variety of jigs. The guide blocks are easy to adjust with a hex key and can be locked in place without leaving any marks on your project.
You can see this base below.
A big improvement over other plunge routers is that the motors on these routers don’t require any dismantling to change the base. This can save a lot of time over the life of the router, especially if you use it in a production environment.
A slot is cut into the base that allows you to use a screwdriver or other tool (Not included) to easily pop the motor off of the arbor.
The handwheel has a Lock-on button for continuous use. The Soft-start and Lock-on features can be purchased as accessories with the other bases if you want to add them to your router at a later time.
The TR1002 has a handwheel with an integrated LED Worklight that makes it much easier to see the edge of your workpiece or whatever you’re routing out in the dead of winter.
Triton TR1002 Plunge Router – Standard Base
Triton’s plunge routers all come with a standard base that offers the greatest versatility for general use. The standard base has a 1/4″ collet and can accept any of Triton’s many Collets which range in size from 1/8″ to 1 1/2″.
This will allow you to use any bit with a 1/4″-20 thread.
The router is a plunge router which means it can be controlled with one hand and can have the cutter take material down below the base of the router, this opens up many possibilities for decorative carving.
Triton TR1002 Plunge Router – Soft-start base
This base has a built in soft-start and stop feature for the motor which can increase the life of the motor. The router also comes with a spindle lock for quick bit changes.
The Soft-start and spindle lock features are optional accessories, so if you don’t need them now, you can add them later without having to buy a whole new router.
TR1002 Soft-start base
Triton TR1002 Plunge Router – Hard-edge guide base
The Hard-edge guide base is great for cutting exact width dadoes and other edge treatments. It has multiple support blocks that can be moved to support the edges of your work piece.
This allows you to quickly set up your router for tasks such as cutting shallow rabbets, tenons and more. It can also be used to create exact width dado and rabbets simply by adjusting the router and blocks.
This base has a hardened steel edge that keeps the router from damaging the surface of your work or your router. The blocks can be used over and over again for many different projects.
The Hard-edge guide base is also an optional accessory, so if you don’t need it now, you can add it later without having to buy a whole new router.
TR1002 Hard-edge guide base
Plunge vs. Fixed Base
Triton offers both plunge and fixed (stationary) routers in their product line. The fixed base units are great for production work, or when you want to make precise decorative edges since the bit is locked in place.
The plunge based units give you a lot more flexibility, but do require a bit more attention to safety and finger control. I find myself using both types of routers on a regular basis. — Jesse
Triton tools are manufactured in China and like most other tools these days, have made their way to the US after being made overseas. I own several Triton tools and find them to be just as well made as similar quality American or European manufactured tools.
The only major difference between Triton and other quality tools is the price. Triton tools are extremely well priced for the technology and quality that you get.
The TR2001 Plunge Base has 1/4″ collet that can accept 1/4″ shank bits with a 3mm, 3.2mm, 3.5mm, or 4mm collet adapter available for using smaller sized bits.
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