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Posted on Dust collection with a Triton TRA 001 router in a router table

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 07:42 PM

In a table situation Like you have, I removed the shields for 2 reasons on mine.

1) To allow for dust collection

2) To reduce potential for heat buildup. I too have that birdhouse around my router, not sure I will do that again on the next router table build, but Narmon made it famous, so I thought I would pay homage on the last table, shed, cabinet I built for routing. I have since taken off the stupid window/door.

After years of using tools I’ve acquired some weird (by other peoples estimation) habits. One of them is to fairly regularly touch tools, especially if they have been running a while, for what I determine to be excessive heat. I’ve had a bunch of routers back to the early 1960’s and I can’t say heat never has been an issue. Since building that Narmon catastrophe I feel heat on any router I use in it, and I think a router needs all the air it can get, and those little bird houses don’t allow for enough of it.

Using my Triton routers freehand I have left the shields on, and feel it is a safety thing, and I get no heat feeling on either the 2 or 3 hp models. Same with my Bosch, and PC routers. All of the plastic is quick to remove for bit work, then they go back on. I’ve stood on a power cord or 3 edge routing, and that sudden stop can get fangers, and routers in proximities you wouldn’t normally want them in. If a bit of plastic keeps my finger safe, I’m all for it. BTW I now use a cord minder, think Fasstool overhead for ideas, no more stomping on cords for me. I’m pretty sure that is why they made it to begin with.

Back to your last question. I have dust collection on the fence, and I like to use the dust collection Triton has for the router itself. That get’s it top and bottom, and while nothing in dust collection is 100% it certainly doesn’t leave a mess. I’ve found since getting rid of Norms stinky door, my dust collection seems to have improved. I can only owe that to increased airflow, which was my point of removing the door, even if I did it with heat in mind.

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