Triton Router -- Replaced the Worm Drive to Fix Lift Mechanism

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Blog entry by thiel posted 03-15-2010 04:29 AM 10682 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Like a few of you, I bought the FWW “Editors Pick” Triton MOFOO1 2.25 HP Router for use in my router table. That was about 18 months ago.

Despite light use, the lift mechanism quickly broke. Triton (now owned by HTC) was apologetic and helpful with replacement parts. The culprit is a NYLON (wow, what a dumb design choice) worm drive. The worm drive strips when you lift the router a few times—-because there is too much downward pressure on the router from both its weight and from the plunge spring it contains. The router operates fine with the stripped drive, but the micro-adjust wheel wont work—which also eliminates the ability for above the table height adjustments.

Note: the Triton manual, which I actually did read, makes it clear that removing this spring is optional if you’re going to use it in a table. Clearly, it’s not an option: YOU MUST REMOVE THE SPRING if this lightweight worm drive is gonna have a chance of survival. If you haven’t done this already on your unit, do it now. Takes two seconds.

Anyway… I finally got around to replacing the part. There is an extraordinarily helpful guide on this procedure here:

Do make sure to read the final pages of the guide since there are a couple key tips at the end which will save you some work. (This guide covers stuff beyond worm drive replacement which I didn’t do btw.)

I hope that helps someone out there…


-- --Thiel

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 08:31 AM

Thank you for posting this. I just got this router for the table I’m building and will be sure to remove the spring!

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 02:18 PM

Never understood the use of Nylon for high stress parts. The use of them for backpacks and sports bags always annoyed me. KitchenAid’s reputation for their mixers suffered horribly a couple years ago because they replaced their metal gears with nylon ones. They since have fixed this but I have to wonder about an engineer that thinks that nylon can withstand the stresses of shop and kitchen machines.


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