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Forum topic by Ken90712 posted 01-02-2011 06:32 PM 3506 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2011 06:32 PM

Let me start off by saying this was not a big fire but could have been. Don’t want any of my Buddies too worry.

I have always had big red hanging in the corner of both my Garage and woodshop. When I bought them I was thinking man these are kind of pricey but if I need it one day it will be worth it.

12-31-10, Blondie is working finishing Payroll, I’m in the shop finishing the doors for a practice cabinet I’m making before making the two that will be going on a blank wall in the Kitchen. The stick and cope for the rails and stiles are complete, and I have sanded down the door panels that I’m making out of Blue Oak. ( I purchased the wood from Rob, Socalwood who has left this site due to a cpl immature Jocks, another story. )

He warned me that this wood was very hard. It is truly amazing I can’t wait to post it to show everyone, sorry got distracted.

While routing the raised panel portion of the door with my Summerfelds Router Bit Kit and my Triton Router that is 7 months old, is when it started to go wrong. I was going slow, watching for problem or chip out. On the last door, I had approx 6 inches to go and started seeing smoke. My first thought was these bits are already dull? Then as I slowed down to safely pull back the piece the motor started slowing down and the smoke getting worse.

When I bent down, I saw my Triton Router Housing glowing red and flames! I said OH, S T !!!! & ran over to the Fire Extinguisher. The mind works fast in trying times; I am thinking Man I don’t want to spray this, who’s going to clean it up? Stupid, right? Gave a short Blast popped it out of table and went outside with it.

Now I’m mad, thinking this is brand new router this shouldn’t have happened but thankful all is well.

While I like my Triton I have found that buying there product I was miss informed which I should have caught, so it is my fault. While it a Australian Co there made in China. The only Service Center in the US is in Mich., so I have to wait until Monday to see if the Yr warranty will be honored. Mean while either I buy another router for the table or the project is on hold!

Thx for reading and sharing,

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 06:40 PM

Glad you are ok and were fast on your feet. Most importantly you were prepared. I will be getting another big red one for the shop too today. I have two inside the house but I will dedicate one to my shop stuff.

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 06:45 PM

Lucky you were aware.
My Red’s are dusty but at every door.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 06:51 PM

bummer – hope the navy training kicked in – I have the big porter cable attached to a jessem lift – it has made at least 100 raised panels over the years with no issue at all.

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 07:13 PM

glad you and yours are alright Ken :-)
and lucky you that it started smoking before you were finished with the use of it
think of what cuold have happen if you was finish with the routing and sat it on a pile of dust and chips and had lieve for a coffebreak = no shop now after you have entertained you neighboers with blue lights etc. etc.

take care

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 07:41 PM

Glad you ended up safe.
What a bummer.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 08:26 PM

Wow, that’s scary! Had somewhat of a similar situation happen when I was routing the dado’s in my phenolic out feed table to extend my miter slots, I noticed something red in the corner of my eye as it got sucked up into the vac. Next thing I know, the vacuum is smoking and I rush it out back and dump it out. The air from the the vacuum took that hot little ember and it started to burn all the dust inside. Scary!!!

Glad nothing worse happened to you and your shop…

-- Childress Woodworks

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 09:28 PM

WOW! That is scary all right!

There is one thing I have learned about the Router…

It is real easy to want to go real slow… BUT, with real hard wood, all that does is generate more heat from friction…

It is better to start moving the router FASTER through the wood… and if you have the power in the router, it will cut the wood and go through it… and if you see smoke, move it a little faster… to cool it down by going into cooler wood and CUT it.

Try it sometime… it really works…

Glad you got through it OK.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 10:07 PM

Glad to hear it was as small a fire as you say. I know how fast something that small can GROW.
I have a four fire extinguishers through out the house. Heck one year I gave each of my kids one as part of a Christmas present.
I’m glad it worked out.
On the bright side… you get to start the new year with either a new router or a like new one…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#9 posted 01-02-2011 10:12 PM

Sorry to hear of your misfortune in the shop. Its kind of funny at some of the things that can go through ones mind in times like this. Am glad you posted this to remind us just how valuable our fire extinguishers are in the shop and how much they can save us for having them. I have a big red as well, but this type of scenario makes me consider smaller ones. Having smaller ones at machines could be very valuable.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#10 posted 01-02-2011 11:26 PM

Thx everyone for the kind words and thoughts. Talk to you soon. Yes the Navy Advanced Fire fFghting Training Paid off!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 01-02-2011 11:38 PM

Happy all went well.
What a story, and yes it’s not a bad idea with a way to stop fire in the shop I see.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 01-03-2011 12:21 AM

Ken, Glad to hear you and the rest of your shop are safe. Be thankful you only lost the router. Good luck with your warranty claim.

-- Scott in Texas

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#13 posted 01-03-2011 01:48 AM

OK Ken, You have a redneck in high suspense. Who cleaned up the mess. lol A router is much cheaper than a house or shop. Keep the Big Red close and regularly serviced. I grabbed one once that just hissed air, made me glad I always carried two on the truck. When they get out of date the power can and will pack down.

Glad you didn’t have a bigger loss. I understand the Triton is a fantastic machine. It would be interesting to know what the problem was. I’m sure it was something very unique. Good luck on the warranty. Hope to hear you are back in the swing of things very soon. Rand

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#14 posted 01-03-2011 01:58 AM

Had the wife Clean it in between making dinner! Thought she needed a break LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 01-03-2011 02:54 AM

On your last comment Ken Yeah! right I believe you. It’s a scary situation when you see smoke in a shop full of wood & very valuable tools isn’t it? Glad you kept a cool head


-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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