I chose a Triton 2-1/4 HP router for my table because of FWW recommendation and the built in lift.
After about 1 hour of use, the Triton height adjustment gear broke, putting me out of commission for 6-8 weeks until a replacement part can be boated over from the orient reinforcing my philosophy that warranties today are virtually useless.
So now I must buy another router or take a two month hiatus.
DOOR #1: $220. The most economical choice is another identical Triton since it fits my drilled table insert. But I am unsure if this is a design flaw or a 1 in a million fluke.
DOOR #2: $285 For the Milwaukee 5625. This motor uses the same table insert as my Triton and the PC7518.
DOOR #3: $570 The Milwaukee 5625 and a lift like the INCRA-JESSEM Mast-R Lift. I’ve read the aftermarket lifts are beefier than the built-in versions in routers.
I am considering the Milwaukee because:
I got two user reports by people who make router accessories that the Milwaukee purrs like a kitten compared to the PC7518 which they described runs like a tractor and everything sitting on the table vibrates onto the floor.
The Triton seems to be a good router with good design features. Robustness is in question. But I am not impressed with the customer service and the method of operation that Triton chooses.
If I choose another router, I would need to replace my table insert ($100).
Edited 5/12/2009 8:16 am by Cincinnati