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A versatile router table capable of delivering professional quality results
on 16 February 2016
I have been using my RTA300 for 9 years but never got round to writing a review until now. I really like this table although I agree with other reviewers that assembly is moderately difficult. I had a Trend Craftsman router table previously and I consider the Triton table to be better. Why do I like it? The clamping system for fixing almost all brands of router router on the router sub-plate is easy to operate and works well. (Triton routers can be 'dropped in' and locked in place without the clamps.) The clamps are 'quick release' and it's easy to remove the router ,say, for hand-held use and then replace it in the table in exactly the same position as before. A tool is provided to enable you to centre the router in the plate aperture. The adjustable split fence works well and recently I made use of the facility to off-set the in-feed and out-feed fences to do some edge planing on timber that was a little out of square. The two halves of the fence are spring-tensioned in place and they can be moved closer together or pushed further apart to provide the optimum amount of clearance between fence and cutter. Being made of MDF, the faces of the fence are easily replaceable when it becomes necessary and it is a straightforward matter to modify the fence for special applications, eg to fit a taller fence for tenoning. The fine (micro) adjustment facility for fence position in relation to the cutter (the two adjustable 'buffers' that go just behind the fence) enables repeatable fence positions to be established. This is very useful when it's desirable to take a 'light pass' by setting the fence a bit closer to you, then moving the fence to its end position to make the final pass through the cutter.
The transparent plastic dust chute cum guard works well and it is actually very sturdy (having stood up to 9 years of use without any fault developing. My shop vac. is coupled to the dust chute by a length of hose and in use, it collects most of the dust and chips produced when routing wood.
The adjustable sliding mitre sled works well too. I used it recently with profile scribing cutters to make replacement frame and panel doors for some kitchen cabinets.
In summary,The Triton RTA300 router table is capable of delivering professional quality routing for all routing projects; as with all woodworking machines and equipment the limiting factor is more often than not the skill of the user. If you decide to buy an RTA300, bear in mind that you will need to mount it on a Triton router stand or on the Triton Series 2000 WorkCentre, or a shop-made platform or cabinet. I chose to mount the table on the dedicated Triton router stand and I am satisfied with its performance in use.