Triton router / table

Will get my Triton router on Saturday. The aim is to replace my 1/4" Festo which is my table machine and have a hand held router available. Plan to make a new table but am unsure if it would be better to use a plate insert or mount directly to the table in a cutout. ( Not sure if this is described properly but someone posted a site where this was done - cannot find the site now - any body know about it?) The above table changing of bits would seem to make the use of an insert a not required extra. Bolt it to the table and thats it. No having to take the whole assembly out to change a bit. Anybody done something like this with a Triton. Comments
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If you can find the right pre-enegineered plate, it certainly makes the rest of the project easier.
The part I like best about mine is the replaceable, variable throat sized inserts. It means that I can keep the opening pretty close to the diameter of the bit turning in the router. The concept is like that of a zero clearance insert in a table saw, where the wood is supported right near the cutting zone.
This is the one I use (phenolic): http://www.woodpeck.com/inserts.html
There are lots of good ones available from many suppliers.
Hope that helps.
Patriarch
ps: Google on the recent thread about An Ultimate Router Table, where in Unisaw A100 relates the story of an over-the-top new tool. Good reading. And excellent engineering.
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Agree it would be nice but to get one here will take 8 to 10 weeks (can I wait that long? <G>)and the exchange rate and shipping kills it. Will either have to make my own insert or fit the router directly to a recess in the table. This is the decision to make.

Have been following it. Great looking table.
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says...

.za is Zaire, right? I think that, if it meant having to wait 8-10 weeks, I'd mount it directly to the table.
I am NOT a particularly patient man.
Enjoy the new router!
Patriarch
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Zuid Afrika. Now South Africa.

I think that is what I am going to do.
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G'day Phil,
I mounted my router on a plate, but only cut out the minimum space around the router to minimise flex of the plate. This effectively gives me both items, a small hole and a mounting plate.
Look here:
http://woodworking.homeip.net/wood/RouterTable/images/Index.htm
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Phil Hansen

Phil,
I have a Triton router that I use for my table. First off, let me just tell you that I love it. DAGS on WoodChuck34 and Triton. I posted some of my experiences with their customer support online (all good, actually amazingly good).
I think its always helpful for people to know where the advice is coming from, so here's my story.
I have a double laminated, double layered MDF top that I made a long time ago intending to make a cabinet which I never did. My top sits on 2 saw horses (at least for now).
Changing the bits is a snap with the Triton. I reach my hand under the table and crank the plunge mechanism up until the collet is above the table. It does work as intended and you don't need an insert that is "removable" to change the bits. In fact, when my Triton is in the table, I don't ever take it out to change the bits, even though I do have it mounted on an Aluminum Bench Dog plate. The reason I use the plate is that I like having zero clearance for my bits, and with that plate, I can make my own inserts (for around the bit). I also like the plate, because I can use the router handheld without removing it from the plate. Its like a router with a big offset base, which works for most of the handheld routing I want to do with the 3 HP router (I use a PC 690 for most handheld stuff).
In short (too late), you really don't need to use a plate if you don't want to.
Pat Warner, in his books and websites, suggests bolting the router directly to the tabletop. See his site for some great information, especially
www.patwarner.com/router_table.html
for this topic.
If you want to mount a plate, I did up a website explaining how I did it based on Bill Hylton's Router Magic
http://mysite.verizon.net/stickler.iv/Projects/RouterPlate.html
PS
My site is terrible and a work in progress. Never made a link to it before so, no comments from the peanut gallery.
If you have any questions, about the Triton let me know. I'd be happy to chat. Chuck
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will try mounting directly and see how it goes. Nice table Greg. How do you do the tenons when in the vertical position? Special fence?
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Got it this morning. Haven't managed to unpack or use it yet as there are visitors for the long weekend (bugger it). The box sure is heavy. Roll on Tuesday <G>
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