Triton Collet Lock

Following a couple of queries about Triton collets, and specifically the through the table bit mounting, thought I should go into some more detail.

The lock may now no longer be part of the casting as you will see in the following photos, but how it works hasn’t changed from the original 2400W router, through the new 2400W, 1400W and now 1010W Triton routers.

Newer Plunge Lock

The newer plunge lock has the plastic cover area, but still has the standard angled button that engages with the base as the collet extends through.

Original Plunge Lock Style

On the original 2400W router, it was all part of the motor base casting.

Engaging with the base

As the router is plunged, it gets to the point (as the collet itself extends beyond the base) that this pin is depressed, pushing the lock pin to engage with the collet itself.

Pin Lock

From underneath, you can see (to the left of the collet) where the pin travels to engage with one of the holes in the collet base.  It is worth noting (although not shown in this article), that due to mechanical interlocks, there is no way the router can be plunged far enough to lock the collet with the router switch in the “on” position.  While the collet is locked, the route switch is physically blocked so it cannot be accessed to turn the router on accidentally.

20mm collet through-base extension

When the collet sticks through the base, it is by a good 20mm – plenty enough for most router tables to then allow a single spanner to change router bit, without having the resort to all sorts of access methods (many involving lifting the table up to allow access to the router).

Even on my table, I have sufficient exposure above the surface to make getting the spanner on the collet basic.

Bit Change

Collet and Spanner

Just on another point – I mentioned recently shortening the plunge spring. Now I havent’t taken the 1010W router apart (yet), but the springs from the 1400W router are probably a good exmple.

That is some significant amount of spring extension! Even if cutting a few spirals off stiffens the plunge spring, there is still a heap of spring packed into the respective router.

One Response

  1. Great details here Stu. Thanks so much for the explanation.

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