The Triton 1010W Router - JOF001

I've already reviewed the larger Triton TR001 3¼HP router here and the Triton MOF001 1400W 2¼HP machine here - this review is of the newest Triton, the JOF001 1010W 1⅓HP machine, with some direct comparisons with other models where appropriate.

The tool comes in a robust, well protected cardboard box which contains:
  • The router
  • Pressed steel 24mm collet spanner
  • ½" self-releasing collet
  • Extended baseplate and guide (fence)
  • Height winder handle
  • Instruction manual
This is the front of the router, as the operator would see it, with the power switch on the left.

It looks familiar, but plainer, due to the absence of the depth stop plunge bar lock, now situated round the back.

The collet wrench is identical in size (24mm) to the MOF001 model

This is the back view, showing the previously-mentioned depth stop lock, with its accompanying three-position turret (identical system to those used on both of the previous models - TRA001 and MOF001).
This left-hand side view shows the now-familiar Triton power switch, with its guard and safety lock.

This works exactly as on previous models, making it impossible to switch on the power with the router in bit-changing (fully plunged) mode.

It also prevents full plunging into the bit-changing mode when the power switch is in the "On" position.

The plain left-hand handle is as on both previous models.

The variable speed adjustment wheel is also visible, showing the maximum of 5. These numbers are only a guide, as the speed is steplessly variable between 8,000 and 21,000 RPM

The right-hand side view shows the two biggest changes in this model - the absence of any mode control lever or button in the right-hand handle and the absence of a plunge spring cap.
Due to the angle of egress of the power cable, the router stands perfectly stable when inverted for bit-changing, etc.

This is a welcome feature, also incorporated on the MOF001, but not on the larger TRA001 model.

This view of the router base shows another distinct difference - the use of only three screws holding the baseplate, instead of the four used on predecessors.

The "T"-bar mechanism for the height winder handle can also be seen (at 8 0'clock).

The two dome-head, spring-tensioned bolts that hold the router into the Triton Router Table (RTA300) are identically placed, so the machine remains compatible for Triton Table use.

Here, the base is removed to reveal the reason behind the three-screw fixing.

On the MOF001 model, the height winder was situated "outside" the base area, via a dimple in the casing. This allowed the baseplate screws to retain identical positions to those on its predecessor (TRA001), thus giving direct compatibility when mounting under a third-party router insert, such as a Rousseau™.

As can be seen in the picture, having four screws would have compromised the inclusion of the winder, which - in this model - uses the right-hand plunge post for access.

I do not envisage any difficulty in re-drilling third-party inserts, should the router be required for table use (other than in the RTA300 Triton Router Table).

The JOF001 baseplate has identical locating lugs to those of the MOF001, so will accept the guide bush insert from the template kit for that model.

The lugs are visible in this photograph (at 11 o'clock and 5 o'clock). The picture also shows the template guide insert in situ.

This picture shows the MOF001 on the left and the JOF001 on the right as a crude comparison.

The most obvious differences are the "simpler" look and the lower-set handles of the JOF001.

This picture shows the JOF001 directly in front of the MOF001 and has been taken from an approximation of "eye level."

In this view, the lower-set handles of the JOF001 are more obvious, as is the slight decrease in overall height from the MOF001. It is also lighter than the MOF001 at 4.3kg (9½lbs.).

This close-up shows the spindle-lock cam, identical to previous models in its operation by locking the spindle automatically when the router is fully plunged for bit changing.

The only operational difference with this router is that the plunge itself is carried out manually (when using freehand), or with the winding handle (or fine height adjuster) when inverted.

This close-up is of the fine height adjuster, which is turned clockwise to plunge. Unlike the two previous models, this adjuster cannot be brought into use in conjunction with plunge mode winding mechanisms, because there aren't any!

This means that - when used freehand - the operator has a choice of plunging freehand and locking with the plunge-lock lever, plunging to a pre-determined depth (using the turret and depth stop) then locking, or winding the router down to the desired depth by screwing the fine adjuster clockwise. Once you reach the required depth, use the plunge lock lever as "belt and braces."

If you wish to change the bit after using the fine adjuster, you are still able to fully plunge the router to do so, as the adjuster only restricts movement upwards (when used freehand).

The plunge spring is not accessible from the top, but is held in place by an ingenious circlip stack - the first holding the "T"-bar and the second - beneath it - holding the spring in place.

It's a little early to start describing dismantling procedures, although I've heard from Chris Nicholls (also in the UK) that the plunge spring cannot be removed on this model, as it renders the winding mechanism inoperative. Thanks for the info, Chris!

So, finally, here's the full range, showing - from left to right - the TRA001, the MOF001 and the JOF001.

All pictures taken by author with his Pentax K10D.