Triton Announced Tools

Triton have begun announcing the new tools (discussed here recently) on their website.

The first mentioned is the replacement for the very popular and successful Precision 235mm Circular Saw, with a new 2300W one, with some features incorporated from the old design.

The next, is the Infinite depth rebate planer TPL003, a three bladed, 82mm wide planer that has a drum held only at one end, so it is capable of infinite depth rebates.

It can take both a planing drum, as well as a sanding drum to increase its versatility. There is also an optional inversion stand (I guess so the tool can be used upside down as a mini jointer/planer, and a helical drum which creates a slicing motion rather than a chipping one. Other jointer/planers can take one of these, but they are notoriously expensive, so pretty interesting being able to get on on a hand planer

Available apparently November 2008.

They also now have on their site some info about “The Ultimate Superjaws”, available June 2008.

Similar clamping force to the existing Superjaws (which will still be available), similar max capacity, 4 feet instead of 3 (going away from the concept of a tripod being stable on all surfaces), and a power takeoff!

Surprise – A New Triton Electric Planer

I was having a bit of a look at the US version of the Triton website, and found something unusual, and unexpected


Triton 3 Bladed Electric Planer

A 3 bladed Triton electric planer. The reason it was unusual was that this is the one available in Australia, and the only one listed on the Triton website:


Triton 2 Bladed Electric Planer

There was one other thing that stuck out for me. The US version of the electric planer looks a little like this one, down to the magnesium drive-belt cover:


GMC 3 Bladed Electric Planer

I am not sure if the new 3 bladed planer will be available in Australia or not. I can say that I have used both the Australian version of the Triton, and the GMC version, and have found that: overall, I prefer the 3 bladed one – it has a 3mm depth of cut vs 2mm for the Triton, and it feels like a superior build. The Australian Triton despite being 2 bladed seemed to result in a better finish, but the primary use of these tools is bulk material removal, so the difference in finish is not such an issue.

The 2 bladed Triton is no easier or harder than any other planer when fitting to the Triton Planer Attachment, but I found the 3 bladed design very difficult, and decided it was not worth the effort.

I have no idea about the price differences – and there isn’t any indication on the Triton website if the 3 bladed Triton is coming to Australia, and how it compares in design/manufacture/price to the GMC version which is already here, and is priced very competitively.

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