Woodworking YouTube trio become Triton ambassadors

THREE of the world’s most popular woodworkers have been unveiled as Triton Tools ambassadors.

YouTube sensations April Wilkerson and fellow American Matt Cremona will continue to promote the Yeovil-based company, while up-and-coming German YouTube superstar Frank Krueger is a new addition to the team.

Worldwide events

Combined, the woodworking trio have more than one million YouTube subscribers, and all three will appear at key worldwide events with Triton over the next 12 months, as well as contributing regular social media content.

Mark Pearson, Global Brand Manager at Triton Tools, said: “As a company, we pride ourselves on precision, expertise and engaging with the worldwide community of woodworkers – those qualities shine through with all three individuals in abundance.”

April has been making woodworking tutorial videos for more than four years and crafts everything from rocking chairs to chicken coops.

Matt has been an instructor at the Wood Whisperer Guild since 2016 and recently built his own band-saw mill in his back yard.

Frank, meanwhile, is fast becoming a recognisable face for sharing his bold wood projects, from flamboyant treehouses to stylish poker tables. His informative videos are shot in both German and English.

Mark believes Triton’s customers will gain a unique insight into how to make the most of woodworking from the trio.

He added: “All three draw huge crowds at shows and are always only too happy to accommodate every single person that wants to meet them and tap into their knowledge.

“We’re delighted to have them on board. They are perfect ambassadors for Triton and they do a fantastic job showcasing our extensive range of high quality tools.”


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‘Big, powerful and a three-year guarantee’: Triton TRA001 Router

THE distinctive shape, colour and operation of Triton routers has always made them look and feel different from the competition, write PETER BRETT.

There are many thousands of happy Triton router users who would be very happy to note the TRA001 heavy duty, 2400 W Dual Mode Router carries on the old Triton traditions.

Unpacking it from the carefully designed box, anyone vaguely familiar with routers would realize it is indeed a beast designed to do heavy-duty cutting. A tool that would easily find its way into a professional tool kit not only for its sheer grunt, but also because of its 68mm plunge depth and maximum cutter radius of 55mm.

The TRA001 is packed with features for accuracy and clean cutting. Some new versions are different from the conventional design of bygone routers.

However, once you do get used to them the Triton system looks and feels perfectly logical. In my opinion, the ‘designed-in’ safety features put it steps ahead of the competition. There is something inherently dangerous about a sharp cutter whirling around at 21,000rpm and the Triton keeps exposure to an absolute minimum as well as making ‘accidental starting’ almost impossible.

Safety is key

These systems make perfect sense when you examine some of the other features of the router. One of the main ways the Triton designers keep our fingers away from whirling cutters is to put strong, transparent plastic guards around the baseplate. There is a standard vacuum outlet included so dust and chippings can be safely removed, thereby protecting eyes and lungs.

However, this means changing cutters has to be done with the router collet moved all the way down to be in line with the baseplate where the supplied spanner can be fitted to the flats of the collet for cutter removal. The geared system plunge is best used for this as it works very positively and engages the automatic spindle lock for one-handed cutter changes.

Triton is designed to be stood on its head so it is easy to achieve safe and highly visible cutter changes. This arrangement is even more logical when the router is used in ‘router table’ mode, where cutter changes take place with the cutter above the level of the table for maximum ease.

Another major safety feature is the on/ off switch design. This has a sliding door on it that has to be pushed in and the router switched to the ‘on’ position for the motor to operate. Once the rocker switch is turned ‘off’ the sliding door snaps shut preventing the switch from being operated. You have to deliberately choose the ‘on’ option so there’s no chance of accidentally activating the motor with a careless movement.

When changing cutters, the switch has to be in ‘off ’position and the sliding door closed, for the spindle lock to engage.

Basically, it means no cutter changing without accidental starting being triggered. No other router I use can make that claim.

Turrets, depths and adjustments

One of the easiest adjustments to spot is the milled wheel on top of the motor housing that controls the motor speed.

It has five positions, but the speed increase is from 8,000 to 21,000rpm.

Bigger cutters need to go slower because of their higher peripheral speed, while smaller cutters can go faster. Just watch out for burning if the feed rate is too slow or the cutter is blunt.

There is a small rotatable three-stop turret on the base of the router. By using the spring-loaded depth stop (with locking screw) depths of cut are easy to set.

However, for users who wish to use this router with the optional router table – a great accessory in my view as it increases the versatility and accuracy of the tool many times over – then there is the option to use the winder handle. This is used to wind the cutter to the selected depth.

Although, it is important to follow the instructions when fitting the router to the router table, it is not difficult to do. Also, attaching the router to the table improves safety and increases speed. The rack and pinion cutter depth-set system makes it easy to change cutters without removing the router from the table. As a result, there is no need for the more common practice of dealing with a sharp cutter and a spanner underneath the table.

This way that way, another way

As well as being able to choose to use the TRA001 on the router table, users can also have the choice of collets as both a 12mm and a ½ inch collet are supplied. It is fairly easy to spot the difference because the ½ inch collet is bigger than the 12mm one.

In the UK, most router cutter stockists offer ½ inch cutter shanks as standard, and it is definitely not a good idea to fit a 12mm shank cutter to a ½ inch collet or vice versa.

Other features include a solid pressed steel baseplate and fence assembly for accurate edging cuts and circle routing.

Since the base plate is in one piece and the securing nuts and bolts are all captive it does save that awful moment when you realise you have lost the screws, as sometimes happens to me with other routers.

The motor has a soft start and has a constant under-load speed and is remarkably restrained in terms of noise and vibration, even with a big cutter on board.

Above all, my overriding impression is still of a big and powerful router with all the capability one needs for demanding jobs.


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Great British Bake Off finalist uses Triton tools to create cakes

THE Great British Bake Off finalist Richard Burr has returned to the kitchen for his latest culinary creation, but ditched the traditional utensils in favour of power tools.

To mark the return of the popular television programme, North London-based Richard made gingerbread in the shape of tools and a tool box, but left his whisk and spatula in the cupboard.

Instead, the builder-by-trade used items more associated with his day job – such as a drill and an orbital sander - from power tools brand Triton Tools to complete the masterpiece, combining two of his main passions in life.

Richard said: “It has been four years since I was in The Great British Bake Off and the return of the new series has certainly got my baking juices flowing again.

“I’m always looking for fresh challenges and utilising tools I would normally save for my day job as a builder certainly gave me plenty of food for thought.

“I have to admit, it all turned out very well.”

Amongst the Triton Tools Richard used to make the biscuit-based delight were an orbital sander, clamps, mini planer and drill driver.

Richard said: “Away from my family, the two things which I spend most time doing is baking and carrying out building jobs so it was brilliant to bring those two elements together like this.

“The tools showed fantastic versatility to stand up to the rigours of making a cake - it’s amazing how smooth the edges get when you use an orbital sander on them!

“If I’d been able to use the tools in the Bake Off tent, it might have been the difference between me getting to the final and actually winning the competition.”

Claire Sweet, global brand manager for Triton Tools, said: “It was fantastic to work with Richard and see his talents as a baker and builder combine.

“Our tools are renowned for their precision and what better way to put them to the test than by making the gingerbread. Given Richard’s feedback, they seemed to pass with flying colours!”

A video of Richard making the cake can be found here:


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