Triton Superjaws SJA200 archive
Thursday 7 January 2010
Triton were part of the Global Machine Company but have recently been bought by Toolstream, a UK company. With this move sealed, Triton are now putting their famed Superjaws back out there.
This re-iteration of the machine is the SJA200. To be honest, this is the first version of it I have had a look at, so am really looking with a fresh pair of eyes, but the SJA001 has been around for a while
As a former site joiner, I can tell you I took to them straight away. For me the jaws just have that usability factor. I'm a typical bloke, I guess, and I hate reading instruction (destruction?) manuals. So I'm pleased to be able to report that the vice is so simple to use, even I could work it out.
Once the legs and foot lever were placed in the correct position, it was only a matter of seconds before I was locking in a bit of 75 x 50mm and bashing a few big nails in, and cutting it with a saw.
The controls are intuitive. The locking and unlocking switch on the front works as expected, and the action on the foot lever is sure and positive. You simply push the moveable jaw against the workpiece then press down with the foot lever. If you've remembered to put the switch in the lock position, then your timber is gripped hard instantly. To release, put the switch in the unlock position, and then push down again. Easy as pie!
The jaws can also be removed, turned around and replaced to give a massive clamping reach.
Just to check the solidity of the whole thing, I then bashed it around a bit, dropped it, jumped up and down on it, and smacked it with a hammer a few times. This is a bit of kit that will need to take a bit of stick, and boy did it
In short, I loved it.
The verdictA great bit of kit if you work at the rougher end of woodworking, outdoors or on site, but which
is flexible enough to have uses in the workshop, too.