Triton Superjaws SJA200 archive

Thursday 7 January 2010

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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

take some.

In short, I loved it.

The verdict

A 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.


Tegan Foley

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At A Glance

Instantaneous adjustment - no handles to wind
Automatic
Very stable tripod base
Folds down in seconds
Can be used for shaping or bending material
Changeable jaws

The Numbers

Exert up to 1,000kg (2,240lb) of force
Huge clamping range, from 0 to 900mm (35in)
360° access to your work
Bolt-on jaws to grip bar/pipe, up to 50mm
Log and Pole Gripping Jaws for timber up to 250mm (10in) diameter
Price: £104.95 (inc VAT)

Where To Buy

Pros & Cons

Pros
Sturdy
Powerful
Easy to use
Cons
Leg lock knobs too insubstantial

Five Star Rating

Value for money ****
Performance ****
Build quality *****