Abstract A simple method is described to compute exactly the binding energy (B.E.) of the ground state of three nucleons in the framework of the Faddeev equations. The two-body potentials thereby used are of the local central Yukawa type. The effect of including repulsion in the two-body forces is also studied and it is found to be considerable. As a result of this calculation a value of 8.4 MeV is obtained for the B.E. of triton.