Festool planers feature a single knife spiral cutter head minimizing noise and vibration. The shearing effect of the spiral cutter head reduces chatter, making Festool planers easy on the ears, and leads to a smooth cutting action, which reduces sanding time. It’s also much easier to change a single knife. Highly-efficient, dual side dust extraction means reduced cleanup time and less slipping.
The EHL 65 E
The little brother of the HL 850 E planer features the same single knife spiral cutter head and dual side dust extraction, but it’s only available with a straight blade and the motor extends past the cutter head. There’s also no bevel fence or bench unit available for it. The EHL 65 makes delicate scribes easy work. Planing edges, cutting rabbets, trimming doors for precision fit, tapers, and machining raw stock (full cutting depth 5/32”) are all possible applications for the EHL 65.
The HL 850 E
Using an electric planer right up to the edge or on rebates often produces unsatisfactory results, as the machine leaves a lip that has to be removed by hand – unless you have the Festool HL 850 E planer. It lets you cut flush to an adjacent surface because it can plane across the entire width of the rebate due to its flat housing design. It’s also safe. The side guard swings up as the rebate depth increases. Planing up to the edge in deep rebates is no longer a problem. Possible applications are trimming doors for precision fit, scribe work, creating architectural effects and distressed or hand-hewn visual effects, edge planing, unlimited rabbets, tapers, bevels, and machining raw stock (full cutting depth 9/64”).
Rustic effects with the HL 850 E planer
The unique design of the Festool HL 850 E planer allows you to create perfectly smooth surfaces as well as distressed or rough-hewn effects. Simply replace the standard planer head with a “rustic” head. This offers many ways of decorating surfaces with different textures, like doors, beams or floors.
Using the bench unit and angle stop with the HL 850 E planer
If you work frequently with smaller work-pieces, it is sometimes easier to use the planer as a stationary jointer. This frees up both of your hands for guiding the work-piece. The HL 850 E is easy to convert – simply secure the planer in the SE-HL stationary bench unit (sold separately as an accessory) and you are ready to go. You can also attach the WA-HL angle stop (sold separately as an accessory) to the bench unit to give you a valuable tool for creating precise chamfers of any angle from 45° to 90°. The large support helps you guide work-pieces securely. The WA-HL angle stop can also be mounted directly onto the HL 850 planer as a bevel fence if you’d like to put a bevel on a door for example.