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Offline Macmann

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Festool Power planer? Couldn't find any reviews
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:58 AM »
I searched for reviews on this planer and didn't see any.  I saw a lot of classified ads though.  Any issues with this planer?

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Offline Gregor

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Re: Festool Power planer? Couldn't find any reviews
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2018, 10:30 AM »
In case you refer to the 850 planer: No. It it's basically indestructible and just works...

Offline rst

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Re: Festool Power planer? Couldn't find any reviews
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 12:00 PM »
Great planer.  I just took the beveled the edge on a new door in my house.  There was a step down so I could do the entire edge in a couple passes.  Hooked to my vac with 36mm hose...I could count the number chips on one hand that I needed to pick up. 

Offline Joe Felchlin

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Re: Festool Power planer? Couldn't find any reviews
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 12:22 PM »
If you’re referring to Festool’s 850 H power hand planer - It’s an incredibly effective tool.
For “mobile” applications - Like leveling joists or edging doors - Using a hand plane will “get it done”. But, Festool’s 850 H electric hand plane is definitely “the way to go”.
And, in woodworking applications - Where you want to customize the “look” of the material - Being able to change planer heads on the 850 H - Is invaluable.

In my shop - Until I could afford my Powmatic 60HH 8" Jointer - I used my 850 H regularly to edge joint SHORTER stock - With Festool’s SE-HL Bench Jointing Unit (unfortunately discontinued).

For LONGER stock - I used two methods to edge joint ‘em.
1. “Make Your Router Table Think It’s A Jointer“ - Woodworking Magazine
“Match Planing A Shelf With The Festool TS55”

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Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: Festool Power planer? Couldn't find any reviews
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 02:57 PM »
It's a good hand-held planer.  The 850.  I haven't used the smaller one.  I consider the 850 a specialized tool though.  If all you need to do is fit doors a much less pricey unit will do.   It can do rabbets for stuff like timber frame joints, which most of these planers can't.  The texturing heads are cool, but specialized.  It's a little heavier than some, but it's longer too.   I also have a 6" wide hand planer and that thing gets tiring to push.

I read somewhere that a couple of people have had the planer bearings leak and had to send it in for service, even without much use.  I've had mine for several years and last I looked at it the bearings hadn't leaked.