EHL 65 Planer review

29th April, 2014

Author: Roger Gisby - Professional Builder


EHL 65 Planer - Plane and simple




Anyone familiar with Festool will expect to find its products are a little different to the run of the mill. It is these differences that make it a pleasure to review them and, of course, it means that I am never stuck for something to write about. The new version of the company’s already popular one-handed planer is the EHL 65 EQ.

Festool has retained the single spiral blade which, assuming you run the planer straight, enters the timber at an acute angle rather than 90 degrees. This allows for a chatter free cut, even when using the planer with one hand. The fact that there is only one blade also means that you don’t have any problems with balancing the two blades and, of course, that blade change is done in seconds.

Close Shave

The electronic control gives a smooth start up and constant speed, so you should be able to shave an accurate thickness in one pass of a door edge, for example. The depth adjustment is stepless and extremely fine, with 0.1mm per mark.

If you do get a bit greedy and try to bite off more than the motor can chew the electric overheat cut-out will prevent motor burn out but any experienced tradesman will be able to tell when the machine is working too hard. Festool gives a helpful guide to maximum depth of 2.5mm on widths of 40mm. Personally I prefer to make several 1mm passes for the simple reason that it is possible to remove stock but not to put it back.

The power cord is the usual Festool ‘kettle lead’ so you can keep the same cord in the socket and just swap between tools. This development of a system of tools has been  the company’s focus for many years now, and it tends to build brand loyalty that is the envy of other manufacturers.

All stacks up

The Festool stacking box system (now copied by others) locks the tools together for transportation, and is perfect for the tradesman who needs to move his tools on and off site and into secure storage overnight. I can never review any of the Festool range without mentioning the price because they aren’t cheap but, somewhat surprisingly, this planer comes in at a price that makes it quite competitive. It could be what some might call entry level – a good place to start as an introduction to the range.

 

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