It's BOTH !!!!! You need to purchase the optional stand, but it works amazing well as jointer or bench planer! It's not a grade A ($3,000) jointer but for a hand held planer this Festool 850 is worth every penny!!
I bought the Festool HL 850 planer as part of a project to build 8 outdoor benches out of Ipe. Ipe is also known as ironwood for good reason. It is extremely hard! The Ipe lumber is roughly dimensioned so I needed to do some trimming. The HL 850 cut the Ipe like it was balsa wood. It left a very ...
I love high quality tools. But I also Loath paying what are inflated prices that are more to do with marketing than value.
When I first pulled the trigger, it was obvious that the 850 E Planer was in a different league than other power planers. The gentile ramp up of the motor to a deep, throaty growl, that reminded me more of a predator than a planer, was much quieter than I expected and gave me the sense that this planer would devour anything that I put across it's path. Sure enough, cutting was smooth, confident and something I've never experienced or expected when using a electric plainer - relaxed! I felt that with the great hand holds and abundant power it was easy to control the angle and stability of the tool on any surface and at any angle. Cutting was confident, effortless and brought a smile to my face.
Blade changes, head changes, adjustments and little but impressive thoughtful features make this plane altogether different, and better than any plan I've ev...
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- Bruce Searl, September 30, 2016