HL 850E Power Planer Review
This high-performing planer from Festool is best used in a woodworking shop or for finish carpentry
This planer excelled in virtually every aspect of testing and sported the best depth-adjustment knob, safety features, and overall design among the planers we tested. Its larger size limited its use in tight quarters, however. It uses a proprietary, carbide-tipped spiral cutter. Although some of the plastic levers and switches might not survive rough handling, this machine pretty much did it all, and its well-designed handles made it a pleasure to operate. It comes with a plastic carrying case and is best used in a woodworking shop or for finish carpentry.