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Old 04-17-2010, 06:31 PM
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Nice review Dan and it has got me thinking about getting the bench attachment for my newly purchased EHL65, I have one question though!
As I am used to jointers working from a right handed feed, in the set up above the feed is left handed (no doubt a boon for those who are left handed) is it easy to get used to working '**** about face' with this set up?

Having had to run a rebate in the back of some architraves to step over the plaster line (the door linings had been supplied under the total thickness of stud wall and drywall combined and of course it falls to the guy on site to get over it!) it would have made life easier to have the bench unit set up. Odd shaped mouldings don't sit well while trying to run a rebate free hand
Rob,

When I first set it up, I did a double-take... "It's left handed!" Since I'm a VERY right-handed guy, it bothered me a bit at first. But it's just one of those things that you get used to fairly quickly. I'd prefer the reverse, but it doesn't bother me now.

Regarding the EHL65, it looks like the folks in the UK have a Bench Unit that is not available in the US. That's the good news. However, it looks like the Angle Stop is not available for the EHL65. So... I'm not sure how well the EHL65 would work as a jointer.

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Dan.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:00 PM
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Thanks Dan. Sorry to hear of yet another NAINA bit of kit.
I think I will get one when the next paycheck clears, the credit card is still glowing in the dark from the latest Festool spree.

I could easily fit a longer sub fence to the parallel guide as needed seeing as this is likely an occasional on site use.
Rob.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:27 PM
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Update.
I found an ex-display unit that was missing the knob to affix the plane, and used the knob from the rebate depth guide (they are the same part number 438320, rotary knob) and had to find the operating instructions on line but got it cheap GBP 30.00.
Had to use it yesterday to reduce some 6mm by 24mm American white ash down to 4.5mm by 15mm, for some add-ons to some firedoor glazing beads (don't ask! I am working for a major league disorganized outfit at the moment)
As you can imagine doing this free hand would be impractical.
The bench unit made life easier and it took just a few passes to get used to the left handed approach, at one point the ash was wanting to slide under the parallel guide though it was easy to redirect, so I shall be making an add on fence to close the gap.
The depth of cut control was superb allowing me to fine tune the final pass.
Without it I would have had to do the job by hand and would have been hearing those lines from the old song " No dice son, you've gotta work late"
Thanks Dan, your timely review saved me both time, money and getting told off for being late to supper.
Rob.
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:31 PM
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Default Re: Festool HL850 Mini Review

I bought a used HL 850 outfit and was disappointed to discover that the there was too much play in the pivot joint between the top of the fence and the support strut. Turned out it was easy to fix because the fastener is just a simple hollow steel rivet. I punched a small nail set in the hole in the rivet and it tightened up the joint nicely.
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