Festool Planex Drywall Sander Review

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Festool 575994 Planex LHS 2 225 EQI-PLUS

Festool has redesigned their Planex drywall sander.  The improved features include random orbit sanding for that perfect finish, LED ring for spot on illumination, adjustable suction power at the head to reduce user fatigue and maximum all day use with the ergonomic T – Handle.  Festool listened to the users on this redesigned Planex EQI – PLUS and it was a complete dream to operate.

First Impression:

The first thing that I think of with Festool is dust extraction, and what is a more perfect tool to perfect than a drywall sander?  Sanding drywall is by far one of the dustiest stages in construction.  Being a remodeling contractor and mostly working in finished spaces, this new redesigned planex was already checking off all the boxes for me.

New tools are always welcomed, but this Planex has completely won me over. We start off in a Systainer SYS3 XXL to store the entire system plus room for accessories. I truly love kits and grab and go all in one Systainer.  The Planex easily clips together and then just hook on a sanding paper disk. Then connect it to your CT36 dust extraction with auto clean and prepare for smooth walls without the mess.

Festool Planex Includes:

  • Model  Planex LHS 2 225 EQI-PLUS
  • Item number 575994
  • SC – LHS 2 225 hose clip
  • Hook -and- Loop[ fastener
  • Granat P180 pack of five
  • Sanding pad dia 220mm inc. interface pad
  • Systainer SYS3 XXL 337

Planex LHS 2 225 Specifications:

  • Abrasive diameter = 8 7/8”
  • Sanding stroke = 3/16” 
  • Length = 47 1/4” – 65”
  • Weight = 10.36 LB
  • Dust extraction connection diameter = 1 1/16”/ 1 7/16” (27mm/36mm)

Festool Planex Features:

  • 360 degree LED light ring with light on only button
  • Adjustable suction power will reduce user fatigue & the Planex holds its own weight against walls and ceilings 
  • Variable working lengths, up to 2 extensions can be added
  • The ergonomic T- handle for greater range with shorter machine
  • Stores in a Systainer SYS3 XXL & has ample room for store other accessories, sand paper and making it  the perfect  grab in go  drywall sanding kit
  • Brushless EC motor providing your long lasting and maintenance free
  • Eccentric sanding motion for scratch free surface quality 

Festool Planex On Site:

We had to do a repair on a smooth plastered ceiling.  I applied the first coat of joint compound on this taped repair.  The next day I set up the sander/ dust extractor and started to sand the area.  The planex is light weight and moves across the ceiling like a dream.  During this repair I swapped out sand paper from 180 up to 320 grit.  The finish was super smooth with no marks grooves or indentations.

The dust collection was spot on!  I was able to work in a finished space without running an air scrubber and setting up plastic walls to contain myself.  The LED light provides you with an 360 degrees of lighting. It worked awesome!  Not having to set up a spot light or go back with an inspection light was a big time saver.  Having the light right at the head of the sander allows you to dial in on any imperfections and sand those out.

For wall repairs and ceiling repairs I did, I adjusted the suction power on the head unit while leaving the dust extractor at max suction.  We had great results, walls and ceiling were super smooth with minimal dust on the floor to vacuum up. 

Festool accessory 205274 Planex drywall sander CT dust extractor tool holder has been useful.  We have been using the tool caddy to hold the Planex in between coats and to store different grit sand paper.  Nice little addition IMO.

Suggested Improvement

I would have like to see the XXL SYS3 Systainer lock onto the CT36 dust extractor.  Rolling into a project as one unit would be helpful.  

Festool CT36 E AC Dust Extractor:

Festool CT 36 E AC Dust Extractor Drywall Vacuum model 584014 is a specially designed dust extractor that has an integrated auto clean feature.  This feature confirms full suction and will prevent the filter from getting clogged with drywall dust.  The extractor is sold separately but it pairs very well with the Planex.  Festool CT 36 E AC Dust Extractor kit sells for $ 2,269.00 with the new Planex. The extractor by itself sells for $ 925.00.

Features for the CT36 E AC Extractor Include:

  • Variable speed suction
  • Self cleaning, variable filter cleaning timer
  • Antistatic 36mm hose
  • Automatic tool triggered operation

Festool Warranty

All Festool power tools include a 3-year wear-and-tear warranty, 2-day standard repair time, and 1-month satisfaction guarantee.


This will probably read corny, but bear with me! I truly enjoyed using the new redesigned Planex LHS 2 225 EQI- Plus.  I feel this sander has been well thought out by Festool.  The well balanced, LED lighting and incredible dust control are just the few benefits you will be able to provide your clients with for a professional job.  

It truly is a nice kit stored in one systainer (and yes I know its an XXL systainer but it’s still nice!).  This drywall sander will crush it during the drywall stage and will absolutely crush it on the finish stage.  Remember, Festool is quality, innovation, and a complete system design.

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About the author

Michael Hopp

Michael Hopp is a registered contractor in the State of Rhode Island. He has been registered for the last 16 years specializing in interior and exterior remodeling, doors and windows.Mike began practicing his trade 25 years ago at William M. Davies Career and Technical High School in carpentry shop. This gave him the opportunity to become an apprentice at Brodeur Window Distributors. Mike continued working at the company for 10 years. During this time he was in charge of the specialty door shop and assisted on service calls.For the last 16 years, Mike has been working as a general contractor in Rhode Island with his company MJH Construction LLC. Even though his background is in doors and windows, his passion is for remodel work.

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