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Originally Posted by woodnthings View Post
You've got me scratching my head.
A jointer planes the board's bottom surface and makes it flat.... there is no "planer" in the the word jointer although it does plane or remove material.

A "thickness planer" removes material from the top of the board that has been previously flattened by the jointer making both surfaces a uniform thickness and parallel. Folks always drop the word "thickness" when describing this machine, but it is an important part of the terminology.

I don't know what a surface planer is.... unless it's a hand plane?

I am a stickler for using the proper terms in the discussion, especially for a beginner who may be confused by the slight differences in terminology and who may not know the distinction.
Thickness planer, surface planer, or just planer are common terms for the same thing.

Jointer is of course different, but in the not too distant past were often called jointer/planers. Yes, it was confusing to noobs and thankfully that terminology has mostly disappeared unless you're talking about a combo machine that does both. But still, if you Google jointer/planer you'll get hits on jointers.

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