Planer/Thicknesser Combination Machine

Hammer A3-31

Planner/Thicknesser Safety Sheet

Key Information

Report any issues here. 

Report minor injuries here.

Call 999 if needed.

Phones are next to both doors.

First aid kit is at the sink.

You must pass this course and the practical before using this equipment.


A planer thicknesser is a combination machine combining the functionalities of a surface planer (known as a jointer-planer in the US) and a thicknesser (known as a planer in the US). 

A planner is a machine designed to produce a flat surface along a board's length. It can also be used to operate on the narrow edge of boards, preparing them for glueing into wider panels.

A thicknesser is a woodworking machine to trim boards to a consistent thickness throughout their length. This machine transcribes the desired thickness using the downside as a reference/index. So, to produce a completely straight planed board requires that the down surface is straight before planing. 

Therefore by obtaining the first 2 flat sides that are perfectly perpendicular to each other using the planer and then thickness them to a consistent thickness throughout using the thicknesser. This results in a timber piece that is square to each other on all 4 sides and is often the first step performed when working with solid timber.