Machine operations after the blanker can have the feed works set tighter if the lumber is uniform thickness. The hit or miss planning also allows the color and grade of the board to be seen better, allowing for better optimization and selection. Sorts can often be made at the rear of the blanker based on widths, lengths, color or grade. Sorts are limited by the space available behind the machine
Even if you prefer to do your own millwork, consider adding blanking to your rough lumber order to save the labor of several passes through your single surface planer. It also cuts down on the wear and tear of your equipment and dulling of the high-speed steel of the planer. Blanked material is easier to sort in your shop for color, grade and grain, allowing you to increase your yield and decrease your overall cost.
The capacity of the blanker is ½” to 5” thick and 2” up to 28” wide.