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Can you afford the STAR "V" Groover?

There are various ways to justify the cost or amortize the acquisition of a STAR V-Groover. On the next few pages we will illustrate some of those ways.

Depending on your actual labor cost figure, retail selling price per foot, the labor savings per foot and how accurately you can allocate your cost to specific production steps, this will impact whether the STAR V-Groover will pay for itself in more or less time than what we have outlined here. It will be obvious, the more you utilize the machine the faster it pays for itself and generates additional profit for your company.

Talking to our customers and taking industry figures into consideration, from the entire spectrum of countertops, from simple countertops to custom installations, we will use the following figures for the cost justification.

  • Average labor cost savings for front build-up edge 33%.
  • Average labor cost savings for cove back splash profile 50%.

The following simplified formula can be used to determine how many linear feet of solid surface material needs to be processed on the STAR V-Groover before the machine pays for itself.

Machine Cost [$]
 =  Break Even Point

Labor Savings [$]

Using the next formula will indicate the break even point in working days:

Break even point
 =  Break Even Point in Days

Square footage / day

Increased Sales Volume. Even if you cannot pinpoint labor savings exactly or come up with a particular dollar figure per foot, you can use the additional profit formula to cost justify the STAR V-Groover.

Since the labor savings will most likely be channeled into additional products with the same man-hour cost, we can use this formula for the pay back.

Selling Price Per Sq Ft
Material Cost Per Sq Ft
 =  Extra Profit Generated Per Sq Ft

Machine Cost [$]
 =  Break Even Point in Sq Ft

Extra Profit [$]

Using the next formula will indicate the break even point in working months:

Break even point [sq ft]
 =  Payback time in months

Additional sales [sq ft/mo]

One of these formulas might work for you. But don't believe us! Talk to our customers and hear first hand what savings they achieved or extra profits they have generated!

The sooner you decide, the sooner you can start saving and generating extra profit!

Save 30-65% on production cost

Instead of cutting one or more solid surface strips, laying them up horizontally or vertically, aligning and gluing them to the front edge, then route and sand the front edge, you just run the part through the Star V Groover in a matter of one or two minutes and the part is ready to glue and fold with no sanding required. The process is the same for the cove back splash profile which is being produced in one pass through the Star V Groover. Only flush sanding of the seams is required. No need to purchase a cove insert strip (which might not match in color) or produce one in-house by cutting the inlay strip, pre-shaping it, glue it in , route and sand the cove shape in a time consuming and tiring process.

Save 40-60% on seam compound

Even though the glue surface area on a 45° angle is actually greater, it will require less glue since the tape acting as a hinge will help distribute the glue more evenly and allow any squeeze out only on one side.

Save 30-60% on sanding time

Since miter-folded surfaces are finished surfaces only touch up sanding is required with the exception of the flush sanding for the cove back slash profile.

Avoid production bottlenecks

With the elimination of several production steps extra capacity on the panel saw is freed up and extra man hours are gained which can be utilized in production bottleneck areas such as finish sanding and installation and to shorten response time for customer orders.

Enhance appearance

Since miter-folded surfaces are made from the same sheet the color match will be perfect. A 45° angle seam will be hardly visible when shaped to a , bull nose profile versus a horizontal seam, which is likely to be more apparent.

Provide positive cash flow

Lease the Star V-Groover and off-set the monthly payments through savings on man hours and increased production. Shortened production time will also enable your company to bid on the big commercial jobs.

Stay competitive

If your competitors are using the V-Grooving production method it will be harder to compete with them and acquire enough business or business at the right price to remain profitable.

Save furthermore on

Through the elimination of several production steps when V-Grooving less tooling and clamps are needed. It will also free up valuable space.


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