Alpha Professional Tools introduces the VO blade for V/O-Cutting — a new method of cutting which is an alternative method to V-Grooving when making thicker waterfall edges appear to have only one seam. This application became possible by the introduction of two edge polishing machines, LCV-M-V/O from Marmo Meccanica S.p.A., a well-known stone fabrication machine manufacturer from Italy.

Traditionally, V-Grooving has been the only method of cutting for lamination to make countertop edges look thicker, without stacking up the strips thus creating multiple seams on the edge. These edge polishing machines come with two spindles at the beginning and at the end of the machine that execute a vertical and a horizontal cut, creating a square profile strip called an “L”-border that is ready to be glued to the slab as the edge.

In order to make the border strip successfully — without breakage and/or chipping — requires a precision blade, so Alpha designed a specialty blade called the Silencer VO for this unique cutting application.

The Silencer VO blade comes in a 10-inch diameter with a laminated silent core that has a 50 mm arbor. There are two bond types available: one for the popular granite/quartz surface applications and one specifically designed for the new sintered slabs such as Dekton®, Lapitec and Neolith — just to name a few.

The Silencer VO for Dekton/porcelain can also be used on various crystallized glass slabs widely available in the U.S. market. The V/O-Cutting system makes the lamination process easier and faster, and creates an almost invisible seam, according to Alpha Professional Tools.