FastPIPE & FastDUCT Mechanical Estimating Software


FastEST, Inc. is the United States based developers of takeoff and estimating solution designed specifically for plumbing, mechanical, HVAC and sheet metal contractors.

FastPIPE and FastDUCT are two of the company's comprehensive construction cost estimating solutions. FastPIPE is designed to meet the unique needs of mechanical contractors that manage both industrial and commercial work. The solution supports a variety of estimates, from plumbing to industrial process piping, HVAC piping and insulation. FastDUCT helps contracting businesses to automate the estimating process for sheet metal contractors managing HVAC and industrial ductwork.

Both FastPIPE and FastDuct are on-premise solutions and can be installed on any Windows-based platform. FastDUCT reports integrate directly into FastPIPE, offering an end-to-end mechanical bid quoting solution. FastEST maintains and updates the pricing in their database, which is unique among their competitors. They also offer in-house online and technical support.



34 Reviews of FastPIPE & FastDUCT

Overall rating

4.71 / 5 stars

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September 2018

Stanley from Latty's General Plumbing Heating Corp

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

FANTASTIC PRODUCT

Pros

The ease of use, the software and the technical support make this a great product. Steve, has been there to answer and assist every step of the way. The software cuts my estimating a project by 75%. I've using the Fastpipe for almost a month and I've pushed 6 bids. That would not have been possible with the assistance and help of Steve. Thanks for a great product.

Cons

I don't have anything negative to say about the software nor the tech support. One thing that could be great is online courses.

June 2018

Andre from Premiere Plumbing

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2018

Good Software for estimating and material list

Pros

The product catalog is full of good product and easy to find. There's a lot a scale to choose from. You can modify you plan to do the as build.

Cons

Would like to have an option for Canadian prices. When you are in mode takoff, you cannot minimize the window.

June 2018

Angela from Brilliant Homes Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2018

Makes estimating easy

Pros

Gone are our days of doing takeoff manually. For a plumbing project of any size this saves hours and hours of time as well as increasing accuracy. Worth every penny we paid for it.

Cons

It can get expensive once you start getting a lot of users, but other than that it is great and we are not to that point yet anyways.

April 2018

Scott from Capitol Contractors Inc.

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

April 2018

Great estimating software that is easy to use.

Pros

They are always updating and making the software better. Took very little to learn and start using this program.

Cons

The dual screen feature needs some work and is a little cumbersome. to use. The initial setup and location of files is difficult especially when switching computers.

December 2017

Brad from Fayetteville Mechanical Contractors

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2017

Very happy with FastPipe & FastDuct

SA recommended 5 estimation programs for us. I started by getting pricing on all 5. The least expensive choice lacked an object library for the materials we use in plbg & HVAC, so I moved on to the next higher priced choice, which was FastPipe & FastDuct. We scheduled a web demo, and our estimators liked it, so we bought it. It was much more affordable than any of the remaining 3 choices. To be fair, the other products had extra features, but none that we really needed, so I'm convinced we got the best bang for our buck.

Pros

The UI is intuitive and fairly easy to learn. FastEst support is the best I've experienced for any software product!

August 2017

Jeffrey from JLG Estimating Services

Company Size: 1 employee

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Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2017

Best in Industry, in my opinion

I believe this is the highest quality estimating system you can buy. The support is awesome, problems resolved within an hour at most. easy to learn... I could go on but at a minimum give theses guys a chance if you are looking to buy a system.

Pros

This program allows me to estimate with speed and confidence. I have the right material and labor every time. Great for young estimators and old dogs like me. Packed with everything I need and lots of features. With this program I can tackle any project that comes my way. I can't tell you how impressed I am without you thinking I work for the company. But the truth is the truth and this program is the best I ever used.

Cons

If it was only FREE but I digress. It would be nice to have more mark up functions such as clouding.

June 2017

Steve from Haberberger, Inc. Mechanical Contractors

Company Size: 51-200 employees


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2017

FastEst is ALL you need.

Great product, great service. Non-complicated, in less than an hour, you will be building an estimate.

Pros

I have used several different "top brand" programs during my ongoing 30 yr career as an MP estimator and project manager. Programs that varies in the ranges, from digitizer to on screen take off. The pipe & duct programs are so easy to use, you almost wonder - can this be true. We're programmed to work harder, not smarter. FastEst changes all that. Estimating efficiency and accuracy is what FastEst provides for me, not to mention the affordable price and options you can select for your particular needs. The other very, very important selling point is that when I have an issue and call the help line.....the person who answers the phone helps you right then - your issue is resolved. NONE of the competition does that, you place your call, they take your info then hopefully someone calls you back timely. FastEst customer service is the best.

Cons

That my competitors may discover FastEst.......
I'd like to push one button for the material price updates and be done. Currently we get our materials quoted anyway as most of our bids are sizable.

April 2017

Chet from R Plumbing Company

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2017

Great product

I'd recommend this product in a second (especially to a plumber). Customer service is fantastic, and it just works. As a matter of fact it's one of the better designed pieces of software I've ever used.

Pros

Clean, well thought out and efficient design. Well supported, reasonable price (comparatively),flexible payment options.

Cons

This is a program designed for plumbers (FastPIPE) if you come from a different background the learning curve will be a little steeper as you need to know your fittings and such.

February 2017

Andrey from Penguin Heating

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

February 2017

FastDuct

Pros

Everything. There is no specific requirements to use this software , everyone will be able to use this one.

Cons

it might be a complexity to read the results from the take offs. A little bit complicated to update the product list.

September 2016

Cory from Progressive Plumbing


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

September 2016

second to none

Pros

the bid breakdowns are perfect for pricing and putting together a proposal anything you can think of they have it included and can change percentages to your companies liking

Cons

software is a little intimidating when it comes to adjusting their material pricing to your buy pricing but the tech support definitely does a great job navigating you through your concerns

August 2016

Karon from Go with the flow plumbing and heating LLC


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4.5 of 5

Customer support

4.5 of 5

Functionality

4.5 of 5

August 2016

It's a great program for estimating jobs fast pipe is on point.

Pros

Easy to navigate, it becomes a second nature,watching the videos help as well someone is there to answer any questions that you may have. I wish there was a section that help on pricing for your trim that would take a snap shot of the blue prints so you could copy and paste text off the print and be able

Cons

Typing out everything copy and paste option off digital prints so I can send off for pricing right away from my supplier.

March 2016

Scott from RPS Plumbing


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2016

Great estimating software and support.

Pros

The software is easy to use and learn. Everyone I've spoken to has been eager to help and there is always someone available.

Cons

Do not have any complaints about the software or vendor.

March 2016

Maia from Mann Mechanical


Ease-of-use

4.5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

March 2016

Long time customer; still pleased.

Pros

Pricing is right.
The ease of access to customer service
Portability
FastPipe's willingness to:
- create special reports
- add products to database
- solve problems immediately
- answer questions regarding upcoming features
- add features

Cons

Although FP is eager to do custom reports, they will drop on the list behind new features and upgrades.

February 2016

Vern from Central Mechanical Services


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4.5 of 5

February 2016

I am an Estimator with 35 years of practice, all types of programs

Pros

Ease of learning.
Comprehensive materials price service provided.
Availability to many industry standard labor data bases and accuracy of Fast Est Materials labor data.
Assemblies,
Reports available exportable to Excel. Ability to import data from other takeoff.
Ability to copy plans from Fast pipe to Fast duct or vice versa, saving time for job setup,
Customizable Bid workbook to fit company needs,
Ability to feed into combined Pipe and Duct workbook from either Fast Pipe or Fast Duct program,
Takeoff tools within program, ability to replicate visuals and paste for repeated patterns, Scaling options great
Customer support is the best I have ever experienced
Cost of programs and yearly support fees are very competitive. Absolute best bang for the buck.
Ease of copying take for show and tell purposes
Program is entirely flexible to be used in network configuration or stand alone.

Cons

Nothing to not like. The product is the best software I've used in my career.

February 2016

Craig from Watertech Plumbing and Heating LTd


Ease-of-use

4.5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4.5 of 5

February 2016

Fastduct/Fastpipe

Pros

Easy to learn software. The support is excellent. You can call them at anytime and they will help right away. Pay month to month. Plus they gave us a great deal because we already had Fastpipe.

Cons

The only comment I have is the duct software is not as sophisticated as other software in some area's. But the cost of Fastduct makes up for this small shortfall.

January 2016

Justin from WCI


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2016

Highly satisfied long time user

Pros

FastEST Estimating Software has worked well for me over the years. The support staff is always responsive and helpful.

Cons

There is nothing negative to say about this product or vendor. It really is great. One funny thing is that the name gives the impression that everything is going to go really fast. I joke with my coworkers and say it's actually more like accurate-est.

November 2015

Jeffrey from JLG Estimating Services


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2015

Great program - Love it!

Pros

Best estimating program Ive ever used and and Ive used them all. Fast, accurate, excellent customer service. A+++

Cons

I can honestly say I have no complaints. This product works as advertised.

November 2015

Mark from Calvert Mechanical Solutions


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2015

Best Customer Service Ever!

Pros

Very user friendly and if you do run into trouble the customer service is absolutely unbeatable. When I updated to Windows 10 I was having some issues at 10pm on a Sunday Night. Not only did I get a call back but they had me up and running in a few minutes!

Cons

I have no complaints about the product or the company. They are the best.

October 2015

Ryan from Northern Construction


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2015

Fast Pipe review

Pros

I like the amount of fittings, the updating of material and pricing and the ease of takeoff on it

Cons

I have overall been very satisfied with it, I haven't had any issues with it and like that I get updates on pricing changes etc

June 2015

Bobby from A&G Piping


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

June 2015

Great cost effective software for estimating

Pros

What we like about the FastPipe program is one the initial cost is lower than most we have reviewed. We like the ease of data base catalog additions. We are a specialty process piping contractor with alot of special materials. We have added these to our catalog and his really sped up our estimating time. The on screen takeoff and custom options available are another very nice feature

Cons

sometimes the import drawings feature doesn't work as well as would like. Drawings dont come thru clear enough to read and we have to try different things and re import