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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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  • Andre from Premiere Plumbing

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    June 2018

    Good Software for estimating and material list

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    N/A
    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Angela from Brilliant Homes Inc.

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    June 2018

    Makes estimating easy

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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.

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  • Scott from Capitol Contractors Inc.

    April 2018

    Great estimating software that is easy to use.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
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    Value for Money
    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.

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  • Brad from Fayetteville Mechanical Contractors

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2017

    Very happy with FastPipe & FastDuct

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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!

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  • Jeffrey from JLG Estimating Services

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2017

    Best in Industry, in my opinion

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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.

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  • Steve from Haberberger, Inc. Mechanical Contractors

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2017

    FastEst is ALL you need.

    Ease-of-use
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    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.

  • Chet from R Plumbing Company

    Specialty: Plumbing

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    April 2017

    Great product

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money

    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.

  • Andrey from Penguin Heating

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    February 2017

    FastDuct

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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.

  • Cory from Progressive Plumbing

    Specialty: Plumbing

    September 2016

    second to none

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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

  • Karon from Go with the flow plumbing and heating LLC

    Specialty: Plumbing

    August 2016

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

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Value for Money
    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.

  • Scott from RPS Plumbing

    Specialty: Plumbing

    March 2016

    Great estimating software and support.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    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.

  • Maia from Mann Mechanical

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    March 2016

    Long time customer; still pleased.

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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.

  • Vern from Central Mechanical Services

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    February 2016

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

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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.

  • Craig from Watertech Plumbing and Heating LTd

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    February 2016

    Fastduct/Fastpipe

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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.

  • Justin from WCI

    Specialty: Plumbing

    January 2016

    Highly satisfied long time user

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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.

  • Jeffrey from JLG Estimating Services

    Specialty: Plumbing

    November 2015

    Great program - Love it!

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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.

  • Mark from Calvert Mechanical Solutions

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    November 2015

    Best Customer Service Ever!

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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.

  • Ryan from Northern Construction

    Specialty: Plumbing

    October 2015

    Fast Pipe review

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    N/A
    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

  • Bobby from A&G Piping

    Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

    June 2015

    Great cost effective software for estimating

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    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

  • Ed from Stewart Plumbing Inc

    Specialty: Plumbing

    January 2015

    By far the best out of three that I have used in my 15 yrs estimating

    Ease-of-use
    Functionality
    Quality
    Support
    Pros

    I have been using FastPipe for almost 3 years and love it! It is very easy to learn - in a few day you will be using it comfortably. I used a big name estimating program for 8 years before this one that was really hard to learn, and if you did not use it every day, you would forget things. The vendor has a great support staff that know the product. You will almost always get a live person when calling, and if you have to leave a message, they will usually get back to you in a hour or two.

    Cons

    I do not have any dislikes of this product. I use it every day and love it!

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