WenDuct and WenPipe are construction estimating and digital takeoff systems designed specifically for mechanical contractors. Wendes Systems, the maker of WenDuct and WenPipe, has a long history of helping specialty contractors create estimates. They were founded in 1976 and have published 30,000 copies of their Wendes Sheet Metal and Mechanical Estimating Manual. Today, they offer estimating software and input devices designed specifically for these trades including real-time, web-based net pricing, and rectangular to round conversions for value engineering sheet metal in order to lower costs.

WenDuct and WenPipe are designed for contractors working on HVAC sheet metal, mechanical piping, industrial ventilation, and process piping projects. It's best for small and medium commercial and industrial contractors.

The takeoff and estimating applications in WenDuct and WenPipe can be purchased as individual systems, or combined in a single system. The takeoff application offers screen takeoff from digital drawings, digitizer integration, automatic scaling, 2D takeoff, a conversion calculator, CAD file integration, and many other features. The estimating application offers Excel integration, an updated cost database, visual assemblies, a proposal generator, and more. The labor and material cost data in WenDuct and WenPipe is based on 22 years of productivity studies from Herb Wendes.



19 Reviews of WenDuct and WenPipe

Overall rating

5.0 / 5 stars

Showing 1 - 19 of 19 reviews

September 2018

John from Gelstone Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

Wendes Pipe Mechanical Pipe & Plumbing from GELSTONE INC.

Great Experience working with Gene from Wendes. He helped me estimate a job and showed me how easy and time saving it can be. I am excited to be using this new program.

Pros

Ease of Use & Great Support. Gene helped me on a Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Superb Service.

Cons

Software and service is great. I have no Cons.

August 2018

Levi from Air Bender Sheet Metal

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2018

Air Bender Sheet Metal

I have been using the program for 3 months or so, and its been nothing but a pleasure. I am very confident in bidding small residential jobs to large industrial.

Pros

Very helpful support staff is always available and very informative. super easy program to run.

Cons

Been on the program for 3 months and haven't found anything worth noting.

August 2018

Brendon from Darnold Mechanical, Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

August 2018

Crucial to our business

Great software, it has our bids right where they need to be.

Pros

Easy to use and customizable enough to take off any project. Seems to be a very accurate way to bid small to very large projects.

Cons

Needs better real-time updates. Some of the equipment that we use on projects are not included in the software that I have found.

April 2018

Michael from HAMM MECHANICAL, LLC>

Company Size: 2-10 employees

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

Excellent value, usefulness, and support is unbeatable.

It cut my estimating time to less than a quarter of time I was spending.

Pros

Ease of use, value, and support received is excellent. Gene Kaplan is excellent support, knowledgeable, he even got back to me on a Sunday morning for support.

Cons

Nothing, program is very useful, priced right, and the support is unbeatable, they are very responsive to help call's.

Response from Wendes Systems of Gene Kaplan LLC

Replied May 2018

Thanks so much Mike!

April 2018

Alejandro from Aguirre Plumbing Systems, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

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

Gene Kaplan helped us set up and walked us through a full project. We are in the top 3 for selection

The benefits we get from using this software are that we are placing more bids and our bids are more accurate and competitive for our generals and clients.

Pros

It is helping us bid future jobs more accurately. We are frequently contacted by general contractors stating we are top bidders. This is great!

Cons

Nothing so far. We do not have any cons to talk about the program. You do have to have Microsoft Office access for the reports, but that is not a Wendes issue.

December 2017

Dayron from All in one repairs LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2017

Exceptional product

I am able to win more jobs and cut my time/cost in half

Pros

I was able to do more jobs in less time and with them prices and the way it is set up i was able to win more contracts

September 2017

aNDREW from Haffner Mechanical Systems

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

September 2017

easy tp learn

worth the money. Gene is very helpfull

Pros

the quickness of getting the bid out. The spec driven program makes it easy! I like the fact that they have a lot of the material already programed

Cons

wish there were better pre assemblies programed in. the Graphics are out DATED. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW VERSION 64BIT

September 2017

TREVOR from JONES PLUMBING& HEATING INC.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2017

WenDuct and WenPipe review

Pros

LIKE THE EASE OF THE PROGRAM AND THE TECH SUPPORT IS AWESOME!!! THE TECH SUPPORT HELPED ME SET UP ALL MY PRICING.

September 2017

Reid from CAS

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

September 2017

Great product and outstanding customer support team.

Pros

We've been using Wenduct for over 2 decades and have had great success with it. We actually realized about a year ago that we hadn't updated in years, but the product still worked very well. Now that we've upgraded, we have even more functionality. It definitely requires some training, but we've been able to on-board 4-5 employees on it relatively quickly (3-6 months with close training by a seasoned estimator).

Cons

The hardware fails from time to time, but the software has been pretty reliable. That said, setting it up initially takes a lot of legwork.

March 2017

TIM from Tim McCarter Plumbing Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

March 2017

Tim McCarter Plumbing Inc.

The representative has been very helping full with us in this training process. We are still in the first stages of learning look forward to the continued support. THANKS

December 2014

Zaya from Shiba Mechanical Inc.


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2014

Amazing software for pricing Plumbing and HVAC!

Pros

This software is incredible for pricing mechanical jobs. It is easy to use and the Wendes Systems team is amazing with their full support. I learned how to use this program quickly with the help of the support team that's always on the line. The programmers have done an amazing job with all the new updates that come out. We are pricing on average 5 jobs per week using WenPipe & WenDuct, and we are always 100% right on our price. This program gives your company the opportunity at a guaranteed success.

Cons

I have never had any problems with this program and I have been using it for almost 1 year!

March 2014

Justin from Triple Crown Metals Ltd.


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

March 2014

Good program with great customer service.

Pros

The best part of this program was the customer support. Gene Kaplan and the tech support staff were very helpful with the training and helped tailor the program the specific needs of my business. Overall, we have already been able to save countless hours in our estimating process in only a few short weeks of consistent usage.

Cons

No complaints to date. All my questions and concerns have been answered in a timely and friendly manor.

August 2013

Eric T from Reliable Air & Duct in the Washington DC area


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

August 2013

I enjoy the service of Wendes, and also I enjoy working with Glen Kaplan. He's very helpful with answering questions. The team in their trouble shooting office was, and is, a great help. I, myself, am very happy with my Wendes systems. The software has a lot for you to learn, but once you learn it, it's pretty easy. You will be very happy to have the program!

July 2013

Leo from Bombard Mechanical, LLC


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

July 2013

I work as a senior plumbing estimator at Bombard Mechanical in Las Vegas, NV. When I started with Bombard 8 years ago, we were using WenDuct and WenPipe with digitizers. I had some previous experience with Wendes at a previous employer. We had always received excellent support with the five licenses we had. A few years ago, we upgraded to the on-screen version of the software because of all the paper costs we were incurring. Wendes has been great helping us adapt and implement their software into our hardware and various other requests and requirements. I would highly recommend their software to anybody who wants and needs to get through projects quickly and profitably.

October 2012

Terrence from Multiwide Mechanical Contractor Ltd


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

October 2012

I'm Terrence Rebeiro, employed as Project Estimator For Multiwide Mechanical Contractor Ltd. Have been in this construction industry for a while. Normally use to do the take - off's manually, until 4 months back a sub contractor of our introduced to this estimating software "Wen Pipe". Wendes software helped us save time considerably. For projects that would take at least a week for take off now could be done easily within a day...It is very user friendly software. I give 10/10 to the customer support, anytime we need their service it's a matter of a call away and we get prompt services. I wish Gene Kaplan and his team all the very best!

September 2012

Kerry from Hawkeye Sheet Metal


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2012

My name is Kerry McCann, I am the General Superintendent at Hawkeye Sheet Metal in Shreveport, LA. I have been in this trade since 1983. I got the opportunity to go to work for Hawkeye Sheet Metal in February 2012. We are a new sheet metal shop with all new equipment and a variety of capabilities. From ductwork, to welded exhaust, stainless and aluminum welding for counter tops, dog boxes, gas tanks, we do a variety of specialty work. We have a plasma table in shop and portable plasma machines. When it came time to look for an estimating program for ductwork I looked on the internet and selected the two top rated. To be fair I had a demo done with each company. I inquired with WenDuct and within 24 hours I got a call from Gene Kaplan at Wendes. We talked for about two hours along with a demo and after that I knew that Wendes was the estimating program for me. Gene walked me through the program and it honestly felt like it was custom designed just for me. Gene is a terrific instructor and a very straight forward guy with exceptional integrity. I picked up quite quickly and when I ran into a question, I just picked up the phone and spoke directly with the tech support guys. They basically dropped whatever they were doing and straightened me out. It is very easy to use, very acurate and very fast. So, now I am proud to say "look out guys, the game is afoot!"

October 2011

Gary from Riverbend Air Conditioning, Inc.


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2011

We are a small organization in the industrial and commercial air conditioning business. My problem in the past was that I could not land any small commercial jobs because of people working out of their trucks. I learned that I had to stay away from them and go after larger jobs, which in turn called for zero mistakes. The larger companies were using software and their bidding was very competitive. That's where I needed to be. I hooked up with Gene and never looked back. I am still learning the WenDuct and WenPipe programs but when I turn in my bids I am definitely more comfortable about the project. When we land one and I turn it over to a supervisor we are confident in the data. Wendes has helped set us up for success. In today's market everybody is just trying to survive and one mistake will harm your company. You may wonder about the cost of software, like I did, but it was worth every penny.

June 2011

Simon from Reeves Mechanical LP


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2011

We are a design build Mechanical Contractor and have been using estimating software for years. I was looking to upgrade my software and wanted to integrate CADPIPE with my estimating software. I was able to purchase both the piping and duct suites for the same cost as one estimation suite. Gene was very helpful in walking me through the differences and helping to set up Wenduct and WenPipe. They are a great value.

June 2011

John from J.P's Plumbing & Heating LLC


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

June 2011

We are a small Plumbing and Heating contracting company that was using a 3rd party estimating company. I was told about the Wenpipe program by Gene Kaplan, a consultant with the company. He set up a webinar and showed me how easy and user-friendly the system is. After our webinar I was convinced about how well the program is put together and how user-friendly it is. I have been using the program for about 4 months now and I have been extremely happy with the program and the results. Gene has also helped me out with questions on the system and has personally walked me through certain areas that I didn't know or understand. Customer support has been terrific. I would highly recommend this program to any company, big or small. Thanks Gene and WenDuct and WenPipe for everything.