Who Uses This Software?

plumbing, HVAC, and site utilities piping contractors


Average Ratings

29 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $4,995.00/one-time/user
  • Pricing Details
    any additional systems are half-price
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Business Hours
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • FastEST
  • fastest-inc.com/
  • Founded 1994
  • United States

About FastPIPE

FastPIPE is an advanced estimating software for commercial, industrial and residential contractors. Whether you are estimating plumbing, HVAC piping, industrial process piping, or water treatment, FastPIPE provides all of the tools you will need to get an accurate and timely bid.


FastPIPE Features

  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Calculators
  • Change Orders
  • Contract Management
  • Cost Database
  • Customer Management
  • Job Costing
  • Price Data / Price Books
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • Change Orders
  • Commercial / Industrial
  • Cost Database
  • Data Import / Export
  • Fitting Management
  • For General Contractor
  • Overhead Costs Estimating
  • Prebuilt Assembly
  • Quotes / Proposals
  • Takeoff
  • 3D View
  • Assembly Takeoff
  • Cross Section Creation
  • Electronic Plans
  • Elevation Checking
  • Error Checking
  • Site Balancing
  • Slope Routines
  • Subcontractor Management

FastPIPE Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Best in Industry, in my opinion

Aug 15, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: 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.

FastEst is ALL you need.

Jun 09, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: 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.

Great product

Apr 20, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: 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.

FastDuct

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

second to none

Sep 01, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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

Recommendations to other buyers: do your homework and do the online trials and training for this and the other estimation softwares out there to get a feel for what suits your needs best.

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

Aug 26, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
4.5 / 5
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: I won a job right out the box $641,000 job using this program. It works

Great estimating software and support.

Mar 23, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: I tried several before deciding. So I would say to really try them before you buy. Some advertise easy options or operations that are difficult or cost more to add.

Long time customer; still pleased.

Mar 14, 2016
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: A demo is not enough - you need to have a trial period to really understand ease of use. Determine what you really need from the program before you start looking at software.

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

Feb 08, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Key is using trades people for your estimating team. They need to have a medium level of computer literacy. This program is user friendly allowing tradesmen to takeoff and apply their intuition as they develop their estimate. Its easy to create takeoff methodologies that allow for fast executive review of estimates. Key element is to have everyone in the company using the reporting workbook tool. Commitment of management to using the entire program tool set is important. This eliminates errors of human transposition of data (to another old standard company spreadsheet) Time saving is enormous.

Fastduct/Fastpipe

Feb 07, 2016
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: Always ask about how much support costs. Fastduct has cost us nothing for support. I've been on the phone with them for over 7-8 hours in the first month of owning this software.

Highly satisfied long time user

Jan 04, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: I recommend choosing a tradesperson to train for an open estimating position. It is easier to train a tradesperson how to use tools such as estimating software than to train a non tradesperson essential trade knowledge.

Great program - Love it!

Nov 24, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: I have used this program for at least 10 years and it gets better all the time. Don't spend your money and time with any of the others out there. I have personally used Quick-Pen, Estimation, Easy-est, Quote: but the one I bought for my company was Fast-pipe/duct.

Best Customer Service Ever!

Nov 18, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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.

Recommendations to other buyers: The people at FastEst are always willing and more importantly able to help with questions or issues you may have. They are knowledgeable not only on their product but the industry as well.

Fast Pipe review

Oct 22, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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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

Recommendations to other buyers: I like the ease of operating and quality of the program

Great cost effective software for estimating

Jun 02, 2015
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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

Recommendations to other buyers: call contractors that are using this system to get first hand details about the pros and cons of the software

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

Jan 28, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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!

Recommendations to other buyers: Ease of use and support is key. I use it 5 days a week and love it.

Great Product

Jan 26, 2015
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
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Pros: This an easy to use and comprehensive estimating program that is a perfect for our needs. No complex set-up or learning curve. Honestly, if you have ever used a computer estimating program before you will be up and running in less than a week. Everyone that works at FastEST is easy to work with and very helpful solving any issue that might arise.

Cons: I really have no complaints. The product works great for us.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at all the products out there and evaluate them for your needs. You really do not need all the bells and whistles.

FastPIPE is very easy to use and has made our bidding process quicker.

Jan 12, 2015
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: FastPIPE is very easy to use and has made our bidding process quicker. Being able to import and work on PDF files saves us money on printed drawings, and the ability to overlay revised plans over the original plans saves a lot of time bidding changes. Their customer service is very good.

Cons: I dislike the inability to change a job done on an custom template to a commercial plumbing template.

Recommendations to other buyers: Play with it and familiarize yourself with it.

Easy to use

Jan 09, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: It's like estimating with plans, but now you are using a computer. It's simple to use. You can learn the system with your first estimate.

Cons: I cannot integrate material types in the same section. For, example, taking off the same spec no-hub pipe with a different color on takeoff is difficult. It would be better if they you were able to make it with one click in the same section of a vent pipe with a different color.

Recommendations to other buyers: Just use it, and you can learn as you go. It's very simple to use and understand. Tech support is great.

Front purchase to implementation, FastDuct is an amazing product!

Dec 02, 2014
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The vendor was fantastic to deal with! They seamlessly integrated FastDUCT into our system from their office in the USA, and the online tutorial was informative and easy to follow. We couldn't be happier with FastDUCT!!

Cons: I have nothing negative to include. The team at FastDuct have been there for us from start to finish.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look into the different options and interfaces before selecting the best product for your company. We found that FastDUCT's sales team weren't as high-pressure as the competition, which made our selection less stressful.

FastPIPE review

Oct 31, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Putting data in is very easy with this software.

Cons: Getting data out could be better. It needs more options.

Recommendations to other buyers: Bite the bullet. A tool that helps you be more productive is worth it so long as you have something to use the tool on.

Simple, Cost-Effective Mechanical Estimating Software

Sep 04, 2014
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
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Pros: We have enjoyed how simple the software was to install and utilize out of the box. We have also been able to upload our part pricing conveniently. In addition to this, the vendor has been helpful in answering our questions and offering additional training opportunities.

Cons: I would like better version compatibility when uploading Excel files and to see more Canadian pricing info.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ensure it will work for your business needs. Everyone has specific needs. We needed something simple, inexpensive, and accurate. It works great so far for us.

FastPIPE/FastDUCT Review

Jun 16, 2014
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of customization. Quick response time for support. Pricing is also very competitive.

Cons: I have not had anything to take issue with as of this time.

Recommendations to other buyers: Review the demos, ask questions, do some tutorials. Take your time to evaluate the software. We did, and I feel we made the right decision.

Jan 16, 2013
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The FastEST software is a great program to work with. The ease of getting a full take-off and the ability to change things on the fly is great. The only thing like all other electronic estimating software is the initial set up to match your company's requirements is very tedious. But once setup, everything will run smoothly especially since they offer material updates and labor rates which can always be adjusted by the end user.

Nov 15, 2012
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Our Project Managers do most of their own estimating and we don┬┐t have a formal Estimating Department. As our old programs were becoming obsolete, we needed a new program that was both easy to learn and use and not so detailed that you would forget how to use it if not used every day. We looked at about five different products, all offering about the same amount of performance and reporting capability before selecting FastPIPE. FastPIPE seemed to strike the right balance. New users can usually get pretty competent at takeoff with a couple of hours of training. The database and reporting is everything we were looking for and there are enough factoring options to dial in a bid any way we want. Several times we have had the need for specialty systems to be added to the Catalog such as high purity stainless steel and specialty plastics for pharmaceutical uses. FastEST has been very responsive in researching and adding whole new categories of materials along with their MCA labor rates. When the FastDUCT product came on the market it was an easy choice to make. Although it is much more intricate, all the screens, commands, and reporting are so similar it is very easy for a FastPIPE user to pick up. The product support has been fantastic. When we have questions there is usually someone available to help immediately. I have never had to go on hold to wait for the next available tech or wait days for a return call. Their ability to get on line directly with a user and look at the same screens is very helpful.

Oct 22, 2012
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I had no experience with the computer when I saw information about FastPipe & FastDUCT. After watching the video I was interested in learning more. After research we decided to try this program. From the start it was easy to learn - within days we were doing all our bidding on the computer. It has been a real time saver and help in the bidding process. We tried an estimating program about 10 years ago and we paid 3 times as much and it came without any information. We were never able to get the first bid off that program. We really like FastPIPE & FastDUCT - the staff is great to work with - they walk you through any problems and are constantly try to improve the program. The options are great, like being able to change from one kind of pipe to another so easily. Changing the pipe prices is simple. Changing the labor rate in seconds. Having the record on the computer is so valuable. We do some traveling and we are able to do the bidding where ever we are and can look back and see what was bid if there is a question on the previous jobs. This is a great program and the prices are constantly being upgraded so you are never out of date with your pricing. The seminars are also helpful - you discover something that you can do that you had not been using - making it even easier. Highly recommend this program!

Oct 19, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: O.C. McDonald Co. is a Piping & HVAC construction/service company in the Bay Area, California. We've used both HVAC and Piping estimating programs here for a number of years. FastPIPE & FastDUCT is easy to learn, easy to use and accurate. As Network Administrator/IT Support for this company, I especially appreciate the exceptional software support and training provided by this outstanding company. I hope to use more of their products in the future!

Aug 23, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: When I first looked into FastEST products in 1997, there were plenty of other options out there. Over time, we have watched those competing companies get bought out, merge with others and some go out of business altogether. Accuracy is a big concern when it comes to estimating in general. With the high pressure to kick out large volumes of estimates, mistakes are easy to make and in some cases, cost people their businesses. FastEST provides a high level of transparency in their products, making it very easy for managers to review estimates before they are sent out. All of the data is exported to excel where it can be analyzed, cut and diced into manageable chunks and quickly compared to historical data. Many other programs claim to do this, but are not as seamless. We are fortunate to belong to several trade organizations and had the opportunity to ask our competitors what programs they were using. We were amazed to find out they had spent thousands of dollars on other programs and never made it to full implementation. After talking with these people the reason why became more and more apparent. If it is not intuitive and easy to understand, it will simply not get used. Many estimators are brought up through the ranks in the field, into the office and expected to understand computers. FastEST shines in the power of simplicity. While most other programs require a week training or more, we can have someone up and going in a matter of a few hours. The interface is very user-friendly. When its crunch time a call back or a response to an email is too long to wait! Although I would have to say emergencies have been quite rare with the program, when issues have arisen, a quick phone call and the support staff will get you back on your feet. Like anyone that knows what they are doing, they make it look easy and they are almost always done in a matter of minutes. Other programs we have used require an email to be sent before you are even placed in the queue. In 1997 when I first started using the program, we were doing strip malls and gas stations. We now use the program to estimate all manner of public and medical facilities well into the ten million dollar range. This is a product that can help you grow your business and grow with your business. We have been fortunate to have FastEST as a partner in our business and contribute much of our success to the power of the program.

Aug 14, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am estimator with 40 years of experience, and have used many programs over the years. I have been using FastEST for about 5 years. I chose it after using several other estimating programs. What sold me on this system was the data base and the spec data base. Also, the the pre-built assemblies that come with the program will save countless hours of doing them yourself. This estimating system is one of the easiest to use right out of the box. Just check your take off with a couple of projects, then you can adjust your labor factor and be up and running. The staff at FastEST are some of the best. The support is great. I have waited up to three days for a call back on other systems, but not with FastEST.