I’m a one-man-shop and, as a result, I’m always on the lookout for easier ways to move sheet goods around. Fastcap’s Speed Skate looked liked a good idea, so I figured I’d check it out.
The Fastcap Speed Skate, $25, is specifically designed to help you roll, instead of carry, sheet stock around your shop. It’ll support material up to 1-3/4” thick and 500 pounds.
Lift one end of the sheet or door or countertop and set it in the Speed Skate cradle.
Now you’re ready to roll. I figured that if it’ll handle a sheet of ¾” particle board, it’ll handle anything.
How’d it work?
Without question, using the Fastcap Speed Skate is easier then picking up a sheet and carrying it. With the Skate in the (approximate) center of the sheet you have to balance it a little to keep the corners from dragging, but that’s easy. The sheet feels a little top heavy as you roll it around, so you do have to maintain control to prevent the sheet from tipping over. But what I REALLY like is that, with wheels only in the center of the sheet, you have a lot of mobility. It’s very easy to turn corners and snake through a constricted shop. Check out the photo sequence below.
Once you get the hang of driving, you can turn a very tight corner. Another pair of hands on the other end of the sheet would make this so easy it would feel like cheating.
The Speed Skate is a good addition to any shop that routinely handles sheet goods, countertops, doors…. You get the picture; heavy stuff that tests your wing span and your arm strength. At $25, it’s an inexpensive set of wheels that you’ll have a pleasure driving.
Speed Skate $25 Fastcap fastcap.com (888) 443-3748