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There are tons of different shelf support systems on the market, but not every system works well in every situation. FastCap’s Speed Brace has features that may make it a better choice when it comes to certain tasks.

The first and most notable feature is an alignment notch that FastCap claims makes aligning many supports easy. Just install a straight cleat level on the wall and the Speed Brace’s 1-1/2″ by 1-1/2″ notch slips over the cleat, making aligning each brace almost foolproof. I wonder if using a cleat to align other types of shelf brackets wouldn’t work equally as well, but then what do I know?

Some other features of note: the bracket doesn’t have any kickers (diagonal braces) to knock your chair or knees on. Each Speed Brace has a pair of cable management holes to keep your wires nice and neat, and the screw holes are countersunk so the screw heads sit flush with the brackets and can easily be covered by a FastCap — imagine that.

This is at least the second generation of Speed Braces. The last generation had rectangular holes and could support 500 lbs. per pair if you spaced them 16″ on center. The current generation with round holes can support 1,000 lbs. per pair.

Speed Braces come in four different finishes — primed, black, stainless steel, and white — and five sizes — 5×8″, 8×12″, 15×18″, 21×24″, and 21×28″. Now brace yourself for the price: A single support runs between $18 and $30 depending on the size.

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5 Responses to FastCap’s Speed Brace Shelf Supports

  1. Old Coot says:

    For that kind of money, I expect a swimsuit-model to stop by and do the installation for me.

  2. paganwonder says:

    @Old Coot …and sit on my lap!

  3. DW says:

    I can’t gripe about Fast Cap too much since they are a good source of tool porn on the internet… They, however seem to have a knack of finding solutions in need of problems, and charge a premium for it.

  4. Roscoe says:

    As labeled in this post for shelf supports… not such a great deal.

    I’ve always seen and used these for floating counter-tops though. For that function, the price if more than fair and they do an amazing job. I’ve got a 2″ maple butcher block top resting on these that you could dance on!

  5. JM says:

    I have been searching all over the internet to find info on whether or not I can use just three of these braces for a floating laminate countertop(I am leaning towards three)? I know there is a 1,000 load for each pair…but, with a laminate counter, I want to be sure it isn’t going to stress the counter if I don’t have more of these. Also, if it is a typical 24 inch deep counter, which size of brace do you recommend?

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