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.