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FastCap Product Problems / Re: FastEdge tear out
« Last post by FastCap on March 12, 2018, 12:51:56 PM »
I'm sorry this is happening, but I'm guessing youíre doing something wrong. This should not happen. First thing is you need to roll the material on more so it will not move.

Regarding the tear out, itís strictly a grain direction issue. You have to get that right and you have to trim firmly and slowly and it should work perfectly. Iíve never had it not work if itís done correctly.
FastCap Product Problems / Re: Suggestion
« Last post by FastCap on March 12, 2018, 11:09:36 AM »
Thanks for the feedback! Ė We have eliminated the tape on the 11th finger, and most of our other products currently, but if we ever end up taping again we will definitely provide tabs!
FastCap Product Problems / Re: Fastcap Flatback tape measure problem
« Last post by FastCap on March 12, 2018, 10:46:16 AM »
Please contact Sandi ( or 888-443-3748). She get this taken care of!
FastCap Product Problems / Fastcap Flatback tape measure problem
« Last post by 77RiceGuy on March 11, 2018, 04:30:28 PM »
Hi.  I have a flatback tape that has seen very modest use.  I used it last week and it would not retract when I was finished.  Upon inspection, I discovered that the center post, which anchors the spring had snapped off.  Is this a problem that others have had.  I have had many tapes through the years and this is the first one that has broken in this way.  Is it possible to get a new case and reinsert the tape?
FastCap Product Problems / Re: FastEdge tear out
« Last post by hdrider57 on March 10, 2018, 03:25:16 PM »
Hi, I'm having the same problem with tear out using unfinished maple tape. I will try taking the trimmer apart and trimming one side at a time. I'm also having problems with white pvc tape creeping to one edge while trimming exposing about a 32nd inch of melamine edge while leaving a slight overhang on the other edge which I have to file .
Ask FastCap / Canadian distribution
« Last post by smallerstick on March 01, 2018, 10:11:09 AM »
Access to FC products is especially difficult for us in Canada.  Shipping rates from FC are punitive or worse.  Lee Valley has the glubots and that's about all.  Richelieu is good but it is a trade only outlet. 

A full range user-friendly stocking distributor in Canada would be very welcome.
subala: We now have the lefty/righty flatback! If you contact Sandi ( and mention this post, she'll send you one.
Ask FastCap / Laminate Flooring Problems
« Last post by dangdongho3 on February 23, 2018, 04:31:16 PM »
Can any one share your worst experience with laminate flooring? Mainly in rainy seasons how your floor turns out.
FastCap Product Problems / Re: FastCap ProCarpenter Flatback tape measure
« Last post by FastCap on February 23, 2018, 09:10:09 AM »
The hook is most likely working as intended but I would have to see his to make sure it is not defective.


The hook will only hold on to a perfect 90 degree corner. It has to be a machined edge and not rounded over in any way. If the edge has been rounded even a little bit the hook will start to slide and slip off the edge just like he describes. Without seeing his tape measure I would say that most likely your edges have a little bit of rounding, either you took a router to them or sanded them or they have just become rounded over time. If you ran the board through a saw and had a perfectly clean cut with no rounding on the edge it should hook with no problem. If that doesnít make sense let me know and I will make a quick video and send it to you.
Lean Manufacturing / Re: Standardizing work for varied productio
« Last post by FastCap on February 23, 2018, 08:33:57 AM »
First of all, what you need to understand is the concept of standardization is very simple. Itís been applied to everything from making hamburgers to flying planes around the world i.e. Southwest Airlines. Henry Ford understood this concept when he made the Model T. The same concept is translated into any pursuit, whether it be in the service industry or in the manufacturing industry.

The key to Lean is very simple. Most people prefer to complicate it.  Understand that everything you do in life from brushing your teeth to making your lunch to managing your health is a process. There are no exceptions to this rule. Contained in every process is an abundance of the eight different kinds of waste. Learn to see the waste in these processes. Eliminate the waste by making small improvements look for every opportunity to standardize every process reducing the variation that is typically associated with most work.

First start with yourself. Standardize your work and the things you do every day. Then you will gain a keen understanding of whatís standardization can deliver and really mean. You have enough waste for 10 lifetimes. Never look at anyone else just start improving you! Lean is no more or no less than this it's that simple.
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