The FastCap FastBreak sander is a specialized hand sander designed to make sanding the edges of melamine quicker and more accurate.
This tool can be used on melamine, some other laminates, and also edgebanding, and it can ease two edges in a single pass.
The FastBreak sander is 6″ long and features a unique concave sanding edge that envelops the material to be sanded. This holds the sand paper at 45° to the edge allowing you to quickly add a uniform chamfer to both sides of the material.
FastCap bundles the FastBreak sander with three pieces of sandpaper, one 80-grit and two 180-grit pieces. These conveniently store in the body of the sander.
The FastCap FastBreak can work with materials 1/4″ to 1-1/8″.
Price: $11.99 for the FastBreak
There is also the FastBreak XL, which can sand the edges of materials 3/4″ to 2-3/8″ thick. FastCap says that this is the size you want for breaking the edges of doors. Both the FastBreak and FastBreak XL use the same size sandpaper, with the FastBreak using one sheet and the XL two.
Price: $19.99 for FastBreak XL
FastCap sandpaper refills are $7.69 for a pack of 10 (180 grit), and you can also cut your own sandpaper to fit the FastBreak.
I picked up one of these sanders a few years ago and find it a useful addition to my sanding tools. Initially I purchased it to handle the task it was designed for, which is to round the edge on FastCap’s edge banding product FastEdge.
The shape of the sander has a lot of benefits, obviously the most important is the inside of the sander. The curved shape provides a nice uniform angle to the sanding and it does it on both sides of the material in a single pass. It also fits nicely in my hand, which makes it really easy to run across the material.
However, I’ve also found it useful for cleaning up the edges of other materials. I recently brought some clear acrylic and the edge was really sharp. A couple passes with the FastBreak and the edge was nicely rounded, and importantly it only sanded the edge and nothing more. It’s also useful for rounding the edge on plywood when I don’t want to go to the trouble of using a router.
In general I think the Fastcap is a pretty innovative company. They have a number of products that I really like, especially the micro flush cutting pliers that Benjamen reviewed, not to mention Kaizen foam which I use in my workshop. I also appreciate that they are a local company, located only 100 miles from where I live in Washington State.
At only $11.99, it’s a really useful addition to your hand sanding tools.
Here’s a quick look at how the FastBreak works: