Are FastCap’s Powerhead screws cost effective?

I’ve been a fan of FastCap LLC ever since I started in finish carpentry. I use several of their products daily. I simply will not hang upper cabinets without their 3rd Hand products. They lift heavy cabinet boxes into place and allow for precise adjustment without risking a back injury or hiring a helper. Their accuscribe pro is a great scribe tool for cutting filler panels. I’ve been curious about their Powerhead cabinet screw system for a while and after watching Ron Paulk’s video on them this week, I decided to order a sample pack and see what the fuss is about.

The powerhead line-up

The powerhead line-up

They’re obviously a great fastener, offering superior hold, excellent positive connection to driver bits, and a full range of cover caps to make them nearly impossible to spot–especially nice for glass-door cabinets. But are they cost effective? I did a comparison of their bulk packs against their nearest competitor, GRK fasteners, and I was surprised to find that the cost difference was negligible! Given the advantages of Powerhead, it’s kind of a no-brainer for the professional cabinet installer. But don’t take my word for it; here’s the data:

drive finish mfg length bulk qty price per bulk price per fastener price per inch price per install
T20 z FastCap 1.125 2,000.00 $142.56 $0.07 $0.06 $7.13
T20 z FastCap 1.25 2,000.00 $130.90 $0.07 $0.05 $6.55
T20 z FastCap 1.5 2,000.00 $148.29 $0.07 $0.05 $7.41
T20 z FastCap 2 2,000.00 $178.80 $0.09 $0.04 $8.94
T20 z FastCap 2.5 1,500.00 $110.88 $0.07 $0.03 $7.39
T20 z FastCap 3 1,500.00 $137.61 $0.09 $0.03 $9.17
T20 z FastCap 3.5 1,000.00 $128.04 $0.13 $0.04 $12.80
T20 z FastCap 4 1,000.00 $142.56 $0.14 $0.04 $14.26
#2R z FastCap 2.5 1,500.00 $110.88 $0.07 $0.03 $7.39
#2R z FastCap 3 1,500.00 $137.61 $0.09 $0.03 $9.17
#2R z FastCap 5 1,000.00 $121.00 $0.12 $0.02 $12.10
#2R BO FastCap 2.5 1,500.00 $100.80 $0.07 $0.03 $6.72
#2R BO FastCap 3 1,500.00 $125.10 $0.08 $0.03 $8.34
T20 yz GRK 1.25 4,000.00 $162.86 $0.04 $0.03 $4.07
T20 yz GRK 1.5 3,000.00 $140.68 $0.05 $0.03 $4.69
T20 yz GRK 1.75 2,000.00 $103.18 $0.05 $0.03 $5.16
T20 yz GRK 2 2,000.00 $122.84 $0.06 $0.03 $6.14
T20 yz GRK 2.5 1,500.00 $109.36 $0.07 $0.03 $7.29
T20 yz GRK 3.125 1,000.00 $98.83 $0.10 $0.03 $9.88
T20 ss GRK 1.25 4,000.00 $556.80 $0.14 $0.11 $13.92