With the holidays right around the corner, we’re taking a step back to reflect on the year and what we’re grateful for as a company. In efforts to extend our appreciation, our holiday campaign this year is named “Trade Fave Tools” to celebrate the trades that provide essential services to our local communities each and every day. For this year’s holiday gift guide, we collected feedback from a diverse group of trade pros on their favorite Malco tools to curate the list of featured products. If you have a special someone in your life who could use an upgrade their toolkit, these are some of the best tool gift ideas that are personally recommended by trade pros for trade pros.
Malco’s 15 BEST Tool Gifts
Here’s a gift that works better and faster than manual metal cutting snips. Whoever receives it can turn their power drill or smaller-bodied impact driver into an 18-gauge steel-cutting power shear. The attachment’s wide-opening jaws can operate at high or low speeds for optimum control, and the clamp collar allows the shear head to be rotated 360° and set in any position for additional flexibility.
Create circles in seconds with this unique tool gift. Versatile for a variety of metalwork, this sheet metal hole cutter installs into the chuck of any corded/cordless drill. The “gold standard” cutter bits, precision-fit bearings, and easy-adjusting pivot pin make this tool the longest-lasting and fastest solution for cutting 2”–20” diameter holes in sheet metal.
Turn a power drill into a 20-gauge metal-cutting shear with Malco’s best-selling TurboShear attachment. This classic essential revolutionized the HVAC market at the time of its release. Give a present that will effortlessly cut through sheet metal in a fraction of the time compared to using manual cutting snips.
Built to attach to an impact driver, immediately begin crimping multiple sizes, types, and thicknesses of round metal duct. Based on actual field trials, this attachment is 78% faster than using a manual sheet metal crimping tool. Whoever receives this gift will save time and effort and thank you for it.
(MSHC / MSHLC / MSHMLC / MSHXLC)
Treat them to one of our most popular, time-saving tools. Quickly change between 1/4” and 5/16” hex sizes with Malco’s exclusive, dual-sided 2”, 2-5/8”, 4”, and 6″ magnetic hex drivers. Built with an indestructible “easy-clean magnet,” sheet metal shaving buildup will be a problem of the past.
These timeless combination snips are a perfect gift for the handy one in your life. Ideal for cutting vinyl siding, aluminum, copper, or sheet metal, the sleek head design allows for maximum maneuverability for left, right, and straight cuts.
Malco’s tool backpack is a handy present that will help the recipient easily organize, protect, and transport all of their tools. Made to withstand heavy loads and everyday usage, this essential backpack features 33 pockets and comfortable wide-padded shoulder straps that will help save their neck and back.
Here’s a nifty gift that allows the user to bend, fold, flatten, and straighten sheet metal edges or safely grip and move sheet metal around the job site. The drop-forged, high-impact jaws feature depth markings graduated in ¼” increments and are complemented by a powerful compound leverage design, as well as user-friendly RedLine® Handles.
(AV8 & AV9)
Set at a 90-degree angle to allow easy gripping when cutting sheet metal in tight spaces or overhead, these vertical aviation snips feature POWER-FIT™ performance hand grips that naturally distribute pressure evenly across your hand. This tool gift is built to last through even the harshest conditions with heavy-duty, forged steel jaws that will consistently perform use after use.
(M2001 & M2002)
Look no further for the ultimate, versatile present. Built to make fast, controlled cuts in vinyl plastics, layered metal, and seams, these revolutionary snips have Euro-styled ergonomic handles with thermoplastic grips and finger stops to fit hands of all sizes. They also feature wide-opening jaws, superior hardened blade edges, and head-to-handle compound linkage for top performance.
Malco’s 5-Blade Sheet Metal Crimper creates long and shallow double crimps on round duct and stovepipe, which results in a tighter-fitting and self-supporting connection. Gift this essential HVAC installation tool that has an ergonomic RedLine® Handle, nickel plating to resist corrosion, and hardened steel for optimum strength.
Here’s a durable and functional gift that they’ll frequently use. This sheet metal hammer has a full-polished head with beveled face and pein that are corrosion resistant, making the tool last longer and work better. The vinyl grip minimizes recoil, while also being comfortable to use.
This classic snip has been a go-to gift option for decades. Users can count on these Bulldog Pattern Snips to make powerful straight cuts and notches in sheet metal, aluminum and steel siding, plastics, and other thin materials without tearing or catching.
(18F & 24F)
Ideal for bending and forming metal for various applications, the 18F and 24F Sheet Metal Folding Tools are 18” and 24” long to create a more uniform fold. The 24F also doubles as a mini-brake for roofing and siding applications. These tools are made with a superior design and includes handy sight holes to ensure proper depth alignment. It’s a simple but useful trade pro gift.
Featuring an anodized aluminum body and large vinyl cushion grips, Malco’s Offset Duct Stretcher is designed to hold duct in place with one hand while slipping drive cleat in place with the other hand. The offset handle eliminates knuckle contact, while additional spacing holes allow adjustment of wheels for greater distances. It’s a handy present for any HVAC pro.