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If you’ve spent any time at all doing auto body work, you’ve probably got your fair share of sanders lying around your work space. Well at Malco, we’re happy to tell you that you don’t need them anymore! We unveiled our new Conformable Sander last winter and it’s getting rave reviews from everyone who’s used it.

autobody sander

With Malco’s Conformable Sander, you can now sand precise auto body contours fast and easy—it’s the first re-usable sanding block that holds a hand-pressed contour throughout the entire sanding operation. A unique segmented block design quickly conforms to curved geometry down to an 8.5 inch (216 mm) inside block radius, to produce convex, concave or S-curve contours. An internal aluminum memory bar holds the desired contour shape in place for sanding. The segmented block can be set and re-set with reasonable hand force. The ability to easily grasp the generous contours of the sanding block itself reduces fatigue and ensures even-pressure sanding.


“What I like about this block is that it conforms to the panel and it holds its shape. It also has a great feel and your fingers don’t get sore when you’re sanding,” said one auto-repair technician. “The pressure you need on this block is very minimal—it basically floats on the material with the sand paper doing all of the work. As you’re sanding, you can still turn your block to achieve your cross hatch pattern and shorten your repair time because it contours and you’re not trying to form your contour like with a flat block.”

conformable sander

The Conformable Sander uses standard 2-3/4 inch (70 mm) wide hook and loop backed abrasive paper. A thin, ultra-flexible, paper-slide interface allows the block contour to be changed without buckling or tearing the paper.

Malco’s Conformable Sander is available in two sanding lengths—5.5 inches and 8.25 inches as defined by the slide that accepts standard paper tear-off increments. Both the engineered polymer block and slide are impervious to shop solvents and will not mar or scratch the auto body surface. Inexpensive paper-slides are a replaceable part and available in handy 3-packs.

Simple to use and easy on your hands and fingers, with easy-to-replace paper, this sander responds to the grooves and bumps as they come—making your life as an auto body technician that much easier.

For labor-saving speed, precision and ease of operation—look for the Malco Conformable Sander wherever professional body shop tools are sold or buy it online!

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We’re Proud to be Officially Named: Malco Products, SBC

Malco Tools USA

On April 24, 2014, the Minnesota legislature passed the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act, which was signed by the governor and become effective on January 1, 2015. With the enactment of this legislation, Minnesota joins about two dozen other states that offer a specific statutory option for the organization of for-profit but socially minded businesses. By electing to become a public benefit corporation, a corporation will be obligating itself to pursue general or specific public benefits among their primary objectives. Incorporating as a public benefit corporation will be one method that socially minded businesses can use to distinguish themselves from other entities.

What Is a Specific Benefit Corporation?

There are two kinds of Public Benefit Corporations; a General Benefit Corporation and a Specific Benefit Corporation. Malco is proud to be a Specific Benefit Corporation. A specific benefit corporation is a public benefit corporation that states in its articles a “specific public benefit” purpose it elects to pursue. “Specific public benefit” means one or more positive impacts, or reduction of a negative impact, on specified categories of natural persons, entities, communities, or interests, other than shareholders. This narrower obligation (than a general benefit corporation) allows the specific benefit corporation to focus its mission on one or more explicit benefits without the general societal concerns required of general benefit corporations.

Our Pledge to You

As a specific benefit corporation, Malco has pledged to keep jobs for their community in Annandale, Minnesota, and to provide as many jobs as possible for the people of their community. Malco has always been proud of its roots as a Minnesota company, and takes great satisfaction in employing so many people in Annandale and the surrounding area.

We’ve always been proud to be the nation’s leading manufacturer of “tools of the trade” for HVAC, and to continue our founder’s tradition of leadership and innovation by addressing a changing industry landscape and responding to emerging market needs for new specializations and more customized products and services. And now we’re thrilled to “officially” work to keep jobs local for our community that we are so proud to be a part of.

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Kids are out of school, temperatures are rising and pools and patios are filling up with revelry. It’s summertime and with all the fun the next couple of months bring, it’s also the busiest time of the year for HVACR, roofing, siding and gutter, and auto body repair technicians. Long days in hot conditions are when a lot of us earn our stripes. Having trust and confidence in your hand tools of the trade is a mindset that helps technicians all over the world thrive in the busiest times.

Hand Tools

Hand Tools Manufactured with Unparalleled Quality

Malco Products has a nearly 70-year tradition of quality and innovation that has made it an industry leader in making the finest hand tools available. Since founder Mark Keymer first manufactured and marketed a pipe crimper he had invented for installing metal ductwork in heating systems back in 1950, he insisted on quality construction. Malco has insisted on quality construction in its hand tools for HVACR, roofing, siding and gutter, fence, deck and rail and auto body repair tools.

More innovations followed:

  • The first hand seamer, or hand brake, featuring compound-leverage handles.
  • The time-saving hand notcher, for a V-shaped cut in one motion.
  • The hand-operated snap-lock punch.

Just the right tools for crimping, bending, folding or seaming metal. Today, Malco continues the tradition of quality and innovation, and distributes thousands of products from its Annandale, MN headquarters to trade professionals in the U.S. and around the globe.

Malco excels at understanding each industry’s ever-changing workplace needs and workforce demographics, as it affects a tool’s hand fit and weight. Malco’s formal research and development process and award-winning product design team are validated by a knowledgeable network of established sales representatives. We make quality products that you can count on and with broad-based distribution and a vast population of industry technicians and educator end users, our brand is reinforced across the globe.

We continually manufacture work-saving products that make the tough jobs easier. Malco’s success as a company is achieved through our innovation and the quality manufacturing that goes into every one of our products. It’s made all the difference for us, and we hope that it’s made a difference for you!

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Malco Fencing Tools

“Love they neighbor as yourself; but don’t take down the fence.”—Carl Sandburg

Backyard Season is Here – Malco Will Help You Make It Look It’s Best!

Don’t look now, but another school year is winding down and another summer is right around the corner. That means it’s time for backyard parties, family barbeques and lounging in the yard. That also means it’s time to get your fence into tip-top shape and Malco has several fencing tools to help you with that!

The Best Fencing Tools to Make the Job Easier

Fencing ToolsFor chain link fences, Malco’s Fencing Pliers are a must. Our legendary all-steel fencing pliers design features three serrated jaw areas, three built-in wire cutter locations and a compact, rounded and tapered nose. 8-in (203 mm) and 10-in (254 mm) sizes. Our Multi-Purpose Fencing Pliers provide a combination hammer, wire tensioner, staple remover, wire cutter and splicer so you’re able to accomplish a lot of tasks with just one tool.

To see Malco’s other chain link fencing tools and accessories including magnetic sweeps, hammers, measuring wheels and tape measures, click here.

Hog Ring Pliers Fencing ToolsFor fencing pros, Malco offers a variety of Hog Ring Pliers and accessories that help you get the job done quickly and in the most professional manner.

Vinyl Fencing ToolsMalco has you covered for vinyl fencing as well. The VFN1 & VFN2 Notchers create 1/2 and 3/4 inch (13  and 19 mm) wide and 7/8 inch (22 mm) deep louver-shaped tabs in the end sections of vinyl fence pickets or rails.  The resulting raised tabs facilitate a durable lock that prevents the picket or rail from pulling out of the joint opening in a rail or fence post during high winds or abrupt blows.  Notcher performance is clean and precise in temperatures from 40 degrees F (-4.4 degrees C) to 120 degrees F (48.9 degrees C).  Hardened all-steel construction with rust-resistant nickel plate and black oxide finishes ensures long service life.

The Malco VFN1 and VFN2 Picket and Rail Notchers also feature ergonomic RedLine Handle technology.  An Engineered handle opening compliments the natural power stroke of any user’s hand and maximizes the powerful 7:1 mechanical advantage of compound-leverage head to handle linkage.  Comfortable handle grip contours, a non-slip grip insert, spring handle actuation and a thumb-operated handle latch ensure a natural fit and feel for comfortable one hand operation anywhere on the job.

Vinyl Rail Removal Fencing ToolWinter can sometimes take a toll on vinyl fencing, and if you’ve got some repairs that need to be done, the Vinyl Rail Removal Tool is THE tool to get you started. Now there is a reliable, safe and easy way to remove rails from vinyl post and rail fences. Anyone who has had to remove a vinyl fence rail fastened with a series of notched tabs knows the difficulty of performing this task without damaging the rail or post. The Malco Vinyl Rail Removal Tool is a must-have for all installers of vinyl post and rail fencing. This safe and easy-to-use little job-site tool features thin stainless steel blades with angled tips for insertion between the rail and post. A safety lanyard anchors the tool to prevent injury or loss of tool when extracting the rail. Insert, anchor and extract. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

To see the other valuable fencing tools Malco offers for vinyl fencing construction and maintenance, click here.

Whether you’re a fence professional, or just want to build or do some maintenance on an existing fence, Malco has all the fencing tools you could possibly need!

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