Our 2018 holiday gift guide has plenty of gift ideas for the craftsman or roofer in your life, or maybe for yourself! No matter if you’re looking for gift inspiration, or sending our list to friends and family (hint! hint!), this list should help you select the perfect present this holiday season.
Our selection of gutter tools is specifically designed to make the installation of standard American style aluminum and steel gutters more efficient. Tried and proven, our gutter tools are manufactured to a high-quality to ensure the installation of any K-Style or half-round gutter system in copper, zinc, steel, or aluminum is smooth and fast.
From crimpers to notchers and nail punches to hole saws, RapidMaterials offers professional tools from Malco, Freund, and many more for the professional gutter installer. Are you installing an aluminum K-style gutter? Or maybe a European half-round copper and zinc gutter? Rest-assured we have the tools you need!
The Freund Gutter Hanger Forming Tool is designed to assist in the forming of half-round gutter hangers. This Freund tool is available in two lengths, up to 31 ½, and boasts a castor-roll, head made of malleable casting GTW 40, zinc-plated, steel tubes with plastic handles for bracket strength.
The Malco Wheeled Magnetic Sweep easily navigates uneven terrain while attracting and retaining metal debris. The 4 inch, (10 cm), diameter magnet housing is designed to freely rotate on a stainless steel axle. No need for height adjustments! The cylindrical housing turns slightly as obstacles are encountered to prevent captured debris from being wiped off during use, and its rotational quick release allows material to be removed from the tool swiftly.
Freund forged steel swages are the perfect tool for hand-locking a seam together. Freund premium swages are available in three standard sizes, 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" wide seam lock; all the perfect size to slip into a stocking this season.
The Malco HSK Hole in One Saw Kit includes a hole saw selection, pilot drills, arbor extension and driver (for installing the pilot) all neatly placed within a carrying case. It features 4/6 variable pitch blades, while the hole saw's teeth are milled into high speed steel and micro-welded to the body. The varied tooth sizes permit an overall coarser pitch for more aggressive cutting. The one-piece arbor and hole saw combination eliminates the need for separate arbor attachments, cutting mild steel, stainless and tool steel, cast iron, brass and aluminum with ease.
Gold Standard Hole Cutter
Distinctive gold bits, bearings and pivot pin form the longest lasting, fastest cutting, easiest adjusting solution for cutting holes in sheet metal. Malco Hole Cutters quickly attach to the chuck of any corded or cordless drill as small as 1/4" (6.35 mm). Lightweight aluminum frames make these accessories extremely portable for a variety of hole cutting applications in sheet metal including 20-gauge (1.02 mm) galvanized steel. The compact HC1 Hole Cutter is adjustable for making 2 to 12" (51 to 305 mm) diameter holes, while theThe larger HC2 Hole Cutter cuts 2 to 20" (51 to 508 mm) holes.
Don’t let its size fool you! Malco Scratch Awls are an incredibly versatile tool! They can be used to scribe lines on metal, plastic and a variety of other materials, as well as easily pierce holes in wood, plastic, leather, and even light-gauge sheet metal. Blades consist of high-carbon alloy steel, fully polished to resist rust. Blades taper to a fine point and may be sharpened as needed. The easy-to-spot orange handles are shock and shatter resistant.The handles shallow flutes and large bearing end surfaces provide a secure, comfortable grip, and make this the perfect stocking stuffer!
The NCG S401 Toggle Joint Hand Riveter features a swiveling head that can rotate 360° to place and use the tool at any given angle. The tool includes four standard nose pieces and can be used with all standard pop rivets.
Freund Tools Hand Notcher No. 35 is perfect for cutting straight, parallel incisions in sheet metal up to 22 gauge in thickness. The notching cut length of 1-3/8" enables long uninterrupted cuts.
This Pipe Expander by Freund is an easy to use tool that comes in three standard sizes for quick and easy expansion of all common copper and zinc downspouts in the field. Use with a wrench or with your power drill! Maximum tested metal thickness is 1.0mm (.040").
The Malco C5A Turbo-X-Tool Power Crimper makes swift, easy, and precise crimps in large or small round duct and pipe. Applications include 24 to 30-gauge (0.71 to 0.41 mm) galvanized steel duct, spiral duct, black stove pipe, or aluminum pipe. The drive shaft of the Crimper Turbo-X-Tool attachment inserts into the chuck of a minimum 14.4 Volt cordless or maximum 7 Amp A/C drill. A telescoping clamp adjusts to fit length and width of any drill housing, and the installed crimper attachment is easily operated with one hand!
Freund Seaming (Clinching) Pliers are hand-forged in Germany and feature heavy duty lap joints with pre-coated handles for comfort and grip. Freund Seamers are available in various widths in straight, 45° and 90° bent blades.
As an HVAC installer or technician, you will most likely require the use of some specialized duct tools to complete common commercial and residential projects. Whether you are installing or repairing air conditioning or heating duct work, we’ve got you covered in the tools department.
Malco FasGroov Tool Kits for 1-1/2" fiberglass duct-board comes in a sturdy carrying case and includes left, right, female ship-lap cutters, and much more!
Malco adjustable and manual tension tools are designed to make the task of installing nylon ties on flexible fiberglass duct easier and faster. This tool features a clean baked on enamel wrinkle finish, capable of weathering the elements. Comfortable handles reduce the pinch point area, and the vinyl cushion grips reduce fatigue and slippage. It also has a built in cutter handle and works on all ties, including thin designs.
This versatile and portable TurboShear fits a drill you already own to make easy cross cuts, fast lengthwise cuts, even circles and square outlet cuts, in large or small pattern corrugated metal roofing and most other non-standing-seam metal roofing and building panels including trapezoidal box patterns.
The durable, yet inexpensive, TurboShear HD from Malco cuts straight and to the left and makes fast cuts in material thickness up to 18-gauge galvanized steel. Cutting applications include both ferrous and non-ferrous sheet metals, metal roofing/building panels, vinyl, steel mesh, duct-work, even the thick metal of furnace jackets, equipment enclosures or automotive body panels. Adjusts to fit a variety of lengths and widths of popular drill sizes including the more compact motor housings of lithium ion battery powered units. The Turboshear is extremely versatile, see it in action as David Trefzger demonstrates how to install a Roofing Starter Panel.
Freund Notching Tool
Freund Tools Notch Punching Tool makes a 1/8" x 5/8" notch in vinyl siding, zinc or aluminum materials. Featuring an adjustable depth stop with a range from 3/8" to 7/8" deep, this tool can punch materials up to 22 gauge (0.030") in thickness. Not recommended for use with steel products.
Malco Pipe and Duct Holders
This simple to use pipe and duct holder from Malco is like having an extra set of hands! Clamp holders feature formed teeth that grip wood trusses and engineered wood beams, securing the adjustable chain in place in either a horizontal or vertical work position, freeing up both hands to secure the duct work permanently!
HVAC Redline Starter Kit
The Malco HVAC Redline Starter Kit includes 16 Tools and FREE bags of Zip-in and Bit-Tip Screws kitted in a FREE Soft-Sided Tool Bag!
HVAC Deluxe Redline Starter Kit
The Deluxe Redline Starter Kit includes all the same great tools as the standard kit, but also an additional 14 HVAC Tools, along with FREE bags Zip-in and Bit-Tip Screws kitted in a FREE Soft-Sided Tool Bag.
Malco Duct Stretcher
Malco DS1 and DS2 Duct Stretchers are designed to allow the installer to hold the duct in place with one hand while slipping a drive cleat in place with the other. It low-profile and straight body allows this tool to go just about anywhere, even in the tightest of quarters! Additional spacing holes allow the wheels to be adjusted to span greater distances. A rugged anodized aluminum body features large vinyl cushion grips and a handy hang-up hole. The DS2 model features an angled "offset" bend to move the handle away from the duct and eliminate knuckle contact, and the Malco DS3 Locking Duct Stretcher pulls duct sections together and locks them in place freeing up both hands to align and install drive cleats. The DS3 works from either side of a duct connection with no need to adjust the wheels! Simply place the wheels located on the movable cam on one side of the adjoining duct flanges, then turn the handle downward to pull the duct seams together and lock in place! Offset handle eliminates knuckle contact with the duct.
Malco Flex Duct Shear
Malco Flex Duct Shears cut insulated flexible duct with smooth scissor action, along with the duct liner's wire rib coil. This shear features a pointed bottom blade to easily pierce the duct to begin the cut. The heavy duty wire cutter is located away from the scissor blades, and the thumb operated latch ensures that sharpened blade edges stay closed when not in use.
Malco Max2000 Aviation Snips
Nothing out-cuts, out-maneuvers or out-lasts MAX! The improved MAX2000 snips fit any hand without sacrificing cut. Malco Max2000 Aviation Snips now feature all-new, molded thermoplastic grips. These easy-to-spot, solid color coded grips are permanently fitted over full length steel handle shafts and offer strength, comfort and sure handling!
Every roofing company needs three things to achieve success: solid leadership, good employees, and dependable tools. In fact, the right tool can boost productivity and pay for itself many times over. When you’re working on a roof, the best tools are as important as your own hands. Take a look at our favorite Metal, Shingle, Slate, and Stone-Coated Metal tools.
Our ultimate metal roofer tool set includes a great selection of Malco hand tools for metal roof installation. This set Includes virtually every tool you'll need for any day-to-day metal roofing installation, and includes the Malco TB1 Tool Bag. Available with your choice of Malco AV series aviation snips or the Malco MAX2000 aviation snips.
The RAU HSG Hand Slitter for sheet metal is an easy to use, handle and store hand slitter for sheet metal that makes clean precise cuts time after time. The included guide bar not only keeps the slitterÿ aligned for clean straight cuts, it also holds the sheet in place. The RAU HSG set includes a guide bar, hand cutter, and gloves, with a cutting capacity of 0.8 mm copper and zinc, and 24 gauge steel.
The Freund Scribe is perfect for quick marking of sheet metal such a scopper, zinc, and aluminum. It consists of a stainless steel design and can 1/4" increments of up to 4 3/4".
This is a "second-stage" or "double-lock" tool designed to be used after the 90° lock has been made. This tool bends the panel around to a 180° lock anytime a double lock is required, for example: when using an electric seamer. This too requires that the seam first be prepped with a single-lock tool.
Swenson Shear Snaptable HD
The new steel Swenson Shear SnapTable HD is an all-in-one tool fully equipped to notch, shear and hem your snap lock and standing seam profiles. The SnapTable HD features an adjustable table width that can accommodate panels between 12-22 inches , a notching station equipped with a slope-calibrated ruler that allows for 29 inches notching offset and a slitter that cuts a 33 inch maximum angle length slit.
The hemmer allows you to make a 33 maximum angle length hem with one single pull of the handle. The SnapTable HD now features an all new degree indicator on both the Slitter and Hemmer allowing you to find your angle faster. The SnapTableHD is risk-free, time-efficient and reliable. Highly transportable, the SnapTable HD weighs 750lbs and features built in adjustable jacks making it easy to level the tool on any jobsite!
This ESE "finish" hand seamer is designed to make the second stage 180° bend to create a double-lock roof panel seam. This tool fits all standing seam roof panels with a panel seam width of up to 1/2". ESE's Second Stage Hand Seamer boasts the ability to create 180° bends, shorter handles (great for difficult to reach places), and are for use wit a single-lock, first stage, tool.
Malco's big 24-inch (61 cm) Drip Edge Folding Tool makes quick bends along the drip edge of flat-pan standing seam metal roofing panels. Versatile, compact 18-inch (46 cm) drip edge folding tool makes quick bends along the drip edge of flat-pan standing seam metal roofing panels. Two rib-reinforced steel plates are permanently welded together to create two folding seams for making 1-inch (25.4 mm) and 1-1/2-inch (38.1 mm) deep bends in maximum 22-gauge (0.76 mm) steel. A two-post-design, fiberglass reinforced nylon handle offers durable, lightweight strength and high leverage for working overhead or on a bench.
After you've installed a metal roof, make the installation of satellite dishes, snow retention systems, and just about anything else with S-5! – The industry leader in metal roofing attachments.
Shingle removal is a beast of a job but now, finally, there s a tool that s up to the task. THE BEAST Shingle Remover from Malco makes a tough job bearable. THE BEAST cleanly lifts off heavy loads of shingles and pulls nails in one motion. Long handled models are available with either an adjustable head for handling any roof pitch, or a versatile fixed head. Adjustable models also feature fiberglass handles and a choice of 48 (1.22 m) or 58 (1.47 m) tool lengths. All long handled BEASTS feature replaceable 10 gauge (3.40 mm) tempered steel blades with variable length teeth. A comfortable D-grip is also standard.
Make your drill a shingle shear! TurboShear Model TSS1 is specialized for cutting all types of asphalt shingles. This one-hand operation accessory quickly inserts into the chuck of most cordless or corded power drills to go where the work is. It adjusts to fit both length and width of popular drill sizes including the more compact motor housings of lithium ion battery powered units. Make fast, clean, straight trim cuts along a roof valley, or make square cuts and circles in shingles with equal precision and ease to fit around utility outlets. Replacement blades are also available and can easily be installed at the job site.
The Model 48 Heavy Duty Pivot Shear by Swenson Shear with its 48" blade is ideal for shearing heavy gauge exposed-fastener panels, with the ability to shear straight at 90° and up to a 8/12 gable. The custom blades match any panel profile, providing a clean cut, eliminating burred edges and flying metal. The shear is transportable and weighs around 140 lbs.
The Model 48 Shear features an interchangeable blade to accommodate any manufacturer's panel profile. Separate blades will be needed for each blade profile or to achieve various gable angles. The recommended maximum gauge thickness is 24. Shearing panels thicker than 24 gauge may increase wearing of blades.
Swenson Shear 1 Arm Bandit Utility Cutter
Referred to as the Swenson Shear "utility knife," the 1 Arm Bandit Utility Cutter is designed for use on a multitude of applications from stone coated metal shake and shingle to 14 gauge stainless flat sheet. Now available in two standard sizes, the 1 Arm Bandit comes with your choice of a 24-inch blade or 34-inch blade. Blades are made of long lasting, high carbon steel. This go-to tool is safe, efficient, transportable and weighs just 50 pounds.
Freund has been manufacturing Slate hammers & Anvils for more than 160 years. These are the finest quality slate hammers & anvils on the market. The Freund Universal Slater's Hammer features facet grinding on just one side, for working on both sides of the anvil,a nail puller, lengthened leather handle, polished finish, with ahead, tip and facets that are inductively hardened.
Make your power drill a powerful slate-cutting shear! The Malco Turboshear Model TSNS1 quickly inserts into the chuck of most corded or cordless drills. This versatile and portable TurboShear requires less force than other slate-cutting methods. An operating speed of 1400 to 2000 RPM ensures optimal performance and control for making fast straight, angled or curved cuts in 4 to 8 mm natural roofing slate. Cutting slate with finished side up produces an authentic-looking, hand-cut appearance. And a padded skid plate prevents scratches to the exposed slate finish.
The perfect tool for bending stone coated metal shingle products, the Swenson Stone-Coat Base & Ridge Bender is designed to bend any stone coated metal shingle. With a 56" effective width, the bending beam can handle the full diagonal width stone coated panels which have a diagonal width up to 55".
The Base and Ridge Bender is a combination tool used for bending stone coated steel to control water from blowing into the roofing system. The ridge bender is used anywhere there's a short course in the field, head wall and ridge. The base bender bends stone coated steel panels at the rakes, side walls, hips and valley to control water from moving sideways into the roof.
Freund offers two complete soldering iron kits for the professional tradesman. Both kits center around Express soldering irons, one of the finest gas-fired soldering irons in the world. All you need to provide is a standard American style propane canister (the one from your propane barbecue grill will work perfectly).
Freund Soldering Tank Sets come in two versions: Freund Single Tank Set has a non-slip bases with a single tank including cap, ammonia stone and flux brush. Freund Double tank Set has a non-slip base, two tanks including caps, ammonia stone and two flux brushes. Don't forget to order flux!
This Soldering Iron Kit from Freund Tools includes the Express 6364E hoseless soldering iron with a gas cartridge, two spare cartridges, flux bottle amonnia stone and two flux brushes. This iron is perfect for repair work and work in places where it is impractical to use a hose and propane tank.
This 50/50 lead/tin BAR solder is perfect for soldering lead, copper and zinc. Lengths and shapes vary.
Our siding tools are perfect for the task at hand, whether it be fiber cement, hardi-Plank, Aluminum, or slate.
Malco's AV Aviation Snips are a traditional design sheet metal tin snip with forged steel jaws, compound leverage handles and serrated edge blades for great cutting accuracy and control, ergonomic, soft non-slip handles and thumb-latch for easy locking and unlocking.
The Malco SideSwiper model SRT2 combines the comfort and added leverage of an easy-to-grasp straight handle with the smooth unlocking motion of a burr free hook. The blade of the SRT2 is angled from the bottom plane of the handle and allows the user to keep the wrist straight while keeping knuckles well above the work. Blade surface finishing and plating assures that the sharply angled hook will not cut into the vinyl material or produce shavings. Additional comfort and control is achieved with a non-slip textured handle grip. The gripping surface will not become slick from moisture, and the form fitting, plastisol dip process bonds the grip for the life of the tool. Durable one piece spring steel construction is virtually indestructible. A handy oversize hang hole in handle accommodates a 1/4" (6.4 mm) peg hook.
Turn your power drill into a "Fiber Cement Shear"! Malco s unique TSF1 attaches to your existing cordless or A/C drill to go where the work is. Adjusts to fit both length and width of popular drill sizes including the more compact motor housings of lithium ion battery powered units.Fast cutting blades are specialized for fiber cement siding only. Wide skid plate design stabilizes all TurboShearFC models for precise, clean cuts, (including window and door arches), in fiber cement siding up to 5/16" (8mm).
The Swenson Shear Soffit & Siding Shear is the premier tabletop shear ideal for cutting soffit, metal shingles or siding. The 20" blade delivers a clean cut, eliminating burred edges and flying metal. Job site transportable and weighs a total of 65 lbs. Recommended maximum cut of 24 gauge.
Simple but effective, the Malco Fiber Cement Guillotine cleanly cuts 5/16 (8 mm) fiber cement siding without distortion or compression. A large, stable support plate, with board stop, ensures straight, square cuts in 8-1/4" (210 mm) wide plank with minimal dust. No sharpening required! The durable, lightweight steel frame and high leverage design offer long service life, easy handling and smooth cutting operation.