Performance & Hotrod Business February '14

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Specialty tools continue to evolve to address new materials and assemblies that sometimes bring inherent new repair challenges. Malco Products Inc. Annandale, Minn. Mike Janey Malco Marketing Services Our hottest specialty automotive tool is… As a new entry in this marketplace, Malco has had success with power-assisted tools for auto body repair and restoration. Our recently introduced Door Hemming Tool, available as either an electric drill attachment or air-powered model, has been very well-received as a labor-saving option that produces a like-new hem, leaving no evidence of a repair. This tool is an extension of our early success with metal-cutting TurboShear drill attachments and air tools. We call non-shear concepts like the hemming tool "TurboXTools." And like their Turbo Shear cousins, our most popular Door Hemming TurboXTool is the economical drill attachment model. The biggest challenge facing the specialty automotive tools market is … Specialty tools continue to evolve to address new materials and assemblies that sometimes bring inherent new repair challenges coupled with overriding needs for safety and efficiency. The tool design solu- tion and correct usage may not be immediately apparent or quickly explainable on a package card or box. Malco has made communication strides in this area with ongoing sales training efforts, the availability of a content-rich website and the use of video demonstra- Its best features include … The Malco Door Hemming TurboX Tool Attachment likely fits a corded or "go-anywhere" cordless electric drill that the technician already owns. A minimum 14.4-volt cordless is all that is required to adequately power the Door Hemming attachment and efficiently hem the edges of replacement door skins for passenger vehicles and light trucks with limited manual "tacking" requirements. The hemming attachment quickly insets into a common 3/8-inch chuck, so there is no need to modify the drill. A telescoping clamp component adjusts to fit length and width of any drill housing so that the hemming attachment is easily operated with one hand as it navigates along the hem edge and over mild profiles. The hemming attachment's highimpact, ABS polymer anvil will not scratch or mar the replacement door skin. The anvil's fence fits flush against the outer edge and finished side of the door skin as a narrow seaming wheel rolls a tight, clean inside hemmed door edge. February 2014 PHBFEB.indd 33 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 33 1/3/14 12:10 PM

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