The Kaba Ilco™ Speed 044
manual key duplicator is a
reasonably priced key machine
designed to duplicate standard
edge milled keys. This article
should serve, to familiarize the
working locksmith with a few of the
design innovations and operational
advantages of the “044” Series
“Speed” key duplicator.
The “Speed” key duplicator was quiet, accurate
and easy to use. It incorporates a few old and a few
new features, which enhance the durability and
accuracy of key duplication. The Kaba Ilco™ Speed
044 will be a solid addition to the Kaba Ilco™ family
of fine key duplicators.
Figure 1, shows a front view of the “Speed 044”
Key Duplicator.” The “Speed” is a dual lever manual
key machine. It is designed to trace single sided,
double sided and cruciform keys. The Horizontal
Feed Handle at the left side of the machine controls
the horizontal motion (traverse) of the key carriage.
The vise carriage of the Speed 044 is spring loaded,
to bring the keys into contact with the cutter and
tracer point. The carriage is held in the “Ready”
position by a carriage lock.
Once the pattern key and the blank keys have
been properly loaded and clamped, press down on
the Carriage Handle, to release pressure on the
Carriage Lock Button. Press the Carriage Lock
Button and slowly allow the carriage to bring the
pattern key into contact with the Tracer Point. Do
not allow the carriage to spring up and hammer
the Tracer Point. This would damage the original
(pattern) key and will certainly damage the tracer
adjustment and shorten the life of the cutter. Move
the Horizontal Feed Handle from right to left to
traverse the carriage and trace/duplicate the pattern
key over the blank key blade.
Two “4-Way Key Vises” are mounted on the
carriage. The left key vise will hold the pattern
key. The clamping knob at the left side closes the
pattern key vise. The key vise at the right side of the
carriage will hold the blank key to be cut.
A non-abrasive soft plastic key brush is mounted
at the right side of the machine for deburring cut
keys. Chip Shields over the cutter and deburring
brush protect the operator from flying key chips.
Chip shields are essential, but every locksmith
should wear safety glasses when operating any key
There are two power switches on this machine.
The “Magnetic Power Switch” at the right side of the
machine is a safety switch. If power is interrupted,
the magnetic switch will disconnect power to the
motor of the machine. This feature is not common on
other machines. It protects the motor from transient
high voltage spikes. The Power switch at the top
of the machine controls the motor. Soft plastic chip
shields cover both switches. This machine is wired
to accept 120 Volt, 60 HZ power.
Figure 2, details the horizontal feed mechanism.
The horizontal Feed Handle moves the Control Arm
and Control Link, to move the Vise Carriage left and
Manual Key Duplicator
The Kaba Ilco