right. This mechanism is an improvement on earlier
Speed machines and provides a smooth horizontal
motion to the carriage. The elegant simplicity of this
mechanism is emblematic of the KABA ILCO line.
Figure 3, is a left quarter view of the machine.
The Power Indicator, at the top of the motor, is
illuminated when the Magnetic Power Switch is
in the ON position. This indicates that power is
“available” to the motor. The Motor Power Switch,
mounted on the side of the motor capacitor box, is
used to turn the motor on and off.
The Flip-Up Shoulder Gauge controls the flip
gauges on the carriage. It is designed to accurately
gauge the pattern and blank keys by their “top
Metal Stop Collars, at both sides of the carriage,
prevent the carriage from contacting the frame of
the machine. The Carriage Stops limit the horizontal
motion of the Vise Carriage.
The Tracer Point Adjustment Nut, shown in
Figure 4, allows the cutter and tracer to be easily
adjusted. To calibrate the tracer to the cutter, loosen
the Tracer Lock Screw. Rotate the Tracer Point
Calibration Nut clockwise (to the right) to extend the
tracer, making the cut shallower. Rotate the Tracer
Point Calibration Nut anti-clockwise (to the left)
to retract the tracer point, making the cut deeper.
Adjust the machine using two “uncut” key blanks.
The cutter should “just touch” the key blade.
Test the cut with your fingernail. If you can catch
your nail on the cut, it is too deep. The cutter should
just “dust” the blank. The machine you see was
cutting a bit deep, from the factory. It was adjusted to
bring the cutter and follower into perfect alignment.
Test the key at the shoulder and at the tip, to confirm
parallelism of the vise jaws. Tighten the Tracer Lock
Screw to lock in the adjustment.
The Tracer Point Calibration Nut is marked in
0.025 mm (.00098”) increments and has a detent
at each mark. If you measure a duplicated key and
find it to be out of tolerance, it is easy to adjust
the Tracer Point, using the calibration marks as a
guide to your adjustment. Lock the tracer point after
any adjustment. The Clamp Safety Stop Screw is
immediately below the Tracer Point. It is designed to
prevent the cutter from contacting the Key Vise (or
Figure 5, details the Clamp Safety Stop Screw
adjustment. When properly adjusted, it will prevent
the tracer point from contacting the pattern key