shoulder at odds with the desired measurement
from the front shoulder to the cut centers and
produce a miss cut key. Gauge Bar Slots in the key
vises are used with the furnished gauge bars to “tip
gauge” keys without shoulders. Flip the shoulder
gauge down to begin cutting the key.
Keys were cut on this machine and measured to
check their accuracy. Cut keys were exact duplicates
of the original. Cuts were measured with a dial
Caliper and showed no discernable difference from
the original. Cuts were measured at the shoulder and
tip, to check for key vise “run-out.” No difference
was found. All cuts were as clean and smooth as the
Figure 15, shows a Ford H75 double-sided
key being clamped in the “C” Vise Jaw. The key
is clamped using the center-milled groove in the
blank. The key is Tip Gauged, using the Gauge Bar.
Remove the Gauge Bar before cutting the key.
Figure 16, shows the machine label. The label on
the base of the machine shows that this machine is
wired to accept 120 VAC at 60HZ. The Cutter Speed
is 1400 rpm. The Serial Number will be necessary
if you need to order parts or request service from
the manufacturer. It might be a good idea to “letter
stamp” the serial number on the chassis, and record
the number in the operators’ manual, to identify
“your” machine if you need to identify it in the future.
Figure 17, shows the motor label. The label on the
motor identifies it as a Capacitor Start 1650 RPM,
110 VAC, 60 HZ, . 35 HP motor. This should provide
all the power you’ll need to cut almost any keys you’ll
To test this machine, a number of cylinder keys
were made to check accuracy. All clamped easily
and were made accurately. They all measured the
same as the originals. GM, Ford and Chrysler keys
were made using the center groove as the clamping
gauge. They measured correctly and operated their
respective cylinders without a catch or bind. The
idea of using the center groove to clamp these keys
should be considered.
The machine is quiet and has plenty of power.
The “dual-handle” carriage movement control is not
new, but is well done and operates very smoothly.
There is plenty of room between the key vises for
large head and remote head keys. The “Speed
044” machine by Kaba Ilco™ is a substantial shop
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