Perhaps you’ve decided to update your key making machine. As time goes by, even the best, well-maintained tools tend to lose their edge, and a well-defined edge is somewhat crucial to a good key!
A good key making machine is essential for a locksmith, and since these tools can be expensive, it’s important to choose a good one.
We’re going to talk about 4 types of key machines, their features, and which one might suit you and your business best.
1.Manual Key Machines
A manual key machine is the most basic type of key maker you can start with, and can also be the cheapest option available.
One of the more reasonably priced yet highly rated models is the HPC Mini Speedex Manual Key Machine.
Lightweight but extremely accurate, this machine is suitable for all kinds of standard keys. However, it may not be suitable for cutting larger styles of key, so bear that in mind.
Easily portable, durable, and efficient, this cute little machine is a definite must for any locksmith’s toolbox.
2. Automatic Key Machines
An automatic key machine is the natural next step up from a manual. Automatic machines work much faster than manuals, and machines such as this JET 8000 Fully Automatic Key Machine can duplicate keys in approximately 10 seconds.
This sort of machine is absolutely perfect for someone with a brisk business, especially if you’re just getting started. The quick duplication process frees up more time for other work, and an automatic key maker may not be as expensive as you think.
3. Manual Code Machines
Creating accurate duplicates is a must, and this includes security keys, car keys, and hotel keys. A manual key maker may not quite offer the level of accuracy that a client wants, in which case a code machine may be the best option for your company.
However, electronic code machines (which will be discussed next) may be a little out of your price range. It may be best to start with a manual code machine. A good option is the Framon 2 Code Machine, especially if you need a more reasonably priced code machine. Highly rated, durable, and famously accurate, this could be a great tool to start with.
4. Electronic Code Machines
The absolute best tool for any locksmith is an electronic code machine. Fast, accurate, and able to handle virtually any kind of key, there’s a good reason that the best locksmiths use electronic code machines. This makes coding much easier, allowing you to duplicate keys as fast as possible, but without sacrificing quality or accuracy.
However, as you can imagine, these cutting-edge and innovative tools have a price to match their capabilities. But that doesn’t put an electronic code machine out of your reach. Some models, such as the Futura Auto and Smart Pro package, come with financing options. This means that you can pay a monthly fee, gradually paying off your new machine while still enjoying its benefits.
In conclusion, any kind of key making machine is a locksmith’s investment. Feel free to shop around, and research what kind of machine will best suit you and your business.