Professional locksmiths deliver an essential service to customers all over the world every day.
Without a doubt, we all take keys and locks for granted. We only really notice them when they fail to work as we expect (as with many things in life). Locksmiths have various tools at their disposal to solve most lock-related problems, getting your life back on track.
Locksmith businesses may handle residential, vehicular, or commercial locks – or all three. Regardless of their specialist area, key cutting is a critical part of a locksmith’s work, whether a client needs a duplicate or a new model.
We all use keys on a daily basis, but how much do you know about the key cutting process itself?
How do Key Cutting Machines Work?
Numerous key cutting machines are available to locksmiths today. A locksmith may have access to one or more of these, depending on the type of customers they work with, their facilities, and their personal preferences.
The four kinds of machines are automatic, code design, manual, and laser. Each operates in a unique way, with manual and automatic the most common.
All new keys are crafted using a blank key. This is a flat metal blade which features no grooves at first but is shaped by the key cutting machine in a short space of time. The blank key will be shaved or trimmed until it’s an identical match of the original key to be duplicated.
However, if there is no original key available, the locksmith can utilize a key code – a combination of numbers that let him or she create the proper pin placement in the key cutting machine. The equipment will then craft the blank key according to the code, refining it into the required shape rather than mimicking a previous design.
The locksmith will be able to study the original lock or the key itself and identify the proper key code to suit. This is a common solution if the original key(s) are lost, leaving you without access to a property or vehicle once again.
The Importance of Professional Locksmiths
Key cutting should always be performed by an experienced, qualified professional only.
Under no circumstances must an individual attempt to handle a key cutting machine without having the right training or information available. These are incredibly complex machines, and they may cause serious injury if you try to use them without the necessary know-how.
Alongside the danger posed by key cutting machines, untrained operators can actually create keys that are entirely unsuitable for the task required. For example, if someone were to craft a key for you without understanding how to handle the machine properly (regardless of its type) it may not have the proper grooves.
As a result, your new key would not fit the lock or break off entirely – leaving you without access but out of pocket.
Hiring a professional locksmith ensures your key will be crafted exactly as it has to be. He or she will be able to create a duplicate or a key from scratch to fit almost any lock,
Of course, a qualified locksmith can do more than cut keys. They will know how to replace locks, repair them, and provide numerous other related services on residential and commercial properties. They will be able to work on vehicles too, providing access if you lose your key or break it, unlocking trunks, and more.
If you hire a locksmith who has no certification or experience, you have no guarantee that they can complete the job at hand. They could have a box of ancient tools, the bare minimum of training, and have no safety training.
Luckey Lock provides professional locksmith services in Calgary, helping you with commercial, residential, automotive, and emergency problems 24 hours a day.