KEY ADAPTERS: HELPING LOCKSMITHS GET THE JOB DONE

Key adapters fit over a portion of the blade, improving the key positioning and clamping, enabling the key and key blank to align properly within the vise jaws. Rytan and Aable have introduced several models of this valuable tool.


For many years, there have been a few keys that are quite difficult to duplicate or originate. The problem involved getting the key/key blank located at the proper position within the vise jaw(s). These included the Chicago double-sided, a couple of cylindrical keys and some automotive keys. Even...


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The key adapters are manufactured from billets of solid alloy stainless steel and are wire EDM to .0001” tolerance. The Rytan key adapters are a reverse image of the specific key blank section. They are designed to slide onto the blade of the key/key blank in order to hold it at the correct position.

Note: While the Rytan key blank adapters are designed for Rytan brand key machines, they should work with most key machines when using the standard key vise jaws.

For more information, contact your local locksmith wholesaler or:

Kaba Ilco at www.kaba-ilco.com

Rytan , Inc., at 455 Maple Avenue , Torrance , CA 90503 Telephone 800-447-9826 Web site: www.rytan.com

 

AABLE

Aable has introduced a key adapter for holding original “Z” keyway GM blanks or aftermarket blanks such as Ilco B106 or Jet B109-NP. These double-sided blanks are often difficult to hold in a duplicating machine, especially when cutting the second side.

The Aable adapter fits into the grooves of the “Z” blank and forms a solid vertical area for the vise jaws to clamp against. The adapters are designed to fit exactly into the key grooves of the “Z” blank and have the same bottom dimension as the uncut blank. For duplication, a pair of adapters is suggested. Insert one adapter against the original and one adapter against the uncut blank, then tighten both keys in the vise jaws.

After using the adapter while cutting the first side, the Aable adapter is inserted against the opposite side of the blank, again forming a bottom surface equal to the uncut blank. The Aable adapter and half-cut key can then be easily inserted parallel with the vise jaws and at the original cutting height.

Aable adapters can also be used on any code machine while originating a “Z” key by code. After making cuts on the first side, it is difficult to reposition the blank accurately while completing the second side. Some code machine manufacturers even recommend using a second blank and completing double-sided key making on a duplicator machine. Aable adapters positively hold the “Z” blank at the correct height when cutting both the first and second sides of the blank. This solves the problems of wasted key blanks and possible inaccuracies during key duplication.

Aable adapters are planned for other hard-to-hold keys. For more information, contact Frank Markisello at Aable Locksmiths, telephone 718-848-8000 or web site www.aablelocksmiths.com.

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