Servicing Medeco³ BiLevel

The new Medeco³ BiLevel line of cylinders gives locksmiths the ability to key alike non-UL437 and UL437 listed high security cylinders.


As a locksmith professional, you no doubt have had customers who have needed the protection of high security lock cylinders on some doors, but not on their entire facility. Often times the exterior doors need the protection of a UL437 cylinder, but using the same high security cylinder on an...


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Keying a BiLevel cylinder alike to a Medeco³ cylinder is a snap. As mentioned before, you must start with a key code with all aft position cuts that is specifically created to support BiLevel. (Both individual codes and master key systems for BiLevel are available from the Medeco factory.) The key code will contain both numbers (cut depths) and letters (cut angles). The cut depth numbers are all that are necessary to choose the correct BiLevel pins. For example, if your key cut is a 2M, you would choose a #2 bottom pin. Top pins are numbered so that they correspond with the bottom pin numbers – a #2 bottom pin gets a #2 top pin.

Master keying BiLevel is also quite easy. For example, if your master key is cut to a 2M and your change key is a 4M, select a #2 bottom pin, add a #2 wafer, and top it off with a #4 top pin.

A pin kit is available that contains 100 of each of the bottom, master and top pins, plus set screws and springs. The pin kit part number is KJ1501.

Please contact your Medeco distributor for pricing and availability.

Warren Schmizzi is Technical Services Specialist for Medeco High Security Locks/Arrow Lock and Door Hardware.

Photos

  1. Exploded view shows BiLevel cylinder components
  2. Typical Medeco³ cut positions
  3. Medeco³ cut positions for BiLevel
  4. Pin tips: BiLevel and Medeco³ can be easily distinguished
  5. Cylinder pinning chart

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