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Cutting a standard automotive key by code just got easier with the recent introduction of the ‘F’ Jaw for the Laser 994. Since its introduction to the locksmith market in 2006, the Laser 994 has long been considered the most advanced high security key cutting machine on the market. With the new ‘F’ Jaw, double-sided automotive keys can now be added to the list of 994 capabilities, making the machine more popular than ever before.
For this article, we will show how to cut a 2002 Toyota Camry by decode and by code.
CUTTING BY DECODE
If a key code is not known for a vehicle, we can make a duplicate key blank cutting by decode. From the main menu, start with ‘Key Search,’ then ‘Car Model Selection.’ After entering the Make, Model and Year information for the vehicle, select ‘Cut by Decode.’
To begin, insert the magnetic tip stop into the correct slot position (F0-F5) on the jaw, which is indicated on the console screen. (Note: The ‘F’ Jaw tip stop slots go from F0 through F5, with F0 starting from the back of the jaw. The F slot at the front of the jaw is for specific keys that require a shoulder stop).
Next, insert the original key into the ‘F’ jaw, which will automatically center the key when tightening the knob. Once the tip stop is removed (as a safety feature, the machine will also give an alert to remove the tip stop before proceeding with decoding), select ‘Enter’ and the machine will begin decoding the key. Decoding takes a little over a minute as the machine checks the key depths with electronic precision. Once the key has been successfully decoded, the screen will display a key with the depths of cuts and key code in the upper right hand corner as well as any applicable manufacturer key blanks on the subsequent screen.
Following the machine prompts, insert the magnetic tip stop into the correct position on the jaw and insert and tighten down the new key blank in the jaw. Remove the tip stop and select ‘Enter.’ Key cutting takes approximately two minutes and upon completion, the key is ready for use.
CUTTING BY CODE
If a key code is already known for a vehicle, we can cut a key by code. From the main menu, start with ‘Key Search,’ then ‘Car Model Selection.’ After entering Make, Model and Year information for the vehicle, select ‘Cut by Code.’ Once prompted, enter the code for the vehicle and select ‘Enter.’ An image of the key and the depths of cuts will appear confirming the cuts for that code as well as any manufacturer key blanks on the next screen. The screen will then display correct key placement, applicable jaw and tip stop placement (F1 for this particular vehicle key). Once the key has been correctly placed and the tip stop removed, select ‘Enter’ to begin key cutting. Once the machine has finished cutting the key, it is now ready for use.
‘F’ JAW KIT
The ‘F’ Jaw can be purchased as part of a new machine or as an add-on to an existing machine. It is sold as a kit (Part No: B3406) and includes a dedicated 1.5mm cutter, decode tracer, magnetic tip stop and software update via USB or Internet. Software update includes more than 12 new makes, 600 new models and 60 new code series for the North American and European market.
Some additional standard features of the Laser 994 include;
- Internal database built-in
- Integrated code conversion
- Cuts by ½ cuts
- Electronic calibration
- Converts to original manufacturer’s specs
- Customer record storage, user history and password protection feature
- Updates via USB or the Internet
- 3 year warranty
To see the 994 in action, visit our website, www.bianchi1770usa.com, or YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/BianchiUSAInc.
For more information on the ‘F’ Jaw or the Bianchi Laser 994, call your preferred Bianchi USA distributor or 800-891-2118.