An adjustable jaw system allows for cutting of both large and small keys and for cutting keys with either shoulder or tip-stop designs. A “.140” rule can also be used for adjusting the jaw. If the deepest possible factory depth is higher than .140, then the “A” jaw can be used. If the jaw is removed and flipped over, it becomes the “B” jaw. This side of the jaw holds key blanks .030” higher, so cuts as deep as .110” can safely be made without hitting the jaw material. Optional individual jaws are also available for originating Schlage Primus, Medeco or Kaba Peaks keys.
Tipstop keys are set in place using special attachments. A square hole in the jaw accepts a “U” shaped attachment for tipstop keys when the first cut nearest the bow is longer than .945”. A straight square attachment can be inserted into the jaw unit to be used for tipstop keys when the first cut nearest the bow is less than .945”.
Specialty keys have not been forgotten. The Universal II machine jaw unit can be easily tilted to a left, right or center position for originating Medeco keys. Both tipstop attachments can be set low in the jaw to provide a positive stop when originating small format IC core (SFIC) tip stop keys. The Universal II has a solution for completing the second side of a double-sided key. A wide, “flapper style” alignment gauge is furnished. The wide guide allows the user to keep the top of the uncut key blank parallel with the key vise while tightening the blank into position for cutting the second side.
For most key originating, proper depth of cut is of primary importance. The Universal II includes an exclusive “dial type” depth adjustment system. A simple turn of the dial quickly and accurately adjusts the machine depth of cut without using tools.
Over 100 cards are furnished with the Universal II machine and they will cover most popular types of locks. There will be instances when some obscure lock will require special measurements. Eight micrometer cards are furnished with the Universal II machine. Micrometer cards have measurement lines which cover the complete space and depth range of the Universal II machine. Micrometer cards can be easily used whenever depth and space measurements are known and a dedicated card is not available.
In addition to the Universal II code machine, Kaba Ilco Corp. also offers Kreate-A-Key premium key code software. One of the many features of Kreate-A-Key software is the ability to generate code cards for the Universal II machine. If a card is lost or unavailable, Kreate-A-Key software contains thousands of depth/space files. This information can be quickly used to print out the required code card. Note: Obtain clear, adhesive-backed shelf paper and apply a small piece onto the card printout before cutting. The result will be a sturdy, accurate, cleanable code card you can use again and again.
After a key duplicating machine, the most valuable tool in a locksmith shop is a code machine. While there are many choices in code machines, the Kaba-Ilco Universal II is an economical choice which can be the workhorse of your shop for years to come. Since new cards can be easily made, the Universal II code machine will never become obsolete. And it comes from the company with more than 80 years of experience in the code machine business.
For further information contact your local locksmith distributor or: Kaba Ilco Corp, 800-334-1381, www.kaba-ilco.com.
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