Jet Hardware’s new Model 9000 Key Machine offers a unique method for duplicating conventional single and double-sided commercial, residential, automotive and utility keys. When rotated, its Twist-N-Cut Knob moves the vise jaw assembly horizontally across the key follower and the milling cutter.
To duplicate a key, a locksmith lifts the vise jaw assembly by the carriage handle, positioning the key to contact the key follower close to the shoulder or bow. At the same time, the key blank aligns with the cutter. Keeping the key in contact with the key follower, rotate the Twist-N-Cut Knob clockwise while following the pattern of the key’s cuts until the key follower/cutter comes near the tip of the blade. The knob is turned between one half and three-quarters of a rotation depending upon the length of the key blade. Then, rotate the Twist-N-Cut Knob counterclockwise towards the bow to finish the cutting process. I normally repeat the cutting process a second time to ensure the key blank has been properly duplicated. Once satisfied, lower the vise jaw assembly and remove the keys.
For accurate key duplication, the Jet 9000 Key Duplicating Machine is equipped with 4-way vise jaws for correct retention of the pattern key and the key blank, eliminating the need for adapters. The vise jaws are located 3-3/8 inches apart in order to accommodate long blade key blanks as well as large remote head key blanks.
To change the jaw clamping configuration, loosen the vise handles to allow the spring-loaded vise jaws to be lifted, clearing the alignment plates. In this raised position, each vise jaw rotates to the desired side and releases into place.
Important: The pattern key and the key blank vise jaws must have the same configuration in order to accurately duplicate a key.
Each of the vise jaws’ four sides has been designed for specific key blade configurations. A number is stamped into the top of each side of the vise jaws.
- Side 1 is for common commercial, residential and utility key duplication.
- Side 2 is for securing narrow blade keys or keys with deep cuts.
- Side 3 has a tab that extends from the front edge of the top and bottom to grip the center milling on difficult-to-hold automotive keys as well as other double sided non-conforming keys that have center millings.
- Side 4 is for securing wide blade double-sided keys including utility keys. There is a number stamped into the top of each side of the vise jaws.
The vise jaw depths are:
- Side 1: 0.155”
- Side 2: 0.120”
- Side 3: 0.300”
- Side 4: 0.200”
Key Duplicating Tips
When duplicating a key, make sure the depths of all of cuts are visible above the pattern vise jaw. If one or more cuts are not completely visible, use a shallower vise jaw side. For example when duplicating a Yale 997X/Y6, a number seven depth of cut is 0.142”. To duplicate this key with a number seven cut, you must use vise jaw side 2 for a properly cut key.
Vise jaw side 3 has a 0.300” clearance to accommodate center milled double-sided key blanks including some Chrysler, Ford, Freightliner, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Saturn.
Non-center milled double-sided key blanks include the General Motors “Z”, Honda, Subaru and Toyota key blanks and some Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Saturn key blanks.
The Jet 9000 key machine has a 72 tooth, 2.375” diameter offset milling cutter, 0.196” thick with 40-degree cutter profile angles and a .023” flat. The left side has the smaller profile in order to accommodate close-shouldered keys. This configuration provides a near vertical plunge, limiting the possibility of cutting away the key blank’s shoulder. The High Speed Steel (H.S.S.) milling cutter has a Titanium Nitride (TiN) coating. This metallic gold color, hard ceramic coating can improve operational life by helping to maintain the cutter’s edge retention and corrosion resistance. The Jet Hardware 9000 key machine’s milling cutter part number is 9000MC.
Produce a single-sided duplicate key in 10 seconds.
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