Ziptide, September 2017

Sept. 4, 2017

Reader Questions

Editor’s Note: The following are reader questions that were emailed to editor-in-chirf Gale Johnson, along with his answers.

Who can I contact about a Curtis 3100 automatic key cutter? I have one but I need a manual and instructions on how to use it properly. 

Our information is that Curtis no longer supports this product.  They are now called MSC Direct. For additional information you can contact them at: 800-645-7270 or   

Where do I find Global Link "G" series codes.? These are for RVs. I need G310  when you get time.

G310 cuts = 13122, Blank Ilco 1681.  Locksmith Ledger does have the Global Link code series G301-G350.  There is also one additional code for RV service compartment doors. Depth and spaces are the same as FIC codes. If you have an HPC 1200 machine I can even send you a card usable for both Global and FIC.

Our locksmith shop has a request to fit keys to a 1961 Bentley. A code number stamped on the glove box lock is BHM504. Can you provide information for originating a key?

Cuts for BHM504 are 25435.  Use Ilco blank 62HB. 

I would like to know if you know where I can get a DUO key.

Call Northeast Lock:  800-524-2576. They are the distributors for Illinois Lock and can make the key by code. Northeast Lock is the only source for Illinois keys by code. You should be able to order one or two keys cut to code from them.

If you are only looking for uncut key blanks and can duplicate them yourself, then the key blank is Ilco 1042A and you can get those blanks from any distributor.

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