Thursday, November 6, 2008

Locksmith Tools and Equipment

Dear Readers,

Locksmith tools and equipment will cost you several thousands of dollars in initial investment. You may start out in the hundreds, but the cost will grow as the business grows. If you’re interested in specializing in several areas, there are different locksmith tools for each area.

Aside from the normal tools of the trade, such as key blanks and a key making machine, a locksmith must break down the types of key blanks into different categories and buy other items to go along with these.

Key blanks come as at least;
1. Six different types of residential blanks,
2. Ten brands of commercial key blanks; and
3. Automotive key blanks for domestic and foreign vehicles.

How to keep up with all the different keys?

Make sure you have key tags, drawers, and key towers (tower only with no blanks). These keys require key cutters. There are at least six different kinds of cutters;

1. A manual duplicator.
2. A semi-automatic duplicator.
3. An automatic duplicator.
4. A tubular key duplicator.
5. Code cutters.
6. Cutter wheels.

A locksmith tools also include pins, pinning kits, picks, pick sets, tension wrenches, and many different locks. There are hospital locks, government locks, gate locks, electronic hardware, furniture locks, biometric fingerprint locks, and electromagnetic locks.

Every locksmith who has trained with a distance school will know about Kwikset locks and IICO key making machines. These are standard equipment for locksmiths-in-training. There are academies that teach courses on a course-by-course basis to further educate the craftsmen.

Another locksmith tools is transponder keys that require a code machine to code the key for the vehicles to work in the ignition. Newer model vehicles with added security methods use electromagnetic fields of energy that are sent to a computer in the car. (This is an example of technology and computers sneaking into yet another area of our lives.)

Coding keys in this manner is a way to increase security for the automobile owner as well as reduce costs for the insurance companies.

There are older vehicles still in operation that require the simple use of the Slim Jim tool, so an older locksmith tools must be kept around as well.

Besides accommodating people who can't afford the newer, more sophisticated vehicles, there are collectors of antiques who won't want their cars damaged. So, the locksmith must know how to open the vehicles in a way that causes the least amount of forced entry. Even people who don't own expensive cars are proud of what they own and won't appreciate damage.

Locksmith tools are a must for a professional locksmith. There are many locks that use the same tools and methods to unlock.

Please bear in mind for the loads of information that can't be retained, gets all information regarding locksmith tools in the manuals and written information. It must be kept for reference purposes.

c) 2008 Copyright


Amber J said...

Yes the cost of starting up as a locksmith can be high. Many locksmiths that focus on residential and commercial door locks start out spending about $2,500 or more. There are many places to get equipment, but not all are full service suppliers. Wolf Hardware and Supply is focused on the needs of locksmiths and providing both tools, hardware, and supplies and answers to all their and questions. Please Visit

demony granger said...

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