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  1. 3 points
    Hi Good luck, but you are now entering a saturated market - almost everyman and his next door neighbour are locksmiths or auto locksmiths. I am not sure you will find anyone even miles away willing to help as the market shrinks- Currently people are almost giving away keys and travelling huge distances as customers quote - 'This guy said £x' as Martin says rush to the last price. You will need some hefty insurance cover and a small pot of gold for the jobs you cock up and have to get another or the main agent to fix. I hope after you bad accident and lobbing all your cash at this someone may help, But even I, who now specialise in access control, are finding numpties using telephone wire in jobs travelling 200 miles to do a job and undercutting me by £100 - guess who gets the call to go fix it
  2. 2 points
    keithm

    Smallest finisher

    Look at the picture Martin!!! Our narrow band is on the brush section and our 'Micro' can be fitted with a mini band, at additional cost, if required No multi head options.
  3. 1 point
    eimco

    UAP KEY I D

    Tradelocks is the company that sell them. I find them excellent to deal with.
  4. 1 point
    eimco

    UAP KEY I D

    We use original key blanks on all UAP locks. We find them the best and there is very little in the price of original blanks.
  5. 1 point
    grahamparker

    Era 335B, but much taller bit.

    Agree with Rick, cheap chinese rubbish. We use the universal blanks, not had any back.
  6. 1 point
    keithm

    Best finisher...

    710 single or three phase and can be specified how you like with some unique options
  7. 1 point
    Did it have ERA stamped on it ?. It could be for the ERA Vectis mpl https://www.aldridgesecurity.co.uk/asec-0716-asec-era-vectis-mortice-blank-copy.html
  8. 1 point
    Gray

    Era 335B, but much taller bit.

    5139 morgan jma = 695 copy 7 1/2 gauge GL064 MORGAN Sterling Brass 5 Lever KB36 get walsall 0.385 was Mortice 183
  9. 1 point
    Count Muppet

    A new beginning!!!! Hello :)

    I notice that the Hickleys site mentions auto work as being a “niche market” does niche mean everyone knows someone who can program them a key on the cheap because so many people have some sort of kit?
  10. 1 point
    DMs aren’t exactly great. As a point of comparison, I’m currently wearing a pair of Loake’s which are coming up to 16 years old and which retail or around 160 Its a bigger investment initially but worth it in the long run
  11. 1 point
    Tom D

    Adhesive

    my lord do they still make s10 primer or is it an antique tin and do you have a brush nailed through the lid
  12. 1 point
    petercoulson

    Smallest finisher

    75cm wide is indeed the smallest now, Hardo do one as well as the WHB available second hand as another option. With size comes limitations but they are very good for the less busy shop.
  13. 1 point
    Growster

    Yale safe key -j023323

    We always buy these from Yale. Only the Jxxx is necessary for this. The rest of the code is nonsense. They change the price a lot. Sometimes, we even had these for free.
  14. 1 point
    Approximately 25 Auto locksmiths within 15 miles of you. Good luck in your endeavours
  15. 1 point
    rapidlocks

    A new beginning!!!! Hello :)

    I doubt it was mentioned prior to you training and buying kit , but mick is correct the market is indeed saturated and rates are dropping faster than a tarts knickers , so many have joined and fuelled the race to the bottom and its a race that when won everyone has lost. following a short basic training course you have the very basics only , it will take years to gain competence , some achieve this quicker than others , it all depends what you put into it , i advise plenty of bench practice and time in the scrap yards and on old bangers to gain experience and confidence , this is still the best way to learn . research your area very well , learn who your competitors are , what the local rates are and the most common jobs you are likely to see , more affluent areas will see alot more high end and newer models where as less affluent areas will see older and less high end vehicles . this then gives you an idea of how many competitors you actually have , what the rates are locally and what cars your likely to see most of which guides your software and stock buying needs, all research that ideally should have been done and a business plan made prior to training and buying kit , you would at least know if viable before parting with a large sum of money. i dont envy you , as i would hate to be starting out now , despite the job being easier due to equipment doing more and being more reliable , dependent on what equiptment you have . the one thing i can guarantee you is that what ever kit you have bought , it wont be enough , you will quickly learn you need far more , that is the one constant in this trade , it changes so quickly and is expensive to keep up and maximise coverage. it is an expensive trade where kit and costs have doubled yet rates have in some areas halved which is a huge inbalance . the best advice i can give is do alot of research , alot of reading online , alot of bench practice and as much time playing with scrap cars as you can get . form a business plan , work out your costs per job well to include business running costs , wage , taxes , parts, tokens etc , add a percentage for ongoing investment and work out what you need to charge to survive and grow , you can then at least ensure your not on road to destruction . as mick has said , dont neglect insurance , liability and indemnity insurance that actually covers you to work on cars at the roadside , also your own vehicle insurance ensure your covered for business use and also that you are covered when working on a car on the public highway , as you will have keys and be running a car on the highway when working on it , so need to be insured for that car 3rd party at least. dont neglect stock , most who ring you once advertising with lost keys will want someone today , if you cant do it today there will be someone else that can locally , so stock is essential , which comes back to research as you will have an idea of the most common stock you need for the area you are working in . i wish you the best of luck , it is an interesting and great trade , you will get out what you put in to learn , its expensive , unforgiving and you will see rates drop as more and more set up , less jobs as more and more can be cloned , but if you survive and establish yourself , then you will enjoy it . but you are very much on your own , you learn what you get stuck in and learn , you learn from getting in the brown stuff and figuring your way out of it and learn from it , but in reality your on your own , especially when the shit hits the fan . im sorry if not what you want to hear , buts its accurate so useful , you will get help on the forum if stuck on things or with questions as a helpful forum , so welcome to the forum , read and enjoy . please dont take it the wrong way , but the last thing the trade needs is more part timers , all it achieves is to kill trade for those that do it full time for a living .
  16. 1 point
    grahamparker

    Yale safe key -j023323

    Sent you a message.
  17. 1 point
    grahamparker

    Yale safe key -j023323

    If anybody finds anyway of doing these to the code on the sticker let me know. We have seen loads of these.
  18. 1 point
    kobblers

    Adhesive

    Prime with Kumzof or a similar thinner and then use your normal glue. Rick.
  19. 1 point
    Dave the locksmith

    Bike key I.D.

  20. 1 point
    grahamparker

    Ultion cutting

    Timpsons are not and will never be authorised Ultion Centres according to Brisant.
  21. 1 point
    Danny King

    shoes not collected signage

    Money upfront.. we do this for all work and empty shelves no work left uncollected.
  22. 1 point
    Count Muppet

    Barbers?

    Think there is 5 so far
  23. 1 point
    ciawest

    Dimple Key ID

    Looks like you are correct none of those key cards got all the measurements. I decided to work out the measurements myself. I think it has turned out quite well just need to get the WJ1R blanks in and see if they cut correctly, fingers crossed
  24. 1 point
    keithm

    shoes not collected signage

    I would offer to give any repaired shoe to charity if not collected within 6 months, that way, someone gets the benefit of the cock womble that didn't collect!
  25. 0 points
    Mick Friend

    Adhesive

    mmm a number between 395 and say 397?
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