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  1. keyman

    Key id

    Global Locking will also supply genuine blanks. Around £5 per blank if memory serves.
  2. I've seen a few keys similar to how Cowers Lane describes, Era lookalike, octagonal head, hole in the corner etc., except, apart from the taller bit, it had no branding despite being one of the keys that came with the lock. Funny thing is the pin of the key was oval! 7½ gauge horizontally, 7 gauge vertically. To be honest, I told the customer I told the customer I could only cut a duplicate if I had the lock to hand as it had all the signs of being on a hiding to nothing.
  3. keyman

    Knott trailer key

    Possibly... HD ABT1
  4. keyman

    Embracing change

    Agreed. As long as there's self-employed people there'll be cash payments. Remember when we were also once promised a "paperless office"? Then it became a requirement to start keeping additional hard-copy records (in secure storage, of course). "They" make the rules up as they go along.
  5. Dave Lawson from Davenports was a rep I remember, now sadly departed, even when I was a mere pup he was always happy to help, advise and, if necessary, instruct. Seemed like he was never happier than when he was behind a key machine.
  6. Always been cutting these for years on a HD 16HL without issue.
  7. To be fair, I've had genuine Era 6 pin blanks that did not fit into Era 6 pin cylinders.
  8. keyman

    New Stock

    I have had several reps tell me this over the years. Three years ago I bought three visi-packed upvc window restrictors and put them on prominent display, I still have one left (and I know for a fact a guy who bought one of them bought it for another use). Maybe it's just reps selling stuff, y'know, doing their job, fair enough. Maybe it's just an area thing. I'm in the North East where upvc is everywhere but people would rather spend their spare pounds on pints and a Parmo rather than security. But do window restrictors really sell so well?
  9. I have an old version of the Silca Marcator. Every key that gets put on a peg gets stamped first. http://www.silca.biz/en/products/key-replacement-business/122484/engraving-devices.html (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
  10. keyman

    New Era Key ID

    Not ideal I know, but in occasional moments of desperation, I've done these on a UL054 (might even have been N9CS or 1A depending on length) and cut the bottom away as required.
  11. And how much time would that take you and what would you charge for your time?
  12. Profile looks like the type used on shutters - Viro, Tessi, Prefer, etc...
  13. Definitely Zoo. Think it's their retro-fit Fortress replacement lock so any Fortress blank should do it.
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    Have always had 1st class service from SKS. Not going to stop using them because of your bad experience. Why not take your Ava key to a local locksmith, I'm sure you could still make a profit? If none around you do Ava, advise them the best place to go. Customers like helpfulness and remember you for the jobs you can do in-house.