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When I started I used predominantly sks steel, changed over to hd brass, never like their eco steel . Was going to gradually change over to new hd premium steel. Now count muppet has confused me. I don't think it really matters for most keys, although I do prefer steel for extra long or thin keys. Price difference isn't that great between the two.

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I'm a big fan of RST and Errebi myself. Even though the Errebi have a coating on them they never come back and the cutters stay all good with them, customers like the look of them too as they look a bit flash and they are strong in a lock. I've had too many problems with HD brass in the past I've found quality to be a bit all over the place. If anyone wants a good deal on RST and Errebi stuff feel free to message me.

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I would say this. I do find steel keys cut cleaner with fewer burs that need polishing off. Generally only relevant when cutting larger volumes . Got a regular builder, cuts loads of lf2s, 30 to 50 at a time . Use to use brass hd, switched to steel sks ( then to sks lf36),

Made quite a difference time wise. Someone is probably now just going to post that I should change my blades more regularly.

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There seems to be an industry wide problem with steel blanks at the moment - they're so hard and are ruining our cutters and we get bent bits or snapped off bits. Frustrating.

This is confirmed by SKS by the way before anyone jumps on me claiming I simply don't know what I'm doing...

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I use mostly Silca atm... After having issues with keys not fitting, even tho my machine is 100% spot on... I've had key blanks in the past than just look wrong, especially JMA... era 6 pin not tall enough, 25B's don't even look anything like etc etc

I'm the same, but noticed yesterday that ASEC1 5 pin blank in Silca is quite a bit lower than HD ASEC1!!

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Only use Silca or Genuine blanks for cylinder keys. Never have any issues with blanks bending, snapping, twisting or not fitting.

 

We have Gone though well over 1,000,000 Silca cylinder blanks in 35 years and cannot think of a time when a blank did not fit.

 

Given that our issue isn't cylinder keys but mortice keys - any suggestions? It's not the ERA brass blanks but if we need to cut keys on universal blanks when duplicating other universal keys. Perhaps for gate rim locks etc.

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