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Hi all,

Post covid I need to reboot my keycutting and bring it up to date to maximise sales.

I am looking for possible machines.

At the moment we have a cylinder machine, a mortice machine, a tibbe machine and a really old milling machine. We have an auto key chip reader/writer. We don't have a decent machine to cut dimples and we can't cut keys to code.

My only option seems to be a futura machine. Very expensive.

Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?

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2 hours ago, Ted Starzec said:

Hi all,

Post covid I need to reboot my keycutting and bring it up to date to maximise sales.

I am looking for possible machines.

At the moment we have a cylinder machine, a mortice machine, a tibbe machine and a really old milling machine. We have an auto key chip reader/writer. We don't have a decent machine to cut dimples and we can't cut keys to code.

My only option seems to be a futura machine. Very expensive.

Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?

I can recommend the Futura, easy to use, easy to get your head around it and will pay for itself cutting customers own car key blanks if you get the price right.

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this really depends on volume and variety of keys you expect to cut .

if heavy use and high volumes then triax and unocode 399 are decent choices 

if medium to high use then silca futura , keyline total or keyline ninja laser are good options 

if medium use then the miracle machines are a good choice 

if light use only then chinese offerings like xhorse are an ok choice .

you really do get what you pay for with electronic cutting machines , theres machines for now , machines for the long term and machines for life , budget and use requirements will dictate what fits your needs most.

you can ask hundreds the same question and get a number of answers , but at end of day your budget , volume and life expectancy of machine will dictate what is the right fit.

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8 hours ago, rapidlocks said:

this really depends on volume and variety of keys you expect to cut .

if heavy use and high volumes then triax and unocode 399 are decent choices 

 

Unocode 399 no longer sold its either a 299 or pro. But if you really plan on the future the new F series is the way to go. I cannot imagine working without my new F900 it is the ultimate key cutting machine, only beaten by moving to the industrial level machines.

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