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#1 chorbats

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:03 PM

Has anyone here ever used one of these and how well do they work? I see that they are pretty expensive online so I dont wat to sink alot of money into something that doesnt work.

#2 theopratr

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 09:18 PM

I have SouthOrd 7 and 8 pin varieties, as well as a 7 pin from Majestic.

The Majestic pick was about as useful as dropping my sixty or so dollar into a hole and taking a dump into it. Under some strange and unique circumstances, there exists the tiniest possibility that it might work with the most easily picked tubular lock and an external tension tool, assuming the tides were right. (There is no mention of an external tension device in any of the included instructions, and the tool has no internal tension device, making it worthless.)

The SouthOrd tools are excellent. They work like a dream on easily compromised tubular locks, but the newer varieties take a good deal of practice. If you're willing to invest a good deal of time and money into the two picks and a sizable collection of locks with which to practice, they're a good investment. Just remember to be gentle with them, trying to force the situation works even less with these than it does with general lock picking.

My only real complaint is the fact that they only work with tubular locks with a very specific plug diameter... they come with the most common one, and it works for about 75% of the tubulars that I've run into. Occasionally, however, the lock will be sufficiently larger or small such that your tool won't fit into the keyway. For this reason, one who is pursuing the hobby should also become proficient at picking these types of locks without the fancy tool. A very complete set of hex keys and a very sturdy steel pick fixes the problem, although it takes a ridiculously long time to pick, even if you're good at it. Alternate tubular tension tools for manual manipulation are available online, although I ordered one and it never came. I would thus recommend researching it and making one yourself. I made one out of a piece of metal that fell off of something in the trunk of my car, it just happened to be about the right size and shape... polished the bugger up, and it's been serving happily ever since.

#3 chorbats

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 07:49 AM

Thanks for the info. It seems that tub locks would be the most challenging of them all. I dont mind spending the $$$, if something works. It beats losing my $$$ in the casino. Seems my Gfriend doesnt much care for my new found hobby. But anyway, how long does it take to learn manipulating tub locks. And any recomendations on where to purchase [I]southord[I] picks. as in being the cheapest. Thx

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 12:29 PM

Picking tubular locks is very much like regular lock picking... some locks open in seconds without an issue, others seem like they never will. The only difference that I see is a much larger gap in difficulty been the "easy ones" and the "@$&!*#% ones". Even with these tools, it is rather difficult to pick a very high quality tubular lock, but it can be done.

I wouldn't screw around with finding the cheapest retailer... buy the picks directly from SouthOrd. If you get them from somewhere else, there is the distinct possibility that you are buying a factory second or a refurbished unit... and that's how it would be twenty bucks cheaper than buying directly from the manufacturer.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:49 PM

i have a 7 pin southord and it works just need to tweak it a lil

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 12:33 AM

I have the 7 pin Southord as well. The first and only lock I've been able to open with it is the lock I bought specifically for practice. I have a theory that I'm not setting it to the right feeler tension but other than that I love it.