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#1 drummond52

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:47 PM

What are "Depth & Space Keys" is this just another name for bump keys or is this something different.
Thanks....................drummond

#2 scott6003

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 07:25 PM

Taken from http://en.allexperts...-depth-keys.htm

JOHN, SPACE AND DEPTH KEYS ARE A WAY TO CUT KEYS BY THE BITTING NUMBER WITHOUT HAVING TO BUY A CODE CUTTING MACHINE. I WILL USE SCHLAGE AS AN EXAMPLE BUT YOU CAN PURCHASE THESE KEYS FOR ANY MANUFACTURER. SCHLAGE KEYS TYPICALLY HAVE 6 CUTS AND 10 DEPTHS. 0-9 ARE THE DEPTHS. SPACE AND DEPTH KEYS ARE CUT AS FOLLOWS. THE 1ST IS CUT 000000. THE 2ND IS CUT 111111. THE 3RD IS CUT 222222 AND SO ON UNTIL YOU HAVE A KEY CUT 999999. YOU USE THESE KEYS TO PRODUCE A KEY BY A BITTING. IF YOU WOULD NEED A KEY CUT TO 446113 YOU WOULD PUT THE 444444 DEPTH KEY INTO YOUR MACHINE AND CAREFULLY CUT THE FIRST TWO CUTS FROM THE HEAD OF THE KEY. YOU WOULD THEN USE THE 666666 DEPTH KEY TO CUT THE 3RD CUT THEN USE THE 111111 KEY TO CUT THE 4TH AND 5TH CUTS AND FINALLY THE 333333 TO CUT THE 6TH CUT IN YOUR KEY. IT IS A TIME CONSUMING WAY TO CUT A KEY BY CODE BUT WORKS FINE. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM OTHER THAN THE TIME IT TAKES IS THAT YOU WILL NEED A SET OF THESE DEPTH KEYS FOR EVERY MANUFACTURER. I HOPE THIS HELPS. THANK YOU, JIM WALSH




So you can buy a set of kw1 depth keys and you will get 9 keys.

9 different cuts

11111
22222
33333
44444
55555
66666
77777
88888
99999

Alot of people do that when wanting to get machine cut keys from places like ace.

you ask if you can get a set of depth keys and then you just file it down to a

10 10 10 and you have youself a bump key.


Hope that helps.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:04 PM

Thank you scott6003 That really helped.........drummond

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:19 PM

No proublem :)

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 10:54 PM

A proper set of depth keys also helps in terms of recalibration of an actual code machine... by having a "known good" key of proper space and depth referenced with the card for that key type, you can essentially reset the entire thing.

It should also be noted that I've never seen a hardware store with an actual code cutting machine; those are generally reserved for a locksmith who has a valid use for one. Thus, going to Home Depot or Ace or what have you will probably not know what you're talking about if you say "depth key", and they will certainly not be able to help you!