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MartinHewitt

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Post Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:46 pm

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

One more question: Where are the contact points? On mine they are at 99/11 and due to the square spindle +25, +50, +75. I suspect, that they vary from lock to lock, or perhaps more likely from dial to dial.
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brittaniestrada

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Post Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:27 am

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

Hello, I bought a Cole file cabinet with a safe door inside a locking door for $20.The safe is currently open. It has a 3" dial and inside the second drawer is the number N-359535. It would be nice to be able to use the safe portion if someone could help me decode this somehow. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Post Thu May 21, 2020 10:06 pm

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

Hello,

My grandmother recently passed away and left behind an old Cole Steel Equipment Safe inside a locked cabinet. My father asked me to take a crack at the safe, but I’m not following how to do this myself. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

The safe has a 3” dial and has what I’m guessing is a serial number of N-502669. Is there a directory of combos based on this information? Or could I solve this myself with some type of decoder pin.

Any guidance here would be much appreciated.

Best regards,
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Post Sat May 23, 2020 8:19 pm

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

I've been having superb luck opening these Cole 'safes' with this:
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... coder-ring
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MartinHewitt

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Post Sat May 23, 2020 8:31 pm

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Does it work also on other safes?
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Post Sat May 23, 2020 8:37 pm

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

Not to my knowledge but someone will chime in with their ring decoder experiences.
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Post Sun May 24, 2020 8:05 am

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bitbuster wrote:I've been having superb luck opening these Cole 'safes' with this:
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... coder-ring


That's cold!!
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Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:21 pm

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bitbuster wrote:I've been having superb luck opening these Cole 'safes' with this:
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... coder-ring


:rofl:

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Post Sun Aug 16, 2020 12:03 am

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

Hello all! I'm Eddie. I'm here for help with a Cole Steel cabinet safe. The cabinet door is open, but I'm unable to get the safe itself open. I have the number on the back, as well as what I thought was the combo on a piece of tape, but I can't seem to get it to work. I've read through the thread to get some insight on how to enter the combo correctly, but I still can't get it.

The details of the safe/cabinet are:
4" diameter dial
N-450057

The combo written on the piece of tape is written as follows (see reference image as well):

L-50
R-50 -4
L-75

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The additional "-4" in the middle is confusing to me, but I'm hoping someone on here can help me out. It'd be much appreciated!
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Post Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:01 am

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

The dialing sequence of the Cole is 3L-2R-1L and R to open. I guess the 50-4 was his way to note how to dial to achieve the second time right. Dial right to 50 (passing 4 once), then dial right to 4 (reaching it a second time).
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Post Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:37 am

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

Give this a shot using the dialing sequence provided by @MartinHewitt - L50-R04-L75 right to open
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Post Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:51 pm

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Hey @eddiek did you have any luck with the information provided? An update would be greatly appreciated
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Post Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:24 pm

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I also just purchased a cabinet with safe, can somebody share with me the method of decoding?
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Post Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:10 am

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

Hello, I'm new to the site. Just bought an amazing cabinet with multiple drawers and a safe inside the door from a lady in Louisville KY. She had a ton of collector worthy cabinets but I didn't know until I got there or I would have bought more.. No idea what the combo is, but found the code behind the drawers, my lock is different looking and more plain than the other pics on here, hoping it is still original. Can anyone help crack the code? N508921

Thanks!

Karl
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Post Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:10 pm

Re: Cole file cabinet with safe

Hiya Folks,
I'm another newbie with a Cole filing cabinet/safe, issue. I found this cabinet in my basement years ago and thought it would do great in my home office. But, although I have the keys, I do not have the combination for the safe. The numbers on the inside back wall are N107413. I would very much appreciate someone's help in getting it open, as I would hate to scrap it. It really is a solid thing of beauty.
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