Sorry for the delay.
The Slaymakers in question have no false gates, so you can be pretty certain anything you feel is a gate.
Combo padlocks are funny though... rarely will two (even of the same make & model) react exactly the same.
I've come along ways with combination padlocks since cracking the one earlier in this post. It's best to have a
number of different approaches with them.
= all wheels right
= all whels left
dialing configuration is EXACTLY like a MasterLock Combination...
1. RIGHT 3 times... stop on 1st number
2. LEFT one full turn PAST 1st number... stop on 2nd number
3. RIGHT... stop at 3rd number. Pull shackle
Proper rotations for opening this one (and most combo padlocks for that matter) is RLR.
Obviously you can also use a LRL rotation too, but the combination will be quite different
because of the drastic pickup differences. For example, the one I opened above had pickup
differences of 15 & 7. So RLR
.... 45 - 10 - 40 turned into LRL
.... 55 - 3 - 45
Key to manipulating these is first understanding the wheel movement.
Wheel 3 (technically the drive cam in these locks) corresponds to the 3rd (last) combo #.
It's connected to the dial and moves with it. This is the only wheel you can move by itself.
I like to set my sights on w3 first. I do this by parking wheels 1 & 2 together in different
places around the dial... each time running w3 around while pressing on the shackle.
I place 1&2 in four different positions to see if any of them allow me to catch w3's gate:
12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. Which on this dial is 60, 15, 30, 45. So lets try that...
to 60. Apply shackle tension and go right
one revolution. By doing this, you've parked wheels 1&2 @ L
and you're now moving only wheel 3 around right
. If you feel anything you know it belongs to wheel 3.
You might come to a solid stop when you hit the edge of the gate. Or, you might feel the pawl actually
drop into the gate and you'll be able to feel both sides of the gate as you move the dial back & forth.
If you don't feel anything, then you bring wheels 1&2 to the next position.... @ 45.
So again, AWL
to 45. Apply shackle tension and go right
If still nothing... well, you get the idea. Try feeling w3 out with wheels 1&2 at 30. And finally at 15.
Also try these four positions again, but from the opposite direction.
So you'd be parking 1&2 with a right
rotation and running w3 left
Whenever ya get around to it, see if your lock allows you to catch w3 and we'll go from there