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DIY Dave

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Post Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 am

Hand Crank Key Machine

I'm always buying something on ebay. Here's a recent purchase of mine. It's an antique, hand crank key machine made by Ilco. I paid about $100 shipped (maybe too much) and did some restoration on it. I'm estimating its from the 1930s or 1940s based on advertisements in The National Locksmith magazine from that era. Below is a video of the machine in action.

Rust had taken over the machine, and seized it up.
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I disassembled everything I could, and left it soaking in a vinegar bath.
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After a day or two, I removed it and reassembled.
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Once everything was back together and well lubricated, it worked great. I used machine oil for the spinning shaft, and Houdini for the vises and on some of the surface to prevent rust.

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https://youtu.be/y9-be1VU_vw
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jeffmoss26

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Post Sun May 20, 2018 12:18 am

Re: Hand Crank Key Machine

wow that is cool!
femurat: They're called restricted for a reason...
Innerpicked: The more keys you carry, the more important you look
GWiens2001: Great video! Learned a lot about what fun can be had with a forklift and a chainsaw.
pmaxey83: but i first have to submit the proper forms for a new hobby to my wife
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bitbuster

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Post Sun May 20, 2018 2:03 am

Re: Hand Crank Key Machine

Nice job, Dave. I got this Briggs and Stratton at an auction 4 years ago.

https://imgur.com/a/kDrcZba
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DIY Dave

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Post Thu May 24, 2018 12:17 am

Re: Hand Crank Key Machine

bitbuster wrote:Nice job, Dave. I got this Briggs and Stratton at an auction 4 years ago.

https://imgur.com/a/kDrcZba


I didn't know Briggs and Stratton ever made key machines. I like how yours has a micrometer for easy adjustment.
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bitbuster

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Post Thu May 24, 2018 2:50 am

Re: Hand Crank Key Machine

It's a 1939 model and cost $34.75 back in the day. My machine is missing the cast paddle handle which would be located just below and between the jaws. I need to drill and tap a hole and use a small wood handle as a replacement.
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