This is a discount version of the ASSA 700 sold at Biltema ("Home Depot"). The pinning is quite like its mundane sibling, but this one does not have counter milling in the core, which the ASSA 700 allegedly has (Still haven't seen a photo to prove this).
Despite being a discount version with somewhat poor finish, and a tiny bit too small a diameter in the core if you ask me, this lock put up quite a bit of a fight until I learned how to tickle it just right.
Feather light tension is the trick, as the counter rotation on those christmass trees is really slight, and they can grab up really badly if you push them too hard, be it sideways or upwards.
Despite the light tension I simply can't set pin 1 from the bottom of the key way. As shown I used a .030" TOK pry bar in the bottom as a lever. It obviously also helps in providing manual counter rotation.
This lock only requires super strict set order in the beginning, until the first level false set occurs. The spools in 5,3 and 1 can be set in any order if manual counter rotation is provided. If not, 3 has to be picked first, as otherwise it grabs up so bad that even letting go of the tension altogether won't matter. A .023" will bend before that spool gives up. After the spools are set, its just a matter of lightly testing 6,4 and 2 to get to the second level false set, which is nearly as deep as that of the Ruko 540. At this stage there is a set order if light tension is used, but if a more medium'ish tension is used they will set with a sharp click each, when the snout on the christmass trees clears the sheer line.
As can be seen here the driver pins are brass but has sharper edges than the steel ASSA/Ruko christmas trees. Also note the tapering of all the keypins. They overset quite easily. The standard driver pin in 7 is also tapered, which means I have to set it like 4 times in the initial phase.
Since I don't have a proper set of lock tools yet I found it prudent to use one of Biltema's ball point pens as a follower. The shim is cut from a beer can. Tuborg if you must ask.