Curtis Portable Auto Key Code Cutters - $50 (Parmer Ln / Mopac) for sale in Maine
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One pair of Curtis Industries Model 15 Cam-Set Code Cutters. This equipment was used for cutting 1980s-90's GM, Ford, Dodge, International, and Toyota keys. I believe it will also work on older model vehicles, but I'm not sure about newer ones. Included are two tools, several cutters, several bags of GM, Ford, and Toyota key blanks, a carrying case, and some reference papers. I found the information below on the Web.
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There are few automotive locksmithing tools that have stood out as viable for over 75 years like the Curtis hand -held key code cutter.
Even after the mass introduction of computerized code cutters in the early 90's the model #15 hand-held cutter is still viable today. Several vendors like myself are still selling the now rare parts to these incredible handy locksmithing tools.
The now defunct Curtis Industries Inc (purchased by Barnes Distribution in the late 90's) manufactured and direct marketed this tool to locksmiths around the globe. They soon recognized another market niche for the model #15 in automotive dealerships.
It is estimated that two out of every three automotive dealerships in the US purchased and maintained this tool for well onto 50 years or more. Often only one or two employees of the dealership were competent in the operation of the code cutter. So it can be said that this legendary tool was responsible for many employees job retention over the years of its use.
The tool itself is fairly simple. It operates similar to a simple office supply paper hole cutter. There is a punch that advances when the trigger handle is pulled that makes a notch in a specified position and depth on a key blank. The operator advances the key carriage and cuts each individual bit of the key from 5 to 10 positions depending on the make and model of the vehicle.
There are only two major parts to the cutter. The key "carriage" which holds the key blank and sets the spacing between each cut, the "cam" which adjusts the depth of each cut, the rest of the tool is made up of the main body casting, head assembly, springs, adjustment screws, spring saddle, trigger handle, punch and anvil that actually cuts the key, all of which support the cam and carriage.
If the operator is very careful with the handling of the carriage and takes careful aim at each advance of the key spacing the carriage and punch will cut many hundreds of keys.
With the introduction of computerized code cutters priced in the range of $3000-$4000 or more during the economic boom years, most dealerships replaced their old Curtis clippers with the new equipment. But just like the automobiles they sell, the computer models of code cutters need replacing and upgrading. With auto dealers now trying to survive the economic downturn, many of them must be contemplating whether to upgrade or fall back on the old legendary $400.00 Curtis Code Cutter.
Location: Parmer Ln / Mopac