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Cheap Knockoffs! 5 Keys You Need to Stock Now

Ever tried duplicating an SC1 or KW1 key, only to find it won't fit in the lock? You might think it's odd, but this is a surprisingly common issue. Let's dive into why this happens and, more importantly, how to solve it.

The Problem with Knockoff Locks

First, let's look at the five most popular keys in the USA:

  • KW1
  • SC1
  • M1
  • WR5
  • SC4

These keyways have been copied extensively over the years. However, the quality of these copies often leaves much to be desired. Knockoff locks usually don't adhere to the precise tolerances of the originals, leading to keys that don't fit properly.

Why Don't These Keys Fit?

  • Tolerance Issues: Knockoff locks aren't made to the same specifications as the originals.
  • Look-Alike Keys: Keys that come with these locks may look similar to original Kwikset, Schlage, or Master keys but aren't built to the same standards.
  • Customer Frustration: Customers just want a duplicate key that works, regardless of the lock quality.

The Solution: ILCO EZ Keys

ILCO offers a range of keys designed to solve this exact problem. These keys are made to fit poorly copied locks with looser tolerances. Here’s a breakdown of the EZ Key range and their equivalents:

  • EZ1: Equivalent to KW1
  • EZ2: Equivalent to SC1
  • EZ3: Equivalent to WR5
  • EZ4: Equivalent to M1
  • EZ5: Equivalent to SC4

These EZ keys are "skinnier" and have looser tolerances, making them ideal for knockoff locks.

Benefits of Stocking EZ Keys

  • Reduced Customer Complaints: Provide customers with a working key, even for low-quality locks.
  • Easy Identification: The EZ Key numbers (EZ1, EZ2, EZ3, EZ4, EZ5) make it simple to match with the appropriate keyway.
  • Convenient Packs: You can get a 10-pack of each key, ensuring you’re always prepared.

Actionable Tips for Locksmiths

  • Stock Up: Keep a variety of EZ keys on hand to address the issue of non-fitting duplicates.
  • Educate Customers: Explain the difference between high-quality locks and knockoffs to manage expectations.
  • Stay Updated: Regularly check for updates and new products that can help mitigate common locksmithing issues.

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