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Have you checked out the brand-new key machine by JMA, called the Nomad? If not, let me walk you through it. This key machine is lightweight and compact even though it comes with four-way jaws, a micro-adjust tracer, a deburring brush, and even one of those fancy little wheels on the side that, while you're cutting a key, it moves the carriage back and forth, so you can cut as fast as you want. You'll also notice that there is no bogging down while cutting keys on it, even if you push it hard. Let's put it into action!
CUTTING AN SC1 KEY USING THE JMA NOMAD
Put the key we want to duplicate onto the left jaw and tighten it down. Pull up the shoulder stop gauge and put the blank key on the right jaw.
Flip the gauge down, turn the machine on, and cut the key.
Tip: After cutting the side, go and run another session to make sure that you get everything. After cutting a key, make sure that the key is working.
The motor does not bog down at all. It cuts the SC1 key quickly and nicely. The more keys you cut, the faster you get, and you don't want to be bogging your motor down, so that's a great feature of the Nomad.
CUTTING AN H75 KEY USING THE JMA NOMAD
As you can see, an H75 has no shoulder, unlike the SC1 key. The question is, 'Can the NOMAD cut this kind of key?' And the answer to that is YES.
It is because you'll notice on the jaws right here that there are these slots. These slots are made to put these a tip stop.
What we'll do here is we're going to put the tip stop at its allotted slot, then we'll take the existing key and put it in.
Take the bar off and use it to install the blank key at the right jaw.
Once done, remove the steel bar, turn the machine on and cut it.
Tip: After cutting the side, go and run another session to make sure that you get everything.
Time to cut the other side. Remove the key, install the tip stop, flip the key and install it. Remove the tip stop, turn on the machine and start cutting.
And there we go, we just cut an H75. After cutting a key, clean it using the deburring brush.
For a better experience of cutting a key faster, you can use this wheel to move back and forth while cutting. Typically, I would use it, but it's a little too difficult to do it due to the camera's position.
All right, so that's how you cut an SC1 and an H75 on the JMA Nomad. It is a great compact machine, and I am impressed with the quality and ease of using cutting keys on this little manual key machine. Thanks, guys, and we will see you next time!