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History of Lock Caddy

PJ: Hey everybody, so I am here with Wes with Lock Caddy. Wes, thanks for taking the time to talk to us for a few minutes.

Wes: Anytime.

PJ: So now as you know, I am a big fan of the Go-No-Go in particular

Wes: Sure.

PJ: Do you remember last year when you showed it to me and how excited I got?

Wes: Sure, sure.

PJ: Right?

Wes: Yeah.



PJ: Plus the other products that you have going on here. And so I wanted to take a few minutes and just kind of learn about Lock Caddy and how you got into making them because I actually don't know and so I'm going to learn with all of you. So Wes -

Wes: Thanks, PJ, it's great to be with this guy. He's a great supporter of our products, has it in stock, knows it, you should buy it from him. Watch McKenny, I've been an alone member for about 45 years and in locksmithing for about 48 years. For a long, long time, I would be doing key systems for distributors, and locksmiths and I was always doing a lot of small formats because people get afraid of a stack of 23. They get uncomfortable with those number two taps and that kind of thing. So I was making this out of wood, I would go to my brother-in-law's garage, and he has a table saw and I would make these things out of wood and every kind of thing. I'm not a carpenter by any means.

PJ: Yeah.

Wes: So we were making it. So the next day, my new son-in-law said, Well, what is that hunk of wood? And I kind of explained to him this, he goes, Okay, so two days later, his father calls me who's a product development guy saying what exactly that you do so I made a hard drawing of it. And two days later, he sent me a 3D, which I couldn't open with my computer anyways but I made a picture of this whole thing. I said, holy cow, that's good. So I got a little greedy. I said if we can make a small format but what about conventional? No problem, that's just another file. And then I said, What about the large format? No problem. So he kind of hooked me up with a 3D printer guy in Chicago and I'm just telling it, I'm very proud to tell you that all this stuff is made in the USA. I'm big on that.



PJ: Very cool.

Wes: So all this stuff is 3D printed. All this stuff is body control by myself and another gentleman. And we can do the three types of cylinders, we have now come out with what we call the cradle. That's a single caddy, that you can put the core in here, and you can pin it and then you can do some face stamping. There are support tools for a pin tray, and if you have a hard time pinning cores, we'll do that. Here is what PJ is talking about probably my best tool, the Go-No-Go tool, you could put it over here. And so this will tell you whether you pin the core correctly, which chamber is bad and now with this, you can stick the key in there and tell you which key is incorrect. So maybe if you put the control key wrong, or the master key wrong. And again, all my tools are about saving time because time is money, right the first time you don't get frustrated and, kind of walk away from their product. So it kind of worked out very well for me. And again, all of these products, you can buy at CLKsupplies, great people, they have it in stock, I support them, they support me. So if you're looking for tools in your shop that will help you do certain projects, everybody comes on board. I know access control is big for a lot of people but what keeps the lights on a lot of these positions is basic master keying. All these tools are designed to help you do that.



PJ: Yeah, so I'm curious about the Go-No-Go here. How did the process go of you developing this? Like, is this something that throughout your locksmithing career that you always use something similar to this or like, like, where did this come from?

Wes: If I could use one word, necessity.

PJ: Okay.

Wes: Where I was pinning cores and late in the day, you not remember, the phone rings and you're saying, man, what can I do on top of something?

PJ: Yeah

Wes: So I said you know, maybe if I put some pins in this and you would laugh at the original Go-No-Go. It was like two pieces of flat plastic that I had a drill press, that I drilled some holes and the pins had little rubber bands on them so that they would kind of not fall through.

PJ: Oh!

Wes: Maybe at another time, I'll show you the original one and then I'll show you the original I have at home.

PJ: That'd be fun.

Wes: Yeah, we can maybe do that at a later date or whatever. But that tool kind of graduated to this tool and again, I have two or three guys who've helped me design things that kind of make sense so that physically it doesn't fall apart, and that we don't end up charging $800 in stupid things.

PJ: Yeah

Wes: So in reality, these pins are probably the most expensive because the pins are tapered. And then you can see there's a collar, which is a stop at one time, which was a rubber band, which kind of gave up. So I designed it with a stop in it. And it just goes like crazy. And people just love the tool.

PJ: Very cool. Well, hey, I appreciate you taking the time to come on.

Wes: Sure.

PJ: And I'm excited for everyone to get to meet you

Wes: Sure. Thank you.

PJ: Thanks for making the cool nifty handy tools. And we'll be talking soon.

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