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Key Cutting Machine | Locksmiths Commonly Make This Mistake on The Gymkana 994

Learn from my mistake and know what you shouldn't do to a Gymkana 994 and how to repair it, according to a Lockboss. It had me nervous and will probably make you a little nervous too.

When you're getting ready to cut a key, you'll notice the tracer, and you will see that the tracer is kind of in the middle. It's not down at the bottom, and it's not here at the side. If you have any history dealing with key machines and tracers, you automatically get nervous you're going to break something. And so, that's kind of what I did. It's funny because there's a sticker right next to it right here, and it says 'WARNING! DO NOT TOUCH THE TRACER KNOB.' So if you loosen it or bring it up and move it over the side, you will not be able to continue cutting the key. The machine will tell you that there's a problem and get to think to have the tracer knob drop down, which will worsen.

Gymkana 994 tracer knob

The best solution to this kind of situation is prevention, which is to don't touch the tracer knob. But if you did move it, and your resolve is to take it back to a specific spot that can set it working again to cutting keys, the answer is NO. What you need to do is to go through the calibration setting. I can show you how.


Essentially, you will not be able to cut the key if you move the tracer knob. What you need to do is to go to the home screen and select SETUP.

Gymkana 994

Once you're there, go to CALIBRATIONS.

Calibrating the tracer on the Gymkana 994

And then to TRACER ADJUSTMENT. The display on the screen will be our guide.

Gymkana 994 tracer adjustments

Get your minor calibration key and put it into the U0 as close as you can. It doesn't have to be perfect.

How to use the Gymkana 994

Once the minor calibration key is in position, close the cover and hit the START.

Gymkana 994

It's going to tell us that we need to lift the tracer, raise the tracer to this position, and hit OK.

Using your Gymkana 994

Now, is what you're going to see next is it's going to on the calibration key we put in. It's going to put where it's going to bring the cutter down and align it on that. As it stops, a notification will appear saying, 'Please lower the tracer and lock it in position.' All you must do is bring it back over, drop it down until it just sits right there on the calibration key, tighten it down, and hit OK.


And that's how simple it is to make that tracer adjustment. Suppose you moved the tracer knob. Now, this, of course, is going to occur when you're trying to cut a key, and you're going to run into those problems, but get in there, do a quick calibration on it, and you're going to be good to go but whatever you do, don't try to eyeball a line. I mean, I did kind of think about doing that but don't do that. Just go through. It's quick and easy to calibrate.

Thank you, guys, and we'll see you next time!

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