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New Ilco Key Blanks: A Comprehensive Guide for Locksmiths

The locksmithing industry is ever-evolving, with fresh updates and innovations introduced now and then. One of the notable recent updates is the release of new key blanks by Ilco. But how do these changes affect locksmiths and their businesses? Let's delve in.

Ilco's New Key Blanks

Ilco has rolled out a new range of keys, and it's essential for locksmiths to keep abreast with these updates. Whether you deal with commercial, residential, or automotive, these keys have something for everyone.

1. Harley Davidson Keys:

  • Key Types: Highlighted are the HYD15, HYD16, HYD17, and HYD18.
  • Significance: These numbers may sound familiar as they were the old jet numbers. With Jet no longer in business and the integration of Mark (formerly from Jet) into Ilco, these specialized jet keys have made a comeback.
  • Availability: These key types are making a return and will be available soon for purchase.

2. Honda Motorcycle Keys:

  • Notable Keys: HD114 (similar to YM63 Yamaha motorcycle key), HD117P (high security or laser style key), and X289,HD118.
  • Key Features: For the HD118, it's crucial to note the length of the blade from the shoulder to the tip and from the shoulder to the head. This dimension often causes head clearance issues.

3. Other Notable Keys:

  • TMC Triumph Motorcycle Key: YH65 is worth noting due to its unique keyway.
  • Honda-Kia Look-alike Shell: Handy for locksmiths in the commercial and residential sectors.
  • MA3 Master Lock Key: The MA3 is a potential game-changer for many locksmiths, especially for those dealing with lock boxes.

Understanding the Manufacturing Process

Ilco doesn't just make keys; they manufacture the metal used in the keys. From melting metal, making billets and spools of steel, to the stamping and milling of keys, the process is vast and intricate.

  • Fun Fact: A significant portion of Ilco keys are crafted from the shells of ammo used by the U.S. military. This process not only makes Ilco keys uniquely American but also showcases the sustainable approach of reusing spent materials.

Conclusion

The introduction of new keys in the market opens doors (literally and figuratively) for locksmiths. It provides them with more options to offer their customers, which in turn can be a significant boost for business. So, the next time a client asks about the latest keys available, you know which ones to suggest!

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