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Old 12-01-2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Re-key a snap-on box? (now pix included)

I scored a decent SnapOn mid-box for $50 off CL today, but of course it came without keys. (But hey the price seemed good :-) )

Should I go to a regular locksmith to rekey the lock, or can a particular pattern be ordered from SO to match that used in my other boxes?

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(I added the pictures so you wouldn't think I was pulling your leg)

Most of the crap on the box is years of grease and dirt... if it ever stops raining here I'm going to go clean and wax this thing.
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Re-key a snap-on box?

Should have a number on it, call your local locksmith and they should be able to make you keys for it. I did that not long ago. If you do a search, you can find a URL where you can order them as well.
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Re-key a snap-on box?

Can't give you a perfect answer without more info, but I recently bought a lock from SnapOn for 21 bucks, very nice, works. The new lock is better, more secure than the original, so you might consider just replacing the mechanism.
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: Re-key a snap-on box?

I guess I can call and ask if they can sell a lock cylinder with a particular key pattern (defined by the number)

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Old 12-01-2009, 06:12 PM   #5
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Default Re: Re-key a snap-on box?

So are you going to post pics of this box?

Otherwise, we'll just have to assume you're lying!
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:02 PM   #6
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Default Re: Re-key a snap-on box?

If you call Snap-on customer service, they will refer you to the company that supplies their keys. If you give them the number off the lock, they will sell you the correct key. No need to replace the lock...unless you want to for some other reason, or it is damaged.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:19 PM   #7
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So are you going to post pics of this box?

Otherwise, we'll just have to assume you're lying!
Yes pics would be a nice addition!
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:46 PM   #8
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Ok Ok, I'll snap some pix tomorrow... :-)

Turned out this thing was only about 5 miles from my office... I took it as clear indication I was meant to own it. :-)
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:02 AM   #9
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If it's an SO lock and has the lock code on it, you can get it from LDV or LVD -- can't remember which. I just got one for a KRA2?? a side cabinet. I put a link a thread that's now about 2 weeks old. The website has all the key code they can do. I got the key w/i a week for about $7 shipped.

Newer keys (round) from SO, I presume.
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Lock can probably be replaced for under $10 by yourself. Just take some picks of it and I'll try to walk you through it.
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John, what's the date code on that box?
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Excellent question!

Where do I find the answer?
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Lock can probably be replaced for under $10 by yourself. Just take some picks of it and I'll try to walk you through it.

OK, I'm game!

What next?
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OK, I'm game!

What next?

Ok take a pic of the back of the lock. Also is the metal tab riveted on the lock or is its screwed on?
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I'll do it, but it might be tomorrow. It's raining so heavily outside I'm trying to find where I left my ark.
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Ok, I check back on this thread tomorrow.
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I replaced all of the locks on my old SO box so they were keyed alike. I got tired of carrying 4 keys around. Ask your dealer, it was no big deal.

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If your securing a lot of expensive tools get a decent lock wafer ones that are standard and can be easily picked with common things like an awl on a Wenger swiss army knife, paper clips, etc. get a medeco, abloy, bilock, or kaba cam lock.
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Excellent question!

Where do I find the answer?
Should be stamped on the back in one of the corners. Might be hard to see, so if you can view it in the daylight that might be easiest.
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If your securing a lot of expensive tools get a decent lock wafer ones that are standard and can be easily picked with common things like an awl on a Wenger swiss army knife, paper clips, etc. get a medeco, abloy, bilock, or kaba cam lock.
Are these locks you mention interchangable with the original Snap-on locks without modifying the box? Can you provide some additional information on this? I'm sure there would be a lot of members interested.
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