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Title: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 04, 2018, 12:44:23 PM
i thought twenty dollars was a steal,sunday tag sale....is the year of mfg 1959?....should i just drill out the lock or would it be possible to find a key to open
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: gibsontool on November 04, 2018, 01:00:40 PM
I'd check with your local snap on dealer, he may be able to help.
If not try an industrial supply house that sell tool boxes, they should have something that will fit.
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: Yadda on November 04, 2018, 01:06:29 PM
Sweet buy!
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: lptools on November 04, 2018, 01:29:50 PM
Nice find!!! Do you know an affordable locksmith?? Regards,Lou
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 04, 2018, 02:14:56 PM
maybe i will just stop at a locksmith,was thinking of looking on ebay for one but how could that be,if anyone could just buy a key for any box?...will take a few days for my back to recover,,very heavy thought there might be some tools inside?
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: Bill Houghton on November 04, 2018, 02:21:57 PM
maybe i will just stop at a locksmith,was thinking of looking on ebay for one...
I don't think they sell locksmiths on eBay; you'd have to go to Amazon for that  :grin:

But, yes, I second the idea of a locksmith.  Don't ruin the lock.
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: J.A.F.E. on November 04, 2018, 04:18:19 PM
The lock was made by Fort now CompX Fort. The F7 (have a hard time making out the characters) stamped on the front of the cylinder is the key number and a locksmith, Snap-on or Fort should be able to provide the right key. If not a decent locksmith should be able to make a key using a technique called impressioning and it can be done (and usually is) with it locked.

I don't think drilling is a good idea unless you know how to do it. People just start drilling and often just jam up lock or ruin the linkages it connects to. There are specific places to drill and right down the center is not it.
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: p_toad on November 04, 2018, 05:24:10 PM
The basic lock was more a deterrent than massive security.   Have a locksmith (or friend with the right tools  :grin: ) pick the lock, remove it and then cut a key to the pins.   It's all stuff a locksmith does in a day.   :smiley:
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 04, 2018, 05:24:34 PM
thanks,its y7....decided no drill :grin:
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: slip knot on November 04, 2018, 07:10:54 PM
that lock is probably pretty easy to pick. Do a quick look on utube. search tumbler raking? I believe its called.

Those little locks in filing cabs, tool boxes and such are more for show than security.
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: EVILDR235 on November 04, 2018, 07:29:29 PM
I have several coffee can full of misc keys i have found over the years. I worked in wrecking yards for almost 40 years and found many keys in cars that didn't fit the cars. Years ago around X-mas time I bought a Kobalt tool box on sale at Lowes. I got it home and got tool box out of the cardboard box to find it was locked. Called Lowes and they told me to bring it back and they would give me a refund because they had no more of that model. I decided to keep it and drilled out the lock. Inside the box I found 3 keys with matching numbers that matched the lock. I still have the box and because it is in my garage, I never bothered to get another lock. I find myself buying padlocks all the if they have the keys and are well made.

EvilDr235
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: Ken W. on November 04, 2018, 08:43:25 PM
The key blank is usually the hard part for these SO locks. Some are not available anymore. I would try the oldest locksmith in your area. If I remember correctly , replacing the SO cam lock can be a bit of a pain as the SO lock is a different length than most available .
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 05, 2018, 02:58:20 AM
never knew snapon made stuff in canada...
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: Bill Houghton on November 05, 2018, 07:54:51 AM
never knew snapon made stuff in canada...
Only the ice-rated models.
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: Papaw on November 05, 2018, 08:18:05 AM
 :grin:
never knew snapon made stuff in canada...
Only the ice-rated models.
  But not government ICE !
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 05, 2018, 02:37:39 PM
well didnt get to locksmith yet,gave up trying to date this box,never found any with the J OR what the 6th digit means......KRA59J G.....hoping its clean inside :shocked:
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: Bill Houghton on November 05, 2018, 02:42:05 PM
If you were nearby, I'd offer to make your life simpler and dispose of it properly for you, thus saving you the time and hassle of finding a locksmith.  Really, I'd be glad to help...

 :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 07, 2018, 03:26:57 PM
well,the locksmith couldn't open,going to try snap-on :shocked:
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: geneg on November 07, 2018, 04:44:23 PM
Find a different locksmith!  Toolbox locks aren't much more secure than file cabinets.  Not much experience is needed to pick them. 
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: lptools on November 07, 2018, 05:46:22 PM
I agree!!! Find a locksmith over the phone who will say "No Problem" . Regards, Lou
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 07, 2018, 06:59:20 PM
going to try it again myself,might spend more time to make some better tools
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: slip knot on November 07, 2018, 08:18:22 PM
The little thin piece of stainless found in old school windshield wipers makes good picks and rakes.... or so I been told..
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: international3414 on November 08, 2018, 02:40:23 PM
done did it,didnt know i did it...but its done :huh:used machinist picks and ground down allen wrench,,,too clean inside almost never used,no roller bearings,busted door latch thing...stuff found inside,any ideas what they are
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: p_toad on November 08, 2018, 04:19:48 PM
Still looks like a good deal and with it open you can easily peel that old lock and find a good locksmith to make you up a couple of keys.   Still can't believe that first one couldn't pick that.   :rolleyes:
Title: Re: snap-on find no key
Post by: Bill Houghton on November 08, 2018, 04:55:43 PM
Well, I can see a piece of paper, two boxes, three little plastic tubs, and some bits of foam.  And two things made from metal.

that's all I got.