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UAP TradeLocks launch Plasticine Mortice Lock Impressioning Set
After 12 months in development and a very large investment, UAP TradeLocks has launched the first of six TradeLocks' Mortice Lock Impressioning Sets. The first to be released is the Legge Black British Standard Set.
The sets are aimed to make the life of the Locksmith much easier when faced with many of the more common mortice locks. They comprise of everything required to impression a mortice lock and create a temporary replica key, allowing non-destructive entry in just minutes.
David Jennings, MD of UAP said: "UAP TradeLocks have worked hard over the last few years getting rid of the 'cheap and cheerful' label we have been given in some quarters for our tools. That criticism was perhaps fair in the first year or so of our tools development when we relied heavily on Chinese imports, but it is not true of our developments over the last three years. Our goal is to be the first port of call for all Locksmith tools, and we are continuing to invest heavily.
We have a good knowledge of what the Locksmith needs and wants, from the material quality to the end price, from the way the goods are packed to the way they return their investment on the first or second use."
The Mortice Lock Impressioning Sets offer high end quality at UAP TradeLocks' affordable pricing. Each set has been tried and tested by well-known and respected Locksmiths within the industry with Nigel Tolley, who is well known for his mortice lock knowledge and skills, carrying out the final product testing and adjustments. Nigel has also written the instruction manual and produced a "how to" video which are included in the set.
David continues: "thought and consideration has been put into every aspect of the sets to ensure high quality and ease of use. This can be seen straight away by the quality of the presentation of the sets, each comes in its own Aluminium case with a rubberised moulded interior to keep everything in its place."
The sets include three clearly labelled pots consisting of putty, grease and powder, two key readers which have been produced in the UK to exacting standards using key blanks from a UK source, a make-up key made from stainless steel, a key handle and a set of tweezers. Each set also has a set of pins which are housed in an individually designed case which has been injection moulded to ensure the pins stay in place during transit.
TradeLocks' customers have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Mortice Lock Impressioning Sets but TradeLocks' would not release them until they were certain the sets were ready. Pat McGinn, TradeLocks' in-house locksmith said: "in our extensive testing we were not entirely happy with the largest pins in each set. They are all made from stainless steel grade 304 which is fantastic, but for longer pins, when faced with a stiff lock out in the field, we felt that they may bend slightly. Therefore we have produced, free of charge, replacement hardened steel pins for the three longest pins in each set. It is this attention to detail and quality that is now standing UAP TradeLocks out from the crowd, and it is very exciting to see."
This whole set screams quality, the sets are really easy to use, opening high end mortice locks in two to three minutes from start to scratch, and the make-up key will allow a Locksmith to go into the back of their van and cut a very accurate copy key.
David said: "we do not think that tool quality at TradeLocks prices comes any better than these sets. For us they set the bar, and it gives the Locksmith everything they have asked for in terms of quality, ease of use and price."
UAP TradeLocks will be releasing one of each of the tools every month starting from November 2013, starting with the Legge Black British Standard kit which also decodes the Legge Value and the ASEC mortice locks.
David explains this roll out strategy "we are fully aware from our success with Genuine Lishi that people need time to take in a new tool, play with it, understand it, and learn how to use it properly. So we think a roll out every month makes a great deal of sense, and we can focus any queries or questions on a specific tool rather than jumping about on six different ones. We will then use any queries to set up Q&A sections on our web site for each tool. We also know that Locksmiths will want to get one of the kits in, and hopefully use that kit and get it returning them profit without overwhelming them with 'which to buy first'."
The normal price of each kit is £145 + VAT. But during the first month's launch of each kit the price will be just £99 + VAT online from www.tradelocks.co.uk
Pat added: "to be able to offer this kit, to the quality that it is, for under £100 + VAT is absolutely incredible, and they will fly out. For any locksmith who comes up against mortice locks, these kits are an absolute must, and at the price on offer they are a no-brainer."
For more information on these tools visit www.tradelocks.co.uk or see them in action on the UAP TradeLocks YouTube channel.
20th November 2013