I would like to ask you for opinion. I’m starting my business – key cutting, duplicating, …
I’m thinking to purchase CNC key cutting machine SEC-E9.
What do you think about this machine?
Would it be good enough for the beginning?
I personally would strongly recommend that you MUST find a man of his words trust in, then buy that machine. Better with tech support.
If you’re a newbie to key cutting at a good price, i would recommend that you look for a used machine from a reputable brand. The Miracle A9 , Silca Futura , JMA Multicode or Keyline Ninja Total are all machines with similar capabilities. Finding a used one , if possible from a distributer , makes most financial sense. You will have better access to support , cutters and updates.
But, if you have no budget limit, that’s good. Miracle A9, Xhorse Condor mini and SEC-E9 are all good options. (Personally, Condor mini would be the best investment. It’s a Xhorse original device and repairs , service and updates are going to be possible. Also , there is good resale value.) Here’ s a summary of key cutting machines – read it. It’s from real pros. It will help you.
“condor xc-mini is a good budget machine , more suited to the workshop than mobile due to size and weight. it has some bugs , some issues and some gaps , but the quick and easy update for lifetime plus wonderful function are the scoring points. this for what it costs, on the whole a decent machine for the money.
miracle A7 is a reliable machine , has a few bugs but reliable as a light use machine , ideal mobile on a van and space saving .
Viper is a heavy machine and can play up in cold , but is a great heavy duty machine that will give a lifetime of reliable use and receives lifetime updates and as Silca is normally up to date.
Ninja laser – excellent machine , nothing better for me on sx9 keys , laguna 3 , megane 3 , new clio cards using 1234Q5678H series and decoding and cutting clio 3 keys , fast reliable cutting that allows you to pick various styles of cut as well as adjust to half cuts etc , the software can take getting used to due to the functions available on it , adds cylinder keys to your services too , its a well built machine that is like silca updated for life free.
So, Condor mini vs Miracle A7 vs X6 key cutter vs Viper machine vs Ninja laser:
Most key cutting machines will cut a tibbe key on a clamp , but none will in my view cut a perfect tibbe key , a stand alone option will always cut a better key and far quicker too .
I have all of the above machines , so have hands on and regular experience with each machine and use them all , i like them all over the next for certain functions and all do different jobs for me , viper will always be my baby as it was my first , but ninja laser is catching it up fast my only gripe is viper is 30 second boot time , ninja laser is 4 minutes to boot up , but these 2 are in a league of their own
condor xc-mini key machine is a far superior machine to the x6 key cutter, the x6 is a starter machine for very light use and build quality is poor in comparison , i had an x6 to play with for a few months , i wouldn’t buy one having gone hands on with it , condor will last longer and be more reliable of the 2 , its at least being supported and updated which is a big plus and is a far superior build quality to the x6 which at best is a hobby or starter machine .
it isn’t always 100% accurate , but the find biting function on condor is useful if you don’t have instacode to hand , and is a useful addition that makes the condor more useful.
Below is what i tested with Condor machine.
Do Toyota TOY43 all key lost, save you a lot of time
Cut Suzuki, Mazda (key tooth in ignition lock more than door lock) all key lost, simply by enter the key code
Do Hyundai, Kia, Peugeot, and Citroen all key lost, directly program keys
HU101 works fine, HU92 works fine.
HU66 OK, have to do two passes on each side to get the key to work, same with hu100.
Fix the problem that other key cutting machines cut domestic Honda key not accurately
But it is a pity that there is no solution for Renault emergency blade yet”
Note that a simple mechanical key duplicator for cylinder and automotive (not laser) key is a small investment , and will pay for itself. It should be the logical first tool.
After that , a mechanical dimple (and laser) key duplicator may be the next device to buy. I believe these will become commonly available on the used market , because of all the all-in-one machine currently sold.
If you’re in the UK , a bit key duplicator should also be high on the wish list. There are machines that combine bit and cylinder key cutting. That might make sense if
If you should invest into “specialty” key machines (Abloy / Tibbe , tubular , …) depends on the demand in your area. Some shops may have no demand for tubular , but if your town happens to have a Harley dealership , they will be pouring in.
If you are still just starting the business , this will probably be too early to tell.