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    Default Strange Yale key

    Does anyone have an idea as to what the strange Yale key pictured would be for?
    Mark A. Billesbach

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    There are two things that come to mind when I see a notch in the bottom of the key. One it is for removing core of some type such as used with Almont padlock. The other is for a switch lock or some special type lock that needs a special tip. When I look at that one I would lean to the second one. There is one more that it might be, A hotel bypass key for when the customer has locked the door and this is the override key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halflock View Post
    There are two things that come to mind when I see a notch in the bottom of the key. One it is for removing core of some type such as used with Almont padlock. The other is for a switch lock or some special type lock that needs a special tip. When I look at that one I would lean to the second one. There is one more that it might be, A hotel bypass key for when the customer has locked the door and this is the override key.
    The width of the blank leads me to suspect that it may have been for a cabinet lock of some sort using the old .40" dia. plug and .101" dia. pins.

    Pete Schifferli

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    I look at it again and I notice that there are 3 or 4 pin chambers, 3 noticeable cuts that is. That would lend itself to the cabinet lock or switch lock idea.

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    Your guess is as good as mine guys.I've never seen a Yale blank that long and the extra notch on the top side threw me. But you could be right in that it's a switch key.
    Mark A. Billesbach

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    Thank you BBE! The special switch for a rounds tracker! Not one I would have thought of. Love this place!

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    Bill, thanks for the explanation. I've never seen a Yale key like that and it had me puzzled. I've seen watchman keys, but they are different. Do you have one of the locks in your collection?
    Mark A. Billesbach

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