ERA 3 star cylinder key (red head)
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These ERA 3 Star “red head” keys normally have a key code starting with “”6Y””, printed on the neck of the key underneath the head cover. ERA 3 star locks are high security and are commonly found on uPVC doors.
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These patented keys have been on the market since 2018. They are more expensive to buy wholesale than regular, non patented keys. If you are unsure if yours is patented, take a close look at each side of your key. It will say patented in small writing around or under the head. Most key cutters will still be able to cut these but they will cost more.
The APECS AP Double Euro Cylinder is a BSI 3 Star Kitemark, Sold Secure Diamond Standard Cylinder which offers maximum protection. These may also be branded as Mila. The APECS/MILA cylinder guards against snapping, drilling, plug-extraction, picking and bumping. The cylinder usually comes withy 3 keys. Additional keys can but supplied from some APECS authorised centres and other experienced locksmiths. Copying these keys can take between 5 - 10 minutes per key. Its best to contact your local key cutter beforehand to check if they can copy them.
Duplicate Brisant Ultion compatible dimple keys for high security cylinders can be expensive. These keys come with a cutting card that can be used to duplicate the key, however experienced professionals will be able to cut these without the card. Sometimes key cutters will offer a quantity discount if you get 2 or more. It's always worth asking.
Often used as Gate Keys and possibly more. These Gatemate keys suit Perry locks also. Replacement Gatemate & Perry dimple keys are not available to be cut to code, so you need to bring the key into the shop to be duplicated. Duplication should take less than 10 minutes per key.
Yale superior and Yale platinum are Yale’s newer types of locks that come with corresponding keys and key cards.
You can get a union pre-cut mortice key from different sources and even online. Prices are at around £5 on average but can also go upwards of £8. The cost really depends on the key-cutting shop that you choose. Big-named shops can be more pricey. If you want a less pricey key-cutter, look for a local shop.