Need keys for your motorbike, truck, boat, forklift, aircraft, crane or ride-on mower? Almost everything has a lock on it these days, and not having the key at the right time can cost you big money in lost production time. At 24h Melbourne Locksmith, we come to you to make keys for your locks, saving you time and money on not having to tow it. We can make keys for all but the most obscure and rare vehicles. If it’s got a motor and a lock and keyhole, we can make you keys for it. We can make keys for almost anything. Whatever your emergency key needs, our emergency locksmith can help.
There is a huge range of motorbikes built worldwide, and an equal number of different key styles and security levels. Most motorbikes also have multiple locks on them, including seat lock, helmet lock, petrol cap and ignition. If these locks are keyed alike, that is if the same key opens them all, then a key produced from one of the locks should work in the others. It is infinitely easier to open, remove and disassemble a seat or helmet lock than an ignition lock, because ignition locks on motorbikes are usually built into the frame or front forks, and can require significant effort and expertise to disassemble. The average motorbike ignition takes 5 times the effort to take off and pull apart than the average car ignition. This is a generalisation, but it holds true in 99% of cases, and for this reason we do everything we can to avoid having to disassemble the ignition locks of motorbikes.
Because of the difficulty of working with the ignition lock on a motorbike, the procedure for making keys to a motorbike in an all-keys-lost scenario usually starts with the seat, helmet or petrol cap lock if there are any. Once a key that smoothly functions in the helmet, seat and petrol cap locks is produced, it is then tried in the ignition. However, it is quite common in motorbikes that all the cuts needed to a complete key cannot be ascertained by disassembly of the helmet, seat or petrol cap locks alone. The ignition usually has 1, 2 or even 3 extra wafers in the lock which means that the key needs corresponding cuts to function. Using maths, luck and expensive computer programs, we can usually deduce the extra cuts needed to produce a complete working key, without disassembly of the ignition lock − but not always.
Sometimes the removal of a motorbike ignition lock cannot be avoided, as it’s the only way to resolve a motorbike key problem. We can remove most motorbike ignition locks if we have to, but the job of motorbike ignition lock removal is best left to professional bike mechanics. They have the space, the knowledge and the specialist tools needed to support the bike in the strange positions needed to safely remove the ignition lock. They will still need us to make keys for the lock, but can take apart the bike and remove the lock quicker and more efficiently than we can.
To make keys for a 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 is obviously going to cost more than making keys for the Monkey Bike you bought from Super Cheap Auto last Christmas. Give us a call with the details of the motorbike (including the make, model and year) and we will ascertain what is necessary and provide a fixed price quote.
Although automotive security has come a long way for the average family car with the advent of electronic immobilisers, transponders and central locking, these ubiquitous features have not made it throughout the truck market. Only the most modern or European built trucks can be counted on to have the security features of standard cars. The average Mitsubishi 1 tonner or Hino found on Australia’s roads don’t seem to have them.
Maybe it’s because trucks do not get stolen at half the rate of cars and bikes, or maybe because commercial manufacturers are trying to keep the costs down. We don’t know why, but it continues to surprise us just how many trucks out there have no immobiliser or transponder and need simply a plain metal key to start.
Sometimes it doesn’t seem to make sense, as we’ve seen $250K Kenworth trucks needing a plain metal key to start while a $20k Hyundai Excel has an electronic immobiliser and central locking.
The procedure to make keys to a truck in an all-keys-lost scenario is pretty much the same as it would be for most cars built before 1990. The only difference is that we have to do the job 10ft in the air in the truck cab. As with cars, the same key that opens the door of a truck usually starts that same truck. Also like cars, it is easier to make keys for a truck door lock than a truck ignition lock, so it’s a matter of removing one of the door locks and disassembling it to determine the cuts of the correct key. We then cut that key and try it in the ignition, making any necessary adjustments until we get it working smoothly in all the locks.
Once the first key is cut and working smoothly, any number of copies can be cut quickly and easily. The price to cut keys to your average truck without transponders or immobilisers in an all-keys-lost scenario is around $200-$300
As of writing this page, most trucks do not have immobilisers and transponders, but they are becoming more common as we get more imported trucks on our roads. If the key that you’ve lost had any sort of plastic head on it whatsoever, then there is a good chance that it had a transponder inside it, even if you think that it didn’t. Only if the key was all metal, and had absolutely no plastic head on it whatsoever, can you be assured that your truck key does not need a programmed transponder in order to start the engine.
The best way to check if you have an immobiliser or not is to give us a call with the details and we will look it up for you. If you don’t know the make, model or year of your truck, then grab the VIN or numberplate − we can look up the details from either of those.
The procedure to make keys for a truck with an immobiliser is the same as for one without, except there are more steps involved, as just the keys alone will not start the truck. They need to be paired with the correctly programmed transponder for them to start the truck.
The price to cut keys to your average truck with transponders or immobilisers in an all-keys-lost scenario is around $400-$600.
Forklifts commonly have a key lock switch on the control panel of the driver. It’s usually a simple electrical switch that has only 2 positions: ON & OFF. These locks are similar in construction and security level to a fire alarm panel or an elevator electrical switch. The keys are small and easily cut if all the keys are lost. Some of them even have pre-cut universal keys that start every single forklift in that model series. If you‘ve lost the keys for your forklift, give us a call and we’ll sort it out.
Scissor lifts and cherry pickers usually have one key lock switch on the control panel at ground level and another key lock switch at the cage control panel. Obviously you don’t want someone driving away the cherry picker while you are 20 metres in the air, so the lock at cage level will usually override the driving controls at ground level to ensure that the machine cannot be moved without the express consent of the person in the cage. The key switch at ground level can be an override for the lowering of the cage in the event of an emergency if the person in the cage is unconscious. These locks can be keyed alike for convenience, or keyed differently for security.
Locks in any of these types of industrial machine are of the electrical switch type found in fire alarm panels and elevator control panels. We can make keys to any of this type of equipment; just give us a call with the details so we can give you a quote.
Locks for aircraft tend to be small and low security. Remember that any extra weight at all on a plane has to be paid for every flight in fuel, so the makers of aircraft try to make their product as light as possible. That being said, planes can have all sorts of key locks on them depending on the size of the aircraft, such as:
Ignition locks on planes are usually custom made, multi-pole electrical switch type locks built into the dashboard of the cockpit. It’s usually possible to make keys for a lock like this either by reading the wafers or impressioning, or a combination of both methods, without having to pull apart the cockpit, which we’d rather not do for obvious reasons.
These are similar to furniture or letterbox type cam locks, except they are of a much higher quality. This is to ensure they don’t fall apart in the air and let the baggage door come open, which would be catastrophic.
Making keys for a baggage compartment lock on a plane is fairly straightforward as long as we can find the correct key blank. In any other situation, if a key blank cannot be found, then it is fine to install a new lock with working keys in place of an old one. However, installing new locks on the external surfaces of an aircraft can only be performed by a qualified aircraft mechanic, and for this reason we will usually do absolutely everything we can to make a key for your existing locks rather than you having to put a new one in.
This a lock that is sometimes installed on the Master Panel in the cockpit and is a simple ON/OFF key switch that needs to be turned to the ON position for the instruments to work. They are exactly the same type as an alarm panel or elevator key switch. Making keys to these is not a problem if they have all been lost.
On larger aircraft such as Gulfstream private jets and commercial passenger aircraft, the bathroom locks have a nasty tendency to break. When they do break, then they must be replaced like for like if they are to be secured properly and the relevant safety regulations followed.
We have contacts in the aircraft security component industry (which is almost exclusively in the US and France only), allowing us to source obscure lock parts for current and older aircraft. If any of the locks are broken or keys have been lost for your aircraft, give us a call today to get it sorted out.
The types of lock commonly found on boats will obviously depend on the size and type of the boat. The common factor among locks on boats is that they are made from materials that naturally resist corrosion.
An old tinny might have a key lock switch on the fuel pump if you’re unlucky or live in Melbourne. A lock on your tinny that you can bypass by twisting the 2 wires together is not very high security and may not seem like a justifiable expense to replace. However, continuously “hotwiring” your tinny because you’re too tight or “she’ll be right mate” is a risky business, as one day the wires will break, and Murphy’s Law guarantees you will be 20 miles off shore and won’t be able to start the engine. If you’ve lost the keys for your tinny and you are jury rigging it as needed, you’re better off getting keys made for it today.
A commercial cargo ship will usually have high security marine grade locks on all the entrances and hatches to deter possible stowaways or smugglers. The term Marine Grade Lock is generic and refers to a lock specifically made to resist the corrosive effects of salt water spray associated with ocean going voyages. These locks usually have restricted keys and the keys are tightly controlled. This doesn’t mean that we cannot repair or make keys for them; it just may mean that it’s more difficult to source parts and key blanks.
A large luxury yacht will have locks on all the bedrooms and bathrooms as well as the cabin entrance and Captain’s Cabin. The larger ships may even have a drug and weapon safe on board, or even a jail!
If you have a large luxury yacht and are in need of locksmithing services, call us and our emergency locksmith will drop everything and come running. Anyone with half a brain would prefer to be fixing the locks on a luxury yacht rather than being stuck in traffic.
Generally we will give you a fixed quote at the time of booking, depending on the details of the make and model and the circumstances of the job. Some situations are harder and more time consuming than others, for example if we have to make keys to a truck on a mine site, then there will be extra time spent on safety inductions and special PPE to worry about, so obviously it will cost more than if we had to do the same job on the side of the road. There’s also a higher cost if you need our emergency locksmith in Melbourne to come out at 3 in the morning.
Between all the possible variations of vehicle and circumstances, this is a difficult question to answer, so we will put up some typical examples. These are the general prices for on-site service at your location to make keys to your locks in an all-keys-lost scenario:
Forklifts, cherry pickers and scissor lifts: $150 – $250
Trucks: $150 – $350
Aircraft: $150 – $350
Motorbikes: $220- $400
However many you like! We always supply a minimum of 2 keys for a job where all keys have been lost previously, and any number of extras can be cut on site.
We can attend whenever you need, with technicians available 24 hours per day. We pay our locksmiths penalty rates for overtime. Expect to pay around 50% more for after-hours service depending on the time.
We aim to arrive on site for emergency jobs within 30 minutes. At the time of booking, you will be given an ETA of the locksmith’s arrival and direct phone number all confirmed by SMS. This generally will be a 15 minute arrival window.
Yes. You can pay with Visa, Amex or MasterCard.
No. All services must be paid for upon completion, at which time a full tax invoice will be issued. We accept cash or card.
Yes. We offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee on all our work. We also offer a minimum 12 month warranty.