Having a key cutting machine that works anywhere without being connected to mains power or power from our locksmith vans comes in very handy. You can take the key cutting machine to any location, which can save a lot of time.
This is an Ilco key cutting machine which I purchased about 25 years ago. It was a dual voltage 240 volt and 12 volt machine. The original motor stopped working quite a few years ago and a replacement 12 volt motor was used for some time. Recently the 12 volt motor also stopped working. So it was time for an upgrade.
Using a cordless drill would be a practical way to have a truly cordless key cutting machine. Mounting a drill was a fairly straight forward process. There were 2 options to mounting the drill. Either using the drill connected directly to the drive shaft of the machine, or via a belt.
I chose the belt drive, as mounting the drill directly to the drive shaft had two large problems. It would increase the size of the machine as the drill would have to be added to the side of the key machine. There was also vibration issues as the drill and driveshaft would not align perfectly. A joint between the drill and driveshaft would have to have been used.
A simple drill holder and clamp was designed and made on a 3D printer. A throttle key was also made to turn the drill motor on and off and to control the speed. The drill clamp was made from PETG which should withstand the heat of a hot van in the Brisbane Summer. Holding the drill in place does not require a large amount of clamping force so a PETG clamp works well.
The 3D printable files for the drill clamp can be downloaded from our 24 Hour locksmith account.