Locksmithing/Mosler safe

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QUESTION: I have inherited a mosler safe but do not have the combination. The model # is 226703. Could you please help me get into it without doing to much damage to it.

ANSWER: Wayne,

As Mosler has been out of business for around 13 years, contacting them to find out the original combination the safe left the factory set on will be kind of hard.   Also, Manufacturers NEVER published or released combinations, or information about serial numbers.  This pretty much leaves you with two options.

You can try all of the 1,000,000 plus, possible combinations, but that could take you 5 or 6 years, and up to 500 years if it has a 4 wheel lock.   (500 combo's per day).

Or, you can have a safe tech from a local safe company open it for your, and recover the combination or reset it.   If you don't have a local safe company or a safe technician that can open the safe for you, let me know where you are located (zipcode) - Pennsylvania is kind of a big state.

NOTE:   I NEVER recommend using locksmiths for safe work as they generally don't have the training, knowledge or tools to work on safes without causing excessive damage or charging exhorbant fees.

Hope this helps,


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QUESTION: I can't seem to find anyone that can help me. I have called a few different locksmith co. with no help. If you could give me any advice at all it would be appreciated. My zip code is Wapwallopen 18660. Thank you.

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Wayne,

Probably the nearest company that I would recommend would be:

Ed's Safe Service     about 70 miles
267.475.6517          Edward Sellers
PO Box 486
Harleysville, PA   19438

If you can take the safe to him, you can probably save some of the cost, if not, he will probably have a mobile service charge.

Hope this helps.

If you are interested, there will be an auction of antique safes in Denver, PA on March 30th, 2013, at Morpy's Auction house.   Over 100 antique safes will be available for auction.   This is about 80 miles south of you.

Good luck.

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

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44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service Area is Northern California (Fresno to Oregon and Western Nevada)

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