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Purchased used safe.Sold years ago by Sears.  Made by federal equipment co. 800 series.  Have combination but wish to change. Came without change key.  Been searhing manufacture web site for address or phone number to purchase key. No luck. Can you help me?

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John,

manufacturers NEVER shipped safes with change keys, so it doesn't surprise me that you don't have one.

Sears sold safes manufactured by numerous safe companies, using numerous types of locks - Federal was just one of them.   As far as searching for info about this company - it isn't available as they have been out of business for around 20-25 years now.    Locks and tools are no longer available.    Safe technicians that have tools are not going to sell them as they can't get replacements either.

Probably the closest key that you can get would be a Sargent & Greenleaf U17, standard three wheel (6730 type) change key.    While the key and instructions are $25 plus S&H, we have a $50 minimum for orders.
I can't guarantee that this key will fit this lock without some minor modifications though.

If you would like to order one, I have a holdharmless form that I also need signed to release the key and instructions.

you can email me directly at:   andy@securitysafeusa.com   if you have questions.

Your other options would be to take the safe or the door, to a local safe company to have them reset the combination for you.

Hope this helps,

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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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