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I recently purchased a Cole Filing Cabinet with 2 file drawers and a small index card drawer on top. On the right side there is a cabinet with a safe inside. When we purchased it the safe was open; however, in transport the safe closed and locked. The people we purchased this off did not have the combo. Is there anyway to figure this combo out somehow?

Hi Kris,

While the locks generally on most of the Cole Filing cabinet, security containers were fairly small, without having the safe door open, you are looking at around 1,000,000 possible test combinations.   You can significantly cut this number down by only testing every other number, though you still might be "just" far enough off, to miss opening it.    Testing every other number would give you about 125,000 test combo's.

The dialing sequence for this lock is going to be:

4 times left to the first number _____
3 times right to the second number _____
2 times left to the third number _____
1 time right slowly until the dial stops - lock should be unlocked.

Note:   Left is counter clockwise, right is clockwise.   DO NOT count the revolutions of the dial, count the individual number as it arrives at the 12 o'clock index mark.

If you still can't get it open, then you may need to have the container opened by a safe tech from a local safe company - not a locksmith.

If the door was still open, recovering the combination would be MUCH simpler!!!!

Check your local yellow pages under safes & vaults for a local company.  


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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)


Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 40 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of two Tilton & McFarland safes from the 1860'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.


40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. 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

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