Archive for the 'Factory Cutaways' Category

Medeco M3 and M3 BiLevel Mortise – Factory Cutaways

December 31st, 2007 | Category: Factory Cutaways

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Update: Some errors were made in this article, please see the end for the corrections

The Medeco M3 is Medeco’s latest commercial cylinder and was released as a replacement for the Medeco Biaxial.  They released both the M3 and the lesser known M3 BiLevel (M3B for short) at the same time.   On the surface both look surprisingly similar, and even with factory cutaways it may not be immediately apparent what the difference is.  We will explore the workings of the M3 and M3B and see what they bring to the table beyond the Biaxial in terms of security and features.  In addition we will take a look to see why the beefy looking M3 BiLevel may not give you much more security than the Kwikset on your front door.

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Abloy Protec Mortise – Factory Cutaway

October 30th, 2007 | Category: Factory Cutaways

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The Abloy Protec lock is one of the most secure cylinder locks in the world.  It is currently the second most secure lock that Abloy offers, only superseded by the Abloy Protec CLIQ, which is the Abloy Protec with an additional electronic chip. I recently acquired a factory cutaway and figured how best to celebrate but to photograph and disassemble this beautiful beast. 
I would like to specially thank Jaakko Fagerlund, an Abloy expert, for not only direction on the breakdown but also technical review of this article.  If you are lucky enough to be going to the upcoming Dutch Open you will be able to catch him speaking there.  We have a lot to cover, so let’s get started… Read more