View Full Version : Key for old treadlok safe

08-12-2014, 12:15 PM
An old friend passed away and I obtained his old Treadlok Gun Safe. There was only one key, and I was a little worried about losing it, so I went to the local security type key maker to have a spare made. I was advised that Medeco locks had special keys and blanks were not available. Well I thought that might have just been him so after checking with several other shops I thought an internet check was in order. It took some time but a Long story short: The company that has the Medeco rights for these key blanks is:

Northeast Lock Co.
48 Oak St.
Clifton, NJ 07014

08-12-2014, 12:18 PM
Duly noted. Thanks for the report.

08-12-2014, 11:41 PM
Those security locks are fun to get keys for, we had about 4,000 of them at the casino and occasionally had to swap every last one of them if someone lost a key. Getting extra keys made had to be done by the factory, no locksmith had blanks. And drilling one was not fun, would destroy drill bits.

08-12-2014, 11:57 PM
Thanks for the info, copied and placed with safe lock instructions.

08-13-2014, 08:57 AM
I had the same problem - inherited a locking cabinet with no key. The cheap solution was to replace the lock and striker mechanism with one from a hardware store. About 5 minutes with a dremel tool to make it fit.
The combination on the inside locking cabinet was wierd. I spun it at random and it opened. I wish I had that much luck with lottery tickets. A locksmith charged me $20.00 and gave me two possible combinations, one of which worked. (reverse the backing plate with the index mark during installation and the other combination works..)
Bottom line, my "free" locking box ended up costing almost $30.00

mold maker
08-13-2014, 10:12 PM
I lost the combination to a safe for almost a year. When I finally retrieved the combination, it opened twice, but last time I tried it refused.
Now what do I do??
It's also a Tredlock Safe

08-13-2014, 10:17 PM
I have a similar situation, well almost identical. Getting the blank is one thing but finding someone to actually be able to cut the key was my next problem. Seems like nobody I called upon can cut the blank because the key has cuts in different angles and different directions i.e. forward/backward and side to side cuts. Really quite an impressive key. Long story short for me is I have one key and keep it in one place.............always and put it back immediately after locking my safe.

08-13-2014, 10:21 PM
Let us know or PM me if you don't mind on what you find out as I would prefer to keep the safe keyed as it is since it's a high quality lock and apparently supplied with blanks that nobody else makes.

08-13-2014, 10:22 PM
sliphammer - I have been looking for this info. Thanks!!!!!

08-13-2014, 10:32 PM
I lost the combination to a safe for almost a year. When I finally retrieved the combination, it opened twice, but last time I tried it refused.
Now what do I do??
It's also a Tredlock Safe

Well you could try a little past each number or a little ahead of number. Like if it is 20 40 60, go 20.5 40.5 and 60.5. Another trick is to dial in the first 2 numbers right on (20 & 40) then go to 57 and back to open, if it doesn't open go to 58 then try to open again. Do this (back and forth trick) incrementally till you're past 60.

If you get it open don't shut till someone comes out to clean the lock and then it should be fine.

08-13-2014, 11:13 PM
Here's one for you. I have some really heavy duty locks that were made in Finnland. Imagine a rod milled so that one half is gone. Then each flat for the pins is cut on a different angle. And yes they give you three keys. I have an old bronze lock marked USN sat around the house for years useless without a key. Locksmith was kind enough to remove the bronze rectangular slot and cut me a few keys. That lock must be at least 50 years old as he said that he'd only saw a few of them in all of his lockworking work. Frank

08-13-2014, 11:29 PM
Keys can always be made by the lock company, Medeco is the big one in the USA. But be ready for sticker shock, single key copies could run $100, we bought 100 at a time and paid $35 at the casino but those were high security magnetic keys and locks(Think a round key with little bits of magnet embedded, some faced north, some south, some were dummy bits. Tumblers in the lock were tiny magnets).

Thin Man
08-14-2014, 07:43 AM
Medeco locks are expensive, but they offer extremely high resistance to being opened "without a key", that is, picked. Many years ago I attended a short-term class at an institution that offered many different types of classes to law enforcement. One of these classes was "lock by-pass" which is picking (this was not the class I attended). Yes, anyone can cut the hasp from a lock, but if one can open and close the lock without damage the owner may never know the lock was opened. That was the real value of this class. The institution kept a Medeco lock they bragged had never been defeated and offered for any member of their lock by-pass class to try their luck at opening it. They still tell how one student took on that challenge and one morning announced he had opened that lock the previous evening, then re-locked it. Of course the staff and students began the cat calls and challenges because no one had seen it open. The student went straight over to the lock and in a few minutes had it open again! No other person, even the staff, have been able to repeat that performance. All this speaks very well for the Medeco reputation for security.

Thin Man

08-14-2014, 06:34 PM
Emailed them yesterday for information. Nothing back yet...