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(120) How to Make a Key for the Sargent & Greenleaf Environmental Padlock Model 0881


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com



  1. First of all I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Kudos!

  2. What yould be a good way to contact you? Just wanted to share some pictures with you and see if you wanted to give one of my locks a try? I have a s&g 8088. Its a safe dial in a padlock. Even has the same but a miniture reset key. So if you could point me in a direction to get your email, i bet we would have a lot to talk about. Thanks.

  3. Hello Bill!

    Great video! Found it after I figured out to make my own key using cotter pin. No I see others have as well. Should looked first!

    One inquiry / observation however: On your matrix sheet, you list # 103 as 45-90-45. In the forum keypicking Mister Sour has an image of a 103 at – as it is shown, it would be 45-0-45. Can you confirm your numbers?

  4. Brother I am in the Army, and found one of these keys in our supply room. But unfortunately there was no key 🙁 Is there anyway possible I could get you to make me a key for mine ? I kept it to show people how big it was, but want to show people it works. Any help would be greatly apprectiated. thanks, mike

  5. Correct. The horizontal black line down the center of the rod is as low as you should go. Remember, you are basically dealing with only 1/4 of the rod, so the center is the pivot point. You can miss it a little though as long as the angles are really close.

  6. At 4:33 what measurement that you drawn the line down the middle of the 5/16" rod? Should we not go past the black horizontal line when we are doing the bitting?

  7. I've made them out of steel as well, you just need to file a little longer. You can epoxy a coin to the bow instead of solder it. Soldering doesn't work on the galvanized rods. I think 5/16" is 5/16" – maybe my camera distorted the picture a little.

  8. I took a couple of them apart and noticed the consistency of the cuts on the discs. Again, the TRUE experts are on lockpickingDOTcom – those guys have been working on these locks a long time – I wish I'd known about them before because I could've avoided a LOT of painful learning curve.

  9. Squelchtone, Thanks for your kudos! I actually made a video about a month ago on how to pick this lock and discovered that Dragonsmith1 and several others on keypickingDOTcom were working on the same lock series. If you would like more detailed information you should check out their forum.

  10. Good on ya! At this point I'm not ALLOWED in her house. She leaves meals on the back stoop. I forgot her name… but ya know, I'm not losing any sleep over it.

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