reply to post by clintdelicious
Some of the "tools" you will need are actually parts, some disposable to an extent.
For starters, pin kits: not all manufacturers are the same incriment .003, .005, etc.
I had a couple of LARGE pin kits, LAB brand and they were if I remember correctly 250ish price range and this was almost 20 years ago.
Not all tumblers are pins, some are wafers, so you get the idea that there are many different shapes and sizes.
Key cutting machines and stamps, some machines punch out a cut and can be dialed in for different set depths.
Wheel type machines have many different cutting angles, so there are many different machines and not much in the way of a one fits all, there are some
that are fairly good though.
Now you have other things like shims and followers, cylinder punches, Etc. to remove cylinders, different locks are different sizes.
Another thing to keep in mind, NOTHING in locksmithing other than a hammer, drill, and screwdrivers are gonna be anything but a "specialty" tool,
Auto and home. (yep they're gonna make you pay premium).
This is just off of the top of my head and I was never a locksmith, I just helped out alot.
Stateside, like an above poster said, do 24 hour callouts, there is where the good money is.
And as far as rates, if you are calling me out at 2 am, nothing is cheap.
Otherwise they gonna break a window.
Locksmithing is doable but like all other business, it is hard to compete with the bug conglomerate companies.
Roadside insurance companies can get folks into their cars and everyone cuts keys, so for me, I wouldn't do it.