For over forty years, Slide Lock Tool Company has adhered to one motto:
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Our pledge to you is to continue to do so.
Each year around February, Z-tool system users will automatically receive an update notice detailing what is required to keep your Grand Master Z-Tool? System up-to-par. If you have missed any previous annual update releases, you should make customer service aware, as you could be missing important equipment you’ll wish you had the first time it is needed. Remember, this is a system where all of the versatile tools are assigned to open many models. The more years that pass, the more models assigned to the tool you may be missing.
There are so many new models introduced each year that it is very easy to fall far behind. When your manual falls behind you begin to do what we call “dig for it?, or working in the blind openings which causes pulled wires, broken windows and a host of other troubles, not to mention a great deal more time involved at the job site, which also means loss of payment and a piece of your hard earned reputation. Keep your kit up-to-date.
Autos are much more difficult to open than in years past, as manufacturers simply build lock systems with more anti-jimmy components, and a whole lot less access to the lock system components. The exposures to manipulation have become so small within the door cavity, you will discover locating a good target (if there is one available) is difficult to find without using a current manual and the assigned tool.
The loss of only a few lockouts each year, or taking far too much time on one model, is equal to the cost of an average Annual Update Set. Most years (except 1995) average under $60, and include the newest updated and revised system manual. We do not add tools just to have something else to sell you. We realized many years ago the future would require additional specialty tooling. We choose the less profitable route to add new tooling only when we must to maintain the integrity of the system, based on using as few versatile tools as possible. If you think about it, adding only two tools per year adds up to 20 cumbersome tools in 10 years. There are only fourteen tools needed as of year 2005. New employees must work with a manageable number of tools to quickly gain confidence in the field through clear knowledge of each tool. Other after market companies are bloated with between 30 and 50+ tools. Those kits look as though they have value, but in the field they often prove to be a disaster. So keep it simple, as this is the way to go for any one who hires employees.