Schalge E series handleset vs. Baldwin Motise Help Needed

I am finishing a remodel and have a brand new uncored front door! I am
trying to decide on three scenerios, a Baldwin mortise, a Schlage A series
knob and 660 Deadbolt or a E series handleset with a 660 deadbolt. The E
series has an encorporated cylinder in the handleset. I like the Schlage E
series the best but it is discontinued and the only one I have found is a
display model at a local locksmith. It is in clean condition. He wants
$300 for it and the deadbolt combo. Problem is, he tells me that parts are
not readily available for it but this lock style was produced for 50+ years
before beind discontinued. What is likely to go wrong with it and how hard
will it likely be to get parts. I like it because it seems sturdier than a
Baldwin mortise. Also if the deadbolt were to be left open by mistake and
the door closed, it is not likely to bend or damage the mechanism as it
could with the Baldwin. I am confused. Does it make sense to core a new
door for a lock like this that is no longer produced?
Reply to
Michael Roback
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I've seen a few Schlage E-line lockset in my life. The common problem I've seen is that he mechanism dries up, and then the latch doesn't snap back out. Half an hour to take it apart, clean it, and relube it.
Any lock you get is going to wear out in some years. Some locks last longer than others, and the E-lines were really good.
I can't really advise you. Cept that I've got Kwikset locks on my own home, and I like the Titan series.
Reply to
Stormin Mormon
I like the E lock. As to your concerns for parts, I wouldn't worry. The latches and cylinders are, and will likely to be available in the future. Most everything else on the lock will never fail.
Another consideration is installation cost. The Baldwin is a mortise lock and it requires cutting a pocket in the edge of the door and 5 or more cross bore holes. They are rather fussy as to alignment and the inside trim is fastened to the door with short little screws. If the little screws ever pull out you play hell in reattaching them.
The Schlage E lock is much quicker to install and the only critical thing is a good edge bore, no problem with a jig or a steady hand.
My Dad built his house in 1950 and the only time the E lock had any issues is when he had a fire and the door was kicked in. I replaced the latch and polished the brass. It is still going strong.
Reply to
Roger Shoaf

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