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Which safety/lockout padlock suits your requirements?

Safety padlocks serve to lock a specific piece of equipment, valves or electrical junctions to prevent accidental use during maintenance or repair. They can also be used to restrict access to area whilst work is being undertaken. Preventing accidental operation of machinery or electrical junctions is integral to industrial safety. Coloured padlocks can be used […]

I need extra keys, how do I pick the right ones?

I need order some extra keys with my padlock order but I am not sure which type I should select. How do I make sure they will be the same as the keys that come with the padlock I am buying? In order for us to be able to supply extra keys you will need […]

Which small outdoor padlocks can we use to secure ladders onto a vehicle roof?

Our workforce have to carry ladders on the top of their vehicles and we need to be able to lock them into place. This has been requested by one of the sites they are visiting/working on. We want it so that any of the teams can access the ladders and that they do not need […]

A good quality weatherproof padlock that suits many applications.

Sometimes you need a good quality all-purpose padlock that is robust enough to be used outdoors as well as indoors. The laminated Abus 41 series is one such padlock that is available in a number of sizes. These laminated padlocks are not to be confused with the cheaper alternative you can now find on the […]

We need different levels of high security padlocks. Is this something you can do?

We need a couple of different sized padlocks but we are not sure which will suit us best. For some of our sites we need the highest security you have but there is also a number of places where security is required but not quite at the same level. Also, for the highest security padlock, […]

I have multiple access points, can I use the same padlock key?

I have multiple access points to the same large site and the visitors do not always use the same entrance. This is a site out in the country that has a number of access roads. I don’t really want to have to give all the users a lot of keys so they can use any […]

The fittings on my gate barrier do not line up. How can I padlock it?

I have a barrier that I need to padlock but the bar fitting does not line up with the plate on the post. The gate fitting sits lower so the holes on the fittings are staggered. Unfortunately I can’t change either the gate bar or the post and the holes in the fittings are too […]

Locking off vehicle access with a padlocked parking post

There are situations when a track or drive needs to be closed off to vehicles but still allow access to pedestrians. The use of a folding parking post, locked off with a suitable padlock, is ideal. By securing the post in the upright position you can close off a drive or track to vehicles yet […]

How many different keys does one set of padlocks have?

A good question and one that varies hugely between different sizes and different manufacturers.Padlocks have what are known as ‘differs’, or the amount of unique padlocks within a batch. This means that after a certain number of locks are produced off the production line, they will begin to repeat. This is inevitable due to the […]

What are ‘Master Keyed’ padlocks?

A ‘Master Key’ padlock is a unique padlock with its’ own key but part of a larger set. The whole set then can be overridden by what is known as the ‘Master-Key’. For obvious reasons the master-key should be kept secure as an unauthorised copy would compromise the security of the whole set. Due to […]