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Storage cabinet systems for safety padlocks and keys

Once you have selected all your safety padlocks and lockout hasps you will need somewhere to keep them. The Masterlock Lockout Station is made from heat resistant and durable Xenoy alloy. It has a large capacity with 8 hanger clips, which can hold 2 padlock or hasps each, and is deep enough to accommodate the […]

Secure your lock off with safety hasps or plug lockout.

Safety lockout haps are used in conjunction with safety padlocks and can protect against unexpected start-up of machinery, valves or power supply. The hasp is attached to the primary isolator and each individual working on that area can attach their safety padlock. As each worker completes their tasks they can remove their padlock. Once all […]

The best way to secure a motorbike with padlock and chain

The best method to secure your motorbike is to combine a number of security measures such as disc locks, security chain and padlock. This can also include the use of a ground anchor when looking for a more permanent security fixture when parked up at home. Your bike may well have come with a steering […]

Securing a canoe to your roof rack using weatherproof cables.

We have just bought a canoe to use when we are away on holiday. We will need to secure to our roof rack whilst travelling but we will also like to secure it once we get to the campsite. This will then mean we do not have to take the canoe with us if we […]

What is the best colour combination padlock for my luggage?

The Abus 145 series are high quality yet lightweight combination padlocks that will not add unnecessary weight to your luggage and are ideal for use on rucksacks, overnight bags and larger cases. They are available in a large selection of nine great colours in three different sizes. The solid aluminium body with anodised coating gives […]

How to make sure your bike is securely locked.

How do I make sure that my bike is secure? I am often out on my bike so need something I can lock it up with when I stop but I also want to make sure it is safe at home. Do you have any suggestions? Whether you have a top racing bike or the […]

How can I work out which padlock fits my shipping container?

We often get asked for padlocks that fit a standard container. To work out which padlock will fit then it is best to start with a look at the fittings on your container. At first glance containers may look all the same, however, the fittings on the containers can vary enormously. If you have not […]

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 outdoor padlock is best to lock ladders to a vehicle?

Many working sites now require ladders to be secured to any vehicles carrying them and where holes on roof brackets are often only about 7mm wide, the outdoor padlocks need to be quite small. These padlocks are ideal for the job. Any of these options can be supplied as key differ or keyed alike so […]

What is the best hasp and staple fitting for my padlock?

It can be hard to work out which hasp and staple fitting is best to use with your padlock. There are a couple of things to think about when selecting the fittings and this will largely depend on the padlocks you intend to use and where they will be located. Here are some handy tips […]