Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

This this our dedicated help, advice and testing results section for padlocks. Every time we get a good question from a customer, or asked to test a product, then we post the answer or results here. Use the list of Categories or the Search Box below to find the answer you're looking for. Don't worry you can get back to your basket our products by clicking our logo above.

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Can make a standard padlock more secure?

A customer recently asked us if a padlock could be made more secure by adding nuts or washers to the shackle, effectively making a closed shackle padlock. The answers is Yes and No. As seen here we added two stainless nuts to a marine stainless padlock to protect an outboard engine. It clearly does protect […]

Can a “non marine” padlock perform near the coast or on a boat?

The short answer is usually no! A non marine grade lock would rust and seize up very quickly around salt water. However, top end manufacturers, like ABUS and Abloy, often make their non-marine locks to such a high standard that they can be used on boats and salty environments with great effect! We often have […]

Can the shackle be completely removed from a Granit padlock?

We have bought a number of Granit Padlocks for shipping containers and they have lock boxes enclosing the padlock. Is it possible to remove the shackle to make it easier to fit the lock? Anonymous Customer Granit locks are very popular for shipping containers for this very reason. The lock uses a ball bearing to […]

Do the ABUS Buffo locks still exist and if not, what is the like-for-like equivalent?

I have had an ABUS Buffo for a long time and would no like to replace it with the same lock. I cannot find it on your site. Do they still exist and if so I’d like to get exactly the same size and quality. Attached are some photos.      Simon, Thanks for the […]