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Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

This is 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 non-marine padlocks perform near the coast or on boats?

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

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 […]

What is the best equivalent for the old Abus Buffo locks?

The Abus Buffo padlocks were discontinued several years ago and replaced by the Abus 23 series Discus padlocks. It is basically the same lock and the entry-level standard for Abus Discus locks. However, it still appears to be better than almost all other disc locks on the market, even if this is their cheapest version. […]