Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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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 […]

The shackle comes out of my lock, how can I prevent people from losing it?

If you buy a very good closed shackle padlock then the shackle itself will come fully out of the body when unlocked. This if because the guards or shrouds around the shackle (U Bar) must extend high enough, and all the way around, to prevent bolt cutters from accessing the shackle. As a result there […]

What are the different types of padlock?

Padlocks come in many shapes and sizes each with their own properties to increase security, make them more convenient to use or protect them from the weather. Here we explain their merits and what makes them ideal for different situations. The Closed Shackle Padlock A common design is the closed shackle padlock. This means that […]

What is a round disc padlock and when are they best used?

A disc, discus or round-shackle padlock is disc shaped and has a curved shackle that goes right the way around its circumference. The very design automatically affords it the status and security rating of a ‘closed-shackle’ padlock. The padlock body itself is not solid, contrary to the traditional padlock design. The circular shackle is enclosed […]