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What is the best weatherproof padlock for a beach hut?

As beach huts are placed right on the coast you would need to use a fully marine grade padlock making the Abus 24IB/60 an ideal choice. This weatherproof padlock is secure but not too obvious so will help deter thieves from breaking into the beach hut. The Abus 24IB/60 Diskus padlock is ideal by the […]

What is the best outdoor padlock to lock off vehicle access?

The Abus Diskus range is well suited for securing the folding parking post used to close off tracks and drives to vehicle access. By securing the parking post in the upright position with a suitable padlock, it is an ideal way to still allow access for pedestrians but not to vehicles. From the Abus 23 […]

What is the best replacement padlock? Mine has been cut off!

A padlock can need replacing for a number of reasons. Sometimes they are cut off because an attempted break-in has occurred or a poor quality padlock has seized up. We were recently contacted by a customer whose padlock on the communal gates has been cut off whilst someone was trying to break into the property. […]

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. […]

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

A disc, discus or round padlock is disc-shaped and has a curved shackle that goes right the way around its circumference. Due to their design, they have the status and security rating of a closed shackle padlock. They were initially designed to be used directly in conjunction with a hasp and staple. This means the […]