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Locking off vehicle access with a padlocked parking post

There are situations when a track or drive needs to be closed off to vehicles but still allow access to pedestrians. The use of a folding parking post, locked off with a suitable padlock, is ideal. By securing the post in the upright position you can close off a drive or track to vehicles yet […]

My padlock has been cut off! What padlock can I replace it with?

We have communal garden gates to our flats and someone has cut off the padlock whilst trying to break into the property. We need to replace it with something more secure as this has now concerned all the residents as to how easy it was to get into the gardens. Do you have something that […]

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 […]

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 […]