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Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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What is the best padlocks to lock site toolbox?

Most site toolboxes have cut-aways for two padlocks. By using keyed alike padlocks you could have both padlocks that open with the same key. Where you have sites with multiple boxes we are able to offer different colour padlocks or the option of engraving for easy identification.   If your box fittings can take a […]

I need extra keys, how do I pick the right ones?

I need order some extra keys with my padlock order but I am not sure which type I should select. How do I make sure they will be the same as the keys that come with the padlock I am buying? In order for us to be able to supply extra keys you will need […]

Which outdoor padlock is best to lock ladders to a vehicle?

Many working sites now require ladders to be secured to any vehicles carrying them and where holes on roof brackets are often only about 7mm wide, the outdoor padlocks need to be quite small. These padlocks are ideal for the job. Any of these options can be supplied as key differ or keyed alike so […]

A good quality weatherproof padlock that suits many applications.

Sometimes you need a good quality all-purpose padlock that is robust enough to be used outdoors as well as indoors. The laminated Abus 41 series is one such padlock that is available in a number of sizes. These laminated padlocks are not to be confused with the cheaper alternative you can now find on the […]

A padlock for all seasons with this multi-purpose lock

The Abus Silver Rock range is an excellent all round performance padlock complete with zinc body and hardened steel shackle. Traditionally, zinc is known as a ‘soft’ metal given to corroding easily so is usually found combined with other metals in alloys. However, Abus have developed this special type of zinc solid bodied padlock that […]

How do you get locks keyed alike for multiple access points?

Where you have multiple access points to one site we can supply a set of padlocks all keyed the same so one key will open any of the padlocks in the suite. This is ideal if you have a large site with a number of access points where visitors can use any of the gates. […]

How can I padlock a gate barrier with offset fittings?

Offset gate barrier fittings can be hard to secure but there is a way to get around this. When the holes on the gate fitting do not line up with the holes in the plate on the gatepost it can be hard to secure the gate, especially if the holes are too small to use […]

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 are Keyed Alike Padlocks?

For convenience many people will buy a number of padlocks and want them all to be identical and work from the same set of keys. These are known as ‘Keyed Alike padlocks’ and are sometimes also called ‘suited padlocks‘ or ‘same key padlocks‘. Since their cost is often only marginally more expensive than ‘keyed different’ […]