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What is the best all-purpose weatherproof padlock?

The weatherproof Abus Eterna laminated 41 series is a good quality multi-purpose padlock that is robust enough to be used outdoors and yet still suitable for use indoors. Available in a number of sizes it easily suited to many applications. The Abus 41 series are available as an off the shelf product but they can […]

What is the best outdoor padlock for all-round performance?

The Abus Silver Rock 5 series is an excellent all-round performance padlock. Offered in two different bodies sizes, they can be used for a variety of purposes including securing gates, doors, lockers and even toolboxes or sheds. With the look and feel of a high-security padlock, this range is ideal for those with medium level […]

What is the best long padlock to lock my diesel tank?

The best way lock off Diesel bowsers, which are basically diesel tanks on a trailer, is an outdoor padlock with a long enough loop to secure it but without it being too long so that it gets in the way of other fittings. The padlock shackle generally needs to be a minimum inner height of […]

What is the best padlock to secure a shipping container?

We are often asked what is the best padlock for a shipping container and especially on those that have a lockbox in place. Shipping containers are not all the same which makes the question a little harder to give a straightforward option. Many containers have a box covering the main fitting, which is excellent for […]

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 […]