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What is the best padlock to lock a garden shed?

  The best padlock to lock up your shed will need to be weatherproof and suitable for the job in hand. Here are some tips to help you decide what type of padlock you should consider. As the padlock will be used outdoors, people often presume that you need to use a marine grade padlock. […]

Welcome to the new high security marine grade padlock!

Abus have introduced a fully marine grade high security padlock into the Granit range. The Abus 37ST/55 is constructed with a 12mm shackle and large body in stainless steel, along with inner components made from non-corrosive materials. Stainless steel is known to be a softer metal than hardened steel but Abus have brought both strength […]

What is the best colour combination padlock for my luggage?

The Abus 145 series are high quality yet lightweight combination padlocks that will not add unnecessary weight to your luggage and are ideal for use on rucksacks, overnight bags and larger cases. They are available in a large selection of nine great colours in three different sizes. The solid aluminium body with anodised coating gives […]

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 padlock for a tool box?

We tend to find people prefer combination padlocks to secure their tool box as this helps avoid losing keys when on-site or in a workshop. The lightweight aluminium padlocks of Abus 145 series are an ideal choice since they add very little extra weight to sometimes already heavy tool box. The Abus 145 series is […]

Stainless VS. Hardened Padlocks

What is the difference between a padlock that uses a steel shackle and one that uses a stainless steel shackle. You sell normal brass padlocks and a marine grade brass padlocks. They look the same but what is the difference? Yes in many of our locks we sell the standard and marine versions. As you […]

Can the shackle be completely removed from a Granit padlock?

We have bought a number of Granit Padlocks for shipping containers and they have lock boxes enclosing the padlock. Is it possible to remove the shackle to make it easier to fit the lock? Anonymous Customer Granit locks are very popular for shipping containers for this very reason. The lock uses a ball bearing to […]

What is the best lubricant for a padlock?

This is a very common question and often the mostly commonly used type, WD40, is the wrong choice. I’d be rich by now if I had £1 for every time a customer had told me their lock was still sticky only after a month of using WD40. The problem is that it simply drains out […]

What is the best way to make a discus padlock more secure?

Discus padlocks are quite secure already but sometimes they need extra protection when used in locations that have a higher risk of attack. The addition of a shroud with keyhole access is an ideal solution. This solution was used by Lincolnshire City Council when they wanted to make their existing set for the parking meters […]