Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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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 […]

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 […]

Whats the easiest way to make a discus lock more secure?

We recently has a padlock attacked by brute force and we prefer to use discus locks since they are good value and help protect against bolt cutters. How can we make the existing setup more secure on our parking meters? Lincolnshire City Council Thanks for the question. As you say, the discus locks are quite […]

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 […]

How to prevent and remove superglue from a padlock?

Putting super glue into padlock is a common problem and 99% of the time it is local children causing mischief without appreciating the problems it can cause. Here are some tips on how to prevent it and how to deal with it if it does happen. Prevention 1. Soak in Diesel: The number one way […]