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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. […]

What is the best high security padlock I can use by the sea?

When looking for a high-security padlock for use by the sea, then the latest addition to the Abus Granit range is definitely one to consider. The marine grade Abus 37ST/55 is constructed with a 12mm shackle and large body in stainless steel, along with inner components made from non-corrosive materials. The use of stainless steel […]

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 combination padlock with a reset key?

We have a number of padlocks that use a key to enable the resetting of the combination. This is ideal when you do not want users to be able to reset the code but you still need to have the ability to alter the combination when required. We find sites catering to groups of visitors […]

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 replacement padlock? Mine has been cut off!

A padlock can need replacing for a number of reasons. Sometimes they are cut off because an attempted break-in has occurred or a poor quality padlock has seized up. We were recently contacted by a customer whose padlock on the communal gates has been cut off whilst someone was trying to break into the property. […]

What is the best way to beat CO2 freezing of padlocks to gain access?

There have been some cases where thieves have used CO2 to freeze and then smash off a normal brass padlock to gain access. Using a high-quality padlock with ball bearing locking mechanism will give greater strength against this kind of attack than the normal brass padlocks. We had a customer contact us regarding this very […]

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 […]