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I lost the key to the old padlock on the back gate so needed to cut it off with a hacksaw, this took 30-45 minutes and i needed to stop for a rest about 20 times as it was hurting my hand holding the lock.
So i bought this Master lock, and after only 2 months outside the combination stopped working so i had no option but to cut it off with the same hacksaw and the exact same blade that i cut the old padlock off with, only this time the blade would have been more blunt than with the old padlock.
I started to cut the lock off and to my amazement, i was fully through the lock in under 60 seconds and had to stop only once to get a better hold of it.
Clearly this is not good if you want to keep your things safe, nor is it any good if the combination stops working after only 2 months, i have read a few reviews on this page that says about the lock not working after 2 months, so it goes to show how right they were.
Clearly the shackle is not hardened and that's how its so easy to cut through it, i honestly believe a strong plastic would have put up a better fight.
It's a solid chunky lock. Probably bigger and heavier than you need for a gym locker, but otherwise fine.
Mine came without instructions. I rang MasterLock UK and Nikki very quickly emailed the instructions to me. This is what you need to do: with the red line face of the lock in front of you and the zeros lined up, open the lock, turn the hasp a quarter turn away from you, and then push it in, and with it pushed in, reset to the new combination, release and away you go.
I know that's a fairly standard method, but not obvious if you only buy a padlock once in a blue moon.
I have been using both the brass and aluminium versions of this padlock for the past 4x months in the gym. They are perfectly adequate, and I have seen a few more of them in circulation there so they must be quite popular. I didn't want a key padlock as I don't want the hassle of carrying a key around with me. The combination is easy to set and they have both worked flawlessly.
I read up on a few of the combination padlocks at around this price and these two felt like the best for the money. I don't think they would be suitable for outdoor use, but for securing a locker or storage cabinet they would be ideal.
One point of note is that the brass version is at least twice as heavy as the aluminium version, but then it is cheaper to buy.
So much easier than losing the key - just be careful not to turn tumblers with the padlock open and hasp turned as you may change the combination without meaning to. Elderly mother manages these where she couldn't manage a keyed lock so ideal from that point and seem pretty weather resistant as well.
I bought this to replace an identical solid brass version of the same lock. This one is actually aluminium with a brass finish, not solid brass,. Putting both the old one and this one side-by-side, aside from the weight difference and fake brass colour, the old one is clearly solid brass as all the dings and dents show brass underneath. I've chosen to keep it as I need the lock immediately but I also feel that I've been misled as sold brass it certainly isn't.
A good solid lock and looks to be brass as described so should hopefully avoid rust.
Unfortunately, it's not ideal for my gate lock as the metal ring part is too long, which means someone can fiddle it around and still unlock the bolt. Consider this before purchase, though note it's not the locks fault, more the fence lock design.
I bought two and the second one fits on the shed very nicely and much better than using a key, though at night without light it's not very easy to see the numbers.
Also, I feel the number turning mechanism is small and a bit too close together meaning you can accidently turn the wrong number at the same time.
Hate having to secure things but it's so necessary! Anyway this lock makes it easy as it has a 4 number combination which is so easy to set I didn't need the instructions! Once that's done there is no key to loose and so long as you can remember the number life should be easy and secure!
The lock itself is a good size, heavy and feels solid and well made. Should deter the casual tealeaf at least!
This lock replaced a failed version of the same lock (the resettable aluminium combination version) and unfortunately didn't fair much better.
When I bought the lock I didn't notice any mention of 'maintenance' being required, but looking at the manufacturers site (masterlock .eu) dry lubricant should be used to stop the barrel/pins from malfunctioning. The links to the maintenance video on the site didn't work... taking you to the middle of nowhere.
Regardless, we used this lock outdoors to padlock our side gate. Over time, the numbers gradually get more difficult to turn, then the combination starts to slip (so our combination of 1498 had to be entered as 2498 to get the lock to open).
I've better things to do with my time than fiddle around with combinations. Masterlock may be the #1 brand in the world, but they don't rank to highly in my books.