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WHAT IS IT?
A padlock that is suited for inside and outdoor use.
This padlock is made of brass and feels very strong. It has got a 4cm loop, I do not know the proper word for it but I mean the loop of metal that you attach around whatever you are securing with the lock. It comes with 2 tiny keys and you will have to attach those to a proper keyring because the circle of metal they come on is very flimsy and you could lose the keys if it came apart.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
This lock is very easy to use, you just turn the key to open it and then when you are ready to secure your items again your push the loop back down into the lock until it clicks shut. You need something to connect it to so I think shed doors or garden gates are the thing most people would buy it for but there are a lot of other uses for locks and this one can be used the same as any other one.
WHAT I THINK
We have had this lock since Christmas when we spent a lot of money on new tools for my husbands shed and bought ourselves new bikes also. All of this is kept in the shed and we have got different locks on the door and windows, we use this one at the top of the door because unless you know the lock it is quite hard to open when it is higher than your arms.
I am holding it now and it feels heavy for the size of it and when I pull on the closed loop it does not move at all so I think that a thief would not be able to easily break the lock unless they sawed it and then I think many people would hear it in the middle of the night. I have one complaint and that is that I left the keys in the lock overnight for one night only by mistake and the keys went rusty, they still work but look a mess on my keyring now so I keep them in a drawer in the study and take them out only when me or my husband want to lock or unlock the shed.
I can not remember how much I paid for this lock but I think it was about £3, I have bought other locks at the same time and since then and I do not know the exact price.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Master Lock Brass Padlock 40 mm
We have a small bike shed that we like to keep locked up and secure as it can be quite easy to see from the street and also for the more practical insurance purposes. I was looking for a cheap but strong and reliable padlock to keep it secure and picked up a Master Lock padlock from Sainsburys Homebase for around the three pound mark.
Master Lock is a company that specialises in padlocks and security products and was established in 1921. They are the largest manufacturer and distributor of padlocks in the world and a very reputable company.
The lock comes in a small plastic see through packaging where you can see the lock itself before buying. I went for a 40 mm lock which has dull dimensions of 32 mm height, 40 mm width and 12 mm depth; this is the main body of the locks dimensions. The shackle part of the lock, that you hook through your bolt, is 20 mm. The brass lock area has Master engraved across the front of the body.
The lock has the standard appearance of any lock that you will see on the shelf, the main body is a shiny brass colour, and this lock is actually made of a solid brass material. The lock mechanism is silver coloured being made of hardened steel and a smooth, round tube that slots into the brass lock at one end and is attached at the other, giving you the opening mechanism. Underneath the brass lock is where you insert the key to unlock the padlock. The lock feels really weighty and sturdy which is why I went for this one and I believe it does its job well
Master Lock rate this lock as having a security level of 5, I'm not sure what this is out of as it doesn't tell me on the website, but presumably it is out of 5. The lock is designed to be resistant from sawing and filing, which is unfortunately how some people choose to dispose of padlocks.
The lock comes with two keys in its pack, which is handy for keeping one on your person and one tucked away in the house in case you forget or lose your keys. It is very simple to unlock, you basically insert the key and turn to release the shackle, then you simply secure your bolt or item you wish to lock up into the shackle curve and push it back into the brass lock. You will feel and hear a light click when it is locked into place and voila, your item is securely locked up until you use the key on it again.
Overall I am more than happy with my Master Lock and find it to be very reliable, secure and strong. The price is great too, currently costing £3.48 in Homebase and you also get a Lifetime guarantee included from Master Lock. What's not to like?
I use a 40mm master lock padlock to secure my garden shed in the back garden against intruders. Whilst there isn't really much more than a cheap lawnmower, some paint and some random bits of wood that I live in hope will come in useful sometime (proving my girlfriend wrong) I like to keep it locked in case I do decide to store more in there.
The master lock has a brass body with a hardened steel shackle. Hardened steel is very difficult to cut with non-industrial standard tools and is therefore extremely secure. The shackle is approximatley 6mm thick making it fairly hard to cut through (although more security comes with a thicker shackle...and an asociated price increase). Due to the materials used the lock is suitable for outdoor use and in the last year of use hasn't suffered any corrossion due to weather.
The padlock opens by inserting and turning the key. Whilst open the key stays in place and is then removed when closing the padlock to lock it again. I find it simple and easy to operate the mechanism (unlike the fiddly combination locks available with complex resetting methods).
The lock is classed as a security level 5 and has dual locking levers for extra pry resistance. I can't pretend that I know what this means, but I had a quick go with a paperclip and with no thievery skills I certainly can't open it.
The lock is supplied with 2 keys meaning one can be kept in a really safe place and another in a safe place for when you forget where the really safe place was. The key has master printed on it which makes it easy to identify the correct key to use (although this could be a bad thing if a burgular finds your key draw)
The lock weights about 150g which makes it feel solid and not like a christmas cracker padlock. It's ideal for use around the house but too big for use on luggage.
I paid £5 for the lock from a local harware store however it's available on amazon for £5.44. I think £5 is extremely reasonable for the solid build and weighty secure feel of the lock.
In summary, the lock is good value, well made, secure and solid.
We have a this Master padlock on our garage door, although the door has its own lock, we use the padlock with a metal fixing at the top of the door for extra security. Our garage was extended in length when we first moved here and we have since turned the back of the garage in to a utility room which has its own secure UPVC door entrance as well as an internal door to the main garage. Whilst we mainly use the utility room for laundry, we do store items in there including our pushchair collection so we wanted to be sure our belongings were safe.
The padlock is solid and easy to use (if you are tall like us!) as it is at the top of the garage up'n'over door. The key has 'Master' printed on it which helps me to locate it amongst the plethora of keys if I am going in via that door. That may also be helpful to burglars if they get hold of your keys now I think of it! To open the lock you twist the key which then opens up the stainless steel loop (or is it a hinge?) and the key remains in the barrel of the lock so I remove the whole thing whilst I go in the garage. It saves the key getting lost whilst the lock is open.
The Master Lock Brass Padlock 40mm is quite weighty when you hold it in the palm of your hand and this is reassuring that it is going to do its job well I think. When I was younger I loved playing with padlocks and tended to get those flimsy cheap things to lock diaries and secret boxes so I can appreciate the quality of this lock. The key isn't going to snap from it and it will last a lifetime as long as you don't lose the key!
Price and specification
We bought our lock from Screwfix for just over £5 as we have a local branch and it came with two keys. It is made from hardened steel and has a brass body measuring W x H x Th: 40 x 32 x 13mm. Max. shackle W x H: 33 x 28mm. Shackle dia: 6mm. It is also weather resistant for day to day use.
We also used this padlock prior to our move at the storage locker we hired to keep all our large house items when we were in a fix because we were renting our old house and the lodgers wanted to move in and we hadn't completed on our current property. We chose this brand and style because the lock looks solid and deters potential intruders.
This 40mm Master Lock padlock is the first line of defence at the rear of our garden, we have two in operation, one is on the shed and the second locks in the top bolt on our garden gate, there is a bottom bolt action as well but the lower part of the gate has warped and the bolt is no longer remotely lined up otherwise we would have a padlock on that as well. The only issue with having more than one padlock of this variety is that the keys really do look very similar so you need to mark one of them to make it easy to spot the difference.
It is a brass bodies steel shackled lock and it has been in operation for about ten years now and apart from the odd dab of oil it has not needed any other care, both padlocks have remained rust free and operate smoothly and easily. They each came with two small keys and they are so easy to operate as the padlock simply clicks into place easily. The shakle has enough length to it to make it easy to manipulate and it slides easily through the locking loops on the bolt on the garden gate. The shed has a double loop bracket on it, to be honest the padlock is there more as a deterrent to make life more difficult as the shed would be pretty easy to break into but apart from the mower there is nothing of value in there.
Given that the locks were £10 for two they have been a good purchase, once the lock is secure there is a minimal amount of metal on the shakle exposed as most of it slides into the body of the lock, they will not prevent a determined criminal (after all they can climb over the fence) but they do provide a quick and easy locking system to secure something.
I have a Master Lock Brass Padlock 40mm on the chain on my back gate. When I was looking for a padlock, I was looking for something that was simple, not too expensive and yet strong enough to be secure. It has been on the chain on my gate for about 18 months - and the padlock is still is good working order. The Master Lock Brass Padlock 40mm costs £3.48 from Homebase, which I feel is a really good price and one that I was more than happy to pay.
The lock is made of solid brass, whereas the shackle is made of stainless steel, and therefore this means that the padlock is very solid and therefore feels very secure. The lock works well in terms of the fact that the shackle locks securely in place and does not budge until formally undone. The lock snaps into place really easily, although a degree of force is required to secure the shackle in place. In order to open the lock, it is simply a matter of using the key to unlock the shackle. There are two keys provided and so there is a spare if one gets lost, and the key fits easily in the lock and the shackle unlocks with just one turn of the key. The key is quite small and fine and so it could easily get lost and so I keep the spare somewhere secure at all times.
As I said, I've had this padlock on my gate for the past 18 months and it's weathered well. There is no rusting of the metal, or stiffening up of the locking device, and so I believe it will last me years yet. It does give me confidence that it would withstand a fair amount of direct force to it and so it gives me a good sense of security.
Having recently moved house, I was lucky enough to inherit 4 of these padlocks, which did come as a bit of a surprise, considering the previous vendor absolutely gutted the house before we moved into it - he must have missed these little beauties!
My new house has 2 large wooden gates, one at the front, and one at the back, and each of these gates has 2 bolts on it, one at the top, and one at the bottom, which contained a padlock for security reasons. I spotted these padlocks almost as soon as I got the house keys to move in, and I was really relieved to eventually find the keys to unlock them, hidden away at the back of a kitchen drawer!
The padlocks in question are 40mm Master Lock Brass padlocks, which have a dual lever mechanism, which makes them difficult to break for any 'would be thief'.
As I did not actually purchase the padlocks, I have just had a quick search on the internet, and found that these padlocks generally cost around £2 - £5 pound each, which represents fairly good value in my opinion.
The padlocks are solid and heavy, and are perfect to convert an easy to open gate, into a fully protected barrier against unwanted visitors! The Brass finish looks excellent in my opinion, and they hold a kind of 'swagger' sitting there against the dark colouring of the wooden gates.
I found that having 2 of the padlocks on each gate was somewhat of an overkill, and so I have reduced them down to 1 padlock on each gate, which has enabled me to use 1 for my shed, and one for a bike lock (when combined with a small length of chain).
Each of my padlocks has 2 keys, so I assume that you get 2 keys with each padlock that you purchase, which comes in handy as I have already found out! The locks can be locked without using the key, as the locking mechanism, can just be pressed into position, and last week I did this on my shed lock, and was horrified as I instantly realised that the keys were still in the shed!! Luckily I had the spare key on a separate key ring, and so I managed to get back in to the shed without having to attack the dual locking mechanism with a hack saw (although saying that the hack saw was in the shed anyway!)
All in all I would happily recommend these padlocks to anyone looking for a little bit of added security. They are tough, and do their job well for the small price of a few pounds. I do not know the full age of my inherited padlocks, but I have now been in possession of them for 5 months, and they look like new, and I would guess that they are probably 2 - 3 years old. One of them was a little stiff a while back, but with a quick squirt of WD40 it was instantly opening and closely smoothly again, and none of the padlocks are showing any sign of rust or erosion.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
Like many people I keep lots of expensive items in my garage such as bikes and tools. Although we have never been unlucky enough to be burgled I am aware that it is important not to be complacent as far as security is concerned. With this in mind I always padlock my garage door shut to deter any would be thieves. I think it is a false economy to use a cheap lock and have always used padlocks made by master lock.
Master lock are the worlds largest manufacturer of padlocks and have been in the business since 1921. They make a range of padlocks suitable for all uses. I have the 45 mm size on my garage door. The padlock is has a brass body with steel shackle. The padlock comes with two small keys . I have had two extra keys cut and keep these in a drawer as I am good at losing things! The padlock is quite heavy and really does feel and look like a strong quality item. The locking mechanism is operated by dual levers so that you need to cut through both back and front to open the padlock without a key. I have been told that it would take around 3 minutes to break open this padlock using bolt-cutters;a long time for a would be thief to be standing outside my garage!
I have been using this padlock for well over a year now and it shows no signs of rust or any wear. It does come with a lifetime guarantee if you have any problems.
Overall I think this is an excellent lock . I bought mine for a local hardware store and paid around £5.Highly recommended!
~40mm brass Master Lock~
This Master Lock 40mm 4 pin double locking brass padlock is something that I have had in use for a few years now. I bought one of these locks as I thought it looked to be suited to the job I had in mind for it. Since the time when the lock was purchased it has been in constant use outside in all weathers and has performed to a good standard, with it remaining in use at the moment. I opted for a number of locks (including this one) in various sizes/ types to suit a number of situations and have found all locks are still in working order including this particular 40mm brass bodied/ steel shackled lock.
I feel that the simple shape of the lock body works as it should, with it having a degree of weight to it that means it sits in place well once closed up in the locked position. The length of the shackle is adequate as it is of a sufficient size and height to be of good use and yet still close down fully when set in the locked position. The metal (hardened steel) shackle seems to be strong enough to withstand some wear and tear, with it seeming to be nice and secure when closed in place on the lock body. My over all thoughts are that the lock appears well made and seems to be made of strong materials that have not buckled or altered in shape/ form since the lock has been set in place.
I have found that the lock works well enough and provides a degree of security where required, although it can sometimes be a little difficult to close the lock down when setting it back in place. I find that I have to push down on the arched part of the shackle with some force to close the lock up at times and this can be quite hard on the hands. This may be due to weathering as the lock has been outside since it was new, although it could perhaps be that I simply don't have the knack of closing it down into the locked position, as no one else has mentioned any difficulty with using the lock.
Opening the lock is easy enough in my opinion as the keys provided work well and turn with ease once in use. I haven't had to use any pressure on the key/ keys (2 provided per lock) in order to open/ unlock this item and they have remained in good order with them staying in shape well. I feel that the simple brass finish of the lock still looks reasonably good even though it has been exposed to all weathers. There has been some alteration to the look of the lock as it no longer looks new and fresh, which I feel is to be expected.
~Product rating/ price~
I feel that the lock is of a good size and so far it has worked as intended given a good level of protection and security. All parts of the lock are in working order. The cost of these locks is reasonable in my opinion with them being priced at between £5 to £6 each. The quality of the materials used to make both the lock, shackle and keys appear to be good in my opinion and strength/ security of the keys and lock seem adequate. My rating for this product is 4 stars based on functionality, durability and price.
Body W x H x Th: 40 x 32 x 13mm.
Max. shackle W x H: 33 x 28mm.
Shackle dia: 6mm.
Padlocks Type: Brass Padlocks / Brass body with hardened steel shackle. Double locking. 2 keys supplied. Specifications: Body W x H x Th: 40 x 32 x 13mm. Max. shackle W x H: 33 x 28mm. Shackle dia: 6mm. Weight: 0.128kg.