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Do you have a shed / garage / allotment /gate that needs locking overnight, during differing weather conditions, with a wide catch or swing? Master (developer of locks) have produced a range of outdoor locking systems which can solve your problem - offering a secure and easy way to keep possessions safe. This version is probably the best in the range, due to the length of its shackle, but what about the product as a whole? Let's explore its material / locking / shackle build quality and usability...
You can buy this product with a chrome or black finish to the locking section (the rectangular bit at the base containing the locking mechanism). Both colour ranges come with a standard polished metal shackle (aluminium). The materials don't have the best finish - because Master know that padlocks are not required to look good; if they open when the correct key is used that's good enough. Some parts of the padlock are jagged, though not rugged enough to cut skin, and certain sections of the twisting aluminium shackle are blotchy and distorted. None of this compromises the products strength, rigidity or durability. The design of the padlock allows for the rugged materials to slip past each other neatly when locking and unlocking. Also, when the weather turns wet or cold, the lock will carry on working in almost the same way as during calm conditions. Not only are the materials and the locking system water-proof, but due to the design, ice and snow doesn't seem to compromise the product as much as with other models.
Although hidden within, the locking mechanism seems reliable and incredibly strong - turning the key and locking the shackle in place produces a relatively loud clicking noise, and the level of resistance on the rotating key is sufficient enough to satisfy my mind that the lock will/can not be breached. Apparently the product has a security level of 5, whatever that means - either way I'm happy with the strength - not having tested it much, mind.
The lock comes with two keys (so I recommend keeping them separate - I.e. one in a safe / secret place in the event of the other being lost). Don't leave the key(s) under a plant pot near the shed the lock is protecting - I'm pretty sure this is the first place robbers look! The keys are very small and fiddly, but they slip into the locking mechanism easily enough, and when turned 90 degrees, release the shackle effortlessly.
The long (64mm) shackle creates a greater than average circumference from which to attach the lock. As the locking section is quite small in comparison to the shackle (36 x 50 x 14.5mm), it doesn't seem to get in the way anywhere near as much as with other models. Despite the shackles length, the aluminium bar diameter is kept at standard size; so strength isn't improved, but flexibility isn't reduced either.
My opinion of this product is good. I would rely on this lock to guard and protect my most valuable possessions, though thinking about it I'm sure there's some powerful sheers out there. The materials are strong and (though a bit rugged) good quality - especially with regard to changing weather conditions. The locking system is straight forward, and Master provide you with an additional key. The best thing about this product however is its shackle - at 64mm in length.
Padlocks Type: Brass Padlocks / Black padlock with anti-scratch vinyl covering, aluminium body and long, hardened steel shackle. Dual lever locking 4-pin tumbler cylinder and with matching key head for easy identification. Includes 2 keys. Specifications: Body W x H x Th: 50 x 36 x 18mm. Max. shackle W x H: 25 x 51mm. Shackle dia: 7mm. Weight: 0.14kg.