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We bought a new shed last year and due to an increasing number of Burglaries in the area we wanted to make sure we had a good lock on it. We started off with a traditional gold style padlock but although it was sold with the shed it wasn't waterproof, with all the wet weather it soon went rusty making it nearly impossible to open. We were shopping in Homebase and thought we'd see what they had in the way of locks and this padlock made by Master caught my eye as looking quite stylish, it offered everything we were looking for and so we bought it.
This padlock came in plastic with a cardboard backing and was very easy to rip open and remove the padlock and keys.
This is a decent sized lock 50mm wide and having a 25mm shackle. It is quite heavy for a padlock and so gives you confidence that whatever you have used it to lock will be secure. The shackle is long enough to easily go through the clasp on our shed door but this padlock is also available with a longer shackle.
The padlock is easy to close and the key is easy to turn to open it again.
As we were looking for a padlock for our shed it was important that we bought one suitable for outdoor use which this one is. The silver colour with Master written across it makes it look like an expensive lock and would hopefully deter any would be thieves.
Price and availability
We bought ours in Homebase and although I can't remember exactly how much we paid it is currently (May 2013) £13.49. I thought this was quite expensive for a padlock but after the quick rusting of the previous one we decided it was worth paying a bit more for a lock which will hopefully last. It comes with a lifetime guarantee which reassured us that the product was made to last.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a high security lock which is easy to use and looks good. It is suitable for outdoors allowing you to increase the security of any sheds or outbuildings.
Padlocks Type: High Security Padlocks / Laminated steel core and boron carbide, octagonal shackle. Weather resistant stainless steel and zinc sleeve. Double ball-bearing locking levers and 4-pin tumbler cylinder. Increased shackle diameter for greater cut resistance. Includes 4 keys. Features: Hardened Steel Base Plate for Drill Resistance. Specifications: Body W x H x Th: 50 x 55 x 31mm. Max. shackle W x H: 24 x 25mm. Shackle dia: 10mm. Weight: 0.42kg.