Hi, guys, my name is Darrel, and I'm head of the tech team here at LocksOnline.co.uk. Thanks for taking some time to tune in and have a look at one of our product review videos.
Today we're looking at the 2x13 Union Oval Thumb Turn Cylinder Lock that's available on our website. Let me give you a little bit more information on Oval Cylinders.
Going back probably into the '70s, there were two different types of cylinder that was dominating the market, in the UK more so. You have the European Profile that you see quite common now UPVC doors, etc. But in this UK the manufacturer tried to dominate with an oval-type cylinder that you see here in front of us now.
As time moved on, Europe became a bigger place with bigger countries, the Euro cylinders have taken more strength, more dominance than the oval cylinder and not a lot of people are starting to use the Oval cylinder as their preferred choice when it comes to a security solution. Needless to say there's still lock cases made them and there are still cylinders being made, etc. However, the major players in the days of Joshua Parks, that's going back a long
time now, which is now Union, was Union.
This is the actual cylinder that is available now still from Union. Now it's a five-pin cylinder, pin tumbler version and it's available in three different sizes and it's all measured from the centre screw hole to either end. This one here is the 35x35, but you can also get it in a 40x40 or 30x30 or 32.5 it's just slightly over 30x30.
As you can see we got the turn on one side, the pin cylinder on the other side. It comes standard with three keys as you can see there. It's also available in two different finishes, the satin nickel finish that you see here. It's also available in a brass finish.
One thing that you will get with Union is quality. The build quality in this is second to none. There's a fair amount of brass but there's something about the finishing quality that you expect to get. It's more architecturalised as opposed to something that's just on the shelf, so to speak. One thing I want to bear in mind as well is that the actual screw hole there–listen guys, if you're trying to replace an old cylinder from back in the 70s etc., there was a time when that screw hole was a lot smaller than what it is these days. The industry has gone completely standard now to being that size as being 5 millimetre. It's an M5 screw thread.
Back in the very early days you may find that it's slightly smaller, I think it may have been a M4. So if you've got an old cylinder that you're going to replace, have a look to see the size of the cylinder.
Now these don't come with screw fixings, so it might be well worth your checking. If you're thinking of retro fitting and you're putting one of these in as a replacement because yours are broken down or worn away, or it's no longer functioning across the keys, etc., then make sure that you need the biggest size screw to hold this into place. If you've already got an M5 grip, there's nothing to worry about, but if it's an old cylinder then you may need to get a screw. So that's just a bit of a top tip from me because I've been in the industry so long.
But available on our website, if you need a bit more information on this particular cylinder, we can get them keyed alike for you. We can get the master key for you as well, or we can also furnish some of the old master key systems that are out there. We can still get replacement cylinders, replacement keys, etc. But we're indicative on this particular type of oval style. So if you pop us over an email in that respect we'll see if we can help you out as a special order.
But if you need more information on this product, or any of our products on our website, by all means, pop online and give us a shout. Use the live help we have, it is totally free. You can talk to me or any of the guys on the sales team. But either way, we'd love to hear from you, and more importantly we'd love to see you as a customer. From me, Darrel, and all of us here at LocksOnline …