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 look at one of our product review videos. Today we're going to talk about padlocks and the range that we have here in front of us today is the ASEC general-purpose range of padlocks. Now these particular range, they're standard brass body padlocks. They can be used for multiple applications.
They're just a "just do" sort of padlock. They're not high security, and we don't vouch them as being high security. Treat them as only being passive security applications. Also consider as well the environment. These are not really designed to be out in all extreme weathers. They are a general-purpose padlock, okay? So if you're thinking of going and putting it outside, by all means, but what you need to do is look after it and maintain it well. So that's one of the most important factors in regards to that.
Now these are available in what we call "keyed to differ," in other words, every time you buy a padlock, it'll have unique key, or you can get them in keyed alike groups. So for an example, if you've got a range of lockers, say for an example, and you want them all to be the same key, well, we can have them all on that same key. And you may have another row of lockers somewhere else that need to be on another different key. And we can do that for you as well.
Now the range is quite extensive. They start from 20mm, and I'll show you how to measure a padlock in a second, and they go all the way up to a massive 60mm in regards to the body width. The one that we have here in front of us today is the 50mm, which is probably 40 to 50mm, is about the most general-purpose type of padlock that you can get. And here's the padlock. Now you'll see that they've gone a little stage further to stop the weather running off here by having this rubber boot over the shackle there. It's there. It's designed to stop the weather getting in, but to be honest wit you, whether or not it does the great deal of protection, I'm not 100% sure. But that's what ASEC have designed to do. They've put a little boot over it in regards to that.
The shackles, as you can see there, are hardened shackle, so therefore making it harder to actually break open, and of course the body of the padlock as well has brass in its finish. In its building and its construction. But this particular type of padlock uses spring little mechanisms inside. I don' know if you can actually zoom in there enough. I probably . . .we're asking too much of the camera to actually get in there in too much detail. But they're not using ball bearings. They're using little spring casts to actually keep the shackle in its place. You're probably more to see with the shape of the shackle there, and of course by pushing it down, they're automatically locked into position there like that. All right. So that's how they basically work. That's the basic principle.
Now when it comes to maintenance on padlocks and whether or not it be this padlock or any padlock, what I would suggest that you do is you always use either the silicone-based lubricant in the actual keyhole. Try not to use WD40, as crazy as it may sound. I know we all use it. Try not to because the problem with WD40 is that it's wet, and therefore it attracts dust and the dust then becomes a little bit gritty, and over a period of time you start to clog up and you might find that the padlock might start to malfunction.
So it's well worth you considering using what we call in the industry a dry slide, like a silicone based or a carbon based lubricant. Now, there's nothing stopping you putting a little bit of globule of grease, waterproof grease in here. By all means, you can put them in there, make sure that this particular part is well lubricated and well maintained.
Now when it comes to measuring padlocks, it's normally the case width that is what we're referring to, and Important: Any padlocks & associated hardware intended to be used in external settings should be properly maintained and lubricated to an appropriate level for the setting in order to ensure correct operation and protection from unnecessary weathering.