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These padlocks are spring loaded and non-key retaining. They are made from Molybdenum Steel which is a very high strength alloy that has high resistance to corrosion and heat. The body is made from hardend solid steel. Rekeyable six pin cylinders. For a size guide for each variation listed below, view the 'FD700 Variations' tab at the bottom of the... Read more »


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These padlocks are spring loaded and non-key retaining. They are made from Molybdenum Steel which is a very high strength alloy that has high resistance to corrosion and heat. The body is made from hardend solid steel. Rekeyable six pin cylinders.

For a size guide for each variation listed below, view the 'FD700 Variations' tab at the bottom of the page for a sizing table.

These locks come in many different sizes - for details on all the variants and to find out which one is suitable, view the 'FD700 Variations' tab above.

 

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Hi, guys. My name is Darrel and I'm the 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 talking about padlocks. Today we're talking about Federal padlocks, and more importantly the 700 series range of padlocks that we have on our website. Now, I've got to be honest with you, I love Federal as a manufacturer, I think the quality of their padlocks, if I have to be honest with you, are quite good. In fact, they're very good. There are different manufacturers out there, as we know, but I've got a bit of a soft spot for Federal in regard to quality, in regards to durability, and I've actually been selling them here locally for over 20 years and I'm still servicing and looking after padlocks that were fitted 20, 25 years ago. So I have to say I'm actually quite fond of Federal as a manufacturer of padlocks.


The 700 series have a few distinct variations. For an example, this particular type of padlock has a snap locked solution to it, so in other words, if it's open and you want to lock it, you simply just close it like that and now it's locked. But you do need the key in which to open it and it springs open like that. So that's pretty typical for this particular type of padlock, but what you've got to bear in mind also is that this particular padlock, and it's hard to try and explain.


I'm not 100% sure if you can actually zoom in there, maybe we're asking a bit too much of the camera, but in there you'll see that the actual padlock is held together with ball bearings. So that makes for this padlock to be a lot more secure than the ones that use little snapping clasps that work on spring loaded locking tapers. So we're using ball bearings to keep this particular shackle in place, which is quite important.


Now, it comes as standard with a bumper, as you can see around there, to help if it's banging against stuff, but to be honest with you, after a couple of years, these have a tendency to wear away. That's just the nature of the beast in regards to how durable you are messing around with your particular padlock. If it's dropped on the floor loads of times, etc., you're going to get a bit of damage, but it's still a formidable product. It's still solid. You can feel the weight in it, and I would hate for somebody to chuck it at me, for an example.


This is the 730. They come in a load of different ranges, and you'll see on our website, and you'll see on a chart as well showing the different sizes, etc. This particular padlock has a 60mm case width. And what I'll do now is I'll just quickly go through some sort of measurements to give you some sort of idea when we're talking vertical clearance, or horizontal clearance, and shackle diameters, etc., if I measure this one up for you, then it'll give you an idea of the complete range, because the measurements will all be the same.


So case width is actually as it says. Case width, which is 60mm, which is what this is. Case height is 50mm, or just a fraction over, 51mm as you can see there. Now, vertical clearance is the clearance from the flat of the padlock there to its top and if I was to put my vernier gauge in there and measure that there, I'm getting 26mm, okay? That's vertical clearance. Horizontal clearance of course is that. And that there is 31, say 31mm, okay? The actual shackle thickness, that's the actual thickness of the shackle there, it's a whopping, for a size of padlock like this, it's 11mm. So it's quite a thick padlock.


Now it's made out of this stuff called molybdenum. I can't really pronounce it that well, but the manufacturers assure us that it's significantly hard to get bolt croppers around this. And you're going to take some doing to try and get bolt croppers to break this. Probably not impossible, but it's definitely significantly harder than what it would be if it was just standard steel padlock. I have actually used hydraulic bolt croppers on padlocks that are slightly bigger shackles than this and even though hydraulic bolt croppers would crop it, it ended up destroying the jaws. And of course you need a generator and a hydraulic engine as well sitting there to crack them. So I know that this stuff is tough, and I know also that the chrome on this is good quality as well, which is what it's designed to do.


Now, padlocks are a little bit of a general, really. If you're going to sue them outside, which to be honest with you, the majority of us do, you've got to look after them. You've got to maintain them. What I would recommend is that in the actual shackles, where the actual shackle fixes to the body, use a bit of light grease to put in there to keep all of that well lubricated with grease. But don't put grease actually in here. You want to use a silicone-based product or a graphite based product, or anything that doesn't get thick. Try not to use, believe it or not, WD40, because WD40 will stay wet and it attracts dust and dirt, etc., and it can actually foul up the keyway many years down the road, so you don't want to particularly do that.


Now this range of padlocks as well is available in a keyed alike section, so you can key alike the whole range if you want, or we can master key them as well or have them keyed to differ. It's entirely up to you. The difference with keyed alike, it means that you can have a group of padlocks that are all keyed to the same key. Master key means you have separate keys for each one, but then you have a master key that overrides them all, and then keyed to differ in the industry means that you have a unique, separate key for every single lock or padlock in this particular case that you want.


So there you go, guys. Like I said, I've talked a little bit about Federal. I'm quite passionate about the particular product myself; I think it's good all around. And it's an open shackle padlock, this particular range, but Federal does a distinctive large amount of different types of padlocks, etc. So if this one isn't really fitting your bill or if you're looking for something with a different application, then by all means, give us a shout. Use the live chat on our website, that's totally free. Or by all means, just pick up the phone and give us a call. We'd love to hear from you and, to be honest with you, we'd love to see you as a customer. So there you go. I think I've bored you enough now. But if you need a bit more information, as I've said, give us a call. Anyway, speak to you soon. Take care. Bye-bye now.


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