Mechanical Combination Locks whats the best ?
There is a whole raft of different types of mechanical combination door locks available on the market these days and sometimes it is hard to choose as to what is best and more importantly what is considered value for money.
In fact the market is seeing Mechanical Combination Locks starting to become less popular as more and more electronic versions are coming into the market, so you may ask yourself why Mechanical over Electronic in the first place.
I think, however, mechanical still has a position in the security industry. One perhaps is cost, budget Mechanical Combination Locks can now be purchased for less than £30.00 and that is incredibly cheap. At those sort of prices you have to ask your self how well are they made. Well, in my view they are not bad and if you are looking for a combination lock in light duty applications and where the lock is not exposed to harsh environments then perhaps these would be ideal for you.
There are some big hitters out there manufacturing their own range of Mechanical Combination Locks none so more than Simplex Unican and quite possibly there most popular range is the 1000 and 7000 range of combination locks.
The 1000 range is a true commercially graded locking solution specifically designed for doors that get used a lot, and I mean a lot priced around a the £300 mark these are truly a well designed hard wearing range of locking solutions.
Also you dont need to take the lock of the door to change the combination, a simple process of undoing with a key a barrel on the back of the lock and follow a simple process and the code can be changed in a matter minutes.
Changing the code on a a more economical combination lock may very well require the lock being taking of the door all together. This is certainly true of the £30.00 range locks.
The Simplex Unican 7000 combination lock is a real player in the industry. Priced around the £100.00 this lock boasts many features of its more expensive cousin the 1000 but as you can see at a fraction of the cost. It to has the same security locking chamber as the 1000 also, the ability to change the combination without having to take the lock of the door. This is a major plus if you are changing the code on a regular basis.
The 7000 range is limited to certain features like key override, secure changing of the code are features that you will only find in the more expensive models.
If you need simple passive security, light duty usage the sub £50.00 range of Combination Locks will probably suite you and give you a good few years of service, if your needing something thats a little more hard waring, perhaps for light commercial applications then the Simplex 7000 would be a safe bet. The hard hitting 1000 range for incredibly high usage applications etc would be the best bet when things are going to ket tough.
Hope this helps in your ordering .......
written by Darrel Walters
Head of the Tech Department
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