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Old 12-20-2016, 10:39 AM
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Long story short, I use heavy duty locks in several places on a property for gates, trailer, etc. and the last few Master Locks I have bought were complete junk. These were the higher priced heavy duty models from Home Depot which don't seem that heavy duty anymore, stick, and seize up in cold weather even after treated with graphite. Any recommendations for a reliable heavy duty padlock?
The last good ML padlock I had lasted twelve years outside, the current one I have lasted less than two seasons before causing me problems.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:52 AM
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Warlok. Model 8710.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:54 AM
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Abloy is my go to. Also American Lock (only their solid body locks that can be rekeyed). Go to a local locksmith shop and they probably have one of the two in stock. Best part is once you decide on a design/brand that works for you, you can have them keyed to match each time you buy an additional lock.
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Old 12-20-2016, 11:19 AM
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As stated American has some nice HD models.
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Old 12-20-2016, 11:22 AM
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I have the really heavy duty Master lock that is keyed. It lasted all of a month. Piece of crap.
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Old 12-20-2016, 11:36 AM
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To begin with, throw away the graphite. Years ago when lock cylinders were all made of brass a METERED amount of graphite worked well. There was so little that you couldn't see it. On today's locks, especially outdoors, when you just a glob of graphite into a lock the humidity gets in and just cakes it all up. Use a good silicone or teflon spray instead.
There are many choices out there for decent padlocks. The round ones made by Abus are very good. They cost more than the big box models but are much more secure and last a long time. If you are interested, your local locksmith can get Abus, GMS, American, and some others that can be keyed to your home, office, or shop. That makes it simple. My bike, boat, shed, and all extra locks fit my house key. My key ring is very small and I don't have to go looking for keys all the time.
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Try a lock smith shop if you can find one.

Hit them with CRC every twice a year. My High School grounds keeper did that and didn't need to get the bolt cutters out after in the ten years that I knew him.
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I keep remnants of old inner tube, cut a piece to completely cover the lock and nail to the wood post or use a Wire Tie to attach it it a gate or steel post.

I never get a frozen lock and keeping them dry helps any lock live longer !
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American Lock is owned by Master Lock now.
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