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What are the different types of padlock?

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

What are the different types of padlock?

So, you’re thinking of buying a new padlock?

Padlocks are an integral part of everyday security. We use them to secure lockers, gates, sheds, storage units and even bikes using a chain. The fact that they are portable and can act as a visual deterrent makes them a fantastic choice when securing your property and valuables.

But not all padlocks are the same, and some are more suitable than others. To help you to determine which one you need, let’s take a look at the various types available to buy, here at LockShop Direct.

Types of padlock

Combination padlocks – perfect for applications where multiple users require access.

Often used in circumstances where many people need to access the same thing (i.e. a room or piece of equipment), combination padlocks save you the hassle of rooting around for keys. You just need to know the correct code. Their only downside is that they are susceptible to lock picking – but they are relatively inexpensive and you can change the code as many times as you like to prevent unauthorised users from guessing the order of sequence.

Closed shackle padlocks – the most resistant to attack with a saw or bolt cutters.

Out of all the different types of padlock, this one is the one that most insurers will insist upon, and it’s not surprising given that they have been carefully manufactured to combat attacks. The body of a closed shackle padlock is extended upwards and around the shackle – making it much harder for thieves to access with saws or any other tools. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that – because the shackle is enclosed – it reduces the practical clearance of the padlock. That’s why it pays to carefully check the dimensions are suitable before you make your purchase.

Long shackle padlocks – a traditionally shaped padlock but with an extended shackle.

A long shackle padlock is the go-to choice for attaching things that might be quite a distance apart. The extended shackle (U-shaped bar) makes the padlock more convenient by increasing the locking area and allows many things to pass through it. But we must point out that the shackle is the weakest point of any padlock, and increasing its size reduces the security rating. This inevitably gives criminals more room to manoeuvre their bolt cutters and saws.

Weatherproof or marine padlocks – the no.1 choice for outdoor security.

Exactly as their name implies, weatherproof padlocks can withstand all weather conditions, including the perils of winter, and are perfectly suitable for outdoor use. These modern padlocks are typically made from non-corrosive materials (e.g. stainless steel or molybdenum hardened steel), and some are encased within a laminated plastic jacket and a keyway cover cap to prevent rusting.

Discus padlocks – a fantastic all-round padlock that can be used outdoors.

As you might expect, the discus padlock (also referred to as a circular or rounded padlock) has a curved shackle that goes all the way around its circumference. The design of this padlock is similar to a closed shackle in the sense that it is resistant to attack from bolt cutters. Though discus padlocks are often used at factories and storage units, they are ideal for store frontages, sheds and gates too.

On top of the aforementioned types, we are proud to offer a selection of smart padlocks at LockShop Direct. To find out more about Bluetooth padlocks and whether you could benefit from buying one, check out our blog ‘Are Bluetooth padlocks worth it?’.

Ready to buy a padlock?

Now you should have a better idea of what type of padlock best suits your security requirements, be sure to browse our extensive range online. We stock all of the big names, including Abus, Era, Master Lock, Squire and Yale, as well as our very own brand.

And if you have any questions at all or would like to discuss your requirements with a member of the team, give us a call on 0330 174 0851 today.

Author: Richard Nash

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