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The many designs of the padlock

09/10/2013 Back To Blog

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The padlock is the most recognized type of lock known to man, and for a good reason. They come in many different sizes and are very portable, allowing you to lock practically anything, from lockers to gates. They even come in two varieties: keyed or combination. Regardless of your preference, only you would have the means to open them. However, as reliable as they are, they can succumb to damage. Here is a list of the different designs a padlock can have, all of which are suited for different situations.

-The long shackle padlock is designed traditionally, with the shackle extending to make a U-shaped bar. This makes it very convenient to use as it increases the locking area, but it makes the shackle the weakest point of the lock. This is the most common design of the padlock.

-The closed shackle padlock is a design commonly found in most padlocks. As its name implies, the shackle is guarded, protecting it from items like saws or bolt cutters. This is made possible by making the body extend up and around the shackle. Be sure to note that because the shackle is enclosed by the body, the usable clearance of the padlock is reduced.

-The straight shackle padlock is the second most common design of the padlock. Also known as the ‘shutter padlock’ because of how easily they fit into the locking fitment of steel roller-shutter doors. Despite their design, they are in fact great for all-around use, particularly for shipping containers and warehouse doors.

-The round shackle padlock makes use of a curved shackle that goes all around its circumference, making it similar to a closed shackle padlock. The shackle is enclosed in two metal cases that form a disc, with the keyway in the very center of the lock. As the shackle is not spring-loaded, any damage to the keyway barrel will not open the padlock.

When considering a padlock for whatever needs you may have, be sure to think about which type fits your situation well.

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