on all orders over $99*
on all orders over $99*
Have you ever been in the middle of a rekeying project, and your customer asks you if you can add a couple of padlocks that will use the same key you're currently working on? When this happens, you have the ability for a double win. If you can pull this off, that is your first win, and you're going to make your customer happy because it's going to eliminate the – 'Hey, who used that padlock key last? I can't find it anywhere.' When you can stop any of those conversations that customers have to have, you're going to look like the professional and the hero you are. The second win is that you're also going to increase the profitability of your current job. But that's where the dilemma enters the equation because you only have so much stock that you can fit on a van or in a store, for that matter. You only have so many resources that you can dedicate to having all the different products that you think you need. Let's be honest here. You can't stock everything that you need for every situation. And that's where the Lock Voy Freedom Series key-in-knob padlocks come into play because these padlocks are going to allow you to take your existing key-in-knob inventory like your GMS K001 or your ILCO 1599 cylinder. Put them inside of these padlocks, and it's super easy to do.
9AR AND 10AR PADLOCK SPECS AND WHAT TO EXPECT
Let me discuss the general specs and what you can expect on these new Lock Voy key-in knob padlocks. They are made with aircraft-grade aluminum. Any standard key-in knob cylinder will work with them, bypass and shim proof, and where the key-in-knob cylinder hooks to inside is a solid brass actuator. They also come with a nice weather protector on the bottom. Typically, the 9AR and the 10AR differ in body size, but their key-in knob padlocks are the same. The difference is going to be the shackle diameter. The 9AR is going to come with a quarter-inch shackle diameter, and the 10AR comes with five-sixteenths.
You might be asking, 'Why is that,' 'Why are you doing that,' or 'What's the purpose?' The 9AR shackle diameter is going to be very similar to a 40-millimeter laminated steel padlock. So in situations where a more prominent, thicker shackle can't be used, the 9AR is the perfect padlock for that application because this shackle diameter will mimic that of a standard padlock. And the 10AR with the five-sixteenths, that's going to be more of your standard commercial size regular padlock shackle.
I want to talk about for a moment the standard shackle length that comes with it. As far as the distance between the top and the bottom of the shackle here, the shackle diameter is going to be an inch and three-sixteenths. You can get different shackles that you can put on, but the different shackle lengths will be a two-inch, a three-inch, and five-inch. And that's going to be available on both the 9AR and the 10AR.
INSTALLING STANDARD KEY-IN-KNOB CYLINDERS
Any standard key-in-knob cylinder will fit in these padlocks, such as the GMS K001 or the ILCO 15995. Both will easily fit; any key-in-knob cylinder that uses that standard Schlage design will work without a problem.
Let's put this GMS K001 cylinder as an example. The first thing you want to do is take it out of the box, remove the tailpiece using a cylinder cap removal, and set aside the tailpiece.
Once we have the tailpiece removed and set aside, we will put the cap back on.
Once we have the cylinder ready, get the padlock, move over to the weather guard, and then take out the top piece. This top piece is going to go on here over the Bible just like that.
To properly install the tailpiece, make sure that the blank part will be paired to the end of the cylinder with a keyway.
And the back that has a screw cap on has this little screw because that's what's going to hold this into place.
It is now ready to be installed; to do that, drop it to the specified space covered by the weather guard.
Once we've done that, turn the key to pop open the shackle to get the Allen screw. Hold the back of the piece firmly in place, grab your Allen wrench, screw it in until it tight enough.
Make sure the key turns; if so, lock it and open it up. It's that simple. So there it is, it's excellent and complete. The key-in-knob cylinder looks great and weatherproof by the weather guard. And that is one solid padlock.
HOW TO CHANGE THE SHACKLE
As I was saying earlier, these padlocks come with an inch and three-sixteenths shackle. However, you can purchase a two-inch, a three-inch, and a five-inch separately. In the notes below are links to all of them.
To change the shackle, the first thing you need to do is open the padlock by putting the key in and turn it.
Once open, flip it around from the opposite side that has the logo, and you're going to see the Allen screw. Take your Allen wrench, put it in there and unscrew it.
Once unscrewed, the shackle is going to come right out. Grab the shackle you want to install; in this case, it is a two-inch shackle. As you install the new shackle, make sure that the ball goes back where it should belong and keep the key in the unlocked position.
Find the perfect spot to align this little piece at the bottom of the shackle.
Once we have it in there, always pull it a little bit and make sure you have it locked in properly. Once you do that, tighten the Allen screw.
When everything is in place, we'll turn the key back around, and just like that, we have changed the shackle.
Those are the brand-new Lock Voy freedom series key-in-knob padlocks. I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you, and we'll see you next time.