Padlocks have always been a substantial segment in the security hardware business. In the past, the small size and design often meant that your keying choices were limited. However, that is no longer true today. Years ago, padlocks weren’t rekeyable and weren’t serviceable. They could...
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AMERICAN LOCK COMPANY
As the inventor of the laminated padlock, the name Master Lock is associated with padlocks more than any other name. Master’s acquisition of American Lock (Junkunc Brothers) in recent years allowed both companies to meld their expertise and experience to produce new and innovative products.
American Lock offers a wide line of rekeyable and non-rekeyable padlocks. An expanded line of accessories including hasps, mortise cylinders and specialty products is all aimed at the locksmith market. Their advertising slogan is “The Locksmith’s Lock.”
The A3600 Series is a 1 ¾- inch wide body and the A3700 Series is a two-inch wide body lock. Both feature solid brass bodies with Boron steel shackles in various lengths. The A3800 Series is a 2 ¼-inch wide padlock constructed on case hardened, chrome plated solid steel to resist cutting, sawing and corrosion. These padlocks include three-way flexibility to match door key compatible cylinders and padlocks.
The American Key Advantage cylinder is offered in four popular keyways and has a figure 8 shell but is not an interchangeable core. Rekeying of these cylinders is accomplished with a follower because they are blind drilled and the holes are plugged at the bottom of the keyway.
A second cylinder choice is the American Door Key Compatible cylinders. They use the same key that opens commercial and residential hardware with 27 popular keyways available. Factory keying and master keying and expansion is available with your records and cylinders can be ordered as part of a complete padlock assembly or separately, keyed up and ready to install in your system.
Third, the A3600, A3700 and A3800 Series of padlocks will also accept the following OEM cylinders: Medeco#20W20000 6-pin cylinder, Schlage 6-pin KIK/KIL, ASSA 65611, Lori 1539, Schlage Primus, General Lock and GMS cylinders. '
American also features include specialty products such as the WeatherBuilt Padlock Protector – a patent-pending device to protect the padlock and keyway from debris and moisture.
Special services include laser engraving of logos and characters to identify ownership and application of padlocks on a large construction, factory or institutional application. American offers 14 different laser engraving order forms online for different padlock series to make sure your customer gets exactly what they need.
Information: contact your favorite locksmith distributor or American Lock, 137 W. Forrest Hill Ave., Oak Creek, WI 53154. Phone: 800-323-4568. Web site: www.americanlock.com
All padlocks are not alike, nor are all customers. A line of inexpensive laminated padlocks can be offered by you to fill the need of the $3 lock customer.
Truly selling padlocks requires a list of features and benefits provided by you to the customer to promote what you have to offer that is unique – what sets you apart from the hardware store selection of padlocks.