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Some of the better known types of locks and principal brands are:
Biometric Locks A Biometric Lock is usually a self-contained battery-driven lock that is activated by a valid fingerprint (Often confused with Biometric Readers – which can use facial identity or fingerprints to activate a (separate) electric lock, striker or other electronic device. ANVIZ, VIRDI, ZkTeco
Cam Locks Open the attached file Cam Locks to learn more about the vast variety of locks for cabinets, ducts, cupboards, drawers and various metal, fibreglass or timber applications. CISA, CISA ASTRAL-TEKNO, First Lock, Laudon, Real, Siso, Viro
Card Operated Locks: Formerly a lock mechanically activated by a card, today this term usually refers to an electronic lock or striker activated by means of an access card. CORKEY
Coin-Operated Locks: Mostly used on public toilets to keep vandals out and keep toilets clean. A Mechanical lock operated by inserting a Coin of a certain value (Usually R 2.00) or a token, it operates without power! Click on Coin-op Locks for more information. Electronic coin operated devices usually consist of a steel box to hold the electronics and the coins, which requires low-voltage power to operate a (separate) electric lock or striker via a cable when the correct coin is inserted. .
Combination Locks: A term usually used to describe a padlock that is operated by digits (numbers or letters). Often used on luggage and cycles. Also describes some of the mechanical digital locks for doors. CISA, Master Lock
Cupboard Locks: Small locks intended to be fitted to cupboard doors and drawers. The better ones are fitted with pin-tumber cylinders . Abloy, CISA, Evergood, First Lock, Guub, Hafele, Solid, Union.
Cylinders for locks: A wide range of cylinders and replacements to upgrade existing cylinders is available. Most cylinders use ‘Yale’ type keys that can be copied anywhere from a sample key. Some have semi-secure keys requiring letters or ID cards or some form of identity to order a key, and some (like the CISA ASTRAL TEKNO S01 cylinder shown at right) require an ID card AND a signature to have a key made. Astral Tekno S01 is one of the most restricted keys available and sold ONLY by The Lockshop. To know what to order see the leaflet Cylinders for locks. For further assistance in identifying cylinders see the illustrated leaflet showing Cylinder patterns. Cylinder are available in varying qualities and you will get the quality and level of security that you pay for! Abloy, CISA, CISA Astral Tekno S01, Mul-T-Lock, Union, Viro
Cylinder Locks : A generic term used to refer to locks that are driven (operated) by a lock cylinder. Morticed Cylinder locks are the PREFERRED LOCKS for most security applications. The lock is protected by being morticed inside the door, and the removable and interchangeable cylinder offers great flexibility – including the ability change the cylinder whenever a key is lost or stolen. Read Cylinder locks to see why cylinder locks are preferred for most new buildings and upgrades to older buildings. Cylinders can be master-keyed or keyed alike (read Master-keying and keying alike). They can be removed using a key, and changed to suit the changing needs of the business. Abloy, CISA, Mul-T-Lock, Union, Viro
Dead Locks A mortice deadlock is a lock that has no ‘live action’ or automatic latch – it can only be manually locked or unlocked – usually by key from both sides. Read Deadlocks for additional security to learn more deadlocks . Thumbturn cylinders are also available. Thumbturns should NOT be used where there is glass on or near the door. Read Cylinder patterns to see the types of cylinders that may be used in cylinder locks. Abloy, CISA, Dorma, ISEO, Legge, Mul-T-Lock, Union, Viro, Yale.
Digital Locks: A locking device operated by inserting the correct digits (usually in the correct order and often within a certain time-window). The name is also often used to describe a digital keypad operating as a switch for an electric lock or striker. Digital padlocks and cam locks are also available.
Drawer Locks: Small locks intended to be fitted to drawers. The locking bolt moves up and down instead of left-to right. The better ones are fitted with pin-tumber cylinders . Abloy, CISA, First Lock, Guub, Hafele, Siso, Solid
Drop-Bolt locks: A lock with a pin that can be withdrawn using 12 or 24 volt power. They are available surface mounted and mortice mounted, with fail-safe or fail-secure locking bolts. Some of these locks can be ordered with a key by-pass.
Electric Locks are locks that generally operate on low voltage and are used for access control. Read Access Control Hardware compiled by David Miller – an abbreviated selection of the most commonly used access control hardware. Abloy, CISA, Dorcas, Iseo, Mul-T-Lock, Union, Viro, Yale.
Electric Strikers are usually a combination of a morticed mechanical lock with a key bypass, and an electric striker fitted into the frame of the door. Read Mortice-latch locks and strikers. Usually operating on 12 volts, 24 volts versions can be ordered. Electric Strikers are usually fail-secure and remain locked until they are activated by power. They can be ordered as be fail safe (to UNLOCK in the absence of power – for LIFE Safety). Fail-safe strikers are usually connected to a fire detection system which unlocks the strikers by cutting the power, if a fire is detected. Adams-Rite, CISA, Eff-Eff, Openers & Closers, Trimec, Union, Viro
Furniture Locks: Cam locks, cupboard locks and drawer locks above; all fall under this category. Abloy, CISA, First Lock, Guub, Hafele, Siso, Solid
Gate locks: Hundreds of different gate locks are available in the marketplace. Sadly most of the lever locks with double-sided keys are of very light quality. These light locks take only seconds to break with a crow-bar and should not be used to protect business premises and homes.
Cylinder locks are always a better answer. The cylinder deadlock illustrated at right (designed for timber doors) is the lightest lock that should be considered for any external application. Heavier cylinder deadlocks are available that can withstand huge amounts of side pressure and are well worth the extra cost. NEVER accept a quotation for a gate, or approve a drawing for a gate, until the lock has been specified and agreed upon; cutting the lock into the gate after it has been galvanised creates opportunities for rust. Rather give the gate-maker the lock/s or a drawing and have the gate made to suit the lock/s. A variety of electric gate locks are available – ask us for more information. Armalock, CISA, CISA Elettrika, Elzett, Union. For more information go to our Security Gates page.
Glass Door Locks: For glass doors, swinging or sliding. Abloy, CISA, Dorma, Henderson. For cabinets and showcases: Hafele, Huwil, SISO
High Security Locks: A broad term that includes hundreds of different articles, Tell us what you are locking, what the doors are like, who needs to have keys, the nature of the risk being protected etc. and our Loxperts will find a solution. We specialise in high security lock-cylinders, padlocks and cam locks using the CISA ASTRAL TEKNO SO1 key. See Astral Tekno S01 for more information.
Jimmy Proof Locks: A surface mounted lock that cannot be ‘jimmied’ open due to an enclosed vertical locking bolt. Often used on double-leaved doors because it locks the two doors to each-other.
Knobsets: An American style of doorknob with a built in lock cylinder. Knobs have fallen out of favour because they are hard for handicapped and arthritic people to operate. We do not promote the sale of such locks.
Latch Locks: The Term “latch’ usually refers to a lock which latches automatically (as opposed to a deadlock which needs to be locked and unlocked manually). The common Night Latch (or Yale Lock as it is often called) is a Rim Mounted Latch. For better security a morticed night latch is preferred. See Latchlocks-for-auto-locking-150902 for more information.
Mortice Latch Locks can be used in conjunction with an electric striker in access control applications. See Access Control Hardware for some examples. Abloy, Chubb, CISA, Dorma, Iseo, Legge, Union, Viro Yale
Magnetic Locks: Commonly referred to as ‘Mag Locks’ – these locks cannot function at all in the absence of power. Often fitted by people who do not understand lock hardware, mag locks will always require a good battery backed power supply to stay locked. Read more by clicking on Magnetic locks to see the pros and cons.
Motorised Locks: The locking bolt of these locks is usually driven by a small 12 volt motor. They are available surface mounted and mortice mounted, in fail-safe and fail-secure. A key bypass can be ordered for many of these locks.
Mortice Locks – a broad description of locks that are morticed into the door. The best ones for most applications are Cylinder Mortice locks because the cylinder can be changed whenever a key is lost or stolen. Click Cylinder locks. to read more. The lock is protected by being morticed inside the door, and the removable and interchangeable cylinder offers great flexibility – including the ability change the cylinder whenever a key is lost or stolen. Read Cylinder locks to see why cylinder locks are preferred for most new buildings and upgrades to older buildings. Cylinders can be master-keyed or keyed alike (read Master-keying and keying alike). They can be removed using a key, and changed to suit the changing needs of the business.
Motorcycle Locks: A range of locks with long shackles or with chains, made for motorcycles and bicycles. Master Lock Co.
Night Latches – A Rim mounted lock often referred to as a Yale lock. Most of them can be opened using a credit card or tools, and can also be bumped off the door using force. Abloy, CISA, Union, Viro.
Padlocks come in many shapes and sizes. The normal brass padlocks that are so popular should not be used on external applications because the shackle is easy to cut – unless the padlock is on a very heavy hasp. Using steel bodied padlocks with ball locking, and close shackle padlocks – are some of the ways to make the padlock harder to cut. The better quality padlocks can be ordered with varying degrees of key security. Astral Tekno S01. Learn more about padlocks by clicking – Padlocks
Padlock Seals: Tamper-evident seals for padlocks. Note that padlocks may NOT be used on Fire Escapes or Emergency Exits.
Panic Locks: Although often referred to as such – panic hardware is NEVER locked from the inside. This hardware is only locked against entry from outside – escape must ALWAYS be free. Also known as Emergency Exit Hardware, Panic Bars, Fire Escape hardware, Crash Bars, Panic Handles, Fire bars.
See our PANIC HARDWARE page and read the Panic Hardware For Fire Escapes – an illustrated guide by David Miller for more information. Go to http://www.allandel.co.za for information on Fire-Rated Doors.
Rim Locks: A Rim Lock is a lock mounted on the surface of a door or gate. The black steel locks that were formerly fitted on yard-gates are a very low security example. Night latches (also called Yale locks) are another example. Most of them can be opened using a credit card or tools, and can also be bumped off the door using force. The surface-mounted electric lock (seen at right), commonly used on gates and doors are also Rim Locks, but are much more secure owing to the way they are secured to the gate or door. They usually require 12 volts to operate electrically, and can also be opened with a key.
Safe Locks: We sell a range of replacement locks for safes. Furnish full details of size and position of keyhole when ordering.
Sliding Door Locks: We offer a range of mortice locks and surface mounted locks for both aluminium and timber sliding doors. To see a range of locks click on Hookbolt locks for Sliding Doors 150901
“T” and “L” Handles: A range of grip-handles into which the key is inserted – for locking steel doors, canopies, duct doors etc. Assa Abloy, Firstlock,
Window Locks: A wide variety is available – from very poor to better ones that are well made – you will get what you pay for. When enquiring you will need to state what type of windows (side hung, top-hung, sliding) and whether they are timber, steel or aluminium. This is not an item that should be bought over the phone; words like ‘normal’ and ‘standard’ are not a good description. Send pictures with your enquiry to email@example.com
NOTE THAT SOME ARTICLES ARE LISTED UNDER MORE THAN ONE HEADING ABOVE. Principal brand names handled are shown in bold type. We cannot list all items or brands – this is merely a selection! If you do not find what you need here – please ask us – our staff have over 110 years of cumulative experience!
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