Cylinder Locks

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They are popular because of their ability to use a master key for several different doors and types of cylinder locks, and there is the option to change the locks without hiring a locksmith. Read More…

Cylinder Locks Cylinder locks are the most common method of securing a door. Their main benefit is the ability to be rekeyed easily because the locking device is separate from the bolt and can be changed out in a matter of minutes by merely unscrewing.

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Long Beach, CA  |  800-433-5554

As an ISO certified source for industrial hardware, Sierra Pacific Engineering & Products is a company you can trust in for excellent locks. Quality, service & value are the core to being a top OEM supplier and SPEP offers a wide range of additional products including quarter turn, compression & recessed latches, as well as a complete line of industrial hinges. Please call SPEP today!

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Sierra Pacific Engineering & Products (SPEP) $$$

Clifton, NJ  |  800-524-2575

We will work with you to custom design locks that will fit your needs exactly. We are committed to supplying a wide variety of locks including vending machine locks, cam locks, door locks and a broad selection of others. The average tenure of our engineers is over ten years and we want to put that experience to work for you! To learn more about our company and how to get started, email or call us today!

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Northeast Lock Corp. $$$

Elizabeth, NJ  |  800-834-9017

Maffey’s is a fully licensed locksmith providing functional and user friendly security products such as door and security locks as well as keys. Courteous, reliable and professional, we strive to provide lasting improvements for both home and workplace security. Maffey’s Security Group uses comprehensive planning and the implementation of physical security systems needed to secure your future.

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Maffey's Security Group $$$

Gainesville, GA  |  866-988-5625

At Ranger Lock, we’ve been committed to creating more secure locks and lock guards since we opened the doors to our company all the way back in 2002. One of our most popular products, the ATF-Compliant Lock Box, is consistently a best-seller from the Ranger Lock online store due to its rugged construction and durability. When you need a fully ATF-compliant lock guard, you need the Ranger Lock ATF-Compliant Lock Box.

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Ranger Lock $$$

Green Bay, WI  |  920-499-0022

VSI is North America`s largest producer of vehicle locks for the heavy truck market. Earning their position as a leader in lock & key solutions, VSI designs, produces & sells mechanical locks to major domestic truck suppliers & their international affiliates for production & aftermarket. VSI’s locks meet exact specifications and follow AIAG guidelines for quality & customer satisfaction.

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VSI, LLC $$$
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Cylinder locks are inexpensive, simple and effective. They are used in many different buildings, including residential, commercial, office and public buildings. They are especially useful in office buildings where some rooms are public access while others need security, which may change often.

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Compared to mortise locks, they are less expensive and easier to install, but not as sturdy or reliable. Cylinder locks are used when medium security is needed and lock changes are common. They are also a popular choice when a master key is needed to open all the doors, even if they are different types of cylinder locks.

There are three main types of cylinder locks: wafer tumblers, disc tumblers and pin tumblers. These refer to the lock mechanism, which is changed without altering the bold hardware.

The most common of these is the pin tumbler. It consists of a series of small pins that are different lengths and divided up into pairs. These pins rest on a shaft that keeps them in a certain position. When there is no key inside the plug, half of the pins are partway in the housing, while the other half are partway out. This prevents the cylinder from turning. When a correct key is inserted, the notches in it push the pins up to different levels. This is called a shear line, as it lines the pins up perfectly with the space where the cylinder and the plug come together, thus allowing the cylinder to turn the bolt hardware so that it retreats back into the door.

Deadbolts often use cylinder locks; as the key turns the cylinder, the attached cam is turned as well. When the cylinder is turned one way, the cam releases the bolt and a spring snaps into place so the door won't open. Some deadbolts don't have a spring mechanism, which is more secure.

Cylinder locks are relatively easy to pick and are not very sturdy. Therefore, they should not be used in areas where high levels of security are necessary.

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