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    Default Best practice or tips on disc lock cutting?

    Hi folks,

    More and more tenants are using disc locks to secure their doors. I anticipate one day needing to cut one of those. So, just seeking any advice or recommendations on best way to complete the task? grinder? make/model? tips or traps on buying..... appreciate your input!
    Thanks!

    (searched the forum on grinders - didnt find much and nothing answered this question.)

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    I obviously don't know what type of door and latch system you have, but I have found it it much easier to cut the latch and replace it rather than fight a disc lock. I charge an extra $20 to either the delinquent account or to the customer that lost their key to the disc.

    I can cut my sliding latch on either side of the disc lock with a large pair of bolt cutters and have that disc lock lying on the ground in about 1 minute. I do have some doors that do not have replaceable latches, and for that I have used a DeWalt cordless grinder with a metal cutting wheel. That's noisy and a bit dirty, but you can get through a mid-grade disc lock in a few minutes. Just be VERY careful you don't accidentally grind on your door or your latch, the metal cutting wheel is not at all forgiving. The cordless feature makes it much easier than dragging cords to the unit.

    This is something like what I use. The 18v grinder has plenty of power and stamina. Note that this link does not include the battery or charger. I just Googled for a picture, don't know if this is the best price on the grinder or not....
    http://www.toolbarn.com/product/dewalt/DC411BT/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Storman View Post
    I obviously don't know what type of door and latch system you have, but I have found it it much easier to cut the latch and replace it rather than fight a disc lock. I charge an extra $20 to either the delinquent account or to the customer that lost their key to the disc.

    I can cut my sliding latch on either side of the disc lock with a large pair of bolt cutters
    Shhh, that's a secret! We don't want the criminal element catching wind of this concept. Locks only keep honest people honest anyway I guess.

    We quit drilling and grinding locks for people, and we now ONLY sell the disc locks. We advise people when they get them, if they lose the keys, they have the privilege of paying a local locksmith $50 or more to get into the lock for them. No one has lost them since we started doing this; plus we separate the keys immediately and put one on one of our key chains. It helps.

    Our auctioneer provides lock cuts so it is very rare anymore that we pull out the 'power' or other tools to facilitate a lock cut.
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    Gina- everybody knows the criminal element is not allowed on SST.

    I actually encourage people to buy my "less robust" locks so if they do lose their keys I can cut their locks like butter for free Many choose the discs instead because they have another use for the lock in mind after they move out.

    I agree wholeheartedly, the locks only keep the honest people from looking inside an unlocked unit to see if it is any different than the unit they're renting right next door. I rely on the alarm system and my ability to not rent to dirtbags when they come to my door as the most important security measures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storman View Post
    Gina- everybody knows the criminal element is not allowed on SST.

    I rely on the alarm system and my ability to not rent to dirtbags when they come to my door as the most important security measures.
    But Storman, some of the jokes on here are quite criminal!

    No dirt bags allowed here either!!! If a relief rents to one, the first offense is a warning with a promise to 'terminate their tenancy' for any further infractions. Doesn't hurt to keep the neighboring facility's coupons handy for those customers either, because you know there are places where dirt bags feel more comfortable storing also.
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    Gina-
    Since I cut off about 25 disc locks the weekend before last, I consider myself somewhat of an expert. We were first grinding them off which took awhile, plus it was very messy and dirty and dangerous without the proper safety gear, then found that a very large set of bolt cutters and very strong man would do the trick. We just propped the bolt cutters against the door frame and pushed hard. When I say large set of bolt cutters, I mean the largest I have ever seen. Doing it this way got the job done in about 1/4 of the time of grinding off the locks.
    As for the grinder, we use a Mikita grinder and drag an extension cord over to the unit. It also makes the door latch very hot for a few minutes so you can't open it right away.

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    Whoops, sorry Sylvan. Just realized the original message was from you not Gina!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina6k View Post
    ... plus we separate the keys immediately and put one on one of our key chains.
    Gina, am I reading you correctly when you say you keep a key to a tenant's unit?

 

 
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