Why wont my locksmith fit locks i bought from Bunnings?
We all love Bunnings Hardware and a lot of the products they sell are great quality. Even a lot of their cheaper products are of good quality. I have an Ozito cordless drill that has worked flawlessly for 2 years now. Even though it was cheap, it has been a great product.
When it comes to security, buying a cheap lock from Bunnings is probably not the best idea. Even though it is cheap and looks good on the outside, inside it might not be up to the job of protecting you, your family and your property.
The Ikonic entrance lock from Bunnings is a good example of a shiny looking lock that should not be fitted to an exterior door of a home for security. This lock fails the most basic security requirements expected of a entrance lock set. Even fitting this lock to an interior door in a house or apartment isn’t something i would recommend.
This post was inspired by a customer who had bought these locks from Bunnings and wanted us to fit them to his house. In good conscience as a tradesman locksmith, I could not fit these locks to his home. As these locks look very similar to locks of better quality, it is hard for a consumer to tell the difference. Recommending to a customer to buy more expensive locks that look very similar, i am sure they sometimes think we are trying to up-sell them for no reason.
There are usually very good reasons for not recommending certain products. The Ikonic entrance lock for example has a low quality locking cylinder and the handles can actually be pulled off with little force. Comparing it to other similar entrance locks, there is no doubt this lock is a bad choice for security and safety.
But the lock has a three year warranty! Yes it does! The warranty is not the issue when it comes to security. The damage that could be caused by this lock failing to stop a simple burglary vs a $10.50 warranty?? A burglary can cost 10’s of thousands of dollars! Why take the risk buying a cheap lock at Bunnings?
I dont know of any trade qualified locksmiths that would give bad advise regarding the selection of suitable locks for your home or business. If you are calling someone that is not a tradesman, then you might end up with a $10.50 lock on your door? Actually with locks, it is not even a case of “You get what you pay for”. There are some very expensive locks available at hardware shops that are of such poor quality, locksmiths scratch their head and wonder why they are even being sold. Just because it is shiny and expensive, doesn’t always correlate to a quality security product.