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(42) Abus 72/40 Padlock Picked Open and Gutted


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  1. Newbie here… I've been picking at my 72/40 for a week. Still can't get it opened. I do get quite a few clicks and get a good false set but no joy.

  2. Bill, have you tried Rytan hooks lately ? I have several different brands & they are super skinny, not expensive and they have the most sensitive/best feedback of anything I ever used including my Petersons. Only problem is heavy handed pickers would destroy em in minutes they aren't no Gov steel. if you don't lever them against the warding when you pick like some folks they are awesome for feedback & small keyways.

  3. Hi everyone yesterday I baught this lock but I think in the new Version.
    On the Bottom it says XH.
    1. is there a Translation Chart that Translates this Code to a production Date?
    2. When I took it apart I discovered a mayor Weakness the same that Bill mentioned in one of his Masterlock videos.
    On the side of the Body is drainhole that is perfectly aligned with the screwhead.
    So if you drill that hole wich shouldn't be a problem on an aluminium Lock the Core would slide out and baam in.
    What do you think, I know that is is not intended to be a high security Lock but still for an Abus rating of 6 a bit. disappointing.

  4. Finally GOT IT! man that was an adventure. I spp'd it upside down and I could feel the feedback alot easier. Also the lock after I got a huge false set would act frozen. So I sprayed it with some special sauce and 4.5 minutes later I picked it for the first time.
    Aweasome feeling finally cracking it. Thanks for all the great videos I've learned a ton.
    PS I've been waiting patiently for a new BB video…..

  5. Great picking again Bill, did you really say "if you don't like the Abus core, you can change it"? Who wouldn't like the Abus core! I have ordered 2 of these locks, on your recommendation, so I have a lot of frustration in the post! Keep up the good work mate. 

  6. When I bought mine, it was advertised for lockout/tagout safety kind of stuff. Kids lockers is a good idea. Nice security to them. Still haven't got mine picked though

  7. Good stuff bill! Abus are fun to pick, more than decent for the price.

    Your vids are great quality man, and professional! I'll be recommending everyone to check them out. Even though you don't swear as much as me. 😛

  8. jdjojoda, I have no idea what "sub" is… help me out.

    BTW: Thank you for the compliment – I appreciate it & will try to keep putting up "quality" picks. I honestly do have a huge pile of samples in "Bill's Lock Lab" (as my wife calls it), as well as enough machinery to disassemble pretty much anything.

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