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(1029) Master Lock’s Tow Bar Lock (JUNK!)


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com



  1. Sad and shame, lot of MasterLock items are built pretty heavy duty, yet they don’t put another .10 cents into the cylinder/pins ! Shame !

  2. Most locks keep an honest man honest. Most crooks will use destructive means to gain access, so it is what it is. Did Master ever make a decent lock? More junk from Fortune Brands mega corp. A MulT on the safety chain, and done.

  3. My wife took our jeep thru the car wash and it knocked open the cap on the lock so it got dirt and salt in it. I couldn’t use the key so I used a screwdriver to pry between the lock and the hitch and it popped right off. POS

  4. Just wanted to say, i got a set of the dangerfield praxis picks, and what a difference a quality set of picks make. Thank you for the suggestion on your web site. Also love the videos. keep the coming.

  5. Hey Bill, I love your videos. It has made me want to try and take a crack at lock picking….also because i fidget alot with my hands. Can you recommend a good starter kit? also where I can get the bottom of keyway tension wrench? also the core pusher that you use.

  6. I'm betting a piece of plastic card cut thin enough would open that. Masterlock really needs to step up its game if it wants to be taken seriously in the world of security. Great video on this one as always Bill 😁👍

  7. Bill, thanks for this, I was wondering what to grab next for a training lock, this looks like one to add to my rake practice collection.

    1. It is used to secure what every you are towing. On a ball hitch this locks it in the locked position so when your going down the road it doesn’t shake loose and have your boat or trailer leave your car/truck when you hit a bump.

  8. I was always under the impression that using a sufficient strength bolt with a couple of nuts that were double-nutted and torqued together with red loctite was the best approach. Very difficult to remove without having exactly the right tools with you but not permanently affixed.

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