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(78) ACE Series A527 Maximum Security Padlock SPP’d


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  1. Bill I having the hardest time picking this lock. I'm new to picking but have about 5 other locks I can consistently get into "eventually". This one is driving me nuts!! I do not have any top of the key way tension tools yet. So maybe this is what i'm doing wrong… Are you able to pick this from bottom of the key way?

  2. Hi Bill, I had just came across your channel within the last month and you have inspired me to get a basic set of picks and tension wrenches and to play around with locks. I bought a cheap acrylic lock to start with and all standard pins. I have picked it at least 100 times in a week. I watched a good majority of your videos and came to the consensus that ACE brand locks are pretty good. I went to the store grabbed the best one for $27 (A527) and have probably 10 hours into it and no luck. Now doubting myself I took the core out of the body and was able to pick it several times in under 2 mins. When I pick it in the body I constantly battle against locking it up then relieving too much tension and dropping most of the pins. When I have soft tension it seems I almost unlock it, leaving me thinking to myself how isn't this unlocked yet every pin feels like it's home. When I go through to check my soft tension mixed with the wobbly core makes me drop all the pins. I may start a naughty bucket and toss this in there and figure out another way to practice security pins. Any tips or advice?
    PS: I purchased the one with the most aggressive bitting the store had to offer, but isn't an issue when I pick just the core.

  3. I was looking around at cheap locks and ended up buying one of these. I was looking at those "high security" master locks (the ones that are "level 10") and I was looking at the keys and noticed that all 10 of the locks on the shelf had the exact same key. I mean they all had the same "key number" and everything.

  4. I will photo the Ace lock when I get in from work tonight mate and email it to your personal email, will also photo the keyway too. I have two sets of mortice picks but cannot get use to one of them which is a DBC mortice pick with interchangeable tips for 5, 6 and 7 gauge locks. I will have a few more goes with it and if still cannot get use to it Im thinking of trading it for a set of peterson picks or something and just stick with my ICL mortice picks.

  5. Looking forward to it. I've never seen a warded Ace lock. It appears that warded locks and lever locks remain very popular in the UK, while here in the US they're pretty unusual. I wonder why the divergence? I've been interested in picking lever locks but both the locks and picking equipment simply aren't available here. Oh well, something to buy on my next trip to the UK…

  6. I will have to photo my Ace warded lock for you to look at mate as never seen one before. We use some at work and as say was given one, but one I have looks old or weathered

  7. I don't think Master Lock owns Ace. The Ace locks are sold exclusively through Ace Hardware stores – that's the only place I've ever seen them. Hopefully, ML will keep their stinking, lock screwing up hands off of this fine lock.

  8. Great picking Bill, I have one Ace lock that I was given at work its an old warded lock and is very tight to open with warded picks. Not sure how old it is but looks really weathered so have it on display with my vintage locks. By the way is Ace a branch off from Master locks mate or part of the Master company?

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