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My keys were recently compromised. So, I am going to replace my 100+ coinboxes. I was going to buy new boxes, but in the California Laundry magazine, I noticed this ad for Lock America, Inc (www.laigroup.com). Their salesperson on the phone talked about the security of their lock (cannot be picked, very high security), and the price to replace the locks was about 70% less than buying new boxes. I was impressed on both counts!
He also indicated that the keyed locks we mostly use in the laundry business can be picked, and that is happening, mostly in California. He directed me to search on youtube and there were videos showing how people pick the locks. (Lock America says their locks use disks vs. pins & springs, so they can't be picked.)
Has anyone bought these high security locks from Lock America?
Lock America folks are great to work with. And their disc lock is a very good product. However, if you are looking to rebuild existing boxes, you may encounter some problems. Generally, but not always, you are confined to replacing the locks in a coin box with the same kind of lock that was already in there. The face plate and security disc for a box that takes a tubular lock will not accept an LA lock, or a tri-gard or a medeco. The holes are different to match the lock. And the same is true if you have a Greenwald Sentinel II, an ESD XD, or a Trigard, if you try to replace one of them with an LA disc lock. If your boxes have Cobra, XEP, or Nova you should not have that problem. Other than that, you will want to think on this a bit.
You may save 70% over buying whole boxes and then eat up all your savings in trying to do the rebuild. ANd if YOU don't put it together right, and the box jams up then that is on YOUR head. Just some things to think about.
You are usually better off getting new boxes than trying to rebuild old ones. It will depend on how much work you want to put into the rebuild.
Norman is right,takes a lot time to change lock and not always work.
If the boxes are in ok shape,You may able to find someone buy your used boxes,I know a lot laundromats owner still have 1980s coin boxes,some has 30,40 different locks and keys for each store,they will be interested in any key alike boxes.