Cabinet and locker will most commonly use cam locks, normally fixed by the lock being threaded and a nut fixing onto the reverse, alternatively some cam cabinet & locker locks will use a horseshoe clip or have a snap-in fix, making it easier to fit the lock.
The rotation of the lock is what ensures that the device is locked securely this is done through a cam at the reverse of the locker or cabinet door, The cams for these units come in many types including cranked, hooked or straight which all depends on the clearance the furniture requires.
More about Cam Locks
A cam lock may be one of the most basic types of lock available to buy, but it is one that millions of people worldwide trust to look after their possessions. They are also one of the cheapest locks on the market, making it more affordable to secure your cabinet or other storage device.
The lock consists simply of two parts, a cam and a barrel. The barrel sits on the outside of what you are locking. A metal plate, known as the cam, is attached to the end of the barrel and rests inside of what you are locking.
You simply activate the lock by inserting the key into the lock-face and turning it either 90 or 180 degrees clockwise. This rotates the metal cam which latches secure onto the inside of your cabinet or storage device. To unlock the cam lock, just turn the key or tool in an anti-clockwise direction and the cam will unlatch itself and the device will be unlocked. Some anti-clockwise rotation cam locks are avaliable but are quite uncommon.
Each cam lock comes with at least one copy of its own unique key, but it is also possible to source a ‘master key’ that could unlock a number of different cam locks that you own within the same key range. The keys are smaller than an average door key and are usually around half the size.
A cam lock can be easily installed in a few minutes. You don’t need to be an expert to fit a one or own any specialist tools, they are commonly held in with a fixing nut or horse-shoe clip which can be removed or installed simply from the inside of the cabinet.
Although most commonly found in filing cabinets, a cam lock can be used for a number of different purposes. For example, they can be used to secure display units, electric panels or any other panel that you want to be easily accessible but only to people authorised to do so. They are also commonly found in schools and gym lockers, keeping customers’ valuables safe from damage and theft.
Once installed, they make any container fairly secure and will detur any oppotunistic theft.
The locks come in a number of different sizes so there will be one suitable for every purpose. Mini cam locks can be used when space is lacking or you don’t want an unsightly lock to be seen, i.e. on a display cabinet. Larger cam locks would be suitable for larger cabinets or pieces of furniture that you need to keep secure.
Overall cam locks are a cheap and easy way of securing the contents of a number of different containers. Browse the products on this page to find the best cam lock suitable for securing your valuables today.