Camlocks: A Popular Classic

Camlocks: A Popular Classic

Dec 14th 2021

In past blog posts, we talked a good bit about how all of these new high-tech alternatives like biometrics and combination locks are available – but some of the old simple locks are still popular, too. Sometimes it’s the simpler builds that people want, something that’s just mechanical with no batteries and no extra bells and whistles.

One of those original lock designs is the camlock, which is typically used for a lot of small areas like individual drawers and cabinets.

We sell a wide variety of camlocks in many different shapes and sizes for your security needs. Ask us any questions you may have about these or other items in our catalog.

What is a Camlock?

A camlock is a simple metal structure that has a shaped component called a cam that gets directly turned by a key. The cam constitutes the locking and latching component. The operation of the camlock couldn't be simpler – you simply turn the tumbler from parallel to perpendicular, and the cam shifts into place, effectively locking the door or aperture securely.

Uses of Camlocks

When it comes to securing individual cabinet drawers or doors, there aren't very many alternatives that rival the camlock for simplicity and space-saving.

These small metal locks can be easy to install, and they don't have a lot of complicated parts.

However, they are extremely effective in securing whatever is inside. It's not easy to break a durable camlock, because there is a considerable piece of metal sitting behind the edge or lip of the structure that you have to open in order to get access.

What to Look for with a Camlock

Here are some simple tips on buying these types of traditional lock mechanisms. First, you want something that has a good, smooth turn. Some camlocks with improper installation or poor design can stick a lot, and that can be frustrating when you need to access something regularly. You don’t want to have to be endlessly spraying the mechanism with WD40 (or worse, PB Blaster or something else if you don’t have the right lubricator in hand).

You also want durable metal that will stand up to pressure. Inferior alloys can warp or bend over time, compromising the integrity of the lock in disappointing ways.

Another consideration is thinking about the size of the key, which you may have to carry around regularly. After all, remember, the age of the big key ring is mostly over!

Use all of these tips to get yourself the best camlock options. 

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