We have just started carrying the Hollon Safes on our site. I’ve known about them for a long time however, they have always been a little more expensive than similar brands like Cobalt Safe or Gardall Safes.Â That is until recently.Â In the spring both companies had a huge 30% increase in wholesale prices.Â Well, that made the Hollon Safes a much better deal.
Quality of Hollon Safes has always been a little better than similar type safes made from other manufacturers.Â They have a tendency to put in more bolts in their safes. Take for instance the Cobalt SB-02c it has 3 bolts on the door opening side and 3 fixed bolts on the hinge side. (Gardall model FB-2013 is the same as the SB-02c) However, when you open the Hollon Safe HS-685 you see three bolts on the door opening side, 1 bolt going into the top, and another going into the bottom. PLUS a 1 inch thick locking bar that goes from top to bottom on the hinge side.Â That makes the Hollon Safe a little more expensive to make but much more theft resistant.
Fireproof material is also very similar to the other brands in that it uses a mixture of concrete and fireproof. For some reason all the companies keep the actual materials used a big secret.Â That being said they are all three models considered a “true composite safe”.Â Which is ideal for protection against fire and burglary.
The big plus in my book comes with the free keypads that Hollon Safes is putting on thier safes.Â Electronic keypads are called a Group I lock. While dials on similar models are called Group II locks.Â Which is better? Group I of course!Â An electronic keypad is considered more theft resistant than dials.Â This is why you often see them used in High Security Government installations or High end jewerly companies.Â With a keypad you can’t sit in front of it and enter codes all day because it goes into lockout mode after 5 false entries. (so don’t forget your combo!) It will restart again after 10 minute count down.Â Also, removing the batteries to try and get it to restart or reset to a factory code will not work. Keypads on Hollon Safes have a non-volitale memory and will hold any combination for as long as it works.
In regards to quality and workmanship, I have seen nothing but the best come from Hollon Safes.Â Hope this gives you more information about Hollon Safes when you are doing your comparisons on different brands.