Drop Safe HDS-2014E From Hollon Safe
Drop Safe HDS-2014E
Hollon Safe has just come out with a “New and Improved” Drop Safe. The model HDS-2014E has thicker bolts. As a matter of fact 1.20 inches thick. Several other points on this drop safe make it a really good deal. Such as Steel thickness, new electronic lock, and price!
When we talk about steel thickness, several companies toss out into the media that thier safe is “B-Rated”. Well, that is fine and dandy if you know what they are talking about. Let me tell you about the term and where it has come from…
Remember the old movies about “The Great Train Robbery?” or perhaps you are familiar with Jesse James and his gang? Well, its Jesse James fault that we have this term today. He was the first to do a train robbery on one of those loaded down trains going west with the payroll to California. He stops the train and breaks into the safe in one of the rail cars. Well, the need for insuring against this happening came into being. A brief discussion regarding exactly what was meant by the term “safe”. The railroad would explain something like a wooden box with a pad lock on it and the insurance companies got together and came up with terms such “B-Rated”, “C-Rated”, “E-rated” and others. (For some odd reason there is no term called “A-Rated”). What does the “B” stand for? Burglary? Big? Better? Don’t know. Nobody knows for that matter. Its just called “B-Rated”. Ahhhh, but it does stand for something. A B-rated safe must be 1/2 thick steel on the door and 1/4 inch steel on the body. Plus drill resistant hardplate and a group II lock. (They didn’t have Group I locks back then…which are electronic keypads) Since the old west days another company called UL has come out with a different set of qualifications and the old term “B-Rated” is no longer inforced. So anyone can call anything a B-rated safe. No one in the insurance industry cares anymore. So in theory you could call a thin metal cracker box a “B-Rated” safe. (Mesa safe company and American Security Safes does this with their drop safes…beware of this)
But Hollon Safe believes in old fashion values and ethics and maintains the quality standards described in the term “B-Rated“. I like this about them.
The electronic lock is also an audit lock that allows for several users and you can use the read out LCD to check back through the history of the users opening this drop safe. Other brands require a cable hook up to download to a computer software that can become a royal pain in the arse if you were going to download regularly along with software upgrades etc. So this is a nice feature if you want to use it and makes it more convient to do quick checks and passcode changes.
The HDS-2014E Drop Safe is normally available at extremely reasonalble prices from many locksmiths across the country as well as here on our site. I can compare it to other similar brands like Gardall’s depository safes. Gardall too keeps to very high standards like Hollon Safe company but you pay as much $900 for the same thing from Gardall. But its not worth that. It’s made in South Korea and imported here. Yet they charge like it was made in Paris at some fashion house selling evening gowns. Cut through the bull and get the better drop safe from Hollon Safe. HDS-2014E Drop Safe