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Hollon Safe FB-1505E Review

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Hollon Safe FB-1505E Review

This is the largest in the Hollon Fire and Burglary Safes line up at 59 inches tall and right at about 1000 lbs.

I have been selling these for quite some time and they have become a real favorite of mine. (Mainly because we have had zero problems with quality and reliability….I can’t say that about any other brand I have ever sold) This is a commercial rated safe and built for long lasting durability.

Normally on this type of safe you don’t get bolts that go up and down. Only bolts on the opening side and hinge side.  They have also added a 1 inch thick locking bar on the hinge side of all the Fire & Burglary safes.  Which is exceptional. Normally you only find this type of feature to be around 1/4 inch thick. So at 1 inch thick…we are talking over a 300% larger locking hinge bar than what is standard in the industry.

Though this safe weighs in around 1000 lbs there is still a center bolt down hole and kit that comes with this model.  One can never be too secure.

This unit also comes with a keypad free! Gotta love that.  I asked the folks at Hollon Safe how can they do that? Their reply was that they got such a great deal on these locks that they are passing along the savings. I guess they didn’t get that good a deal on the Sargent & Greenleaf dials because they upcharge for that lock. Though at the prices these models sell for an extra charge for a dial is no big deal and still well worth it!

I give the Hollon Safe FB-1505E a double thumbs up. Great safe and you will be very happy with the quality and reliabilty.

Not All Safes are Equal

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Something that you should keep in mind when you’re shopping for a home safe is that not all safes are created equally. For instance, a safe that is rated to keep your belongings protected from fires that reach over 1400 degrees Fahrenheit may also allow a thief to pick it right up and carry it out of the house. Conversely, a safe that is intended to deter thieves is not usually constructed to protect the contents from high temperatures. A good, inexpensive compromise is a safe such as one from Hollon. These fire safes can also be bolted to the ground, which will definitely deter thieves.

Protect Your Valuables from Fire

Monday, May 24th, 2010

No matter how careful you think that you are, there is always the possibility of a fire in your home. Those important papers and all of the heirloom jewelry sitting out on desks and bureau tops will be gone in just moments, should your house ever succumb to a hire.

Average house fires peak at temperatures of up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll need to seek out a safe that can withstand such temperatures. Some, such as the Hollon 1 Hour Fireproof Safe, are created to last up to an hour, while others can withstand the heat for two hours or more.

Similar Doesn’t Mean “Same”

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

If you are seeking a safe for your home or business, then you have probably done a lot of research to find the best safe for the least amount of money. Don’t be fooled by the cheap safes out there, for they are little more than a glorified strongbox. You should also keep in mind that just because two safes are of similar size and style, that doesn’t mean they are the same. Hollon safes typically include more bolts in their safes than manufacturers of similar sizes and ratings. The keypads on Hollon safes are also more theft resistant, even if they appear to be similar to other brands.

Going Cheap Will Cost You on Safes

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

When it comes to Safes: If you have precious documents and other valuables that you would like to keep safe, don’t be fooled into purchasing a cheap home safe. These safes will never be able to keep your valuables secure from fire or a very determined thief. In addition, if you are keeping digital media secured in an inexpensive safe, there are many outside elements that can still harm the contents. You can still find good value safes from brands like Hollon Safe, without sacrificing the quality and the protection. You may not need the top of the line, but certainly don’t settle for a glorified lockbox.

Hollon Safes

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Hollon Safes

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.  That is until recently.  In the spring both companies had a huge 30% increase in wholesale prices.  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.  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.  That is the thickest hinge side locking bar in the industry that I am aware of.

Safes Lock: Notice that Hollon Safe is equiping ALL thier safes with a Group 1 Electronic lock.  They have moved away from lesser secure Group II dials that other manufacturers are using.  The CE Digital lock comes with “LockOut” technology that has a time delay feature and is activated if the wrong number is entered more than 3 times. The lock will reset after 10 minutes for correct code entry. Did I mention is was a High security Group I lock? This is much more secure than a dial as dial can have a “Safe Dialer” machine hooked to it and automactically dial open the safe within hours!  This keypad also has an 8-bit micro processor chip with NON-Volitale memory. It maintains customer code even without batteries. Your secret code can program with 4-16 digits. (more code options) Its also free to change the code on when ever you want. Unlike dials that require a locksmith to change the combination. Cost is around $75 each time you want to change the code.  Many people ask me if a dial will outlast a keypad in a fire.  Both the dial and the keypad is ruined after a fire.  Keypads are also not suseptable to “drifting” like a dial will. (Drifting is when a dials code gets changed through use. The code maybe 25-50-75 and then it shifts and becomes 26-50-75.  But the dial doesn’t tell it shifted. You just can’t get into the safe one day)

Popular brands of Dials are Sargent & Greenleaf or LaGard.  Both established themselves as leaders in the field and were considered long lasting and made in Kentucky.  However, both companies have since been sold and both companies now make thier locks in the “eastern part” of the USA known as China.  I have found these Chinese dials to not be up to the original manufacture quality.  These locks have a nasty reputation for drift and wearing out due assembly quality and parts.  However, if you speak with your local locksmith he may not be aware of the changes and he may state that “These dials will last forever”.  (Do you know of anything mechanical that lasts forever?  Me either.) 

To wrap things up Hollon Safes are really offering a superior quality safe and has done more to protect their customers than most competitive safes.  Check out their 2 Hour Fire & Burglary Safes.

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