Presuming you have a legitimate reason to do this and therefore do not
need to avoid attracting attention, the easiest way is with an abrasive
cutoff wheel in an angle grinder. Makes a lot of noise and sparks and
you need to get power for it, but it makes short work of hardened steel.
I cut a lot of these off when I had a welding business. The "hockey puck"
lock is formidable. They are tough. The best way is with a thin wheeled
abrasive cutter, like a Makita 14,000 die grinder. Careful cutting through
the openings will get it. You can also do it with a regular angle grinder,
but you have to remove more metal.
The removal of these locks was with the permission and presence of the
manager. I found the die grinder to be superior to the angle grinder, but
one has to be very careful not to get things in a bind, or it either
seriously kicks or shatters a blade.
If the storage facility has locked you out of your unit, you are
guilty of 'breaking and entering' if you cut the lock. if this is the
case, pay your rent and you won't need to mess with the lock. And
possibly risk some well deserved jail time and a nasty record.
If you inadvertently used the lock as an extra on your unit, ask
management to help you remove it. They have the tools and expertise
and would appreciate not having some bumbling hack damage their door
In any case, the presence of the lock is not a problem for an honest
a local value city store closed i worked part time helping with the
the employees lockers were a big hassle, many left them with padlocks
padlock quality must of improved, i managed to dull and ruin 3 bolt
so that problem is left for the new tenants, who will likely give the
poor condition lockers to a scrap guy.
the boss decided it wasnt worth any more time and money, and didnt
want the lockers any more damaged than they were
I bought a Ryobi 18 volt "roto-zip" type tool a couple of years ago.
Not very expensive, lots more power, and it uses all the dremel
attachments I had collected over the years. I get a lot of use out of
it, and for most jobs, the size and weight compared to the old dremel
is not a problem. It doesn't stall out when loaded, either. Uses the
same universal (One +) 18 volt batteries that all of their other tools
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