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If you have found your current locks are causing you headaches with constant maintenance or missing parts. Changing your locks might be the most cost-effective way of you keeping your lockers in working order. I’m going to go over what locks are the best replacements and what sort of changes will need to be made to your lockers to accommodate your new locks.
Im calling this, lock swap and cylindrical barrels…ok maybe we’ll scrap the name!
So we’ll start with the most common lock, the cam lock and key.
Can you change this for a hasp lock? Yes!
Hasp locks generally follow the same footprint as cam locks so can easily be replaced. The two main things to check are that your new locks may require a change of scratch plates. This is the plate that surrounds the lock and some locker manufacturers make certain scratch plates to fit cam locks so if you are changing for hasp locks, be aware that you may have to replace your scratch plates. You can of course just remove scratch plates and fit the locks but this will leaves holes exposed on your locker door. This will also apply if you are replacing hasp locks with keyed cam locks.
Can you change this for a mechanical combination lock? Yes!
Mechanical combination locks that incorporate a round handle also follows a similar foot print to cam locks but there are some caveats to be aware of with mechanical combination locks, in most cases these locks can sit on top of locker scratch plates and still function but this can affect how the cam bar locks into the frame so if you find the fit isn’t the best, flip the cam over and try it again. There are also mechanical combination locks that may require the door to be cut to fit a special body shape such as the keyless and ojmar combination locks.
Can you change this for a coin lock? Yes!
Well, sort of… while a coin lock will fit the standard double-d shape hole that a cam lock uses, coin locks are usually secured by screws securing to the inside of the locker door. This means that if your locks are currently on steel doors, you can’t change them for coin locks, this is unless, you have had coin locks previously and the lockers have a raised metal plate on the inside of the door. You can however retro fit a surface mounted coin lock such without having to make any modifications to your door.
Can you replace this for a digital combination lock? Yes!
But with some modifications. Digital combination locks vary with their fittings, some digital locks have a barrel suitable for a double-d shaped hole while some have a cylindrical barrel that will mean your current lock holes will have to be filed away to make the new locks fit. All digital combination locks require new holes to be drilled to fit them. This is usually a point at the top and bottom of the lock to secure it in place. Placing guides for these holes are included with the lock’s instructions. As a lot of RFID locks use the same bodies as their digital combination lock counterparts. The same rules apply to these locks.
What if I currently have coin locks and I want to change them to cam locks? Yes!
Depending on your door material, coin locks can often be changed for cam locks with little to no modification, if your coin locks are Ojmar or Ronis and have a cylindrical barrel, then a mounting plate will need to be fitted to the doors to accept a double-d barrelled lock.
What if I have digital combination locks and want to change them for cam or hasp locks? Yes!
But take note that changing digital combination locks for either of these locks will leave holes exposed in your doors. You might also need to add mounting plates depending on whether your digital locks have cylindrical barrels or not.