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Old 07-31-2019, 09:58 AM
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Dials on both, and yes good safes are expensive. My big safe was $8,000, the smaller one was $5,000.
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Dials. Batteries go dead..then you get to find out first hand how secure that safe really is.

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Mine gets stiff to turn when approaching the last number to open it.
No way I can remember the combination to open the dial so a thief with lots of time to search may find it written down in a couple places.
I made up a little limerick to help me remember my dial combo.
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No way I can remember the combination to open the dial so a thief with lots of time to search may find it written down in a couple places.
I have my combos and the combos of my neighbor (Justin Case) on a 3x5 card, disguised as phone numbers in a list of phone numbers.
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My safe has been around for a lot of years and it is a dial safe. Keypads were just beginning to show up when I bought it. I don't have any trouble remembering the number. I do have trouble remembering how many revolutions I've made if someone, usually my wife, starts talking to me while I'm in the process of unlocking the safe. I just mutter a few words to myself and then start over when she shuts up. The dial has a key and it locks the dial only.

I have both an electronic door lock and an electronic deadbolt that also programs my home alarm system. Electronic locks can and do fail. I've already had to replace the module in the deadbolt unit and it's only a couple of years old.
They are great----when they work. PIA when they fail.
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I'm a dial guy. As mentioned no batteries to die. For those with a keypad, can you see wear that indicates which buttons are in use? That will limit the permutations your safe cracker will have to work through.

Time and a sawsall will get into most safes fairly quick. You are protecting against a bust in and grab stuff attacker. Not a pro that knows you are not coming home for hours and there is time to saw it open, make a sandwich, and drink some of your beer in the fridge.
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Have dial

I have a dial but think I would like the electronics pad. I have found times it would be quicker and easier to work the push buttons. Which means Iíam more apt to put my stuff away.
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Old 08-01-2019, 08:28 PM
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I had a Stack-On, Digital keypad... (Never again)

My son defeated the safe with two pieces of folded cardstock!

We suspected our son had gained access to our safe, after further confirming our suspicions we demanded he demonstrate.

He took two pieces of cardstock (from a file folder) , folded them, inserted part of them into the safeís door jamb, on right side of the door. The cardstock slipped in, found its way into the inner part of the safe.

He then slid the cardstock upward, rather quickly and w/some force. The cardstock successfully knocked the small cap off of the reset button, subsequent slides then depressed the reset button, allowing the doorís lever to be turned, and the door opened.

The code was not altered.

A 16-year old boy with access to You-tube had defeated it!
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tape would have stopped the 16 year old
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My safe has a manual dial.
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I like the manual dial. I guess I just don't trust electronics, and don't really see the advantage to something when it introduces the possibility that something could go wrong?

Any thoughts or experiences?
A few safes come with both keypad and a old fashioned key.
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Old 08-01-2019, 09:22 PM
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I'm a dial guy. As mentioned no batteries to die. For those with a keypad, can you see wear that indicates which buttons are in use? That will limit the permutations your safe cracker will have to work through.


I havenít had my key pad safes long enough but itís so easy to change the combo that wearing out numbers shouldnít be an issue. I would clean them though so you donít leave prints.


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Old 08-01-2019, 10:14 PM
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I've had a keypad on the big safe for about 25 years, gets opened about once a day; convenient to use and no problems yet. It uses two batteries that are outside the safe, so in theory I could just wait until it stops working and replace batteries at that time. But I replace them once a year, no problems.

Some day it may fail, but so far it's been perfect.
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:50 PM
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get a keypad safe with a key backup

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I've worked in "high tech" my entire life.

I don't trust electronics, and computers (and DETEST them in cars!).

Dial - 100 years from now it'll still work just fine, the electronic gizmo will not.
get a keypad safe with a key backup
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Old 08-01-2019, 11:03 PM
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I like the look and feel of the dial ,but with my aging eyes I find the keypad to be faster. Relying on a battery with the keypad can be unpredictable as well.
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