Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by shearek Great safe and made in USA
The order took a couple of weeks to process and another week to deliver to the store so you will need to be patient after the order. The safe arrived in perfect condition and looks great in the house. The mechanism works smoothly and the door opens and closes with perfectly aligned seals. The built in light saves the trouble of installing tap lights and having the 2.5 hour fire rating is a much better insurance than the more typical 90 minute rating in cheaper safes. At 830 lbs., it is heavy but by replacing the temporary legs with some wheels, I was able to move it through the house and into place then remove the wheels. Plenty of room for guns and other valuables.
April 9, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by PapaSBear Not what I expected....
After waiting 4 plus months, my safe has finally arrived at my home. With that said let’s talk about the actual safe. Packaging was very good and the safe survived transportation without any issues. First appearance is good, the safe looks nice. The exterior is finished nicely and is very attractive. The interior is well assembled and the carpeting is done very well. The door has a nice full 3/16 inch plate on the front and the door fits nice. So from the first inspection all looks good. Close inspection reveals the down sides. While they claim a 10 Gauge body and the actual sides of the body appear to be 10 gauge, the material in the door jambs is only 12 gauge. Why they felt it necessary to reduce the steel by two full gauges in the door jamb leaves my wondering. After all this is the area that will be subject to prying in a burglary attempt. The door has only 4 active bolts on the open side with 4 fixed blots on the hinged side. The fixed bolts may be 1 inch in diameter but appear to be bolted on the door and have been turned down making them far less than 1 inch in diameter where they meet the door. Therefore making them less than 1 inch true door bolts. The doors active bolts move through rough cut holes in the door frame with no sleeves or guides, just riding on the thin 12 gauge material. All four active bolts appear to be on one fixed plate and move together, so once the thief get one moving they all will move. The upper and lower bolts have tension adjustment in the door jamb, yet the middle two do not. The lock handle mechanism feels a bit rough and sluggish, not nearly as smooth as others out there. My safe arrived with a mechanical dial, not an electronic lock. The dial spins with a soft to hard motion while making clicking sounds with a spring loaded feel and floats off the number once you remove your hand, kind of like a giant out of balance wheel. The roof loses some fire protection as they have notched the fire material to make room for the included fluorescent light fixture instead of leaving a full sheet and hanging the light lower or using a lower profile light. To me this almost make the last layer insignificant as it is not a full layer of fire lining. The safe has two fire seals. The outer seal is metal to metal and fits well. The inner seal is metal to carpet. I am not so sure this does much good in the event of the first seal failing as the carpet will surely deteriorate due to heat far faster than the seal, making the second seal irrelevant. I purchase this more for its fire rating than its theft security rating. I would not considerer this one of the more secure safes out there (thin door jambs, low bolt count, bolts reduced in size at mounting point, not sure about the whole locking mechanism), however I am optimistic that should the first seal do its job the safe should meet my fire protection needs. I hope I never have to test either quality of this safe. To put it in a nutshell, the first impression is good, however this safe is not as good as I had hoped it would be. There are far better products out there to choose from. My next safe will not be from Rhino Metals.
December 9, 2012