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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 me 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 bolts 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 in size 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 gets one moving they all will move together. 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 makes 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 fire 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
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by steveo Rhino SafeExtreme Vault - Very good Value for the Money
For the past 6 months I've been researching Gun safes of all sizes and manufacturers - (can't mention sorry) and quickly realized that there were many configurations and depending on what you wanted was either going to increase or decrease the cost of the safe. Size (HxDxW), Steel thickness, Fire rated-time? - these were the major items to consider. The price vs quality vs size vs fire protection where items I had to consider. I wanted something in the middle range, excellent value and good quality. When it was all said it done I selected the Rhino 37 cubic ft with 10 gauge steel and fire rated at 2.5 hrs AND all for a price 600-1000+ less for similar configurations. Plus the Rhino is made in the USA. The unit is heavy at 1100 lbs and the interior suits my needs perfectly. No door organizer but I can easily purchase one if needed. Unit included factory installed light AND electronic keypad lock. I'm very satisfied with my purchase. If money is no object then of course you can get thicker steel, more bells/whistles, pay much more - but for a good mix of value/quality then you can't go wrong for the protection and piece of mind.
January 29, 2013