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Old 12-29-2019, 06:24 PM
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HF Union Safe

Any opinion on this MIC HF item?
https://www.harborfreight.com/home-o...afe-64011.html

I looking to move some items from a locked cabinet to a "safe". I have nothing of great value, and it would all be covered if a fire took them.

The gift giving folks have me a HF gift card (and I have 15% coupon), so I would be paying about $179 for the item.

Worth the buy?
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Old 12-29-2019, 06:30 PM
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Better than leaving them unlocked.

However can you even bolt this thing down? However I'm not even sure bolting this thing down would achieve very much. Maybe by sticking it in a closet and bolting it down that would help. But not surprising that's not very thick steel.

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Old 12-29-2019, 06:35 PM
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Better them leaving them unlocked.

However can you even bolt this thing down? However I'm not even sure bolting this thing down would achieve very much.
I have a locking metal cabinet now. If put the safe in my garage I can bolt to cement. If it goes in my office then it will not be bolted down. If I did place it in my office (in house) I would likely cable it to a wall stud making the walk-off more difficult, or at least slow enough that thief could not beat alarm company & PD. Unless I figure out a way to have internal cooling of it, it cannot go in my garage, it gets way too hot in summer in my garage, near 110F on some days!
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Old 12-29-2019, 06:55 PM
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I have a locking metal cabinet now. If put the safe in my garage I can bolt to cement. If it goes in my office then it will not be bolted down. If I did place it in my office (in house) I would likely cable it to a wall stud making the walk-off more difficult, or at least slow enough that thief could not beat alarm company & PD. Unless I figure out a way to have internal cooling of it, it cannot go in my garage, it gets way too hot in summer in my garage, near 110F on some days!
Sounds as though this might be an improvement, however I'm just not sure given how cheap this one is how much that really ends up being. I guess it might deter the opportunist a bit more than that metal cabinet. Honestly you could save a bit more but any safe under $1000 really isn't much of a safe anyway. There are other components but the thicker the steel the better however given everything I have to wonder how robust that thing really is.

Personally I didn't like the garage thing because anytime I open the garage there it is. Better for me in the house where it's not going to be on display. Besides mine can still be bolted to the floor and since it weighs more it's going to be much harder to move. I didn't like the idea of humidity in the garage either but supposedly a golden rod would take care of that. The bottom line for me however was anytime I opened my garage there it would be. Hidden is much better than on display.

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Old 12-29-2019, 07:10 PM
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I wouldn't buy it sight unseen. Go there and check it out in person. It only weighs 179 pounds and I think the pics make it look bigger than it may actually be. That said, anything is better than nothing. Help keep the honest people honest.
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Old 12-29-2019, 10:04 PM
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Save your money, put it toward something better. That's such thin construction that I bet you could tip it over and the bolts would tear right thru the bottom of it.
It would keep little kids safe, but probably not slow down any thief.
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Old 12-30-2019, 12:28 PM
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Like LE said, it will keep kids out.

You would be better off with a Knack tool box for about the same money. Much more secure and you can chain it to something.

You can shop around and find used ones for cheap.

This particular one on Ebay I would pass on, but just to give you an idea.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/303131379431
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Old 12-30-2019, 12:47 PM
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The Union item is a glorified stack-on cabinet, basically sheet metal with a door that makes it look like a "safe". I did not buy it.

I'll keep looking around.
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Old 12-30-2019, 12:57 PM
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Costco often has some safes that aren't bad for the money, but still going to cost considerably more than the HF one.
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Old 12-30-2019, 02:26 PM
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Will hunt down something that will work for me.
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Old 12-30-2019, 02:35 PM
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Will hunt down something that will work for me.

Good luck and I'm sure you will.

I do think you made the right choice when not choosing this one.
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:10 PM
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Check Craigslist or gunshows for individuals. Carry a sign "Safe wanted".
I once saw an INCREDIBLE massive 2 door multi thousand pound 1900's Jeweler's safe advertised on someones back at a "come and pick it up" price. Like $500. Seriously.
I already had my AMSEC TL30.
Told all my friends.
They wanted that Ft Knox etc brand / crap.
Should have bought it and installed it in the garage.
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Old 12-31-2019, 08:52 AM
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I have 2 of these in my work shop at home. One of them is probably close to ten years old.For what I paid for them they have been a good value. No I do not store Great Grandpas family heirloom shotty in there. Mine also came with adjustable shelves if you don't want to store long guns. I use them to keep the kids and snatch and grabbers out.Mostly store reloading gear and an occasional project I might be working on.
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