|Product Type: Security safe||Powder Coated Finish: Yes|
|Fire Resistant: Yes||Pry Resistant: Yes|
|Impact Resistant: No||Finger Scan Lock Included: No|
|Bolt Down: Yes||Capacity: 0.5 Cubic Feet|
|Country of Manufacture: China||Lock Type (Programmable Electronic Lock Lock Type): Electronic|
|Lock Type (Combination And Key Lock Lock Type): Key; Dial / Combination; Dual-lock||Key Required (Programmable Electronic Lock Lock Type): No|
|Key Required (Combination And Key Lock Lock Type): Yes||Keypad Lock Included (Programmable Electronic Lock Lock Type): Yes|
|Combination Lock (Combination And Key Lock Lock Type): Yes|
The evolution of Gardall can be traced all the way back to the 1930's when a successful Syracuse retailer named George Bloch began a safe manufacturing plant by the name of Protectall. With Bloch's sharp wit and business savy Protectall was soon doing a very respectable business. All of this fame and prosperity soon attracted the attention of a major competitive manufacturing rival Mosler Safe Company, who eventually bought the company for a sum of $1 million.
After the acquisition, Edward Mosler was appointed to head the company in Syracuse. With the help of Henry Bluestone, who ran the sales department when Bloch owned Protectall, Mosler successfully ran the company until 1949. At that time, Mr. Mosler Sr. decided to close the Syracuse plant and consolidate it into the main Mosler facility in Hamilton, Ohio.
At that point, Bluestone decided to start a safe manufacturing company of his own and named it Gardall Safe Corporation. After soliciting and eventually recieving some badly needed financial aid, Bluestone set up a crude, modest and mostly under-capitalized manufacturing plant.
During that time, Gardall was located in a building that was owned by the Falso family, also owners of Thor Metal Products. Gardall was experiencig severe cash flow problems and Bluestone was needing some help to stay alive. Bluestone approached the Falso's with an offer to purchase the controlling share of the company. He knew that with their sheet metal fabricating knowledge and ability to invest much needed liquidity into the business, he could turn Gardall into a profitable business.
Adolph and Raymond Falso accepted Bluestone's offer in 1970 and purchased Gardall Safe Corporation. Bluestone remained with the company doing what he did best, sales.
In 1978, Adolph Falso became a full-time employee of Gardall as its president. Under his leadership, Gardall continued to improve the quality of its products and introduced many offerings to the line. After almost 30 years of selling directly to dealers, Mr. Falso decided that the proper selling channel for safes was through regional distribution. In 1985 he began the process of converting his dealer business into a distribution-based business.
In 1986, Gardall was purchased by David Patton and Ed Baroody. At the time Baroody, a corporate accountant, was vice president of finance for a division of Shell Oil. Mr. Baroody assumed the role of President of Gardall.
Today Gardall Safe Corporation sells products in all fifty states and around the world. Gardall has become a recognized leader in residential, small business, and commercial grade safes. The quality and integrity established by George Bloch continue today. Modern manufacturing designs allow Gardall to continue to be recognized for it's security and functionality.
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austin safe guy from austin, tx
I really like this product. I decided on Gardall after seeing the guys on "It Takes a Thief" on Discovery Channel using their products. The construction is very sound. The keypad entry is fantastic, and much better than using a standard key or rotating combo lock. Three pieces of advice for anyone thinking of buying a safe: 1. Change the default combo. A good thief will go to a manufacturer's website to get the default combo to any model safe. Make sure you change the default combo immediately! 2. BOLT IT DOWN! This is absolutely critical. Don't think a thief can't run off with a 100 lb safe and crack it later. Thieves do this ALL THE TIME. The Gardalls come with bolting kits -- USE THEM! 3. Buy larger than you think you need. This is my first safe, and if I had to do it all over again, I probably would have bought one or two sizes larger. Remember: this is a long-term investment, so make sure you plan for the future.
Impressed w/ packaging and product
Gregory from Vancouver, WA – Verified Buyer
My safe was delivered in a timely manner and the packaging that it came in was outstanding. Even if it got roughed up in transit (and it didn't) it probably would've been fine. There was the outer shipping box, and inside of that was its own box, and inside of that was about a 3/4" thick styrofoam box. The safe was also in a plastic bag. Other companys, I found out, are not taking this much care. The safe itself is very stought, thick walled, dual lock feature; key and combination! I'd rather not mess with the electronic style ones; cost more and more to go wrong. This safe does come with a "bolt-down" feature, one hole at the bottom center and the hardware for you to secure it to the floor but only if your securing to concrete. I went out and bought a 3/8" SS lag-bolt to finish the job. Greg H.
Great construction & security but ...
Tim from Kalamazoo, MI
This item is, by far, the most solidly built, secure safe you'll find for the money. The only thing preventing me from giving a 5-star rating is the instructions that accompany the safe. They are just awful. It took me about 10 tries to open the door for the first time. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS VERY CAREFULLY. The combination lock on this safe is not like the old Master brand combo paddlocks we used in school! The difficulty comes in deciphering the number of rotations required to dial in the next digit. For example, the instructions read: "Turn the dial to LEFT three times. pass through the first two times and next set the number at notch." It should say: "Turn the dial to LEFT, pass through twice, then set the number at the notch." Once you understand the correct number of rotations for each digit (three for the first, two for the second, one for the third, and none for the fourth), it's fine. However, if this sounds confusing, you may want to consider spending the additional $$$ for the digital keypad. Note that the key is not an over-ride for the combination lock â€“ BOTH are required to open the safe. One additional comment: the instruction sheet for mounting looks like a 6th generation photocopy. The illustration is useless. C'mon guys. It's not that difficult to provide legible, clear instructions these days. Hire a free lance tech writer and buy a $100 laser printer! Despite my criticism here, I would recommend this safe to anyone looking for a low-cost, well-built, secure fire-safe. Reading some of the reviews associated with competing brands scared me away -- many mentioned questionable workmanship that resulted in lock failure and/or damage during shipping. Gardall is a solidly-built, no-nonsense product that does what is claims.
Formula from Rogers, MN – Verified Buyer
I'd rather not have to worry about batteries and electronics on something that's holding my important documents, so this 'old-fashioned' safe suited me well. It seems to be a very solid safe. It's sized large enough for full sheets of paper. The combo lock and key seem sturdy and haven't given me any trouble yet. I also like that it includes the hardware needed to attach it to a concrete floor. The included tray is nice as well, but it would have been nice to have more than one. Some hooks inside the door for hanging keys would be a nice addition too.
Wonderful, easy to use, safe!!!
ppeters71 from Millard NE
I've spent 22 years in the US Air Force and used several safes during that time. For home use and cost concideration, I feel this is the ultimate safe for homeowners/renters. It really is the best bang for your buck. It's heavy duty, has digital lock (if you enter the wrong combo you'll be locked out for five minutes), and is spacious. There's a small upper drawer for, I'd suppose, jewelery and other personal possessions I find to be great. By the way, I lined mine with felt. Below is the rest of the safe. I do agree it would be nice if there was another shelf. At the same time, I'm putting into the safe documents I won't often be viewing. therefor, I've no problem with having to stack them in an order that I understand. I say run, don't walk, to purchase this safe. It's easy to program and operate (although I'll admit the instructions seem to be written by someone who doesn't speak english as a primary language). If you read through the instructions once or twice, and I'm talking less than five minutes, you'll be more than ready to set yourself up. It's cake - like butter! I recommend this safe to anyone who wants one for home use, easily!!! It's worth every penny. I now understand why this is the safe-of-choice for "It Takes A Thief" reality show.
Good safe, few querks
71 chevelle from pa
I recieved the safe and it looked good and was packed very nicely. There are just a few things that I am not exstatic about. First the hinges are on the outside when I like them to be hidden in the door. I knew this buying the safe so I cant complain too much. The big thing was the mounting hardware. Mounting this to the floor with this hardware was terrible. It wiggled around and seemed as if I could rip it right out of the floor with enough effort. I went to the local hardware store and got a 9/16 bolt 2 big washers, a lock washer and a big nut. Put the bolt right through the floor and dug the head into the floor so nobody can get it out from the under side. Now the safe wont budge an inch. Seems like a good little safe and I would recomend it to others. gets a great rating and is nice and thick.
A good safe.
Robert from Valencia, PA – Verified Buyer
PROS: Eeay to program the 6 digit code Two codes per safe Batteries accessable from outside Seems to be good protection against Included inside shelf Hole to anchor to floor/shelf CONS: No backup key system (only electronic lock) Pictures shows to locking bolts on left side, but right side has only one fixed bar
Best Deal Around
jerry from Pembroke, NH – Verified Buyer
I bough one safe about a month ago and i purchase another for my sister because she love how well made it was. I check the price in Concord N.H. and they gave me 20% off the retail price and it still was $73 more than Wayfair and i would off have to bring it home. It was delivered very fast and in good condition.
Peace of mind
Amphibian from New York, NY – Verified Buyer
I use it to put small home valuables like extra cash, jewelry, passports, etc. It's peace of mind for when we have sitters, contractors, party guests, etc. coming in and out of our home. The plastic turn knob and digital panel covering feel cheap and easily breakable in comparison to everything else. If it were kicked in (doubtful to happen, but you never know), the safe would probably not open, but I'm not sure how I would be able to retrieve the contents. Otherwise, it all seems very solid and secure.
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NOLA from New Orleans, La
After reading many reviews, and shopping around for a few weeks, I continually returned to this product being the best value for the money... especially the option to mount it into place with the anchor bolt... There are a lot of safes to choose from, but for under $300 this really seems to be the best value... the safe allows you to have two separate passcodes for access, no key option, but that is what I wanted anyway... Nice safe, no regrets at all!