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Old 01-24-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Toolbox Lock Help

I have a Kobalt "Better Built" truck toolbox, and let me say, the lock mechanism is pretty damn cheap. Half the time I leave it unlocked just because I can barely get the key in to unlock it. The little metal "plate" over the actual keyhole doesn't really want to move when I try to slide the key in. Once I actually get the key past the "plate," I have to jiggle the key around for about 20 seconds to get it to go in all the way. I have not tried graphite lube or anything, I may try that before I do anything else.

My question: Is there a good way to retrofit the toolbox handle to throw on a padlock or something on there? I would like to do it to both sides because I've heard stories of Kobalt boxes that just get pried from the non-lock side to get into.

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I should also mention, I have the pull handles with the lock cylinder on one side, shown in this picture.



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I have a Kobalt "Better Built" truck toolbox, and let me say, the lock mechanism is pretty damn cheap. Half the time I leave it unlocked just because I can barely get the key in to unlock it. The little metal "plate" over the actual keyhole doesn't really want to move when I try to slide the key in. Once I actually get the key past the "plate," I have to jiggle the key around for about 20 seconds to get it to go in all the way. I have not tried graphite lube or anything, I may try that before I do anything else.

My question: Is there a good way to retrofit the toolbox handle to throw on a padlock or something on there? I would like to do it to both sides because I've heard stories of Kobalt boxes that just get pried from the non-lock side to get into.

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The lock latch is adjustable but that doesn't seem to be your problem.

I would try the lube first.

You could always add a lock easily



I have had the same box for a few years and you can't just easily pry up the non-locking side. That side still has a latch on it.
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The lock latch is adjustable but that doesn't seem to be your problem.

I would try the lube first.

You could always add a lock easily

I have had the same box for a few years and you can't just easily pry up the non-locking side. That side still has a latch on it.
Well, for future reference for anyone, I sprayed some PB Blaster all-purpose lube a couple times into the lock, and the key works like a charm now. I noticed I may have to spray the lock every once in a while (kept the lube in my rear door pocket) but now the lock works perfectly.

Thanks Skip.

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Well, for future reference for anyone, I sprayed some PB Blaster all-purpose lube a couple times into the lock, and the key works like a charm now. I noticed I may have to spray the lock every once in a while (kept the lube in my rear door pocket) but now the lock works perfectly.

Thanks Skip.

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It may be living in NH BUT I have a 3 oz. can of Lock-ease for just that reason''.. 2 years and counting on that small can

Small locks at times SUCK...BUT you get in the habit of PM'n and WOW ...I have my Betterbuilt Tacoma box,a Pro-Tech on the Mack Office and 3 Masters for misc . shed locks for supplies....The minute they act up...a little extra keeps them working and my Blood pressure down...
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