Safe Recommendations

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Paul M., Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    Well, it's finally time. I need a safe for my collection. What I'm looking for is:
    1. Weight as close to 500lbs (empty) as possible. I'd like something heavier, but it's written in my lease that I have to put down an additional deposit if it exceeds 500 lbs empty or 750 lbs with contents.
    2. Large interior capacity. I don't want to have to buy a second safe in another couple years. :)
    3. Preferably at least B rated. TL-15 would be great, but I think it's going to be hard to meet all the requirements and get a TL-15 safe with any kind of capacity.
    4. I think I prefer a mechanical lock. Digital locks just seem like an easy weakness to exploit, and I don't much like the idea of needing batteries for my safe. I do like the idea of being able to choose and change the combination myself, but security trumps this consideration, IMO. Feel free to change my mind here.
    5. Some sort of fire rating, preferably at least 1 hour. I'd like more than 1 hour if possible, but I do live literally down the street from a fire station.
    Anyone have any suggestions as to makes & models of safes that would fit this? Any good safe dealers in NorCal/SF Bay Area? I'm definitely gonna need white glove delivery on this.
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  3. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    I use a gun safe. Keep in mind, you will outgrow it. The problem I have is that a safe that is large enough and to the specs I want is simply too heavy to be practical.
  4. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    If you are going to use Hugh Wood for insurance you will need a Class B, 2-hour safe.
    Investigate Gardall safes.
  5. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    Gun safes are not a good idea......#1 not built to house coins carpet ,glues, and other chemicals will glass out.
    #2 :most gun safes other than top of the mark brands, aren't fire rated for over 1 hour.

    I shop around ,you can find some used models around town . Look up lock Smith's in your area.
    Also consider where in the new location will be a good area ,but not in the open. Try and stay on ground floor for various reasons.
  6. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    Well, Paul, I don't have a recommendation per se, since we all have different needs/wants, physical locations, security measures, etc. ;)

    However, I will point out (since it hasn't been mentioned already, & I sometimes tend toward pessimism :() that if you are going to get something so big, with such capacity that it requires other people (read: outsiders) to install, then you are advertising that you need such storage, as well as the location. So that usually requires adequate or additional security upgrades,...and people will know...& if it's the wrong people...just being pragmatic. :cool::shifty:o_O

    I use the "insurance" concept: things are spread out to lessen the loss of the whole. Between all the modern electronic/camera upgrades, and Smitty & Wes, from my security advisors (Dewey, Killem & Howe) I'm pretty much covered. :smug:;)

    I thought about moving into one of the several empty bank buildings around here & using the abandoned vaults, but they're not zoned residential. :D:D:D
  7. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    Amsec or Liberty.
    I've heard good things about
    Don @ Bay Area Safe & Vault
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