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1.0 out of 5 stars Fancy, Expensive, Metal Box, NOT A SAFE, December 20, 2012
This review is from: Rhino 5942 XP Series Gun Safe - 39 Gun Capacity by Rhino Metals Gun Safes (Office Product)
Review of the Rhino Metals, RHINO Series Safes........
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.
1) 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.
2) The door is listed as a massive 4.5" thick composite door. What they really meant is that it that the door has a single layer of 3/16" plate on the front, followed by a 90% coverage of sheetrock against the inside of the plate, then a ton of air space and then 2 more layers of sheetrock. So that massive 4.5" thick composite door really has but only one layer of 3/16" plate steel protection period! There is minimal additional steel protection around the lock mechanism, but just enough to protect the dial/electronic latching area only.
3) The 3/16 in plate is stitch welded to the inner door frame. The stitch welding accounts for about a 20% coverage around the frame, about 1.5" to either side of the center of each bolts and then a few extra 3" beads here and there. They listed the body as continuously welded, I guess the door is not considered part of the body and therefore stitch welding it is acceptable. After all, thieves never pry on the door, Right?.
4) The door has only 4 active bolts on the open side with 4 fixed bolts on the hinged side. No bolts on the top or bottom. The fixed bolts may be 1 inch in diameter but have been turned down in size to ¾" where they are bolted to the door and locking mechanism. The bolts are attached (bolted) to the safe with SMALL 5/16" hardware. Therefore making them far less than 1 inch true door bolts.
5) The doors active bolts move through rough cut holes in the door frame with no sleeves or guides, just riding on the thinner gauge material they use in the door frame.
6) All four active bolts are mounted on one fixed plate that moves all the bolts together at one time, so once the thief gets one moving they all will move together.
7) The upper and lower bolts have tension adjustment in the door jamb, yet the middle two do not. The holes are oversized and not tight.
8) The lock handle mechanism feels a bit rough and sluggish, not nearly as smooth as others out there. The handle appear to be directly linked to the movement with no slip clutch for added protection.
9) 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.
10) 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.
11) The safe has two fire seals. The outer seal is metal to metal and fits well. The inner seal is metal to carpet (barely, almost misses that). 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.
12) They say the safe is pre drilled for floor mounting and it is, kind of. The bottom metal of the body is drilled, however the sheetrock and carpet are not. So if you don't punch the holes through from the bottom prior to removing the shipping feet, good luck finding the holes without removing the safes interior (what a pain that could be).
13) The safe has a UL RSC rating, basically that means it has the ability to withstand 5 full minutes of rigorous prying, drilling, punching, chiseling, and tampering. Don't count on this safe (fancy, expensive, metal box) being secured for any length of time after that.
14) I purchase this safe more for its fire rating than its theft security rating. I am optimistic that should the first fire seal do its job (I have little to no faith in the second seal), the safe should meet my fire protection needs.
15) 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, bolts mounted with 5/16" hardware to safe frame, door is stitch welded, other areas appear to not be fully weld as well, not sure about the whole locking mechanism). I hope never have to test either quality of this safe.
16) To put it in a nutshell, the first impression is good if you are looking for overall appearance of the exterior and not true security. However, this safe is nowhere near a good as they make it sound and nowhere near as good as I had hoped it would be. There are far better products out there to choose from. Don't get fooled like I did, do some research, get your money's worth and solid security, my next safe will NOT be from Rhino Metals.
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