[21] Harbor Freight Safe Picked Open

  • Published: 20 August 2015
  • PSA - Stay away from these safes! I use mine to store dangerous chemicals I use in metalwork, to keep my son away. But he's turning 5 soon... I may need something higher security to keep him away!

    EDIT - My thoughts on this "safe" are evolving. When one considers the other products in the same size and price class, this HF "safe" compares well. Most size/price comparables are constructed of much thinner thin sheet metal and have equally terrible locks. Thus, if this is the best you can afford, go for it... though I would highly recommend swapping out the cam lock with something a bit more robust.

Comments • 195

  • benyamin chen
    benyamin chen  3 weeks back

    big like I am locksmith with license, I tried to find universal key like that and I didn't find, where can I find that for buying?

    • Kardboard Kenny
      Kardboard Kenny  1 months back

      it took longer to describe, than to pick...only 7 secs. amazingly cheap trash.

      • Carlos De Nova
        Carlos De Nova  1 months back

        What tool is that called

        • Drew Farmer
          Drew Farmer  2 months back

          Just checking out some of your old videos. Love your work brother. I started picking on a harbor freight safe similar to this with a different locking mechanism. Ah good times

          • Alpha Romeo
            Alpha Romeo  2 months back

            All the Safe lock in Hotel is JANCK

            • Alpha Romeo
              Alpha Romeo  2 months back


              • undar8ed1
                undar8ed1  2 months back

                If you have one of these safes and after watching this vid are feeling more naked than when you popped out the womb and want to secure it better use super glue to destroy/gum up the keyhole get it nice and deep or even better if you can weld :) , you will lose the key function but just be extra vigilant on the low battery light for the keypad.

                • Leggo MuhEggo
                  Leggo MuhEggo  2 months back

                  I need this as mine never showed low battery indication, but the electronics went dead.

                  • ALUMINUM CRUSHER
                    ALUMINUM CRUSHER  2 months back

                    I heard that they upgraded and they are no longer easy yo get into just by tapping on the top, or picking it with a key pick as in this video. But how true that is ....i don't know😄

                    • ALUMINUM CRUSHER
                      ALUMINUM CRUSHER  2 months back

                      So what's a good rifle/ gun safe to buy? Thanks

                      • ALUMINUM CRUSHER
                        ALUMINUM CRUSHER  2 weeks back

                        @jphilb ...thanks

                      • jphilb
                        jphilb  2 weeks back

                        Liberty Safes. Or the Cabela branded Bass Pro versions.

                      • Shredders
                        Shredders  1 months back

                        THAT'S the question I'm surfing the comments for an answer to!

                    • Rico Correa
                      Rico Correa  3 months back

                      Hi, I've been unable to pick my harbor freight safe and I think its because the lock was turned to the right instead of to the left.......any ideas on how to proceed?

                      • Stephen Sentelle
                        Stephen Sentelle  3 months back

                        Lololol. Yikes!

                        • Maximaniac72
                          Maximaniac72  3 months back

                          These are the best safes ever. Simply buy at least 10 of them and put them all over the house. Then put your valuables under a couch cushion. The thieves will be so dazzled by the safes they won't even bother looking elsewhere for loot!;)

                          • Pat Wong
                            Pat Wong  1 months back

                            Love your comment made laughed. Thanks 😊.

                          • Operational 117
                            Operational 117  3 months back

                            Twisted World
                            Yep. A common saying: “The best hiding spot is in plain sight.”

                        • qq84
                          qq84  5 months back

                          The most hotel safes are much easier to open - they mostly don´t change the standard master combination.

                          • soapy adams
                            soapy adams  5 months back

                            One needs only to use a potato, other YouTube videos on this exist for the doubting Thomases.

                            • AllAroundMan
                              AllAroundMan  6 months back

                              Horror Fright

                              • Ben B
                                Ben B  6 months back

                                Is it me, or if you spend more $ at retail level you get stuff that's EASIER to crack!?

                                • Clay3613
                                  Clay3613  6 months back

                                  Harbor Freight no longer carries this model, FYI.

                                  • Shane Miller
                                    Shane Miller  7 months back

                                    I have one and lost the key. I would have liked to see it pin picked.

                                    • Matthew McCauley
                                      Matthew McCauley  8 months back

                                      What brand of gun safe would you recommend?

                                      • Matthew McCauley
                                        Matthew McCauley  8 months back

                                        I won't be buying one of these. Thanks for the video.

                                        • Duc Kaito Kid 3421
                                          Duc Kaito Kid 3421  8 months back

                                          This thing just for kid store candy on it😂😂😂😂

                                          • Mark Kanzler
                                            Mark Kanzler  9 months back

                                            So, if you have that lockpick tool, what's to stop you from opening ANY safe with that type of key? Is the cheap safe really that much worse (Or, are expensive safes a lot better)?

                                            • Grad3r
                                              Grad3r  9 months back

                                              What budget gin safe you recommend?

                                              • LK G
                                                LK G  9 months back

                                                what is the best cheap safe to buy

                                                • Jaydaytoday
                                                  Jaydaytoday  10 months back

                                                  couldn't you do the same with any safe with a lock like that. Not to mention that 99% of the thiefs aren't going to be carrying a tool like that anyways.

                                                  • mounik nani
                                                    mounik nani  10 months back

                                                    I want know the price of the locker

                                                    • Christopher Sanchez
                                                      Christopher Sanchez  11 months back

                                                      These tools are for sale for the general public! Damn.

                                                      • Penny Wagner
                                                        Penny Wagner  11 months back

                                                        Just epoxy the lock tumbler, and don't forget your combo.

                                                        • TNGam3rz
                                                          TNGam3rz  2 weeks back

                                                          Penny Wagner then 1 year down the line and either you forget to replace the batteries or the pad fails

                                                      • BX B
                                                        BX B  1 years back

                                                        I'll bet you never spent a long time in jail. LOL

                                                        • GKeyman565
                                                          GKeyman565  1 years back

                                                          I just opened one just like that for a guy at work, bop the top and its open, he lost his key, and ran batteries dead. But if you add a spring to hold the selinoid unlocking plate up better, its harder to bop into it.
                                                          But the lock is still its weekest link.

                                                          • Uber You Tuber
                                                            Uber You Tuber  1 years back

                                                            tubular locks SUCK! easy as hell to get into those. So far from reading the posts below (including LPL's) that the tube lock sucks, the electronic keypad can have its wires fished out and connected to a 9 volt battery and opened, a hanger can be fished through to push the reset button, and you can bang on the top of this while pushing the dial to the right to move the solenoid and open the door. HOWEVER, remedies include replacing the tube lock with a Abloy cam lock of the same depth (anyone know this depth?), gluing the wires in place so they can't be fished out (do I use super glue?) , bolting the safe to the floor and the wall (or bouncy carpet) to keep the solenoids from moving, welding a hardened chain around it with an Abus 10 padlock, anything else? :)

                                                            I agree with LPL that many of the safes in this price range have metal as thin as filing cabinets. At least this is a strong starting point because the metal on it is pretty thick comparatively. IF it is .2 inches as someone mentioned, that is 6 gauge steel-most much more expensive safes have 12 gauge steel at best. so the box is pretty good.

                                                            LPL, is there a way to eliminate the keypad function from use and tampering and simply use the newly installed abloy cam lock to open the safe? what would I have to do cut the wires completely?

                                                            We are smart guys, let's put our heads together on a simple and cheap solution to make this work.

                                                            • Uber You Tuber
                                                              Uber You Tuber  1 years back

                                                              so you completely removed the digital capability of the safe by removing the solenoid? I guess it makes it more secure but it hurts your quick access b/c you have to find the key. Also, I saw one video where a guy said that the front of the cam locks can be chisel-sheared off and then poke the solenoid through the hole where the cam lock was. Also, in the same video he said to remove and stretch the spring so that it can't be bump opened so easily. In addition, he said to cut a groove 1 inch from the top of the solenoid rod, then knife-edge the bracket where it touches the solenoid rod so that if someone is trying to move the solenoid while turning the handle, the pressure of the bracket on the solenoid rod as it slides down will catch on the groove and stop the rod from going down and opening the safe. If you remove the digital cover, there is a long slot in the door of the safe where you can poke a stick through to the solenoid so he welded an angle iron piece to keep this from happening. I guess you can also install a hasp with a secure lock on it but it again hurts your quick access. I agree with you in that these seem to be pretty good "steel boxes" but suck as safes unless significant modifications are made. but then again, all the small safes in this price range need the same modifications.

                                                              I have two of these right now was going to experiment to see if I can make it a PITA to get in and try to cover all of these contingencies. crossing my fingers thanks for your great videos!

                                                            • LockPickingLawyer
                                                              LockPickingLawyer   1 years back

                                                              I have one on which I’ve removed the solenoid and replaced the cam lock. It’s about a secure as you can make these without adding steel, and it’s fast.

                                                          • Slade Darklighter
                                                            Slade Darklighter  1 years back

                                                            Is it a pen? Oh, but that works also

                                                            • 57thorns
                                                              57thorns  1 years back

                                                              Isn't this the kind of safe often used in hotels? With an override "security" code of 000000? You can set your own 4 digit code of course, but using 6 0's is easier.

                                                            • coolspot18
                                                              coolspot18  1 years back

                                                              Can you do safe reviews too? Are there any decent models for ~$150 - $200 range?

                                                              • bird718
                                                                bird718  1 years back

                                                                can't expect much from harbor freight $36.99 safe but.... that's really really bad security

                                                                • kiwiadventures nz
                                                                  kiwiadventures nz  1 years back

                                                                  screw the thing to a wall (cant vibrate the solenoid spring down)and tack weld a bead on the key lock(key wont go in) you will have to cut it open

                                                                  • Ahmad Hamza Balad
                                                                    Ahmad Hamza Balad  1 years back

                                                                    But can you get into the second lock on the inside

                                                                    • zbyszanna
                                                                      zbyszanna  1 years back

                                                                      Is the impressionist tool reusable?

                                                                    • Eyrien Gaming
                                                                      Eyrien Gaming  1 years back

                                                                      what do you call that tool?

                                                                    • Mr Crowley
                                                                      Mr Crowley  1 years back

                                                                      I need that key. In a world of atm smash and grabs what can you call safe anymore?

                                                                      • Wolf
                                                                        Wolf  1 years back

                                                                        i'm not familiar with the harbor freight version , but these are generic made-in-china "safes"
                                                                        They have a reset button on the hindge side of the door. And that button is accesable through the mounting holes at the bottom.

                                                                        I have only once failed to open these in under a minute. And that time the customer had tried to get in by forcing the lock , after the batteries died.

                                                                        • Sunny Wu
                                                                          Sunny Wu  2 years back

                                                                          I guess you can always buy one, take a dump in it, and surprise the next guy who tries to break into it. XD

                                                                          • joseph garcia
                                                                            joseph garcia  2 years back

                                                                            What about the new harbor freight---
                                                                            Union safe of company
                                                                            Have you tried picking one of them open. I noticed they did sum altering on it.

                                                                            • TheMidnightrdr
                                                                              TheMidnightrdr  2 years back

                                                                              LockPickingLawyer I would like to know your thoughts on this one as well. Same safe, new paint job I suspect...?

                                                                          • Richard's World Traveler

                                                                            You should have opened it with more common items.

                                                                            • Don'z Lockz
                                                                              Don'z Lockz  2 years back

                                                                              I think I would do as you said and weld a hasp on it with a descent padlock. Too many similar safes have the same vulnerabilities.👍

                                                                              • that zombies player
                                                                                that zombies player  2 years back

                                                                                What if I want to shoot it open or melt it and use it for a metal foundry

                                                                                • Maj. Dude
                                                                                  Maj. Dude  2 years back

                                                                                  Really, who am I trying to keep out of my lock box?
                                                                                  My kids, so they don't spend my silver quarters at Chuck E Cheese,
                                                                                  My HS age neighbors, who might see I'm away for a while,
                                                                                  and junkies, who are always up for a crime of opportunity.
                                                                                  I don't expect "Oceans 11" is going to show up to rob me.