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Medeco Maxum 11*603 door lock

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Type: High-security door locks
About - Medeco Maxum 11*603

The Medeco Maxum 11*603 is part of the door lock test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, door lock models like the Maxum 11*603 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Kick-in as sold:
Resistance to kick-in as sold is how well the lock survived increasingly forceful impacts using the hardware it comes with.

Drilling shows how well the lock stood up to assaults with a drill.

Picking shows how well the lock stood up to the lock-picking efforts of our experts.
User Reviews - Medeco Maxum 11*603
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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Would not Recommend Purchasing
Perceived High Rating
Malfunction Easily
very expensive
Best Uses
I purchases four of these locks 13 months ago. In month 11, 2 of the 4 locks stopped turning and a technician repaired them free of charge. In Month 13, one of the locks that was repaired is having problems and on one of the original that did not require repair the thumb turn fell off. Of course the warranty is only one year. These locks are far too expensive to get 12 months use out of.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Locked me in my own home
Serious design flaw
very expensive
Best Uses
I had mine installed by an authorized Medeco dealer. Installed price was significantly higher than that shown in the rating. One morning I was leaving my home for work and when I went to unlock the deadbolt the thumbturn came off in my hand. The Medeco thumbturn is held onto the lock by a tiny screw and without this tiny screw the thumbturn just spins and has nothing to grab onto to turn the lock mechanism. I live in an upper floor of a high-rise with only one door in and out of my home from the building hallway. As a result, I was trapped in my home. I had to call for help and when help arrived I had to slide my Medeco key under the door so they could unlock the Medeco deadbolt from the outside. As luck would have it I was only late to work that day, but what if I had been trying to exit because of a fire or other emergency? I don't understand how a design could be such that if a tiny screw fails the lock is rendered altogether inoperable and feel Consumer Reports should take this into consideration before recommending a product.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Pin design protects it from bumping
Cheaper Then Primus
Commercial Grade
Drill Resistent
Residential Style Avail
Retrofit Kits Available
Sold Only By Locksmiths
Solid Contruction
Ul 437
Duplicates Are Expensive
Metalballs Impair Install
Best Uses
Exterior doors
Brass finishes will always degrade faster then Satin Nickel when exposed to weather: It is not a manufacturer related and I replaced some ugly degraded Brass Schlage locks with Medeco Satin Nickel. Since these are only sold from locksmoths it is also easy to design your own master keys or keyed alike doorlock system but with cheap locks you are stuck as the come in the box.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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