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Reviewing Gardall Wall Safe Options
Gardall Safe has the most comprehensive line of wall safes in the industry. In 2011, the company had 12 different wall safe models. Overall, Gardall is one of the most widely carried safe manufacturers in the country with approximately 3,500 dealers nationwide.
This is incredible. To put some perspective on this, within 25 miles of my home just outside of Boston, there are over 40 dealers! This does not even include the internet only dealers. This is one popular safe company!
Besides wall safes, Gardall Safe also specialize in mostly cube shaped residential and commercial fire and burglary safes, as well as in floor safes. They do offer some full sized gun safes, but they are not quite the quality of their other product lines.
Gardall Safe separates their wall safes into three main product categories. Let’s take a look at each one in turn.
Gardall Wall Safes
Gardall Safe – Regular Duty Wall Safes
American Security Products Co. has two wall safes that is fire proof. The WFS149 and the WES149 are essentially the same safe except the WES has an electronic lock, while the WFS has a combination lock.
There are four different regular duty models from Gardall Safe, but essentially your options really boil down to two different safes. Two models fit
into a 4 inch deep wall and 2 fit into a 6 inch deep wall.
The only difference between the two models in each size
range is whether you want a key lock or an electronic lock and key. The “EK” model has the electronic and key lock, while the “K” model is the key only lock.
|WS1314-EK||4 inches||Elec. and Key|
|WS1317-EK||5.5 inches||Elec. and Key|
These safes HAVE NOT passed any UL fire or burglary certification. Prices range from approximately $279.95 to $349.95.
Bottom Line: Overall, you can get a cheaper entry level wall safe. However, the Gardall Safe entry level option is better
made and more substantial than most other entry level options. As such, your pricing is more in the middle between,
the least expensive option and the higher end wall safes.
|WS1314||27 lbs.||13.75″ x 14.5″ x 4″|
|WS1317||30 lbs.||13.75″ x 14.5″ x 5.5″|
Heavy Duty Wall Safes
Like the regular duty, the heavy duty product line from Gardall Safe has 4 different models, two of which fit in a 4 inch deep wall and the
other two fit in a 6 inch deep wall. Again, the only difference between the two models in the particular depth range
is the type of lock you want. With the heavy duty models you can get a combination lock or an electronic lock.
You also have the option of ordering the safe without the flange.
- SL-4000: (4 inch wall depth)(electronic or combination)(No Flange)
- SL-4000F: (4 inch wall depth)(electronic or combination)(Flange)
- SL-6000: (6 inch wall depth)(electronic or combination)(No Flange)
- SL-6000F: (6 inch wall depth)(electronic or combination)(Flange)
Please Note: Pricing on these models varies considerably. For example, pricing on the 4 inch deep combination
safe can vary from as low as $269 upwards to $379 or more. Also, the electronic lock option is only
supposed to cost approximately $50, but some stores charge as much as $200 or more.
|SL-4000||41 lbs.||12.375″ x 14.375″ x 4″|
|SL-6000||47 lbs.||12.375″ x 14.375″ x 6″|
Bottom Line: Gardall Safe does not disclose its steel gauge. This safe also does not have any fire or burglary rating. Thus, it
is a bit difficult to determine adequately where the extra value is for the extra cost.
However, if you look closely, you will notice that each of these safes is 10-15 lbs. heavier than the corresponding regular
duty wall safe. For a small safe, this is significant jump. If you shop around to get the safe for the lowest price,
you can get some of the models for the same, or close, price as the regular duty models.
Also, if you do not like electronic locks, you can get a combination lock on this safe, which is NOT available on the regular duty model.
Gardall Safe has 4 insulated wall safe models, but only two, in my opinion, are worth buying, which I will touch upon more below.
These four models are different from each other, so I will look at them in pairs.
Insulated – UL Fire Rating
These two models are some of the best fire rated wall safes you can buy. The two models are as follows:
Each of the models comes available with an electronic lock, the “E” model number, or a combination and key lock, the “CK” model.
These wall safes come with a 1 hour 350° F fire rating from Underwriter’s Laboratory. This fire rating means that
the safe interior was subjected to 1,700° F outside temperature for 1 hour and the interior of the safe remained at
350° F or below. Thus, your papers and firearms should be well protected.
|WMS-912||101 lbs.||13.5″ x 16.75″ x 15.25″|
|WMS-129||101 lbs.||16.75″ x 13.5″ x 15.25″|
The other aspect of these safes that I really like is that they are 101 pounds. This is over 25 pounds
heavier than the other two insulated models. This extra weight would not stop a thief from carting the safe
off to his lair, but it does suggest that this safe is well positioned for the amateur thief in a hurry and
has great insulation for fire protection.
Bottom Line: You can pick this safe up for just over $300. This is hands down a great deal compared
with other, non-fire safes that can run you over $200. Plus, even cheap wall safes can run over $100.
While I do not like to throw money away, if I am going to the trouble of cutting a hole in my wall and
installing a wall safe, I will pay the extra couple of hundred dollars for this safe versus lower priced options.
To review all fire proof wall safes, follow the link.
Insulated – No Fire Rating
These two models (WMS911-G-CK/E and WMS119-G-CK/E) are insulated but they HAVE NOT received any UL fire
certification rating. The WMS911 model is the horizontal model (it is wider than it is tall) and the WMS119
is the vertical model (taller than it is wide). If you see a “CK” at the end of the model number, then it is a
combination and key lock. The “E” at the end of the model number is an electronic lock.
Curiously, Gardall does not mention any advantage to owning either of these two safes versus the UL fire rated options. At
the suggested retail price of $410 (combination model), this price is only $40 below the UL fire rated option. Obviously,
for only $40 more you would buy the UL fire rated option.
BUT, this is not how pricing works in practice. If you can find these models, the pricing is usually around $210
(versus $325 for the UL fire rated model). Thus, the price gap is over $100.
Bottom Line: For these two models, pricing Is key. If you can get either model for around $200, then it
may be worth it to purchase. However, for my money, I would spend the extra $100 or so and get a true UL rated fire safe. Becasue these models are very difficult to find
and do not seem to offer any relative advantage for the price, I do not bother to cover the dimensions, weight, etc.