Keeping your loved ones safe sometimes means holding down a steady job and saving money. Sometimes that means learning to defend yourself effectively and legally. Sometimes that means staying out of sketchy areas, or keeping your temper in check behind the wheel of a car.
Sometimes keeping your loved ones safe means protecting them from themselves.
If you have knives, firearms, ammunition, or other potentially dangerous items in the home, you need to do the responsible thing and lock them up.
The model 91006 electronic digital safe made by Bunker Hill and imported by Harbor Freight is an inexpensive way to keep curious fingers away from your belongings.
The safe is 22-3/4″ high, 14″ wide, and 13″ deep. It’s very possible to hide this safe in a cabinet, closet, or large piece of furniture.
The safe’s walls are made of 9 gauge steel, and the door is made out of thicker 5 gauge steel.
The safe weighs about 80 pounds empty according to Harbor Freight Tools. I was able to carry the safe around without any problem, so I’d say it’s probably closer to 60. Either that or my workouts are really paying off.
If you choose, you can mount four wheels (included) to the bottom of the safe. They don’t swivel, so you can only really push the safe in one direction. Fine adjustment of the safe’s position is best done by picking it up. I recommend removing the wheels and anchoring the safe to the floor once you have it where you want it.
This safe is a little weird to open. There’s a keypad, and you key in your combination. Then you have to turn the bolt dial, which is a big plastic knob to the left of the keypad. THEN you have to open the safe door handle, like you would on any ordinary safe.
The keypad and bolt release dial feel very cheap. There is a thin plastic membrane in front of the keys, and I don’t think it would hold up to heavy use.
Locking the safe back up is also a little weird. On a normal safe, you shut the door and turn the door handle. That’s it. On this safe, you have to shut the door, turn the door handle, and then turn the black plastic bolt knob. If you don’t do this last part, you can turn the safe door handle and open the safe again. Make sure you practice this a few times so you don’t accidentally leave your safe unlocked when you think that it’s secured.
One thing I don’t like about this safe is the emergency entry system. Every safe I’ve seen with an electric entry has a manual backup. If the batteries to your keypad die, there is usually a way to open the safe via a key. The Harbor Freight safe is no exception. The thing I don’t like about it, though, is that the lock is a Tubular pin tumbler lock. While resistant to typical picking techniques, they can be brute forced via other methods.
The safe’s backup lock is behind this plastic panel. I would have preferred a different kind of lock.
The interior of the safe is very plain, but that’s what I expected. There is a misshapen felt square that doesn’t really cover the bottom of the safe. The felt is to cover the bolt holes that allow you to bolt the safe to the floor. The safe’s interior edges are a little rough but not sharp enough to cut you.
One steel shelf is included, and it’s a LOT more sturdy than I expected. I keep my ammunition in this safe, and that stuff gets heavy.
The safe’s keypad is powered by four C batteries, which are included. Keeping with the budget nature of this safe, the battery door is held shut by packing tape. WTF?? Oh well, it does the job I guess:
This safe is not going to keep out a hardened thief. The walls are too thin, and the safe is too light. If they don’t defeat the safe in your home, they could just throw it on a hand cart. I highly recommend bolting the safe to the floor.
What this safe is good for is for locking up a handgun, ammunition, private documents (like your birth certificate or social security card), etc when there are youngsters about or if someone is going to watch your house for you.
This is not my primary (or even secondary) safe, but I bought it because I wanted to secure my ammunition, and to keep it separate from my firearms. I bought it on sale ($99 down from $139) and then used a 20% off coupon to bring the price to $80 before tax. Not bad. I would like this safe a lot less at full price.
If you’re a firearms owner, you owe it to yourself — and your family — to lock up your stuff. This rolling safe from Harbor Freight might do the trick for you.
Recommended – conditionally