Long time lurker, first time poster. I've been a hobbyist for a year or two now and have spent most of my time on pretty much every padlock I could get my hands on(including a number of no.3's) as well as kwikset and schlage locks and deadbolts. I was beginning to get pretty confident in myself but this masterlock padlock has kicked my behind.
The plug is fairly loose and the pin springs are fairly strong compared to other locks I've toyed with. Usually, I try scrubbing first and sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. In this case, it doesn't and never has so far. When scrubbing fails, I switch modes to single pin picking and can usually get most padlocks in a minute or two(or less, depending on the lock) this way but not this one.
I own this lock and I have the key. The front pin is pinned very high, while the others are very low. Even having the key in front of me, I just can't seem to get this lock. I probably don't know all the "technically correct" names of the picks I've tried but I've used a number of diamond and hook shaped picks to try to manipulate the rear pins without touching the front pin but for the life of me, I just can't seem to get it and it's rather frustrating.
Any tips on how to deal with a lock like this would be greatly appreciated. I can post the key code too if anyone is interested.
Thanks for reading and love the site!