The CMI Premier is a very nice safe and comes in lots of sizes, is well built with lots of clever features. The CMI Premier PRB is a popular size for those people who want a safe in their home but prefer a smaller one which is easier to hide. A common reason for the popularity of smaller safes is discretion.
Generally larger safes stick out like a sore thumb and attract the attention of sticky beaks, even ones who are friends or relatives. The Premier PRB weighs 308kg (it also has a bolt down hole ) and retails for $3115 + delivery from Sydney. It also has a slab door which are found on just about every high grade safe.
A slab door is generally thicker (than standard 12 mm steel plate doors) and is designed to deter angle grinders. A standard 12 mm plate door can be cut easily with a 100 mm or 125 mm angle grinder. The door is also constructed as a lamination of different materials to resist drilling and prying.
The one feature I do like is the “anti jack hinges” which make it very hard to use the “hinge block” as a lifting point. Currently the CMI Premier is currently made in Sydney. However with the proliferation of cheaper imports there are rumors CMI will move more of their production to Asia.
The closest equivalent to the CMI Premier is the Guardall KCR615. This safe is very close in size but weighs an extra 30 kg. The KCR currently sells for $2340 which is significantly cheaper.
You be forgiven to think that it misses out on some features but no. In fact it has additional defences in the body that the PRB does not have. Its worth noting that these higher grade safes are significantly heavier than their lighter brothers.
Significant weight can raise some installation issues. Safe delivery is a specialist trade and whilst most Locksmiths deliver the lighter safes. Installation of the CMI Premier and KCR series require careful consideration.
We have been moving safes for 15 years and regularly move safes up to 3000kg. With deliveries done all over Qld installing these smaller safes is a doddle, call us today for more info even you are located elsewhere in Australia.
A CMI Premier – beefy version
This heavy Lord safe weighs 1800 kg