Mail Boss 7506 Mail Manager Locking Security Mailbox, Black
From Mail Boss
Our Price: $97.98
(4.5 stars, based on 734 reviews)
The Mail Manager locking security mailbox by Mail Boss is USPS Approved for residential use and protects against mail theft and vandalism. Its innovative design accepts mail bundles and small packages, yet deters fishing. Made of heavy-gauge galvanized steel, Mail Manager includes a patented anti-pry latch locking mechanism to prevent leveraged entry and a high-security 12-disc wafer lock with 3 laser cut keys. Never worry about your mail being stolen again, with the Mail Manager secure lockable mailbox.
- Sales Rank: #1816 in Home Improvement
- Color: Black
- Brand: Mail Boss
- Model: 7506
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 11.25" h x 10.75" w x 21.00" l, 26.30 pounds
- USPS Approved full-service residential locking mailbox prevents mail-identity theft
- 14- and 16-gauge electro galvanized welded steel construction defends against vandalism
- Innovative baffle door accepts small packages and deters fishing
- Patented anti-pry latch locking mechanism prevents leveraged entry
- Includes concealed outgoing mail clip, 12-disc wafer lock, 3 keys and all necessary installation hardware
From the Manufacturer
The Mail Manager locking security mailbox by Mail Boss is USPS Approved for residential use, and protects against mail theft and vandalism. Its innovative design accepts mail bundles and small packages, yet deters fishing. Made of heavy-gauge galvanized steel, Mail Manager includes a patented anti-pry latch locking mechanism to prevent leveraged entry, and a high-security 12-disc wafer lock with 3 laser cut keys. Never worry about your mail being stolen again, with the Mail Manager secure lockable mailbox.
Most helpful customer reviews
241 of 243 people found the following review helpful.
Very good locking mailbox - probably the best in this price range.
By Futbol and Football Fanatic
Due to a rash of mail theft in my area, I decided to upgrade my locking mail box to something that is more difficult to fish (most of this is people just coming by and reaching in for whatever they can get), as well as more difficult to pry open. I also wanted to be able to receive small packages which this box covers very well without adding exposure to fishing.
After reading reviews, the Mail Manager is the box that I ordered and installed this past weekend.
The box that it replaces is an older version of the Gibraltar MSK00000 mailbox available here on Amazon and the box stores for about $60. My box was older but looked exactly the same. That mailbox was too easy to fish by hand and certainly with any tool that helps reach further into the box. It also appeared it would be very easy to pry open, which I verified after installing my new box. It took me about three seconds to pry it open with a screw driver, and it would probably take about a second to do so, now that I know how.
On to the Mail Manager. Overall, I like the box, particularly for the price paid. The hopper accepts small packages and is designed so that you'd have to have extremely thin hands and arms to fish it by hand (if it is possible at all) and there is no angle for a grabber tool to fish with. I suspect someone adept at using a sticky object suspended from string might be able to get some stuff out, but they'd have their work cut out for them, and if they went to that much effort, would probably just pry the box open instead.
As to prying the box open, while the lock and steel case are noticeably heavier duty than the box it replaces (and other boxes in this price range), I don't believe it would stand up to a serious attempt to pry it open. I did a little test with a screw driver, and it is easy to get the driver in to pry the side or top of the locked door and the metal does start to bend pretty readily. I didn't go all the way to trying to pop it, as I don't want to damage the box I just purchased, but I would be surprised if it stood up to a serious attempt. If the lock stood up (which it well might),
I think the door would bend open enough to allow for mail to be taken, and then the door and/or box would need to be replaced. On the bright side, you would know that you had something stolen, which is much better than boxes that are easily fished and you don't know if/what has been stolen.
- Box is very easy to install on an existing wooden post or rail, provided you have appropriate socket wrench available. I used one of the Gator Grip universal socket wrenches and it worked fine. From unboxing to completed installation was less then 30 minutes for a one person install.
- Box is very secure from hand fishing and grabber tools, and probably difficult with other improvised tools.
- Hopper accepts small packages as well as mail.
- Nice size. Not too big, but should hold several days worth of mail for most families.
- Heavier duty lock and construction than other boxes in this price range.
- For someone looking for a box that can't be pried, you want to look for heavier grade steel and tighter tolerances on fit and finish, so that is not so easy to get a screw driver or other pry tool into the top or sides of the locking door. Of course, you need a strong lock that is not easily pickable, too. And you'd have to pay at least a few hundred dollars more to get a box like that.
- From what I can tell, the Mail Manager is probably the best you can get in this price range.
- Because Mail Boss makes a big deal in their ads about preventing mail theft and showing guys prying open competitors' mail boxes, I rated this a four star product instead of five stars. I don't think it delivers on the level of security they imply, but for the price range, I think it does a good job.
- For people that want a box that is significantly more secure, Fort Knox mail boxes appear to be one good way to go. They use 1/4" steel (that is far thicker than any official gauge ratings) and have pretty tight tolerances where the door edges meet the box. I looked at one hands on in a local store that sells security items and can tell you that there is no way you pry one of these open; no way to get a tool to get in with good leverage and the metal absolutely will not bend.
Further, the mail slot is not something people could successfully fish with hand or grabber tool (possibly other methods?). I consider a door over the incoming mail slot mandatory to protect from rain and critters. For a mailbox with a door (instead of just an open mail slot as their base models provide), their lowest cost model (Fortress) is $348 plus shipping on their website. My local store lists it at $445 plus tax. You may need a new post install (with a significant concrete base) to hold the mail box which weighs about 100lbs, and you'd be well advised to have two people to install something that heavy.
You're talking well over $500 including post, plus time and labor. From a money and labor point of view, it is a significant step up from the $100 range of the Mail Manager, but it would buy you much more security than anything else I've researched at any price point.
78 of 80 people found the following review helpful.
looks and feels like a very high quality product although water does seem to get in when rains.
By Robin M
Very Sturdy mailbox.
As with most people here, there has been a rash of mail thefts in our area so I wanted to get a good locking mailbox. After reading reviews I opted to purchase this item and was not disappointed when it arrived. It was much heavier and larger than I'd thought it'd be, very well constructed from thick steel with a nice coating. There was no comparison with our old 'regular' thin-walled metal box, that weighed nothing, this is pretty heavy, at over 20lbs! Make sure your post is in good condition.
The front mail receive flap is very strong and has a full hinge along its lower edge, I tried to fish my hand in the slot and could not get anywhere in the main box. The lower compartment has a reinforced metal welded front panel and anti-pry feature around the lock - to me this looks pretty hard to open up even with a crow bar.
The box mounts with lag bolts and from the inside so cannot be removed without opening the lower box part (the received mail area). It was nice that the kit came with the lag bolts AND the drill bit needed, that was really nice.
I will addend my review if we get a break in or it fails but looking at the box the thieves would likely move on to an easier box I think.
It was definitely heavier and larger than I thought it'd be so you may want to check on the size and weight in the description to make sure it works for you, but for me that worked out well.
As for a negative, that would be that some water was able to get in, it rained A LOT this weekend and was pretty windy and I did note some minimal water getting in at the bottom of the lower compartment towards the back not sure where it got in from and if that is to be expected with heavy rain, however it does have drainage holes and a liner that holds the mail up from the base so did not effect the mail.
Although no break in's yet I have noted water getting in with heavy rain as noted in the initial review - may last mail delivery did get wet somewhat. My last mailbox which was about $20 did no ever let water in so I will take off a star for that. I still like the box for it's primary need (mail theft) but a little bummed it lets water in. Will likely need to buy a higher riser in the floor box, the liner that comes with it needs to be higher.
Update: does seem to let mail get wet when raining. I emailed mail boss support to see it there's something I could do or where to seal but never received a reply. 3 stars overall.
87 of 91 people found the following review helpful.
By Bob V
I had high hopes for this mailbox and it seemed to work quite well when other conventional mailboxes in the row down on the street were robbed several times since I'd installed it in June 2016. However, a few nights ago it fell victim to someone with a pry bar. The "wings" the design includes apparently meant for appearance and weather protection ended making a perfect fulcrum for prying the door open. Luckily, all we've been receiving is junk mail. Will probably go with a P.O. Box now.