Automatic Gate Operators
There are a lot of different automatic gate operators, and these devices are also called gate openers. When you have an automatic gate installed, you’ll need to make sure you choose the right opener.
A top swing arm operator is the most common type used for homes and businesses. It’s not uncommon for these types of openers to last for many years. The drawback of these types of openers is their aesthetic appeal; they’re not much to look at because they are large and highly visible. These types of gates can be programmed using any type of automatic gate operators.
Hydraulic arm opening operators are more expensive, but very durable and able to move gates weighing 2,200 pounds or more. These units work on the hydraulic premise, but don’t use limit switches. Gate openers that operate hydraulically have mechanical positive stops, which are used to open and close the gate and keep them in position. These models are typically not recommended for solar installation due to the requirement of a hydraulic pump that must run on VAC power.
In-ground or below belt gate operators are used for higher end installations, where looks are everything. Think hospitals and Fortune 500 companies. Typically an under-ground operates on gates that separate in the middle, they are available in hydraulic and electric models. Most often an in-ground operator is attached to columns as part of the internal skeleton, and has a thrust bearing assembly that lets the gate stay in place if the drive must be removed and repaired.
Lastly, sliding automatic gates are the type most commonly used for commercial installation projects. However, these models are also excellent for a home driveway gate when the site has restrictions or limitations. Generally, this type of automatic gate needs to be installed by skilled professionals and is not for a do-it-yourself amateur. A sliding gate is an especially good choice for homeowners that have property on a steep incline. Other times these models will work quite well in areas where a swing gate would be impractical or impossible to use. You can use different kinds of automatic gate operators when you install a sliding gate.
The type of automatic gate you install is going to determine what kind of automatic gate operators you can use. No matter what type of gate you choose to have installed, you should always hire professionals to do the job because it’s complicated and requires knowledge to ensure it’s done safely and properly. Please contact Aberdeen Custom Gate & Iron to discuss your gate installation and operator needs.