6 things you need to know about gate operators
The Electric Gate Opener is the primary equipment that moves your gate. It is also known as gate operator or a gate motor and it has a few categories: sliding gate, swing gate, overhead gate and a barrier gate. Elite Gates is an expert in choosing and installing the correct operator for the job.
Your choice of gate opener is your most important one in considering an automatic gate. It is crucial that you choose wisely so your gate will be safe, UL approved, last long and carry a good warranty. When deciding on a gate operator you will want to consider quality, warranty, installers’ opinion, safety and overall ownership cost. We will advise you regarding the safety measures you need to consider and recommend you convenience accessories such as smartphone controller and gate monitoring. There are also other extra features that are as important like a battery backup systems, fire department access device, underground sensors and more. Whether your motor is completely dead or you don’t have one, we’re the ones to call. Please review the following for a better decision making process:
Quality: make certain the materials used to construct the opener are of sufficient quality, characteristics, thickness and coating to stand the elements and use.
Technology: the motherboard is the brain of your opener and it determines the technology that comes with your gate operator. It is one of the most expensive parts of the gate opener and the most common piece to fail on an inferior opener. Check that the circuitry has been market-tested long enough so as to avoid downtimes and expensive repair jobs and look for features like smartphone controller, built-in receivers, UL approval and other built-in options.
Warranty: some manufacturers offer 5, 7 and even 10 year warranty on their first month of business. Check for warranty term and coverage of your new gate opener. Investigate how long the manufacturer has been in business and if they can back up their warranty claims. How long is the repair turnaround and are there associated charges with it.
Dealer Opinion: knowing what authorized installers (dealers) think of the gate operator is a great barometer; they install these devices every day and do not want to return for free repairs – if pressed hard enough they’ll tell you their preference. Remember, if all opinions point in one direction you can trust that product over others.
Safety: ensure that the opener is UL approved which means it passed the minimum safety requirement by a governing body. Some companies even go above and beyond UL guidelines to protect you which is indication of their integrity and belief in their product.
Overall ownership cost: Your upfront cost should not be your deciding factor but the overall ownership should be. Even the best brands offer inferior “hook” products; they cost very little up front but cost you hundreds and even thousands more within a few years. Their parts fail, the service calls pile up and even entire units need replacement sooner rather than later. Make a wise investment and use the overall ownership as your financial guide.
Below we feature some of the best products, best sellers and/or our recommendation. Feel free to call us with any questions.
SL3000 UL (slide gate opener) – The “ROLLS ROYCE” of the slide gate industry, period. The SL3000UL8 models of slide gate operators are the first choice for homeowners and heavy-traffic applications alike. These openers boast a ½ horsepower and 1 horsepower giving you unsurpassed power. Invented in the 70’s it is the original opener the entire industry was built on and it is still the #1 rated opener for strength, durability and reliability.
CSL24VDC (slide gate opener) – Technology abound. This CSL24vdc can be controlled with a smartphone, it has a built-in battery backup and a slow stop/slow start that gives the gate a graceful appearance. These openers can also be accompanied by a solar panel for the “green” minded person.
CSW200 UL (swing gate opener) – The swing gate “ROLLS ROYCE” of the swing gate industry. The CSW200UL models of swing gate operators are the first choice for homeowners and heavy-traffic applications alike. These openers boast a ½ Hp, a 1Hp and a dual motor giving you unsurpassed power. Invented in the 70’s it is the original opener the entire industry was built on and it is still the #1 rated opener for strength and reliability.
CSW24VDC (swing) – Long lasting and technology advanced. This CSW24vdc can be controlled with an optional smartphone module, it has a built-in battery backup and a slow stop/slow start that gives the gate a graceful appearance during movement. These openers can also be run by a solar panel.
LA500 (swing gate opener) – The best selling screw drive gate opener in the world. These LA500 Elite models have the reputation for quality, dependability and award-winning design to complement any gated residence. They’re ultra-quiet, they have a manual key release, battery backup, variable speeds, optional solar panels and smartphone capabilities!
Hercules (overhead gate opener) – The Elite Hercules HCT is designed for installation in even the tightest applications. At only 8 inches high, it’s up to 10 inches shorter than other overhead operators. In addition, it’s extremely quiet so as not to disturb tenants living directly above the garage. For added safety, the HCT includes a key release feature for instant access in case of power failure.