There are various types of automatic gates openers available for anyone that wants to automate the opening and closing of their gates. The reason that there are various options to choose from is because different types of gates require different openers to make them automatic, so it’s important to choose a suitable motor for the appropriate gate.
Here are the top 4 top types of automatic gate openers and the gates they’re used for:
A linear ram motor is possibly the most common type of automatic gate opener for swing gates. Different methods are used to operate the arm, including worm drive or screw jack. Each one retracts the arm attached to the motor to reduce the length and open the gate, after which it extends the arm to close it.
Their popularity stems from their affordable price and simple installation, simply attaching to the gate from the post, while the strength of the motor can be increased to accommodate larger sized gates.
Underground motors are another very popular type of automatic gate opener, offering a more discreet aesthetic that many prefer over visible motors. It’s installed beneath the ground inside of a protective case, with the drive arm connecting to the bottom of the gate.
Because the opener isn’t visible it doesn’t ruin the look of the gate, although it requires a more complex installation process that typically results in a higher price for the opener.
An articulated arm motor is one of the best automatic gate openers for smaller gates or gates with larger pillars that would struggle to fit the straight arm style of a ram motor. Rather than using a linear arm like a ram motor, the articulated arm motor utilizes a hinged arm that can reach around wider objects, making it especially popular for gates with large pillars.
It’s also a generally versatile opener, providing automation for most types of swing gates, even those pre-installed without any motor.
A sliding motor is an opener that uses a cog and teeth action attached to the gate to open it in the preferred direction. It needs to be combined with a guide track, roller guides, or a cantilever device to get it to open in the desired direction.
When choosing a sliding motor opener, you need to think amount the motor’s power. The bigger the gate the more power is needed on the motor to ensure it opens at the necessary distance, with heavier weight putting more strain on the opener.
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