Gate Openers and Automation

Gate Openers and Automation

Choices: Not all gate openers are created equal. Some are for light duty-gates, some for heavy-duty gates, some for swinging gates, some sliding gates, some that are in-ground, some that are solar. In brief, there's a lot that goes into deciding the gate opener or gate operator for you, not the least of which is the cost.

Quality: A key concern because reliability in the gate opener business isn't as trusted as it is in say the computer business. For this reason, the experience of your dealer/installer will be invaluable.

Long-term cost of ownership: One of the biggest mistakes is not taking this into account. Time and again, we are called in on jobs where an inadequate electric gate opener was selected for the driveway security gate based on cost alone. This is the number one cause of problems in the gate industry - choosing a gate opener that is not heavy-duty enough for the gate. Service calls and purchasing new equipment to replace the old adds up. Design considerations up front save headache and money down the road. Arrow Fence & Shelter designs systems for reliability. For this reason, we have the longest warranty that we know of in the industry for residential electric gate systems - 2 year parts and labor warranty. Plus, each manufacturer has their own equipment warranty that can exceed our warranty.

The standard gate automation system has the following components:

  • Automatic gate operators
  • Ground loop sensors to open the gate and keep it from closing on a car
  • Basic keypad or telephone intercom system
  • Remotes and gate receiver (installed inside operator)

Automatic Gate Openers

When choosing your new automated gate system it is very important that you have the correct automation kit. Here at Arrow Fence & Shelter, we are happy to advise you of a system that suits both your budget and your needs. Most existing gates can normally be automated. Depending on how they are hung will usually determine which automation kit can be used. Below are examples of the five most common operators used to automate gates. If you require any further advice please call us 405-387-4141 where a member of our team will be happy to help!

GATE OPENERS / OPERATORS

  • Solar Powered Operators
  • Slide Gate Operators
  • Swing Gate Operators
  • In-Ground Operators
  • Ram or Piston Operators
  • Lift Gate Operators
  • Parking Barriers

Swing Arm Gate Openers

Swing arm gate openers are available with a top or bottom mounted arm. The top mounted arm units generally are larger, have a very heavy chassis, and large oil soaked gear reduction boxes. They are very durable and are great for heavy usage. The bottom arm style such as the Doorking 6100 are aesthetically pleasing because the arm located at the bottom of the gate is not noticeable. The bottom arm units are constructed less robustly than their heavier counterparts, but have a similar life span.

Column Mounted Gate Openers

Column mount gate and carriage door operators are compact and have a separate control cabinet. Most of these units operate on 24VDC. They are excellent for bi-parting (double) gates.

Solar Gate Openers or Operator

Solar Gate Openers are available in a variety of residential and commercial styles. Attention should be paid to the idle current draw of a solar operator which determines the size of the solar panel needed. The more efficient the control board, the smaller the solar panel needed, and the lower the overall cost of the system. Solar gate systems need efficient peripheral components as well such as low power loop detectors, and low power digital keypads. Solar panels and batteries for driveway gates should be sized accordingly to location.

Slide Gate Openers

Slide gates are most commonly used for commercial gate automation systems. However, slide gates are an excellent choice for residential driveway gate automation when the site has steep grades prohibiting the use of a swing gate, or other site restrictions. Slide gates use V-groove wheels on a track. Gate roller guides are used to guide the gate and keep it upright. A mooring point also called a gate catcher is located on the opposite post to stabilize the gate in the closed position

Underground Operators or In-Ground Gate Openers

Underground operators are also known as in-ground gate openers, or below-grade gate operators. These units are available as electro-mechanical and hydraulic. The electro mechanical configuration is the most common. What sets these operators apart from other gate openers is their near invisible appearance. Generally these units cannot operate gates wider than 10 ft., so almost all installations are bi-parting (two piece) gates. Due to installation and equipment costs being a bit higher, these units are typically used on higher end projects

Access Control Accessories

  • Keypads
  • Telephone Entry
  • Intercoms
  • Card Readers
  • Door Controllers & Software
  • Radio Remotes
  • Push Buttons & Key Switches
  • Emergency Access


Gate openers are only as good as the devices used to control them. Which is why Arrow Fence & Shelter offers all of these options to control the access to gates. For more information on Automatic Driveway Gates and Access Control visit our friends at Apex Gates & Openers.

We offer sales, installation, and support for most access control systems, feature name brands including Allstargate operators, American Access Systems (AAS) telephone and card access systems, Apollo slide and swing gate operators, Autogate Entry Systems, Chamberlain, Click2Enter radio access systems, DigiCodeTransmitters and keypads, DC Solutions swing and slide gate operators, DoorKing (DKS) phone entry and gate operators, Elite commercial and residential gate operators,Hy-Securityresidential and commercial gate operators,Liftmasterresidential and commercial gate openers, Lineartelephone, keypad, and transmitter access controls,Multi-CodeTransmitters,Oscoresidential and commercial gate operators,Peekloop detectors, Ramsetslide and swing gate openers, Secura Key transmitters, keypads and card reading systems, Secure Guard Cellular Phone-Based Remote Access Control Select Engineered Systems telephone access control and help, Communications systems, Elevator control systems, card access systems for electronic gates and fences. Sentex telephone and card reader entry systems for electronic fences and gates, STR International Microwave radar intruder detection, US Automatic commercial and residential gate openers, Viking Access Systems residential and commercial gate openers, and much more.