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Swing Gate Motor Selection – Factors to Consider

Gate motor ratings from the manufacturer are based on the maximum weight it can push at the slowest speed using all new hardware on a standard swing gate. Worn hardware increases the load and so does a gate’s infill.

The many factors below increase the effective weight of a gate. When you’re matching a motor to a gate, remember each of these things adds to the load on the motor.

  • Solid Infill
    Gates with solid infill panels make the gate act like a sail and can put massive force on the motor.
  • Timber Pailings
    Absorb water making the gate much heavier.
  • Hinges
    Rusty or misaligned hinges without lubrication make the motor work hard.
  • Gate Length
    Long gates have more momentum and put more strain on the hinges when compared to a high narrow gate of the same weight.
  • Speed
    The faster you push it the more force you’ll need.
  • Hinge Selection
    Automation using linear drive motors puts a lot of force on the hinges. Welded butt hinges are a disaster waiting to happen. Tapered bearing hinges on the bottom with ball bearing top hinges are the way to go.
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