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.

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