Electric gates make it far easier to enter or exit your property. By simply pressing a button on your remote control your gates will open automatically, saving you from the frustration of exiting your vehicle to open your gates. The first electric gates made use of a hydraulic motor. This however is expensive and soon competitors began to produce cheaper motors which were sufficient for infrequent use. The hydraulic systems are still in use today and are usually used in conjunction with very heavy gates, since the hydraulic motors are very powerful.

Your gate motor is the most important part of your automatic gate system. In general, there are nowadays usually two types of gate motors. The type of gate motor you choose will depend on the layout of the area where your gate will be installed. If you have a narrow property, where there is little space on either side of your entrance, then you will probably need a swing gate. A swing gate will consist of a two piece gate with a motor on each side. The motors will pull or push each piece of the gate forward or backward, depending on whether you’re opening or closing your gate. If your entrance is on a slope, then a swing gate won’t be the way to go. You’re better off going for a sliding gate. For this gate to work, there will need to be space on either side of your entrance. This is because a sliding gate slides open instead of swinging back and forth. It consists of a single piece gate and a motor which makes use of a gear system. The sliding motor, when the remote is pressed, turns its gears, and as it turns, it pulls or pushes the gate from side to side.

If you need a gate, then motorised gate openers are the way forward. Some of the benefits include a battery backup, which protects you from power failures, and some also include an automatic closing mechanism which ensures that your gate is closed at all times, or when you’re not there.