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    Sliding Gate Motor

    Recommend me a sliding gate motor:

    Gate: 21x7’, ~1000-1200 lbs if I had to guess

    looking for suggestions for a motor to move it. Prices seem to be all over the place. Everyone recommends LiftMaster. I’ve seen some off brands for way less but is this one of those definite you get what you pay for things...

    Am I way off base going with a solar power source? Power would have to be run to the location about 240’.

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    my parents got a sliding gate installed. It was basically free and now I have to build a 3 rail fence, but am going to need to have an opener on the gate at some point


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      #3
      You going to use a chain type one? I have no experience with this, but it seems like solar and a decent battery would be fine for power. For the motor, I think I’d be tempted to buy whatever is made for this. A person could probably adapt a garage door opener to do it, but you’d be building a housing and all that. And you’d probably rather have just a 12v motor.

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        #4
        Originally posted by OHV Wildcat View Post
        You going to use a chain type one? I have no experience with this, but it seems like solar and a decent battery would be fine for power. For the motor, I think I’d be tempted to buy whatever is made for this. A person could probably adapt a garage door opener to do it, but you’d be building a housing and all that. And you’d probably rather have just a 12v motor.
        I'd go that way. The controls are already worked out. Put it in a plastic dog house and you're done.

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          #5
          Originally posted by OHV Wildcat View Post
          You going to use a chain type one? I have no experience with this, but it seems like solar and a decent battery would be fine for power. For the motor, I think I’d be tempted to buy whatever is made for this. A person could probably adapt a garage door opener to do it, but you’d be building a housing and all that. And you’d probably rather have just a 12v motor.
          Yes chain driven. From people I’ve talked to, solar seems to work fine up to the 3-4 year mark. That’s my concern is having to change power plants often.


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            #6
            Originally posted by rugger View Post

            I'd go that way. The controls are already worked out. Put it in a plastic dog house and you're done.
            Sounds like that would look like shit

            this at the entrance of my property off a semi busy 2 lane road. I want to keep it presentable.

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              #7
              Originally posted by 72blazer View Post

              Sounds like that would look like shit

              this at the entrance of my property off a semi busy 2 lane road. I want to keep it presentable.
              So make a T-111 box and paint it every other year.
              Whenever there is doubt, there is no doubt.

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                #8
                Whats your 20 Marion.
                I have an swing gate operator that needs some TLC you can have for nada.

                I worked for a gate company in LA for many years so do have some experience in this area.

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                  #9
                  12v harbor freight atv winch with the drum adapted to a sprocket and a remote winch controller. some solar panels a good deep cycle battery and a charge controller. Get to fabbing!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by billybob_81067 View Post
                    12v harbor freight atv winch with the drum adapted to a sprocket and a remote winch controller. some solar panels a good deep cycle battery and a charge controller. Get to fabbing!







                    I was gonna say why not an old chevy starter motor.
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                      #11
                      Too much current for the distance the gate is from power source.

                      Unless he wants to run a complete solar setup to power it.

                      Beyond that its over kill.


                      Originally posted by Lil,yota View Post








                      I was gonna say why not an old chevy starter motor.

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                        #12
                        the real question is how often you plan on cycling the gate. that would dictate if solar is feasible.

                        the batteries they use in operators are garbage, the gate company i worked for made a lot of money swapping those stupid things out. the newer units we installed and worked were running off the batteries. the unit just charged the batteries with the incoming power opposed to the older units that had a main 120v motor and the backup was a small dc motor for when the power failed. (this was around 4 years ago, its was an ok job made miserable by sitting in traffic)

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by PAE View Post
                          Whats your 20 Marion.
                          I have an swing gate operator that needs some TLC you can have for nada.

                          I worked for a gate company in LA for many years so do have some experience in this area.
                          I’m down in the south most point of Texas. Edinburg. Not sure if it’s worth shipping?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by mobil1syn View Post
                            the real question is how often you plan on cycling the gate. that would dictate if solar is feasible.

                            the batteries they use in operators are garbage, the gate company i worked for made a lot of money swapping those stupid things out. the newer units we installed and worked were running off the batteries. the unit just charged the batteries with the incoming power opposed to the older units that had a main 120v motor and the backup was a small dc motor for when the power failed. (this was around 4 years ago, its was an ok job made miserable by sitting in traffic)
                            I’d say 3-4 times a day......

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                              #15
                              240’ isn’t an unreasonable distance to run 120v power if you decide to go that route.

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