Wheeled drive is the least expensive solution when it comes to swing gate automation. This system, which proves effective in most cases, is easy to set up. All you have to do is install the motor where the gate closing lever handle should be. The gate is blocked by the two wheels that support the two leaves; they are activated when your vehicle approaches or by means of a remote control. Its maintenance is relatively easy and this system requires only the attention given to the wheel – one wheel for each leaf – so that it functions without hindrance. Check if mud, gravel or any other body (solid or not) does not disturb the operation of the automatic mechanism. The opening angle of the gate is unlimited, whether the ground is sloping or not.
The advantages of the swing gate operator
It goes without saying that the main advantage of the automatic swing gate with wheels is safety. The gate only opens – and closes – if the command is expressly transmitted to the motor. The opening time is between 15 and 20 seconds. Some models are equipped with battery backup in case of power failure. In addition, the automatism is manifested by the instantaneous stop in the presence of an obstacle and it slows down at the end of the stroke.
The comfort of being able to stay in your car to open the gate that it sells or that it rains is particularly invigorating. Going home after a grueling day and not having to endure the drudgery of having to open and close the gate reinforces even more the happiness of finding the family cocoon. Whatever the number of openings – and closures – the gate does not undergo any deformation because the automatic movement does not know sudden movements which could cause shocks.
The automatic system with wheels for swing gates is particularly interesting in terms of energy expenditure. Working with 12 or 24 volts on a good number of models, the energy bill is only sparing. You can even equip the motors with solar power to reduce the expense to zero.
Last but not least, this system is suitable for various types of terrain, even those with a slight slope.
Installing a swing gate operator
No special prerequisites are required to install the wheel automatism, as you only have to fix the wheels and their motor in the part where the lift is most effective, i.e. at the end of the leaf. You will be careful to remove any other locking systems that may conflict with the automated system. You should also see if the hinges are in perfect working order. You will then have to mark the maximum opening stops as well as the closing stop for smooth operation of the automated system.
The limits of wheeled automatism
Due to the weight of the leaf but also the nature of the ground on which the automated system is installed, the wheels can have malfunctions, the most frequent of which is slipping. Sometimes the wheels slip, although this kind of problem is rarely a problem with high-end models.
The installation is very conspicuous and it may not be to your liking if you are very straddling on aesthetic issues. A certain amount of material arrangement is thus necessary to conceal as much as possible this device which is too protruding.