The Installation & Servicing of Hydraulic Automatic Swing Gates

A gate operator is a mechanical device used to open and close a gate, such as a driveway gate. There are two main types of electric gate openers electromechanical or hydraulic.

 

These can be further slit into the following categories, worm (or screw) driven, arm openers and underground openers. Automatic and Electric Gate operators are designed for both swinging and sliding gates. Low Voltage Automatic Gate openers can also be fitted with solar panels to ensure function during loss of electricity or blackouts.

 

Hydraulic Automatic Gates

Hydraulic Automatic Gate operators are used to automatically open an electric driveway gate. As the name implies they use hydraulic fluids to operate their motion. Typically hydraulic operators have less moving parts than mechanical operators. The hydraulic motors have a number of advantages when operating gates; they are capable of producing more power than mechanical motors and do not have to work at full power when operating large gates, they can be made non locking to avoid damage when hit by vehicles. Hydraulic operators however are prone to damage to internal seals caused by high pressure from vehicular collision but this common damage can be easily repaired.


 

  • Common Problems
  • Questions you may have.
  • The Answers

With Hydraulic gates we are most commonly called out for uneven operation problems or control board errors.

 

The most common reason in our opinion for the majority of ‘control board’ problems we encounter is down to poor manufacture and/or poor installation. The uneven operation problems are most commonly caused by incorrect installation where the geometry between the arms and the hinges is incorrect.


Q: Do I really need to have my automatic electric gates serviced?

Q: Can I look after my automatic gates myself, to save money?

Q: Do you only service or repair gates that you have installed?

 

Q: Do I really need to have my automatic electric gates serviced?
The simple answer is YES! You have made a considerable investment on your gates and the automation system. The components of this equipment are expensive and can go wrong or break without proper care and attention on a periodic basis. They need regular cleaning, greasing & lubrication, alignment ant the removal of creatures that find their way into the systems and can cause considerable damage to photocells and control boards. Regular maintenance and servicing will prolong the life of your gates and save you money in comparison to repair or replacement costs.


Q: Can I look after my automatic gates myself, to save money?

Unless you are an engineer, then NO! Automated Gates can be very dangerous and unless you know what you are doing you could be seriously hurt!Always call in a professional insured for the job!


Q: Do you only service or repair gates that you have installed?

No, we work on all gates, whether they have been installed by us or not.