Sliding gate operator questions

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Old 11-02-07, 10:38 AM
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Question Sliding gate operator questions

Hi,
I am looking to install a sliding gate operator for my driveway and have a few questions.
I have a sliding stainless steel gate. The opening is about 11 feet. The gate rolls on a metal track on a concrete floor. I am not sure how heavy the gate is (shouldn't be more than 500lbs, right?)

My requirements are:
1. The operator needs to run on a battery. I have an outlet near by but my driveway is filled with concrete and I think it is a little hassle to dig under the floor.
2. The install requires as little as possible of drilling into the gate.

My questions are:
1. What brand should I get? I am looking at the GTO/PRO SL-1000B but not sure if it can run on a battery and how reliable it is.
2. Do I need to purchase a battery or it will come with the operator? If yes, what kind?
3. I live in Queens, NY, so it's quite cold in winter, would the cold have major affect on the battery?
4. Any recommendation for a good installer in NYC area? How much should I expect to pay?
4. Any other advises or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
hdp.
 
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Old 11-03-07, 07:27 AM
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Check the company web site for the GTO/PRO SL-1000B.
I found it by Googling "GTO/PRO SL-1000B".
There is lots of info. I think it will answer most of your questions.
Good luck.
 
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Check the company web site for the GTO/PRO SL-1000B.
I found it by Googling "GTO/PRO SL-1000B".
There is lots of info. I think it will answer most of your questions.
Good luck.
I did looked at the manufacture web site, but could not find answers to my questions. For sure, the web site would not say how reliable that model is .
 
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Reliablity

You may want to find a local dealer and ask for references from customers who have this model. Good luck.
 
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1. The operator needs to run on a battery. I have an outlet near by but my driveway is filled with concrete and I think it is a little hassle to dig under the floor.
This is a problem... well more than a problem. I guess my first question is how did you plan on charging this battery each day?

A modest sized battery (yes included with the unit) will only provide enough power for a limited number of gate operations. This is for backup purposes, not for primary power. IF you bought a decent sized solar panel you could get away with a couple openings per day tops. Since you need a gate operator at all, I'm guessing this needs to function for more than just one or two operations a day.

There's just no practical way you can run this solely on battery power if it gets any regular use at all. There are various ways but too much trouble and cost just to overcome a "little hassle" getting proper transformer power.

As for the cold: It will reduce the number of gate operations the battery will power. The colder the average temperature though the more years the battery will last in the long term.

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