Swing or slide, LiftMaster Gate Operators will provide long-lasting operation you can count on, day in and day out. There are a wide variety of automated gate operators with smooth start and stop operations, as well as easy integration with LiftMaster access control technology.
What is the Difference between Commercial and Residential Gate Operators?
Residential Gate Operators
When getting an operator for a residential gate, your requirements will be lighter than for a commercial gate. LiftMaster offers several options that will meet the needs of a residential area, which typically feature lighter gates and require fewer daily cycles.
Swing Gate Operators vs. Slide Gate Operators
Swing Gate Operators
A swing gate swings from a hinge point to clear an entry path for a vehicle. These gates often possess a level of aesthetic appeal and charm, making them popular for residential environments. They are often able to open and close more quickly than a slide gate.
Slide Gate Operators
A slide gate moves back and forth in a straight line to allow vehicular entry. Slide gates require more side room to accommodate the gate in the “Open” position. They are more secure than swing gates but present potential for entrapment and injury to pedestrians and thus generally require more protective safety devices.
Many vehicles have a built-in RF (Radio Frequency) transmitter the driver can easily access. These transmitters can be programmed to the data format that is compatible with a receiver used to activate a gate. In some cases, an additional device may be required to complete this data conversion.
Most gate operators provide some method of switching to a manual mode to enable a user to manually open the gate. The method varies based on the gate operator manufacturer. In a worst-case scenario for a chain drive slide gate, the chain can be detached. For a swing gate, the arm connecting the operator to the gate can be detached.
The method of programming a remote control device to a receiver that can activate a gate opener varies based on the manufacturer of the devices. In most cases there is a “Learn” button or a program step to enable the receiving device to “learn” a transmitter. Refer to your owner’s manual from programming directions.
All slide gate operators require some type of pad that secures the operator as there is a great deal of force exerted when moving the gate. Because there are different types of drive mechanisms for slide gate operators (chain drive, hydraulic rail drive, rack and pinion), the installation process varies. Gate operator installation should be performed by a professional gate operator installer.
All gates require some type of power to open, whether that power is provided from an electrical source or from manual operation. If the desire is to not have to run a high voltage power source to a remote gate, many gate operators can run on solar power with a battery system in the operator.