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Automatic Electric Gates

Automatic Gate Options and Operators

If you are considering installing an automatic gate here are some options:

Automatic Slide Gate

Swing Gates

Swing gates swing open like the door to your bedroom or bathroom might, simply opening inward or outward. Swing gates can use three types of operators

  • A swing arm operator, which is a box, that sits off to the side and has an arm extending to the gate.
  • A ram arm is located on the gate and post and uses either a hydraulic piston or a jackscrew operated piston.
  • Underground operators are located by the hinge and operate the gate via a link arm.

For swing gates situated on a slope, special hinges are available to install an uphill swing gate.

Automatic Slide Gate

Slide Gates

As its name implies, a slide gate either slides on wheels from left to right or right to left, not unlike many department store automatic doors. Slide gate operators are commonly installed at the end of the gate in the closed position but can also be installed by the end of the gate in the open position. The most common form of automation is a chain attached across the gate near the bottom and passing through the operator, which shuttles it back and forth. In the end of the gate/open position you do not see the chain or any operating equipment near the gate. plastic rack is attached. Sliding gates are often large, heavy and therefore more hazardous than swing gates they can however be equipped with appropriate safety devices making them some of the safest gate systems available.

There are slide gates that can be designed for special layout, such as cantilever slide gate, telescopic slide gate, on-slope slide gate with recuperation gear, curved slide gate (aka corner gate).

Automatic Swing Gate Operator


Overhead gate openers are generally commercially used in underground parking garages where space is at a premium. They lift the gate overhead, similar to a typical garage door opener. In this instance, the gate may weigh much more than a garage door. The operator and track hardware is built much heavier to accommodate these loads.

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Gate Operators

Generally, there are three types of electromechanical gate operators:

  • Worm driven (or screw type) swing gates
  • barrier arm operators
  • sliding operators

Electric and automatic gate openers are designed for both sliding and swinging gates. They can be programmed to open with a manual device or a wireless transmitter. Automatic gate operators can also be fitted with solar panels to operate without high voltage power. Many manufacturers offer battery backup either integrated or as an add on to systems that ensure function during loss of electricity.

Westcoast Gate selects the right gate operator for each client. Some of the best gate operators include All-O-Matic, Door King, FAAC, Viking, and Lift Master. By customizing the components that best fit, homeowners have fewer gate repair issues and maximize the investment in their security gate system.

All-o-matic automatic gate operators
FAAC Simply Automatic Gate Operator
Liftmaster Electric Gate Opener
Viking access electric gate opener


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