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Choose your gate operator system.

The automatic opening of your portal is a comfortable and practical option, allowing you to gain precious minutes every day. Nevertheless, it requires a significant investment, so your drive system must be chosen with the utmost care. In order to guide you in your choice this week, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover the whole range of gate operator systems.


The automatic opening of your portal is a comfortable and practical option, allowing you to gain precious minutes every day. Nevertheless, it requires a significant investment, so your drive system must be chosen with the utmost care. In order to guide you in your choice this week, HandymanDuDimanche invites you to discover the whole range of gate operator systems.

The criteria of choice.

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The choice of your gate operator depends on the type of opening you have. Indeed, the different motorization systems between the two major families of gates, that are the swing gates and the sliding gates. The chosen system must be compatible with the dimensions but also with the weight of your portal. To do this, you must scrupulously compare the indications of the engine system with the references of your portal before you start a purchase. Finally, choose your engine according to the type of power supply it requires: twelve, twenty-four or two hundred and twenty volts, continuous or alternating in the case of low voltages. If possible, use twelve or twenty-four volts, which do not require too much wiring and can be powered by a battery or solar panel.

Systems for swing gates.

Systems for swing gates

Gates with swing opening are the most common, which probably explains the diversity of the offer in terms of motorization. Indeed, there are five major system families for this type of portals. Among the first prizes, we find the jack systems, discrete models, from three hundred euros, but which exert a very important pressure on the portal. They are therefore reserved for rigid metal gates and preferably installed by a professional. Then we find the wheel systems, consisting of a motor and a wheel to install on each leaf, less attractive but much more practical. These systems are sold as a kit and are fixed in a few hours on all the portals; count about four hundred fifty euros. In the same price range, there are also electromechanical arm systems. They are suitable for all gates, as long as there is room for travel on the sides of your driveway. In addition to these three types of engines for existing gates, you can also opt for buried or integrated gate automation. Attention, these solutions must be asked during the installation of the portal, all done by a professional. If they are extremely discreet, they are however very expensive. Count a thousand euros, great minimum.

Systems for sliding gates.

Systems for sliding gates

In terms of sliding gates, the choice is much more limited, with only two options: the rack-and-pinion motor with rail on the ground, and the rack-and-pinion motor with self-supporting rail. The first solution fits all types of gates, while the second is reserved for light and small models, especially aluminum ones. In terms of rates, it takes between four hundred and one thousand euros.

Finally, for more comfort, HandymanDuDimanche advises you to add some additional options on your portal such as lighting, intercom or even the built-in alarm, not to mention the essential remote controls that will prevent you from getting off the car at each driveway and come.


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