Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gator Power Gate 300 Now Available

The Gator 300 is now available sporting some great new features! We also have upgrade kits available to previous gator owners and take your existing Gator 250 to a 300.  All future Gator purchases will come equipped with these amazing updates.
  1. The Gator now comes with a light that attaches to your gate and turns on every time you activate your Gator. This is great for those late night arrivals and departures. We've also programmed the light to "flash" when battery gets low and needs a charge.
  2. Limit switch replaces the magnet sensors. This makes it easier for installation and more forgiving for sagging gates. The single limit switch replaces the 2 (two) magnet sensors for greater reliability. 
  3. Larger remote control that clips to your car visor. 
  4. New circuit board to manage these new devices. Also comes with auto reset surge protection for those AC plug-in chargers. 
  5. Key-pad capabilities. Purchased separately. 
  6. Photo eyes capabilities for additional safety features. Purchased separately. 
Visit us at Gator Power Gates with any questions you may have. We hope to be your automatic gate solution.

Dave Alexander

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Gator Power Gate Founder, Inventor Passes

The founder and inventor of the Gator Power Gates passes on May 29th, 2017 at the young age of 91 years old. Pictured above is John in front of his blueberry farm where his "ah ha" moment came and the Gator Power Gate was invented. He is survived by his 2 son's and daughter several grand children and great grand children. 
John working his blueberry farm needed a device to open and close his gates automatically so he didn't have to climb off his tractor whenever he had to cross into a different section of his farm. He checked into what was available in the market to purchase and discovered that "the security gate industry has been dominated by devices that apply opening and closing forces to the hinge end of gates. This method is inefficient and has many drawbacks and failures despite the fact that it is used by virtually all manufacturers. Companies have been building gate openers the same way for years and years!"
John used his engineering training and farming experience to solve his automatic gate opening problem. He decided to build his own. He went through several prototypes to finally came up with a winner. See the Evolution of an Invention.
I have to tell ya... Those blueberries are awesome fresh of the bush. We were glad to come home with a few blueberry bushes to enjoy.
John sure enjoyed hanging out on his front porch with family making small talk and solving world problems.

We'll miss his advise and his ability to work through problem solving. Wonderful mentor as we build the Gator Power Gates brand. Till we meet again. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Gators Swim to the Shark Tank

We took an opportunity to go to a Shark Tank open casting call to try our luck with thousands of other hopefuls. So, we decided to go for it  as our customers had urged us to pursue this lofty endeavor. Very few make the "made for TV auditions" to pitch on camera to potential investors.
However, we actually made it past their first level of elimination and on to the "video round" for judging, but at the end of the day, we didn't get "the call".
Gator Power Gates shares their Shark Tank casting call audition experience in this blog post.
Gator Power Gates at Shark Tank
Yep, that's me at the Chicago Shark Tank casting call front door. 

The Gator Power Gate display isn't so easy to pack on an airplane so I decided to drive from our headquarters in Corpus Christi, TX to Chicago IL where the producers are having an open casting call. 
When you're from Texas and your road trip will take you out of state, you have to plan your last gas stop at Buc-ees. We enjoy their food, clean restrooms and gas prices. 
Crossing the Mississippi river marks my half way point of the drive. 
Got into Chicago Sunday late afternoon and things were very much alive. Downtown Chicago was intimidating with all the extra traffic and tight roads. My plan was to check into my hotel and then go check-out the studio to see how far is was to drive. But I learned quickly to just be glad I got a parking space and stay put.
I decide to look for a place to eat within walking distance and came across Shake Shack. I have to tell ya, that was a GREAT cheese burger. Probably the best I'd had in a long long time. 

Monday morning came very quickly as I planned to go get in line about 6:00 in the morning. When I arrived, there was a huge line that wrapped around the building and then down the street. This reminded me of the old days (early 80's) when waiting in line for Billy Joel concert tickets. When the studio opened up at 9:00am their staff walked around handing out numbered bracelets and in groups of 25 told to come back at a certain time. I was number 109 and asked to come back to the studio at 12:00 noon. 

I was able to pitch the Gator Power Gate in about 4 minutes and then I packed up and drove out of town towards Corpus Christi. How about that for an ROI? Four days of driving, wait in line for 3 hours for a possible appointment. All that for a 1 minute pitch that turned into 4 minutes. Priceless, LOL. I think Kevin O'leary would have told me I was killing money. I simply look at it as the of cost of doing business. 

I was told before my 1 minute pitch that if I made it to the video round I would hear from them within 14 days. Then about 10 days later I got an email and phone call with instructions on preparing our video package for Shark Tank with a time frame of don't call us, we'll call you if you make it. 

We obviously didn't meet the criteria for the show producers but learned that a lot of people are inventing cool things and still pursue the american dream.

One observation that might help future open casting call attendees is that you really don't need to camp out over night at the studio to pitch your product. I got there about 6:00am and there were several people that had camped out all night. I met a lady who was the #1 person in line and she had camped out for 2 days. Her enthusiasm was great though. Anyway, you could still get a bracelet to pitch your product at 11:00, the day of auditions. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gator Power Gates Awarded U.S. Trademark

United States Patent and Trademark office has awarded Gator Power Gates a registered trademark for Gator Power Gates, Inc. logo. It was quite a process to navigate through but Ochoa Patents of Corpus Christi, Texas made this process smooth. Susan Ochoa Spiering kept us informed with each step along the way as our Trademark request went through the examiners office. We sure appreciate their professionalism and their services.
Gator Power Gates, Inc. Registered Trademark

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Will The Gator Work On My Gate And Driveway?

The short and quick answers is YES. The Gator fits and automates all types of applications like wrought iron to farm and ranch gates. Size doesn't seem to matter since we're mounting the Gator on the "open end" of the gate.
A properly hung swing gate will bare all the weight on the hinges of the gate. Which also ultimately means that your gate post needs to be able to support your gate. When this is the case, the Gator Power Gate will function with ease.
Gator's no-flat all terrain wheels provide the traction it needs to handle any type of driveway up to 5 and 1/2 inch slope.  A great way to measure your driveway slope is to get a long 2x4 and place a level on top while holding board level.  Measure the slope of your driveway from the highest to lowest point.
In the video we show you how the Gator Power Gate tracks up and down while keeping your gate level and plumb. Our universal mounting plate allows the Gator to float over different topography or slopes in your driveway. 
Gators can be mounted on most any type of swing gate. Learn more about what our customers are saying about the Gator Power Gate.
Gator Power Gates
The largest gate we've installed to this date is a 400+ pound gate that measures 20 feet long and 6 feet tall. To put a prospective to this figure, most 16 foot farm and ranch type gates weight about 60 to 90 pounds. Wrought iron can weigh much more but operate well with good adjustable hinges.

The Gator Power Gate is a great way to automate your swing gate and enjoy the convenience of staying in the car while feeling secure behind a close auto swing gate.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cedar Picket Gate, Gator Power Gates

In this home improvement project we're building a Cedar Picket gate that will be opened by an automatic gate opener, Gator Power Gates. The absolutely worst type of gate you could use for an automatic gate opener is cedar pickets. Why? Because of wind. Cedar picket gates don't allow the wind to pass through and therefore causing the gate to act like a sail. Wind will cause automatic gate openers to not perform.
Cedar Picket Gator
In our final product the gate needs to swing level and plumb and avoid any sagging. In this application the driveway has a 5 1/2 inch slope. In the gates open position there will be a large gap between the driveway and bottom of the gate. This means the Gator Power Gate will have to travel down a slope and climb back up to open and close the gate.
Slope, Gator Power Gates
We are going to begin this project with a sturdy post. We're using a 10 foot long 4x6 treated beam. We attached to the beam 2 1/2 inch 1/4 inch thick angle iron. The post and angle iron both weigh about 90 lbs. We placed the post 5 feet in the ground and added 480 lbs of concrete (six 80 pound bags) to secure the post. Totally, this post now weighs approximately 570 lbs.  
Gate Post, Gator Power Gates
For some additional reinforcement we added 3 cross bars to secure the new post to a post just adjacent. This adds more strength to the post that will hold up the cedar gate.
Gate Post, Gator Power Gates
We carefully measured and attached the aluminum frame we previously had made by a local welder at Expert Welding. To make it easier to attach the cedar pickets they used 2 inch aluminum tubing.
Cedar picket Gate, Gator Power Gates
This was a great home improvement project and adding the convenience of the Gator Power Gate. Great way to ad value to any home. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

DIY Project, Removing An Old Gate Post

A great way to ad value to a home is a good plumb and level gate. This is a great home improvement project that will certainly give you added value. When replacing that old gate, sometimes you have to go the extra mile and replace the Post as well. Here we show you how to get that old gate post out of the ground.
Old Gate Post, Gator Power Gates, Inc.
This gate post shown above simply isn't strong enough for the new gate that will be installed. So, this old post has to come out. 
Old Gate Post, Gator Power Gates, Inc.
Secure a 4 x 4 piece of wood to the side of the post using large 1/2 inch nuts and bolts. 
Old Gate Post, Gator Power Gates, Inc.
Using a High-Lift jack you can simply jack the post out of it's position in the ground. This is a little more difficult then it sounds. But, with a little elbow grease, it will come out. 
Getting this out of the ground was some extra effort, but worth it. Now we can place a new post in the ground that will hold up our new gate.

Gator Power Gates recommends that your gate should be level and plumb prior to installing their automatic gate system.