Thursday, January 4, 2018

Gate Access Light Comes with the Gator

The Gator Power Gates comes now with a light! Great feature when arriving at night when you're searching for your gate. The light will illuminate each time you activate your Gator. Also gives early warning of battery life. Learn more...

Everyone's Gate access is different. Some households require multiple people and vehicles to access a gate. Gator Power Gate is powered by a 12 volt battery that needs to be recharged based on the amount of usage. One on the most asked question we get is, "how many times will the Gator open and close my gate on one battery charge?" This is a difficult question to ask and depends on your particular type of installation. We go into more depth on our website about the power source.

Typically, the 10 watt solar panel is enough to maintain a charge on your 12 volt deep cycle battery for normal use. To help learn your usage habits and and what's normal for your application, we've added a light feature. When you see your light flashing when activated, you'll know that your battery is at 80% life. You can continue to use your Gator until the battery is discharged at 50%. However, we'd recommend you give the gate a rest while the sun charges the battery through solar panel. Batteries can't hold a charge when they've gotten down to 50% life. 

You can see the value in getting an early warning visual of your current usage is more than the sun/solar panel can keep a charge on battery. 

Gators are just a great way to open and close your residential farm, ranch or estate gate. Visit our website or give us a call with any questions you may have. 

Dave Alexander
Gator Power Gates, Inc. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sinton Municipal Golf Course

Gator Power Gates is celebrating the great outdoors by sponsoring the score cards for the Sinton Municipal Golf Course for 2018! If you like to golf... South Texas offers an oasis of beautiful scenery with the calm shallow rolling hills of Sinton.

Gator Power Gates are the only automatic gate openers that takes advantage of opening and closing your gate on the cantilever side. This one size fits all is truly an efficient way to open and close your farm, ranch or estate gate.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gators Appreciate Law Enforcement

Gator Power Gates recently sponsored and supported The Journal, A Voice of Law Enforcement. This is a premier national law enforcement publication that focuses wide range of topics. You can find our advertisement on page 59. Gator Power Gates can provide an extra layer of security in keeping your residential swing gate closed to unwanted guests.

Gator Power Gates keeps our small ranch secure from undesirables out. We sure love our Gator and all the convenient benefits including a sense of safety.  Learn more about the Gator Power Gates on our website. We hope to be your automatic gate opener company.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Gator at Double Dog Ranch

This driveway gate now enjoys the company of a Gator at Double Dog Ranch! These Gators love to open and close gates and this wrought iron is no exception. These Gators are slowly creeping across Texas where home, farm and ranch owners love'em.

The new Gator 300 offers new features to enhance the gate opening experience. They now come with a Gator Light that illuminates each time you activate it. This is great in the evening when leaving or entering your property. However, the light also serves as an early warning for low battery. The light will start flashing when activated to let you know the battery is at 80% life. The Gator will continue to operate, but it's nice to know if you need to give the gate a rest and let the solar panel catch up.

These gators really look great on your property over the single arm actuators. No boxes on the side of your gate and an arm that crosses over half your gate. We think your gonna LOVE your Gator.

Learn more on how to get yours by visiting our website. Gator Power Gates.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sneak Peek Into The Gator Shop

We like to automate Gates! We hope we can help you with automating your gate. We build a large portion of the Gator right in our own shop in Corpus Christi. Each unit is quality control tested to be sure it works as expected when you install on your farm, ranch or estate type gate.

Building a quality product is very important to us and solving your automatic gate needs to make life just a little bit easier. We've recently updated our product and added some new features like a light that illuminates while you activate the Gator and much more. 

The Gator Power Gate will install on most all type or size of gate. All you need to do is make sure your current gate level and plumb prior to installing Gator. Visit our website for more information. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Surviving Hurricane Harvey

The eye of hurricane Harvey came through just North of Corpus Christi but left us with 6-8 feet of storm surge and 140 mph winds. With our headquarters on Padre Island we evacuated out and did our best to "batten down the hatches" as they say. 
Upon our return we found the Gator Power Gate missing one wheel. Our neighbors stayed through the storm (said they'd never do that again)  and told us that the gate had come loose and was waving in the wind and slapping against the post. They discovered where the loud "bang" was coming from and re-secured the gate with a huge tree log. But not before the Gator loosing a wheel in the process of flapping in the wind. 
One of our loyal customers recommended we use airplane safety wire to hold the hub knob in place so it doesn't loosen on its own and come off. Illustrated below is the Aircraft Stainless Steel Lock Wire we used to secure knob. This is a nice solution to locking the hub knob in place and still be able to put the Gator into manual operation if needed with simple wire cutters.

This was an easy repair and put the Gator right back in service. 

We were also pleasantly surprised that the Gate itself stood up to these Harvey winds. A few blog posts illustrate how we installed these gates:

Learn more about the Gator Power Gates on our website.

Monday, September 4, 2017

What's the Importance of a Gate Hinge?

There are lots of different types of hinges available on the market to choose from. However, some hinges are definitely better than others. We're going to focus on hinges for driveway gates. The "MAIN" purpose of the gate hinges is to allow your gate to swing open and close freely without much effort. Hinges also need to be able to bare the entire weight load of the gate. Keep in mind the hinges will begin to have wear and tear and start to fail. Thus, allowing your gate to sag and be more difficult to open and close. 
The hinges shown is these pictures are the least efficient gate hinges. These hinges appear to be "Heavy Duty" but over time will allow gate to sag and ultimately be disappointed with the results. Once your gate begins to sag the hinges have failed. There is no way to resolve this without replacing the hinges and/or the post. 

We recommend installing adjustable hinges for your gate. Hinges used in these pictures are "Heavy Duty" and also allow for adjustments to the hinge to keep gate level and plumb. These hinges are best when attaching an automatic gate opener like the Gator Power Gate. Keeping a gate level and plumb is important for automatic gate openers in reducing the amount of work load of automatic gate openers.

In the below video we illustrate the importance of having a gate level and plumb. 

Dave Alexander
Gator Power Gates, Inc.