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.