Whether the gate swings open or slides open, there are 5 factors that you must take into account to properly size your new gate motor.
The Weight Of The Gate. Gate motors are rated to work up to a certain gate weight. Anything over that can damage the motor causing it to fail prematurely or turn what should be a smooth operation into a slow and tedious process just to get into your driveway!
The Quality Of The Gate. Some gates just open easier than others. A lot of this has to do with the quality of the gate but gates can be hard to open due to poor design, sub-par installation, or damage. Even the best gate motors can't make up for gates that just plain don't work well.
The Source Of Power. Gate motors can be powered in many different ways. They may work on AC power, through solar panels, or have battery backup. Some motors will even use all three-power sources to ensure the gate always has the power it needs to open.
The Frequency Of Use. How often you open and close your gate can affect gate motor selection as well as the source of power your motor needs. If you open and close the gate quite often, look for a heavy-duty gate motor that can withstand the constant stress and pressure.
The Size Of The Columns. Huh? The columns affect the gate motor? Yes, they do. The gate opener will be attached to columns at the edge of the gate, so you need to know how big those columns are so you can properly size the opener. The columns must be big enough and strong enough to handle the piece of machinery.