Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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When installing landscape perimeters with gates, it's important to know what operating devices will work best for those gates. If the installation is on an existing gate, open and close it manually to assure a smooth operation. Remember, gate operators do not cor- rect gate problems! Existing gates that are to be automated must meet the ASTM F-2200 standard for gate construction. We'll be looking at different types of gates, the operating devices they use, and the features and functions that will best suit your instal- lation, whether it's commercial or residential. Swing Gates Ameristar's gate system program combines automatic gate opera- tors and access controls from industry manufacturers to provide a single source solution. These components coupled with a gate will provide complete gate entry systems that meet ASTM F-2200 and UL- 325 safety standards for automated gates. LiftMaster's Ferni residential column-mount swing gate operator moves gates up to 13 feet wide. This system enables gate automation when the dimensions of a large pillar prevents any other operator from being installed. Its Security+ 2.0® radio technology has two times the range of standard remotes. The on-board receiver provides a sin- gle remote solution for gate and garage access. A compact articulat- ing arm mounts neatly on a column or fence post. The device can be mounted at the top, middle or bottom of gate. Slide Gates Merchants Metals reports that their high alloy aluminum Secure-Trac® cantilever slide gates have an enclosed roller system that eliminates safety issues associated with external rollers and is less affected by ice, snow, and dirt. In addi- tion, the one-piece frame and track design creates added strength and rigidity, as opposed to gates with bolt-on tracks. For over five decades, Linear has provided slide gate operators (lin- ear swing and barrier types as well). Options include: readily accessible emergency disconnect; electrical power disconnect; built-in master/ second or paired mode capability; field right-hand/left-hand select- able; heavy-duty gear reducers standard (except HSLG and LRA); ETL listed – UL-325 compliant; and solid-state 24 VDC control. These products are now handled through Nortek's GTO Inc. division. Vertical Pivot Vertical pivot gates operate in all weather conditions and are adapt- able to any site challenges including uneven driveways, drainage swales, curb notches, contours, and racking. Left: Ameristar has designed three gate automation systems that are identified by their various entry functions: Stargate® Traverse®, Stargate® Axis® and Stargate® Forearm®. Specialty Gates & Operating Devices by Larry Shield, LC/DBM 20 LC DBM Right: The compact LiftMaster BX-243 slide gate operator boasts a small footprint, designed for residential applications. for-homes/Gate- Operators/CAME-by- LiftMaster/model- BX-243-Series Merchants Metals Secure- Trac® cantilever slide gates can operate with a Viking Q-7™, available in standard single package and optional master/slave option. This operator is equipped with mechanical manual release freeing the gate completely from the gear drive. www.merchantsmetals. com/secure-trac Available in a wide range of sizes and styles, Tuf- Guard® pre-hung security gates can operate in harsh environments. Viking Access Systems' T-21 swing gate operator has a 1/4" steel chassis with multilayer corrosion protection. www.merchantsmetals. com/tuf-guard d

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