Swing Gate Operator
Swing gate openers come in two basic styles: Linear and Articulated
Linear Swing Arm Operator
A linear swing arm operator has a box that sits off to the side and an arm extending to the gate. Either a mechanical or hydraulic arm is responsible for opening and closing the gate. Typically an electro-mechanical operator is used for single-family homes and a hydraulic style arm would be used on heavier and larger commercial gates.
The advantage to this style of operator is the lower cost, it’s easier to install, and it maintains a lower profile in terms of appearance. The downside is that it is less durable and operates at a slower speed.
Articulated Swing Arm Operator
An articulated swing arm is mounted on a pad and works best on heavier than normal entry points and high-use situations such as gated communities. The advantage to this operator is its durability. The downside is the higher price, it costs more to install, and it is less aesthetically pleasing.
The dual swing typically consists of two smaller gates that meet in the middle and then swing inward or outward, depending on the set up. Like the single swing gate operator, the dual swing openers will have a secondary arm that operates with the master arm.