I need a driveway gate operator

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  1. David Meiland

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    Have a lightweight ~50-pound 12-foot tubular driveway gate that I want to operate maybe 15-20 cycles per day. The first search hits are for "Mighty Mule" brand, which I looked at at HD today but didn't buy. Seems like about a $700 investment to get the operator, a few remotes, and a little solar panel to hopefully keep it going (no AC power easily available where it goes).

    Has anyone solved this and can you recommend what you went with?

    https://www.mightymule.com/smart-gate-openers/mm371w/
     
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    I don't have first hand residential experience with such a thing, but had many installed on commercial properties over the years (all hard-wired electric though).

    The specs look robust enough although the 12 month warranty seems a little low to me. I would call any of the commercial fence installers to see what they use, but I suspect they are not using anything that is sold in the DIY stores. If it were me and that is what is available, I would just install it and go rather than driving yourself crazy. You would be covered for a year at least.
     
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    Why? 15-20 drug deals per day isn't a lot, but it should pay for itself.
     
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    Aaahhhhh.... we have this little dog. He's usually pretty good about staying in the yard but the other day he went out in the road and some lady going by honked at him and then took it upon herself to pull in the driveway and scold my wife. So, decision made to keep the gate closed. BUT... I come and go a fair amount and I don't want to deal with getting in and out of the truck numerous times daily to open and close it by hand. There's a good fence around the whole place, enough to contain a little dog or even a big one as long as it can't climb. All I gotta solve is the gate.
     
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    Where is your nearest 110v electricity ? Solar panels and batteries are fine for backup power source
     
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    You may want to consider an invisible fence to control the dog . There are types that function on proximity/distance and do not require an underground line .
     
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    I much does it pay?
     
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    I'd have to ditch about 60 feet from my shop or house to the spot where the operator would go. The house has a crawl space so I could conceivably dig under the footing and run a nicely concealed underground feeder. The shop is on a slab and I would end up with an LB on the exterior wall somewhere. The ditching would be destructive and require a lot of landscape repair. Basically, this isn't gonna happen unless it can be battery powered.
     
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    We had that with a previous dog. I've considered it, the type without the wire all the way around. The downside is the collar is kinda large for a little dog and we'd have to put it on and take it off a lot.
     
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    I'm here to apply for the gate operator job...
     
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    If you can do journey-level carpentry in between gate openings, let's talk.
     
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    I have no advice on your question posed, but I notice you are in Friday Harbor and I want to say my father lived there for several years on his boat in the marina with the statue of Popeye (the harbor seal) until he passed in 2015, if you know where I mean. It is a beautiful place to be.
     
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    Might be more than you want to spend or need, but I used to sell industrial engines to a company in Billings, Montana that built security gates. Ideal Mfg is the name of the company. http://www.idealmfginc.com/
     
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    *sigh* Back to McDonald's...
     
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    I'll accept the job !

    But you have to provide beer and an occasional meal ... I'll sleep outside. ..
     
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    Not so fast, young man. I heard it through the grapevine that John Backlund may need a new garage door opener due to a recent giant spider episode.
     
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    I'm available
     
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    PetSafe containment. I buried 2000' of wire. The dogs have about 4 acres to run.

    My second home is on a mile long private road. We own most of it, but it's a loop. The people at the short end put in a gate. The local fire department says "good luck with that". Doesn't affect me.
     
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    The installation of a gate operator with a siren detecting add on will remedy this . They operate in the same manner as the devices that will hold a traffic signal for an approaching siren . I have been in the fencing business for a very long time and I know where of I speak . These devices have been used in many locations to allow fire and police .
     
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