Never get caught in the rain again by installing automatic gate motors!
As you know, when it rains, it pours, in Darwin and Palmerston. And getting out of the car to open or shut your gates in a downpour can really, well, put a dampener on your day.
But by adding an automatic gate motor to your gates, along with our remote control units, you can give your happiness a big boost and make coming or going at your home or office a breeze – a dry breeze, that is!
Let’s look at why automatic sliding gate motors and swing gate motors are so invaluable in the Top End, and worth not only choosing correctly in the first place, but servicing regularly so they don’t fail you when you need them most.
Make an enquiry or take a look at our automatic gate motor FAQ for more information.
How do you operate an electric gate?
You can open or close your electric gate motor in a number of ways.
The most common we supply in Darwin and Palmerston are:
- A remote control
- A swipe card or fob system
- A vehicle sensor, which can be a loop detector or a hardwired controller inside your car
Beyond normal opening and closing, you can ask us to add options and safety features including an auto-lock, auto-close, and even an electronic or mechanical lock which can withstand up to 2 tonnes in force (stronger than most gates).
These features mean your electric gate will not only be convenient but can boost security and extra control.
For example, adding an intercom system with a keypad for pedestrian access, can provide you with great peace of mind that the only people entering and leaving your property are the ones you give permission to!
Shower fully clothed or get an automatic gate motor with a remote control - in Darwin, it's that simple
Just think back to 7.45AM on a Tuesday and you’re late for work in the middle of the wet season.
You can see your automatic sliding gates in front of you, through the rain bouncing off the windscreen of the car..
It’s the second time this week, with screaming kids in the back seat late for school also.
As the skies above open and a deluge of water falls from above, you press that remote control, automatic gate opener. Normally, you’ll watch your gates open and drive in happily.
However, if you skimped and didn’t get your gate motor installed correctly or haven’t had it services, you know that it’s on this morning at this time in this weather that you’ll hear that dreadful half beep and watch your sliding gate or swing gate sit stationary.
Most people who choose, or end up choosing, Dunwrights Air & Electrical to install their automatic sliding gate motor or swing gate motor, say it’s the unforgiving Darwin weather that makes them seek out someone who’ll get the job “done right”.
‘I may as well showered fully clothed’, is a pretty common story that pushes people to take the next step to the ease and DRY comfort of using a remote control to slide open their gates from the car.
Dunwrights Air & Electrical owner, Jon Story, realised just how much he took his automatic gate opener for granted when he hurt his leg and needed crutches for a while.
Automatic gate FAQs
We wish there was one, simple answer. The fact is that the best sliding gate opener for you will depend upon your location, cost, and expectation.
Different brands have different features, pros and cons. We stick with a couple of brands that we know well and that have respectable warranty. When you contact us, we’ll talk it through so we can suggest the one that does everything you want it to do and works for a long time, and there’s a pretty good chance that will be one of the Duntech Automation range of gate motors because they come with a good set of remotes, extra battery options, and smartphone apps.
Automatic gate opener reviews are worth reading but, for peace of mind, rest assured we’ve done that hard work for you over many years, which is why we supply what we believe is the best kit on the market.
You certainly can!
It’s a fantastic feature to have being able to operate your gate opener from anywhere in the world as long as you have wifi.
We prefer the wifi video intercom with electronic output to control an electric gate or roller door. This is because it makes ease of access brilliant, and secure.
It’s like having universal remote control that you can share with someone else to allow or disallow access. It’s a fantastic feature.
Plus, little extras include being able to turn courtesy lights on and off for when guests or family members need to come and go in the dark.
This unit can also run on full solar.
No, they’re not.
Dunwrights Air & Electrical can build you a new gate system to suit your entryway and install your preferred type of gate – single swing gate, double swing gates, or automatic sliding gates.
If you have a very wide opening, we’ll guide you to selecting our commercial grade powered electric sliding gate operators because they can handle gates up to 8 metres wide and sometimes more!
If you have a restricted area, we can supply and install some newly designed folding cantilever gates. Perfect for tight spaces.
It all depends on the state of the current motors and the quality of the automatic gate system you have.
We’ll certainly assess the situation for you and will give you our expert opinion on whether it’s more economical to repair or replace you gate motor.
We’ve seen just about everything there is to see and will do our best to try to salvage what you have.
That said, if you’re reading this BEFORE your automatic gate motor has stopped working, we do recommend annual servicing to extend the life (and convenience) of your sliding gate opener or swing gate opener.
There are a few common problems we face often and most of these are due to lack of servicing, Darwin conditions, and/or choosing cheap gate motor to begin with.
We’ve been long time advocates of having surge protection on your electrical systems at home and work, and your automatic gate motors are no different. We do get power surges in Darwin, amid the tropical rain and lightning storms, so it’s really important to have that protection in place. When people haven’t done that, that’s when we get called in to do repairs.
Another problem is when the installer hasn’t taken the time to “teach” the gate how far it needs to move. This is called commissioning a gate opener. When it’s not been commissioned in the right way, it can lead to damage by pushing beyond the limits of its track or its swing distance.
Typically, gates with this problem might go really slowly at times, which is a protective mechanism to safeguard against damage.
Of course, getting the installation “done right” from the outset, can give you the peace of mind you need.