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As technological advances allow manufacturers to add improvements to their gate motors, homeowners reap the benefits. But is it worth the additional purchase cost?
So, which of these features is worth considering for a new gate automation system? After all, new technology has to be paid for and newer, higher spec systems are always more expensive.
The safe operation of all gate automation is one of the highest priorities for a qualified engineer and should never be scrimped on. But is the added expense of a faster motor worth considering and does it make a dramatic difference to the homeowner?
The perfect example of new fast versions of gate motors added to a manufacturer’s range is Nice’s HS operators. There is now a 24V HS (high speed) version of the following Nice gate motors for swing and sliding gates:
So how do Nice’s figures for the new high speed versions compare with the regular speed equivalent motors? And what do these differences add up to in the real world?
24 Vdc Gate Motor
High Speed Version
Hyke articulated arm
Toona 24V ram for gates up to 5m
Toona 24V ram for gates up to 6m
Robus for sliding gates up to 500Kg
RUN for sliding gates up to 400Kg
RUN for sliding gates up to 1200Kg
This table starts to show that, while the faster motors are faster, there are a few complications including:
In the real world, although the high-speed versions are more expensive, the benefits are substantial. For anyone who has ever sat in their car drumming their fingers on the steering wheel as their gate trundled open, high speed motors make a significant difference.
It’s obviously down to the individual to weigh up the value of speed benefits against increased costs. But if you use your gates regularly, the extra money is worth considering very strongly.