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Which gate opener is right for my gate?

The following guide is a general guide to assist you in finding the right opener for your gate. Please keep in mind that each gate location and climate creates a unique situation particular to each application.

DIY MIGHTY MULE GATE OPENERS

Choose an Opener for Your Gate
Weight and length
(per leaf)
Frequency
of Use
Power Requirements
Gate Operator Model
My Gate is a SWING Gate that does not exceed:
300 lbs or 12 ft. Light DC / Solar Compatible FM200
550 lbs or 16 ft. Light to Moderate DC / Solar Compatible FM350
850 lbs or 18 ft. Moderate DC / Solar Compatible FM500
My Dual Swing Gate that does not exceed:
550 lbs or 16 ft. Light to Moderate DC / Solar Compatible FM352
Up to 850 lbs or 18 ft. Moderate DC / Solar Compatible FM502

PROFESSIONAL GTO/PRO GATE OPENERS

My Gate is a SINGLE
SWING Gate that
does not exceed:
500 lbs and 16 ft. Moderate DC / Solar Compatible PRO-SW2000XL
650 lbs and 16 ft Moderate to Heavy DC / Solar Compatible PRO-SW4000XL
650 lbs and 16 ft Continuous Duty AC w/Battery Backup GP-SW050*
My Gate is a DUAL SWING Gate that
does not exceed:
500 lbs and 16 ft. Moderate DC / Solar Compatible PRO SW-2002XL
650 lbs and 16 ft Moderate to Heavy DC / Solar Compatible PRO SW4200XL**
My Gate is a
SLIDE Gate that
does not exceed:
1000 lbs and 30 ft Moderate DC / Solar Compatible PRO-SL2000B*
800 lbs and 32 ft Continuous Duty AC w/Battery Backup GP-SL050*
* Dual Gates requie the purchase of a second operator.
**Dual Gates require the purchase of the SW4200 in addistion to the SW4000XL

Which accessories are right for my gate opener?

All current models of GTO's Mighty Mule E-Z gate openers and GTO/PRO's automatic gate operators are compatible with ALL GTO accessories.


Solar power guide

How practical solar power is for your gate opener needs to be examined on a case-by case-basis. Factors to consider are: location of gate, type of gate, frequency of use, and how far the gate opener is from a power source etc.

Therefore, if you are within a 1000 ft of a power outlet, we recommend using the transformer that is included with your GTO gate opener. This will provide you with the most consistent charge than you would get from solar charging power. After all options are considered and it is determined that solar charging is your best option.? See charts below for the recommended number of solar panels based on your model, climate zone, and frequency of use.

The table and map below illustrate the maximum number of gate cycles to expect per day in a particular area when using solar charging panels with all GTO gate operators.

  • Up to 15 Watts of solar charging power for models FM700, FM702 .
  • Up to 30 Watts of solar charging power for models FM500, FM502 and FM350, PRO-SW1500, PRO-SW2500, PRO-SW3000, PRO-SW4000, PRO-SL1000B, PRO-SL2000B.

Installing an optional second battery is recommended for best performance of your gate opener.

 

What else will you need to install your automatic gate opener?

Other Materials You May Need...

Low voltage wire: (16 gauge, multi- stranded, dual conductor, direct burial wire) will be needed. Wire length depends upon which accessories used and the distance between the transformer power supply and gate. [1000 ft. (304 m) max.]

Solar Panels: If your gate is more than 1000 ft. (304 m) away from an AC 110V power source, Solar Panels must be used to trickle charge the battery.

Push to Open Bracket: If your gate opens out from your property, you need to purchase special order a "push-to-open" bracket. You can program the gate operator for this application. (Dual gates require 2 brackets) Call 1-800-543-1236 for details.

Gate Reinforcment: If you have thin walled tube or panel gates, you will need to reinforce them.

Mounting Plate: Depending on the type of gates, a horizontal cross member or mounting plate may be needed to mount the opener arm and gate bracket to the gate.

Properly installed gate: Your gate must be in good working order, firmly hung on an anchored fence post, and able to swing freely and evenly. This operator WILL NOT WORK on gates with wheels or gates that drag on the ground.

Gates weighing more than 250 pounds require ball bearing hinges. (not provided by Mighty Mule).

Gate post(s) must be at least 4 inches square or 4 inches in diameter.

Gate post greater than 8 inches thick will require longer bolts than the ones provided to mount post brackets to the gate post.

Masonry column installation may require special procedures. Call 1-800-543-1236 (GTO Technical Support) for details.

Tools you will need to install your automatic gate opener

Tools You'll Need:  
? Open End Wrenches:
3/8", 7/16", 1/2", and 9/16"
? 3/8" Drill Bit
? Hacksaw or Heavy Duty Bolt Cutters
? Slotted (Flat Bladed) Screwdriver
? Phillips Screwdriver
? Tape Measure
? Level
? Wire Strippers
? C-Clamps ? (small,
medium, and large)

Installation checklist

  • Do you have all the tools for the installation?
  • Did you purchase the proper power supply option? (low voltage wire or solar)
  • If your gate swings out to the street did you purchase the push-to-open bracket(s) (FM149/FM148)?
  • Did you note the 'standard' hardware package ? will this suit your installation (some additional hardware maybe needed)?
  • If you purchased the digital keypad, did you get 3 AA batteries?

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