We recently helped a client with an existing Centurion D10 Gate motor installation that was giving him problems. He is located in the Sandton, Morningside area in Johannesburg.
The gate rack
was installed in such a way that the weight of the gate was resting on the pinion
. This damages both the pinion and also the gearbox of the motor.
Like all gate motors, the Centurion D10 Gate motor installation quality plays a large part in having a gate motor that works smoothly and efficiently. There are many aspects to pay attention to, but one that can negatively affect the life span and gearbox of the motor is the distance between the rack and pinion.
There should always be a bit of space (about 3mm) between the rack and pinion.
Gate motor rack and pinion
Correction of this Centurion D10 Gate Motor Installation
After adjusting the the rack by re-welding it onto the gate, the gate was moving much better. We also replaced the damaged pinion. We also took the motor to Centurion and booked it in for a F1 service. This service is their fastest service, and you usually get the motor back the next day for re-installation.
Other aspects to look out for with sliding gates and large gates in general.
- Firstly, gate wheels must be in good working order – Test your gate wheels every 6 months by lifting the gate on the side and checking if the wheels turn freely
- Secondly, the correct gate wheel profile must be used. The round profile for round bar tracks and the v-shaped profile for angle iron tracks
- If you use the wrong gate wheel profile it can cause extra vibrations while the gate moves and this in turn can cause the rack welding and gate wheel welding spots to break more easily
- And, finally, make sure you clean your gate track after every bad weather episode. Soil, and vegatation will decrease your gate wheel life span
Our latest new gate motor installation Morningside Manor in Sandton held a few challenges for us. The existing motor was an old Hansa Deluxe motor that had finally stopped working. We replaced it with a new Centurion D5 Evo
. We recommend this gate opener for all normal, residential sliding gates.
Usually the gate motor installations take about 3 or 4 hours, but in this case there were some challenges. This was because of a tree right by the base-plate which is where a gate motor gets installed. The tree roots were lifting the base-plate by at least the height of about 2 bricks. This made it impossible to weld the long gear (or the gate motor rack
) onto the gate without it breaking off while the gate is operating.
Solution: Gate Motor Installation Morningside Manor in Sandton
The solution in the end involved some construction work. We removed the bricks and some concrete to make space so that we could install the track of the gate at a lower position. This enabled the gate to move a little bit more evenly.
Yes, you need the technical know-how with a gate motor installation, but it is practical experience that counts for about 95% of successful results.
We need to check the gate and the gate track
; the gate straightness and alignment; the gate wheels and all mechanical aspects of the gate. These need to be mechanically sound before a gate motor can operate properly together with a gate.
We advise against planting large trees close by to your gate and your gate motor simply because the roots always causes problems. If you have a large tree close to your gate it is definitely worthwhile to consider removing it before any damage is done and repair costs escalate.
We also installed some anti-lift brackets
to make sure that the gate can’t be lifted by burglars too easily.
With a bit of extra effort and carefully paying attention to the gate track we got the gate motor to function properly with the gate. Another gate motor installation in Morningside Manor and another happy Sandton client.