The gate track is the steel bar along which the gate runs. It is normally fixed into the ground with cement. It is not to be confused with the gate rack which forms part of gate automation hardware. All sliding gates will have a gate track; only automated gates will have a gate rack.  

Types of Gate Tracks

The steel bar that forms the gate track can be one of two shapes: either it is made from angle-iron and forms a v-like shape, or it is made from round-bar and forms a round shape. A track made from angle-iron is cheaper than that of a round bar; but, a round bar track is hardier and longer wearing. The gate wheels that are used depend on the type of track. V-shaped wheels are used when the gate track profile is V-shaped and round wheels are used when the gate track is round.
Round bar gate track

Round bar gate track

 
Round Gate Wheel

Round Gate Wheel

  v-shape gate wheel and angle iron track
V-shape gate wheel and angle iron track  
v-shape gate wheel and angle iron track

V-shape gate wheel

Gate Track Maintenance

When it comes to the gate track, this can become bent. There are several reasons as to why a track becomes bent out of alignment:
  • Firstly, from wear and tear
  • Secondly, some type of impact – for example, someone drives into the gate
  • Perhaps it was not installed correctly in the first place.
  • Another common factor that can cause a track to become bent is when a large truck drives over a it and pushes it down into the ground
  • Also, if the track is not well-cemented in, it can lift and bend into a bow-like shape.
Most often the track goes out of alignment horizontally. Once again, an even, level track is required for smooth operation of the gate. You may need to look at track repairs if opening and closing the gate smoothly and easily becomes a problem. This tends to be a large job as it will involve digging out concrete or paving and then re-doing it afterwards. Always check that the track is free of any gravel, sand or debris (especially after a storm). This will hinder gate operation and put strain on the gate motor.