Frequently Asked Question
G-Force believes in offering sound information and advice to
help you make the right automatic gate decisions. Here you‘ll
find valuable information about everything from our electric gate
openers to our warranties. We have even categorised our FAQs
to make it easy for you to find the information you need:
Company & Warranties
Are you Australian owned? G-Force is proudly Australian
owned and operated. We began operation in 2003. Today, we
are a major supplier of DIY gate motor kits for swing gates and
sliding gates all across Australia.
What warranties do you provide?
All our automatic gate motor kits are backed by a one year
Do you deliver?
Delivery of our DIY gate opener kits is free within Australia.
Delivery of all other products, parts and accessories attracts a
nominal delivery charge calculated according to location.
Why is a swing arm gate opener ideal for use on farm
gates? Between winter and summer, farm fences and gates can
be subject to ground movement causing gate posts and gates
to move and typically, farm gates usually have very basic
hinges. These two factors can cause misalignment with the
gate. By design, the G Force FG 5 swing arm gate motor
opener naturally rotates and can tolerate ground movement and
any misalignment and give reliable operation all year round.
The linear type gate motors (ram type, piston type, screw type,
telescopic type etc.) have to be mounted to the gate and gate
post with an accurate triangle geometry to make them rotate.
Movement or misalignment with the gate can cause them to fail
and become unreliable.
Will a low voltage or solar powered gate
opener work on my gate?
G-Force has a gate opener solution to suit most types of gates.
We can automate swing gates, sliding gates and farm gates,
commercial and industrial gates. Your gate will need to be
soundly installed, free-swinging or free-sliding and in good
working order. The posts should be robust and firmly in the
Will the swing arm gate operator work on a
Swing arm gate openers are highly adaptable. These are not
dependent upon where the gate is mounted on the pillar. By
side mounting our swing arm gate motor, it will open gates
centre mounted up to 300mm on a pillar. Swing arm gate
motors are more flexible than any linear gate motors.
How wide does a swing arm gate motor open?
Up to 130° depending on site and installation offsets.
Do I need a centre ground stop on double
Double swing gates do not generally require a ground stop. G-
Force swing gate motors have built-in user-adjustable limit
switches to set the open and closed positions. However, a
ground stop will enable the gates to close firmly and tightly
against one another. For long, heavy gates which have greater
momentum when closing, we recommend the use of a ground
How much side-room clearance do I need for a
swing gate operator?
A minimum of 400mm side room clearance is required with our
standard swing arm gate kits. Such clearance is calculated from
hinge point to extent of travel. Where clearance is less than
400mm, please contact us for further advice.
Does the wind affect my electric or solar
powered gate opener?
Yes. Fully clad and large single gates catch the wind like a sail.
Gate openers must be strong enough to push against this extra
resistance. Yet they must remain sensitive enough to re-open if
physical obstruction is detected. If you live in a high-wind area,
please contact us for further advice.
What is the handset transmitter range?
The range is typically 25 to 35 metres, depending on
environmental factors and electrical interference. Interference
to the handset range can be caused by things such as baby
monitors, cordless phones, high-voltage power lines, phone
towers and natural surroundings.
Can the gate close automatically?
Yes. An automatic close function is available on all G-Force DIY
gate opener kits. You can choose to press the handset once to
open and once to close. Alternatively set to auto close mode
and the gate will close automatically. We recommend safety
beams be installed if the gate motor is put into auto close
Is there a gate opener to suit outward-opening
Yes. G-Force has gate openers suitable for inward-opening and
outward-opening swing gates. These gates can be positioned
on rising, falling or sloping sites.
Can the sliding gate motor work from either
left or right hand sides?
Yes. Simply adjust the wiring as per the instructions to change
the motor direction.
How long does it take to open your gates?
Between 20 - 40 seconds, depending on your installation.
How does the solar-powered system work?
The solar panel converts UV rays (sunlight) to electric current
which charges the main storage battery. A solar regulator
prevents over charging. The 12 volt motor is then powered by
How many solar panels are needed?
In most situations, one solar panel is sufficient. Where high
usage is required, an increase in solar panel size and/or battery
capacity may be necessary. Please contact us for further
Can I mount the solar panel away from the
The solar panel can be mounted up to 50 metres away. For
most installations, the panel must be in full sunshine for at least
four to six hours a day. If the panel is installed in a shaded area,
both the battery charging efficiency and gate opener function
will be affected.
Will the solar panel still charge on a cloudy
G-Force solar panels are very efficient. These will charge the
battery on cloudy days, however efficiency is reduced in the
shade. If left in the shade for prolonged periods, the battery will
eventually discharge. For better performance, mount the solar
panel where it will receive as much sunlight as possible.
Is it better to power my gate opener with an
electric DC plug-pack rather than a solar
Where 240v AC power is available within 80 metres to 100
metres of your gate, we recommend you purchase our low
voltage gate opener kit. The standalone plug pack transformer
trickle charges the battery day and night, whatever the weather.
If you don’t have 240v AC power available, solar gate opener
kits are the answer.
Would it help if I sent you a photo of my gate?
Absolutely. We can then identify the best operator for your
individual requirements. Simply attach your photo through our
How do visitors get in without a handset transmitter?
You have several access options available:
1. A simple push button in a weather-proof enclosure
2. As above, but with a key switch fitted to disable entry when
you are away
4. Audio and / or Video intercoms – wire in or via the mobile
Can I purchase additional hand remotes for
family or friends?
Yes. Extra hand remotes are available for all G-Force DIY
automatic gate opener kits.
Security & Safety
What extra security can I add to my automatic
For domestic driveway gates, we recommend fitting an electric
lock. You can also install an audio or video intercom. We can
advise the most appropriate security options to suit your
Can I add these safety extras to solar-powered
Typically, no. Such additional safety features draw too much
power and may flatten your gate battery.
Will the gate operate in a power blackout?
All G-Force DIY gate opener kits are supplied with a battery.
With the low voltage models, the battery becomes an
emergency battery back-up should there be a mains power
blackout. So your gate will operate even when there’s no
What safety features are included?
All our DIY gate opener kits have in-built adjustable anti-crush
obstruction sensing with an auto-reverse safety feature. Other
available safety equipment such as flashing lights, warning
signs, safety beams, loop detectors and beepers can also be
fitted. We can advise on the most appropriate options for your
Can I install the gate opener myself?
Our DIY gate opener kits are simple Our gate openers are low
voltage so an electrician may not be required. This can be an
advantage and cost saving. Our set up and install instructions
can be found in the download section of our web site.ple to
install, connect and operate. There are easy to follow
instructions with photographs and graphics to guide you.
Is everything included in the DIY kit?
Generally all parts are included however you will need
additional hardware items such as bolts and screws and
interconnecting wire to connect to the solar panel or power
pack / transformer to the gate motor and to wire in any push
buttons. In most situations, 2-core 1.5mm ‘Twin Active’ wire is
sufficient. You can get this from most electrical supply stores.
How long does it take to install a gate opener?
Typical installation times are:
Sliding gate motor kit: two to four hours
Single Farm gate opener kit: two to four hours
Double gate motor kit: three to six hours.
Do I need to install low voltage wire in conduit? Although not
crucial, we would recommend the use of conduit, especially
where wires need to be installed across driveways or heavy
traffic areas. In some cases, black poly pipe can be a good
What about maintenance?
Following gate opener installation you must carefully maintain
the gate and gate motor surrounding area. Keep your gate in
good repair and ensure it continues to operate freely. Prevent
grass and foliage build-up that may obstruct gate operation or
allow insects or other pests to infest the motor. Most automatic
gate failures are caused by lack of attention, flat batteries, pests
or power points being turned off.