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 manufacturers’ warranty.

Do you deliver?

We can arrange delivery to anywhere in Australia for a nominal delivery charge calculated according to location.

Product Selection

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 ground.

Will the swing arm gate operator work on a brick pillar?

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 swing gates?

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 stop

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 mode.

Is there a gate opener to suit outward-opening gates?

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 the battery.

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 advice.

Can I mount the solar panel away from the gates?

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 day?

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 panel?

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 Contact form.

Access Options

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 3. Keypads 4. Audio and / or Video intercoms – wire in or via the mobile network.

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 gate?

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 installation.

Can I add these safety extras to solar-powered units?

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 electricity.

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 particular installation.

Installation

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 alternative.

Maintenance

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.
Phone:1800 111 930 Email: info@gforceautogates.com.au
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 manufacturers’ warranty. 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. Product Selection 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 ground. Will the swing arm gate operator work on a brick pillar? 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 swing gates? 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 stop 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 mode. Is there a gate opener to suit outward-opening gates? 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 the battery. 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 advice. Can I mount the solar panel away from the gates? 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 day? 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 panel? 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 Contact form. Access Options 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 3. Keypads 4. Audio and / or Video intercoms – wire in or via the mobile network. 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 gate? 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 installation.

Can I add these safety extras to solar-powered

units? 

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 electricity. 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 particular installation. Installation 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 alternative. Maintenance 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.
Phone:1800 111 930 Email: info@gforceautogates.com.au