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Devenbaker
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Electric Gate Cost
I am looking at having an electric gate installed across my driveway in Baton Rouge. Anyone have recommendations on installers? Anyone care to share what kind of costs I am looking at?


jbgleason
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re: Electric Gate Cost
Gonzales Gates. Ask for Rod

225-571-2836

They did mine and have done a great job with warranty and customer service since. Can’t recommend him enough. Small business guy that deserves the praise for his work ethic.


jpainter6174
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re: Electric Gate Cost
I would say there are a lot of variables on pricing... single gate vs dual gate. But just a single gate wills probably be about 2k for gate and opening kit plus install. Could always get a cattle gate and opener at tractor supply for about 700$!!!


kengel2
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re: Electric Gate Cost
Dont forget you'll need power out there as well. So figure an electrician coming out and digging.


BeepNode
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re: Electric Gate Cost
I'd be interested to see the ballpark pricing on some of these gates as well. I'm interested but not to a point where I'm ready to get people to give me estimates. (lots of other projects to tackle first).


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BR Tiger
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re: Electric Gate Cost
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Dont forget you'll need power out there as well. So figure an electrician coming out and digging


The gate openers and controllers run off or 12V and are powered by batteries in the controller box. The batteries can be kept charged by either a transformer run to the box or a solar panel designed for the gate system. You don’t need to run 110 out to the gate and you surely don’t need an electrician.


jbgleason
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re: Electric Gate Cost
Price?

I can speak to mine but you have to keep in mind that I have solid cast iron gates. They weigh a couple of hundred pounds each easily and required significant work to hang. I also have commercial level openers. I have remotes, a magnetic exit loop, optical interruptor, electro magnet lock and a pedestal keypad outside the gate. I wanted the cellular opener system but it was going to add almost $1500 to the cost. I also already had power run to the spot for them to wire into.

The price included blasting and painting the gates (which came from a different spot on the property) and then custom building the hinges.

My bill was a bit north of $10k. I would think you could cut that in half with aluminum gates in lieu of iron.

Not sure about running commercial openers off of solar but I know mine required power.


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kengel2
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re: Electric Gate Cost
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The gate openers and controllers run off or 12V and are powered by batteries in the controller box. The batteries can be kept charged by either a transformer run to the box or a solar panel designed for the gate system. You don’t need to run 110 out to the gate and you surely don’t need an electrician.


Ok boss, youre right and im wrong. They all run on solar and none of them ever need power.


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Golfer
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Ok boss, youre right and im wrong. They all run on solar and none of them ever need power.


that isn’t what he said.

They run off 12v. Which doesn’t require an electrician.


kengel2
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They run off 12v. Which doesn’t require an electrician.




So all of them run off 12V?


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Glock17
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re: Electric Gate Cost
I got a quote not to long ago from a BR fence company... it was roughly 19’ of aluminum fence (5 ft high) with the aluminum gate across the driveway. It was roughly $5,300 installed. That was good bit higher than I thought it would be so I plan to get some more quotes just haven’t gotten around to it


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fightin tigers
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re: Electric Gate Cost
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Gonzales Gates. Ask for Rod

225-571-2836


No doubt


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BR Tiger
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re: Electric Gate Cost
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Ok boss, youre right and im wrong. They all run on solar and none of them ever need power.


Not sure where the hostility is coming from. All I meant was that assuming a “regular” residential installation, they will run off 12V. You will need either a solar panel or a 12V transformer. The 12 V transformer does not have to be plugged in right next to the gate. It can have a lengthy run from the transformer to the gate. And a gate installer would be more than capable of doing this. That’s all. Of course there can be one off situations where an electrician is needed. But those would be rare and not power of the discussion of what a typical installation runs.


Devenbaker
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re: Electric Gate Cost
Thanks for suggestion on companies. Also, the 12v discussion reminded me that my neighbor runs his gate off a solar panel.


baldona
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re: Electric Gate Cost
I have no clue here, but aren’t a lot of gates basically garage door openers? Those are 120V. I’d think I’d much rather 120 over 12 especially if you are putting any decent weight gate or it would take forever.

If you paid an electrician it would be an expensive initial cost but then you can put an outlet, better lights, etc.

Eta: looks like the 12V gates basically have a hydraulic arm to open and shut. Makes sense.
This post was edited on 8/5 at 9:57 pm


TeddyPadillac
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re: Electric Gate Cost
I bought a 14' cast aluminum gate a few years ago. It was around $1,200 if i remember correctly. Bought it somewhere around BR, don't remember where as i got a bunch of quotes.
The gate opener was around $700, and i bought that off the internet.

As far as the gate opener goes, going with solar power is shite. It will eventually crap out, and it recharges the batteries so slowly that you only get a few openings a day. You want it running off a battery, not 120v, even though i don't recall seeing any openers that ran off 120v, b/c if your power goes out, you can't open your gate, and nothing is more irritating than driving up to your house not knowing the power is out while it's storming outside and you have to get out your car to go manually open your gate.
12v wire is tiny. My gate opener came with a transformer you plug into the wall, and all i had to do was buy the 12v wire and run it outside, under the ground, and across the concrete (got a circular saw blade to cut a small line across the driveway to lay the wire then filled it with silicone) to the control box. Was very simple.

Installing it was a different animal. The post that holds the gate is long, and heavy as shite. I believe i had to get the hole to a depth of 7', which is not easy to do. Had a hand auger with an extension, b/c i'm cheap, and it was not fun. Then you have to make damn sure that post goes in level, and is concreted in extremely level.


It's at least a 2 man job to install this post and hang the gate, but it's very easy to do if you have any handyman skills at all.


Devenbaker
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Baton Rouge
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re: Electric Gate Cost
I wanted to bump the thread to see if anyone else had comments on companies or costs. Thanks for input so far.


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