When it comes to the security of your property, you need the right gate opener that perfectly suits your needs. With a comprehensive selection of sliding gate operators, LiftMaster delivers real value to property owners. From large-scale commercial and industrial sites to residential solutions.
The versatility can be attributed to their ease of automation. A sliding gate opener can operate a 70-foot long gate weighing more than 2,000 pounds in a snowstorm.
These standards can’t be maintained by your generic gate opener, though; you need to know how to separate the chaff from the grain. One way of doing this is by reviewing established sliding gate opener brands to get a feel of the desired properties.
The LiftMaster sliding gate opener fits the bill as we are about to elaborate. The brand has been around for decades and has many popular gate openers. Let’s look at what makes them stand out from the crowd.
The LiftMaster Sliding Gate Opener - What’s the Fuss?
They Are Built to Last
Due to their sturdy build, LiftMaster gate operators are rated for high-temperature continuous use. Your typical LiftMaster gate opener has a steel body treated for corrosion resistance, either by plating or oxidation. The mounting brackets of the sliding gate operator are powder-coated and galvanized, while sensors and reflectors are covered using stainless steel and durable polycarbonate hoods, respectively.
Compliance With Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) Safety Standards
The standard most commonly enforced by building code enforcement in most states is UL325, which focuses on protection from entrapment. LiftMaster has an entire line of safety entrapment protection devices and accessories that facilitate compliance with UL requirements in each application. They enable you to cover all possible entrapment zones during installation.
These devices have been UL listed, meaning their samples upheld UL325 standards when tested for entrapment protection ability. Some come as part of the package, while others are procured separately. A professional LiftMaster installer should be able to tell you if your sliding gate opener system at least covers UL325 safety entrapment protection requirements.
Monitored Edge Solutions
They come in the form of LiftMaster Monitored resistive edges that wrap around the edges of the gates to protect entrapment zones. They can sense obstructions, transmit responsive signals to stop and/or reverse instructions, and are compatible with wireless or hardwired gate applications.
LiftMaster provides both factory-assembled edges that have been cut to standard gate sizes and those that can be selected and cut to size to custom fit the length and profile of your specific gate.
Wireless Edge Solution
This involves a wireless edge transmitter that connects to an edge receiver via low-energy Bluetooth transmission to warn of any obstruction in the gate's path. The transmitter has two unique configurable edge inputs for LiftMaster Monitored resistive edges, which are open and closed. The transmitter package comes with two AA lithium batteries.
LiftMaster Monitored Photo Eyes
These devices monitor entrapment zones through beams of light emitted by inbuilt LED indicators. This light informs of the absence or presence of an object standing in the path of the beam signals. Any obstruction triggers an alert to the gate controller. They are solar optimized and will turn off when the gate operator is idle.
LiftMaster Monitored photo eyes come in two versions:
- Monitored Through-Beam Photo Eyes (LMTBUL)
In this setup, the emitter has a separate component from the light beam receiver. They should be pointed at each other to be aligned. If nothing is blocking the light, the output sensor will be on. It turns off when there is something between the emitter and receiver. It has a longer detection range because light only travels in one direction from the emitter to the receiver (up to 90 feet)
- Monitored Retro Reflective Photo Eye (LMRRUL)
The LMRRUL setup has the emitter and receiver together in the same device component. The sensor's emitter is pointed at a reflector and then aligned so the beam can be bounced back to the receiver. The output will be on if the light is not blocked and off if there is an obstruction. They have a shorter detection range (up to 50 feet) because light has to travel away and back to get to the receiver.
They don’t need two separate components, so they have a smaller footprint. This makes them more versatile than LMTBU photo Eyes.
Ability to Integrate With LiftMaster Access Control Technology
This allows you to customize your access control system and programming to basic functionalities and other gate accessories. You can open, close and program your large gates to be as intuitive as you want. You can also track movement, keep records and make plans based on these records without compromising security or spending too much time on the project.
Below is a list of tools you can pair with your LiftMaster sliding gate opener and how to use them.
- Smart video intercom allows you to see who is at the entrance before granting or denying entry
- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers enable you to identify particular cars within and outside the premises, which is great for fleet management. It reduces vehicle congestion and enables you to update your inventory.
- Various control panels with different capabilities go beyond opening and closing the gate. You can program opening and closing times, connect the light switch so you can control the gate’s light and even receive alerts on the control panel.
- There are also different types of keypads with diverse capacities; they can be set up for multiple users, each with its own unique PIN. Some keypads can store up to 500 PINs at the same time.
You can use one or a combination of tools on this platform to enjoy full automation.
Wide Capacity Range
The LiftMaster Heavy-Duty Variable Speed slide gate operator can haul a 75-foot sliding gate weighing up to 3,000 pounds. It is powered by a 24-volt DC motor and is arguably the most powerful of the line.
The speed varies from 0.5 feet per second to one foot per second, meaning the strength doesn’t compromise efficiency, and you can still use the Quick-Close option to prevent tailgating.
If you have any questions about this product or any of our other products, feel free to contact us. Our team of experts are ready and waiting to answer all of your questions.