How about we talk about going “SOLAR” OR “GREEN”? You know those simple, sassy, super, solar powered, easily serviceable systems! I hear you, but let’s take a look at the ones that actually do work.

Allow me to turn your attention to the residential Apollo 1724 & 1824 Swing Gate Series, the tougher commercial 4300SW / 4500SW Swing gate operator as well as the more traditional and better known 1500/1600 Series. If it is a slide gate operator that you require then the 8300/8500 Slide Gate Operators are your babies…

Let’s start with the heart of all these systems, the incredibly practical, always reliable Apollo 1050 Control Board. This little beauty is a Universal control board for both 12VDC as well as 24 VDC (yes, one board does it all, cool right?) and it already offers you a 7 day programmable timer (who’d a thunk it right?), programmable relay outputs and independently built in surge protection both for power as well as all the inputs. A simple plug-in radio receiver for up to 1000 transmitters and more than twice the range than industry standards, if this wasn’t enough there are the programmable inputs and outputs as well as the Nice BlueBUS connector. So now that you’ve got the heart of the system down pat let’s talk about all the really cool operators you can connect to this panel.

Let’s take a closer look at the 1724 and 1824 and how durable they are, this new generation operator consisting of the 1050 Control Panel and the T-5 actuators is suitable for any environmental condition, the ample 15”X15” control box is made of polycarbonate and includes two 12VDC 7 Amp batteries tucked away behind a hinged 1050 control board for easy access, and can be used with the standard 115VAC electricity or with the solar panels (which have a direct connection with built in charger and regulator) and the system gives you an estimated 200 cycles on the battery alone, while the T5 actuators are made of aluminum shells with polyester paint finish in grey, with an external (keyed of course) manual quick release that allows easy conversion from operation to manual.

Then we have the traditional, always reliable, very tough 1550ETL-1K and 1650ETL-1K Series operators, except that with the new 1050 board the battery can now be charged via solar or AC, the choice is yours. With all the available options that the new “Smart Board” gives you plus smart battery management and charging, either push to open or pull to open mode and with the direct drive system that attaches directly to the gate. It is encased in a NEMA3R weather resistant case powder coated in black and this actuator has a rust proof linear screw drive with self-lubricating gears. The master comes with an 8’ cord while the slave operator has a 38’ cord.

This brings us to the commercial, pad mounted 4300SW (1/2 Horse power) 4500SW ( 1 horsepower) ETL approved swing gate operator for gates of up to 20 feet and half a ton, this commercial unit will surprise you with its ease of operation/installation as well as all the extra features it comes with. It also works with the solar package as well as 115VAC, plus the Smart management of the battery and charging system seamlessly integrates to the manufacturers solar package, and now with a 5 Year commercial and a 7 Year residential warranty, which is the same warranty enjoyed by its slide gate counterpart the 8300SL ( (1/2HP for gates up to 1000Lbs and 35’ long) or the 8500SL (the 1 HP for slightly larger gates weighing 1500 Lbs. and up to 35’ long), which are just as reliable, powerful and easy to install and set up with on-board master /slave management, corrosion resistant galvanized and powder coated frame, Smart Battery Saver and Solar Charging systems and ergonomically designed to work in commercial applications via solar power even in inclement weather situations.

So give us a call, come by and check them out and see for yourself just how cool these green, good for the environment and durable these operators really are. Give us a call at 1-800-730-8382 or contact us by e-mail.

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