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Universal or Kent field gates are traditionally made from pressure impregnated softwood, seasoned or green hardwood. They can be produced in metal and are popular on housing estate entrances or such like.
The most basic of original farm gates, this style can be produced with more than the usual five horizontal rails that has been typically known as a Five bar field gate. Usually supplied as a single leaf gate, up to 3.3m wide and 1.3m tall, it can be made wider and taller dependent upon the type of materials used and their sizes.
This construction is not ideal for automation unless some modifications are incorporated within its build. A stronger bottom rail and full strap hinges with the automatic controls driving the furniture and not the gate itself are primary recommendations.
Often hung from solid timber posts, this product would benefit from box section supports that can be decorated to suit individual customers needs. Although metal posts are of greater value, their life expectancy often far outweighs the cost difference.
As automation adds to the overall installation value, long term stability of each support post can be and remains an installations number one priority.
Where ground conditions may be suspect, it is recommended that an under-ground link beam, be installed, linking and securing each support and or slam post, to each other. Powered gates opening and closing off a post will exert stress in all directions and any unstable ground would likely move causing unreliability at least.
Safety concerns may also be raised if the support structure is not always secure.