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Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby tater74 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:18 pm

I need to put up a gate into my place. I need 30 feet of width for occasional machinery.
I was thinking 2 6 foot gates, one manual swing gate and one automatic gate. My wife wants an automatic gate that slides.

Which is more reliable?

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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:24 pm

Both are reliable, if installed properly. If it's on a hill, sometimes there isn't an option.
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby tater74 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:36 pm

It is flat land.

Next question, is there a big difference in cost?
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby callmefence » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:38 pm

I personally would go with the swing. Kiss.
The double is just as reliable though. Just a bit more pricey. And as farm mentioned the gates can be built out off square to fit any grade. Well the down hill on a swing can as well.
If 7- 8 inches of ground clearance is acceptable I prefer a cantilever style slider over the v-track style. Especially around any type of loose gravel.
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby fence_it » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:40 pm

What machinery do you have that needs a 30ft opening? Openers usually don't work well with large gates. 2 12's or 2 14's might be the way to go if it would work. I have no experience with sliding gates, but the openers on swinging gates can work just fine if installed and adjusted properly.

edit: just to clarify you mean 2 16 foot gates in your original post?
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby Brute 23 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:48 pm

All I am going to add to this is..... you get what you pay for. :tiphat:
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby tater74 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:29 pm

Yes, 2 16 foot gates. The farmer that leases some of my land has some combines and cultivators that he brings in. I asked him for minimum clearance and he stated that 30 feet would be OK. I haven't seen 15 foot gates, so added the extra foot to each.

I would prefer the swing gate myself.
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby Brute 23 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:27 pm

I would put one 16' on an opener for your use and let him get out and open the other when he brings the equipment in.

How is he driving down the road to come in to your property with his 30' header on the combine? What kind of cultivator is 30' that won't fold up?
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby ddd75 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:44 am

Brute 23 wrote:I would put one 16' on an opener for your use and let him get out and open the other when he brings the equipment in.

How is he driving down the road to come in to your property with his 30' header on the combine? What kind of cultivator is 30' that won't fold up?

you get over and move out of the way around here!
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby callmefence » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:05 am

ddd75 wrote:
Brute 23 wrote:I would put one 16' on an opener for your use and let him get out and open the other when he brings the equipment in.

How is he driving down the road to come in to your property with his 30' header on the combine? What kind of cultivator is 30' that won't fold up?

you get over and move out of the way around here!


All the row crop guys here demand double 16 foot gates. I've built a fair amount of double 20s....." yeeeaah 32' will work, but I have to slow down"
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby Logar » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:20 am

Neither is better - whatever fits the circumstance and the pocket book is the way to go.

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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby TCRanch » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:18 pm

We have "regular" gates (so your wife gets whatever her heart desires) and large/heavy equipment gates, 2 of which are two 16' panels and 1 is nothing more than a barbed wire gate/opening. Unless you have a gianormous combine coming on your property every day they can get out of the cab & open the ugly one (preferably closing it behind them so the cows don't get out).
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby tater74 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:45 am

His cultivator folds up, but he has 4 fields within a half mile of each other and i don't think he wants to take the time to trail his 24' header for such a short distance.
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby M-5 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:13 pm

I have 3 entrance of double 10 gates . It's good for anything but if I want building them today I would go double 16 .
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Re: Best gate, swing or slide?

Postby sim.-ang.king » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:04 pm

Brute 23 wrote:I would put one 16' on an opener for your use and let him get out and open the other when he brings the equipment in.

How is he driving down the road to come in to your property with his 30' header on the combine? What kind of cultivator is 30' that won't fold up?

Even a 15' foot piece of equipment needs around 30' opening to make a 90 degree turn.
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