When it comes to choosing if you are using an Electromechanical or a Hydraulic Operator for your property, it essentially boils down to 4 questions; Size and Weight of the Gate, Usage Level, Lifespan and Serviceability and lastly Cost. In this blog post, we will provide a guide to help you choose the right type of operator for your property. By considering these various factors, you can ensure you have the right operator that meets your specific needs and requirements.
1. Size and Weight of the Gate:
The first step in choosing an Electromechanical or Hydraulic operator is knowing the rough size and weight of your gate. The larger and heavier the gate, the more likely the need to use a Hydraulic operator. Hydraulic operators are better suited for larger gates due to better control afforded by using bypass thrust valves. Electromechanical operators are generally suited to smaller lighter gates. You should also take into consideration the wind loading that your gate will experience and the possibility for a wind tunnel affect.
The number of expected cycles needs to be taken consideration as Electromechanical operators are designed for a typical single/double dwelling use, whereas the Hydraulic Operators are aimed at higher usage as condominium use or light commercial use. Electromechanical operators can be used for high usage, but the operator cost changes significantly.
3. Lifespan and Serviceability:
The expected Lifespan of Electromechanical operator is about 5-7 years, whereas the expected Lifespan of a Hydraulic operator is about 10-15 years. This is down to the greater reliability and ability to service Hydraulic Operators. As a general expectation if a Electromechanical operator is forced or damaged, it is generally not economically viable to repair, where is in the same conditions it is generally expected that a Hydraulic operator can be repaired for far less than the cost of a replacement unit.
Electromechanical operators are generally at a lower cost than Hydraulic operators as they a lower expected lifespan and lower manufacturing costs. However, if you take the whole life of a gate at say 10-15 years, then the additional cost of a Hydraulic operator will balance out its higher start cost and will eventually work out cheaper than a Electromechanical operator.
Selecting whether to use Electromechanical or Hydraulic is dependent on the above, and knowing the options available based on your requirements you will be able to narrow the vast choice available for your selection. It is always good to seek advice from your Installer on what they believe is best, but with the information above you will be in a better position to understand your installer.