2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Solar-Powered Gate Opens Vertically
Arnie's Remote Automatic Gate was on display at the recent Western Canada Farm Progress Show in Regina, Sask. The gate operates on a 12-volt battery and uses a solar panel to keep the battery charged. The battery operates an electric winch, with cable attached to the outside bottom corner of the gate. The gate's horizontal bars swivel on pins attached to brackets that weld onto the gate's outside vertical posts. As the winch pulls the gate in, the horizontal bars fold together vertically.
"It opens fast and lets you go through before livestock can get out," says inventor Arnold Haakensen. "The transmitter that's used to open the gate works from 100 ft. away or further. If you forget your transmitter, you can pull a pin and open the gate manually."
The gate is available in three different sizes. A 12-ft. model sells for $1,000 (Can.); a 14-ft. model for $1,050; and a 16-ft. model for $1,100.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Arnold Haakensen, P.O. Box 128, Cadillac, Sask., Canada (ph 306 785-4407; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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