1984 - Volume #8, Issue #4, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Robot Wheel Automatic Gate Opener
It's radio-controlled and consists of a 13-in. auto tire and rim driven by a sealed heavy-duty, 12-V powered electric motor. The wheel assembly, including a deep-cycle 12-V battery, simply bolts to any swing gate up to 30 ft. wide and weighing up to 2,000 lbs. There's no need to make a special track for the opener and nothing else to install. It has a positive cam lock that prohibits forced entry and can be opened with a garage door-type opener from the cab of your tractor or pickup.
"The toughest part was developing a drive motor tough enough to work under all conditions. This motor will walk through deep mud or snow and it'll climb right over a cement block or other obstacle. It's completely sealed to withstand even the worst conditions," Kuss told FARM SHOW, noting that he got the idea for the gate opener from his wife, who hated to get out of the pickup to open the gate.
The opener will open and close about 1,000 times on a full charge. It can be fitted with a trickle charger, if power is available, or a solar-powered panel can be installed to keep the battery fully charged indefinitely. However, Kuss says the battery lifts out easily for recharging. "On the average farm, it only has to be recharged 3 times a year," he notes.
The automatic opener costs $450 and is shipped without a tire. "Most farmers can find their own 13-in. tire for less than we can ship one," Kuss says.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, JIMARK, Inc., Rt. 2, Box 353H, Lowell, Ark. 72745 (ph 501 521-1373).
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