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Handiest Gate You Ever Saw
Handiest farm gate you ever saw is the new radio-controlled Lazy Gate that works like an automatic garage door. Just drive up in your car, truck or tractor and push the button on the remote-control unit. It sends out radio signals which set the gate in motion, letting you drive through "on the go" without even having to stop.
Inventor Bob Reis, Marquette, Iowa, started working on the idea four years ago. "I noticed most farmers had push-button livestock and grain operations but, when they wanted to go to town, they had to stop, get out of their car or pickup and wrestle with an old fashioned swinging gate." Convinced there was an easier way, Reis came up with his automated vertical-lift Lazy Gate.
His first model was a swinging type. However, snow and ice buildup in winter caused problems. To solve them, he hit on the idea of a vertical lift gate that requires no horizontal "swinging room" whatever.
Key to its successful operation, says Reis, is balance. "It's really a powered teeter-totter, with power applied at the fulcrum to make the gate do what we want it to do."
Operation of the gate can be completely automatic, semi-automatic by pushing a button located near the gate to open and close it, or it can be opened or closed manually.
Reis notes that the gate exerts very little weight or pressure if an animal or other obstruction should block its path when closing.
Lazy Gates, available in 12, 14, 16 and 18 ft. widths, are designed for do-it-yourself installation. Cost ranges from $450 to $800, depending on size and options ordered. Regular gates are made of 2 1/4 in. steel tubing. Decorative models, with custom designed grille work decor, are available for main entrance farm gates.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Reis, President, Lazy Gate, Marquette, Iowa 52158 (ph. 319 873-3477)

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