How To Correctly Install A Chain Link Gate Opener

How To Correctly Install A Chain Link Gate Opener

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Ghost Controls® automatic gate openers are designed to work on nearly any type of swing gate. However, some gate builds are more unorthodox than others. Many property owners erect chain link gates to surround their land, often on more industrial sites. Chain link gates provide a cheap, secure alternative to common designs, and consequently, require special considerations. Here are some tips for installing a Ghost Controls® automatic gate openers on chain link gates.

Regarding the overall structure of the gate, you may need to may marginal accommodations in order to make it suitable for a Ghost Controls® installation. If your chain link gate does not have a center horizontal bar to mount the gate to, some structure may need to be added. The horizontal bar on many different types of gates helps to secure the gate opener arm to the center of the structure's mass, which gives it better support and makes it easier for the system to operate without strain. 

The build of normal chain link gates is designed specifically to be light and cost-efficient, meaning any automatic gate opener will be up to the task of moving it consistently. At Ghost Controls®, we offer a line of gate opener kits manufactured to suit lighter frames, like the ones on farm-style tube gates.

The T-Series of Ghost Controls® automatic gate openers work well with tube gates, and are the perfect kits for chain link gates. As long as your gate does not exceed the graduated requirements of either 900 pounds in weight or 20 feet in length, the TSS1 or TDS2 kit will be perfect for a chain link structure.

chain link gate chart

The gate opener arm can be through-bolted to a center bar, but this method will often cause unnecessary damage to your electric driveway gate. If you would like to avoid this process, each T-Series kit comes equipped with a single or double set of tube gate brackets to help secure the arm. These tube brackets will securely clamp around a tubular bar to provide support and leverage for gate operation, without the need for any invasive work on the gate's frame.

Heavy Duty Single Automatic Gate Opener Kit - TSS1

Heavy Duty Single Automatic Gate Opener Kit - TSS1


THIS KIT REQUIRES A 12V BATTERY (NOT INCLUDED).WE RECOMMEND A 12V DEEP CYCLE BATTERY FOR SOLAR KITS USING THE GHOST MULTICONNECT® KIT Included in Kit: Opener Arm Single arm with a 6 foot cable Hardware Included Re-settable AC Transformer, and… read more

Any chain link gate that our customers install automatic single or dual gate openers on must be in adequate condition before installation takes place. A driveway single swing gate or double swing gate needs to swing freely in both the open and closed positions to avoid contact with any surfaces such as the ground. Additionally, make sure that your chain link gate is as level and plumb as possible to enable the smoothest installation and operation.

The typical chain link gate hinge over time will wear and need to be replaced due to its simple metal-on-metal design. A hinge upgrade may be a reasonable consideration at this time. Ghost Controls® does not sell any kind of gate hinge upgrades, so a hinge replacement should be at the customer's own discretion. 

Regarding the gate's posts, a minimum of 4 inches wide should be observed for steel square posts. If the gate posts are round, the minimum width should be 3 inches. For round posts, round bracket adapters will be needed for installation. Ghost Controls® manufactures a line of 3 and 4 inch round bracket adapters to make your installation quick and easy.

Use these tips and recommendations to make sure that your chain link gate opener installation is done easily, but most importantly the right way.

When adding additional accessories to your gate you are adding more convenience. You could add The wireless keypad (AXWK) for easy access for your guests to enter your property. The keypad allows for you to create and give out up to 40 original 4 digit codes. 

When you are considering exiting your property look into adding a wired (AXXV) or wireless vehicle sensor (AXWV). This sensor allows an easy way for you, and your guests to leave the property without having to press a button.

Looking to learn more about Ghost Controls® solar gate openers and gate opener accessories? 

Ghost Controls offers a wide array of reliable driveway swing gate openers, including chain link gate openers. For years, customers have asked for an alternative for slow, unreliable, and noisy operators. At Ghost Controls we have worked hard with innovations in Noise Reduction, Speed, and Reliability on our heavy duty electric gate openers. Additionally, we provide all of our customers with the opportunity to share our love of solar powered renewable energy by converting their systems into a solar automatic gate opener. Using a solar operator is a great way to go off the grid and provide your swing gate operator system with endless clean energy for your remote gate opener.

Speed, and Reliability:

  • Quiet – motor noise is accurately correlated to quality in the mechanical and electronic design. All our openers have a maintenance free gear box and motor. They were designed for smooth, quiet operation regardless of the age and cycles of the battery powered gate opener.
  • Fast – Our mechanical design and new radio frequency offer superior range offering a greater level of convenience for customers.
  • Invincible (Limited Life-Time Warranty) – The motor is one of the most critical components to ensure reliability and longevity. We back our proprietary gear motors with a limited lifetime warranty. No other product in the market can make this claim.

GHOST CONTROLS® single and double swing gate openers are designed and manufactured with pride, delivering the highest quality product and customer support in the industry. We believe in our products with our limited lifetime warranty on each solar compatible dual or single gate opener*. Our corporate philosophy is; steadfast commitment to our customers, culture, products, and people.

*Limited lifetime warranty on motor and gear assembly.

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