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Swing gates offer a prestigious appearance to the front of your driveway, and of course make a great measure of security for your vehicles. But what isn't so fun is arriving home from work, having to park your car and step out of it to open the gates so you can drive in, then park the car and close the gates behind you again - and that's without the pouring rain involved! Let's face it - this routine is likely responsible for many people leaving their gates open fulltime - in which case, what's the point?

The solution? Swing gate openers! More affordable than ever, this handy technology allows users of swing gates to open and close their gates automatically and by remote control. Find on eBay a wide range of swing gate openers available in both single actuator and double actuator configurations, depending if your gate is a single piece unit or two pieces that open away from each other. For those starting from scratch, there are kits that can be DIY installed, or replacement units for those seeking to replace old and worn swing gate openers.

Tips for buying swing gate openers

Ensure the swing gate opener kit is suitable for the weight of your gates - many sellers list the weight rating of a kit in the item description. Some automatic gate openers need to be hardwired for electric operation, whilst others can operate completely from solar power and even include a solar panel in the kit. Some kits include backup batteries that allow the opener to operate during power black outs. Another handy feature is an emergency release that retains manual operation of the gate should you need it.

If you have a sliding gate rather than a swinging gate, you may still be in luck. Check out eBay's wide range of electric gate openers, featuring kits that include a motor and all the hardware required to install yourself, or elect a professional to do it for you.

Looking to up the ante in overall home security? Browse eBay's home and personal security category for locks, safes, smoke detectors, alarms and other devices that will keep you and your property more secure.

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