Installation Guide for E8-400 Double Gate Opener
Lay out your Easysystems gateopener and check that you have all the required parts and
tools needed to complete your installation.
The gates in which the Easysystems gate opener is to be installed MUST be level and
swing freely to 90-95 degrees. The gates must NOT hit or drag across the ground or be
fitted with a wheel.
Installing Gate Stop
This is a critical point in ensuring long, trouble free operation of your Easysystems gate
opener system yet it is relatively simple.
Each gate must have a positive and well secured Gate Stop at the fully closed position. Do
not attempt to operate the arms until the Gate Stop (centre of driveway) has been installed.
Failure to do so may result in misalignment, accelerated wear to the system and the gates
In full-open position, the gates can either be hard stopped by a Stopper, or be stopped by
the internal built-in mechanism at the end of a retracted arm.
You may need to fit gate tabs to the bottom of your gates to contact the gate stop. If your
driveway is sloping to one side then you need to have one gate contact the gate stop while
the second gate contacts the first gate instead of the gate stop.
Gate Post Brackets
The position of the gate post bracket is also critical to the success of your Easysystems
gate opener installation and attention needs to be paid to both its correct height and its
position on the post in respect to the relationship between your hinge pivot point and the
motor pivot point on the bracket.
Once you have determined the desired height of the motor, position the bracket and take
note of the dimensions.
In a standard installation the basic aim is to get the “J” and “K” dimensions to be as close
as possible to equal but “J” can be greater allowing for a more positive push of the gate
against gate stop.
Hint: The dimension of BOTH J and K for a standard installation is approximately 190mm
The other consideration before fixing is that the post bracket should be higher then the
pivot point of the gate bracket giving the gear motor an incline of approximately one degree
(10-15mm above the level mark). This allows for moisture to flow away from the internal
motor and also increasing the arms ability to press down on the gate stop.
Using the “Bracket Installation Guide” (template)
The bracket installation guide is a template of the arms in Full-Open and Full-Close
positions, measured between the arm mounting pin centres.
This is an easy way to determine the best position to drill your bracket mounting points and
take the guess work out of installation. You may need to change the bracket tongue or
design a new one that best suits your automation application.
The template is simply 2 x card board strips with a screw joining the 2 together. Each arm
guide has a mark measured from the screw. The screw represents the position of the gate
post bracket pivot pin. The outer line marked on the bracket guide represents the position
of the gate bracket pivot pin.
Short template – Arm fully retracted
Long template – Arm fully extended LESS 10mm
It is important not have the arm installed at the maximum extended position due to the
need to create direct force against the gate stop in the centre of your driveway.
Note: The following installation is based on the gate being a “pull to Open” setup.
For “push to Open” setup you need to reverse the following instructions.
Position the template on the ground approximately where the arm is to be installed with the
short length in the fully open position and the long length at the fully closed position.
Hint: The pivot point of template for a standard gate should be approximately 190mm from
the gate hinge in both the J and K direction.
OPEN the gate to the fully open position and place a length of white tape to the gate
roughly where the gate bracket maybe positioned above the template mark.
Check that there is sufficient angle (more than 5 degrees) from the gate and arm guide
moving towards the gate post. Mark the tape in a vertical line to the mark on the template.
You can change this mark if required. You should be able to move your fist (thumb to the
side) between the arm motor and the gate when installed.
Warning: Installing arm parallel (as in the picture) to your gate will result in damage to the
system and quickly lead to installation failure.
CLOSE the gates to the Gate Stop. Check that the mark you have placed on the gate is
LESS then the mark on the template and there is sufficient angle (more than 5 degrees)
from the gate and arm guide moving towards the gate post. You may have to move the
template slightly to achieve the desired result. Hint: Open and close the gate and re check
that the best position is obtained.
Clamp the gate bracket to the gate in the centre of the mark of the white tape.
Position the post bracket vertically above the template screw and against the post. You can
clamp/nail the post bracket at ground level to complete this step prior to re-locating the
bracket to the correct height later.
With gates in the closed position use your level on top of the gate bracket mounting pin
and mark a level line to the gate post. Add 10-15mm HIGHER to the level mark and this
will be the centre of your post bracket.
Reposition and fasten the post bracket to the post at the desired height.
HINT: You can use self drilling screws on thick steel gates but we recommend you bolt
through the gate post as they are strong forces from the motor. For timber posts, use
10mm dia x 90mm long coach screws and concrete bolts to masonry block posts.
Drill and fasten the gate bracket with stainless 8mm bolts, washers and nuts.
Mount the arm to the brackets making sure the drain holes are at the bottom. Never install
arm where it can be submerged in water as this will damage the motor. You may need to
wind out the arm shaft using a screw driver through the end of the shaft. Check your
heights and add a slight downward incline toward the gate prior to fastening post bracket.
Install the 2.5mm cable into a concrete expansion joint or inside a PVC pipe to prevent
damage in unsealed driveways.
Hint: You can use a standard grinder with a tile cutting blade to clean out expansion joints
in concrete. It is easier to use side-by-side cable as it is thinner then round bundled cable.
Wire up the arm to the J-box.
Mount the control board above waist height and within 10m of the far arm.
Cut PVC pipe that will protect the cable.
Feed cables through PVC pipe and fit to control box and strip ends of cables and install to
Install battery with screw and bracket. Warning: Connectors at the bottom.
Locate a suitable moisture free and child safe position for the transformer at the power
source such as a garage or shed. This can be up to 150m from the gate opener control box
at the gate. Connect the 18vac transformer to your control board with suitable cable then
connect the other end to the control board at the gates AC connector. Switch on the power
and test the system as per the control board manual instructions.