Friday, January 19, 2018

FLX Roadster Review



An affordable high-speed electric road bike (like HAIBIKE SDURO ) with efficient narrow tires, no suspension by default but FLX does offer a seat post upgrade along with optional fenders, rack, and lights for safer night riding
Three different colors to choose from: White Lightning, Carbon Black, and Gun Metal Gray, only available in one frame size with high-step frame style which tends to be sturdy and light, this ebike weighs ~46 lbs
Purpose-built frame with internally routed cables keep it clean and durable, quiet mid-motor is well-balanced and effective at climbing if you shift thoughtfully, large LCD display, powerful 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes with motor inhibitors
Offers pedal assist and trigger throttle operation... though only once you reach ~5 mph, FLX is only sold direct at the time of this review but comes with a one-year warranty and the company has been around since 2016

MAKE:FLX

MODEL:Roadster

PRICE:$1,799 ($2,098 with Optional 17ah Battery, $2,069 with Optional Touring Package, $2,368 with Optional Touring Package and 17ah Battery)

BODY POSITION:Forward

SUGGESTED USE:Urban

ELECTRIC BIKE CLASS:Moped or Motorcycle (Class 4)

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WARRANTY:1 Year Comprehensive

AVAILABILITY:United States, Worldwide

MODEL YEAR:2018




MOTOR BRAND:Bafang

MOTOR TYPE:Mid-Mounted Geared Motor

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MOTOR NOMINAL OUTPUT:350 watts

MOTOR PEAK OUTPUT:750 watts

MOTOR TORQUE:80 Newton meters

BATTERY BRAND:LG

BATTERY VOLTAGE:36 volts

BATTERY AMP HOURS:13 ah (Optional 17.5 ah)

BATTERY WATT HOURS:468 wh (Optional 630 wh)

BATTERY CHEMISTRY:Lithium-ion

CHARGE TIME:5.5 hours

ESTIMATED MIN RANGE:20 miles (32 km)

ESTIMATED MAX RANGE:45 miles (72 km)

DISPLAY TYPE:FLX Branded Bafang DP C18, Fixed Backlit LCD, (Double Press i for Settings Menu and Password, Hold - Button for Walk Mode)

READOUTS:Current Speed, Max Speed, Average Speed, Odometer, Tripometer, Range, Calories, Trip Timer, Clock, Mode, Watts or Amps, Battery in Percentage or Bar, Assist Level (0-5)

DISPLAY ACCESSORIES:Independent Button Pad on Left, USB Charging Port

DRIVE MODE:Advanced Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle on Left (Measures Pedal Torque, Cadence and Wheel Speed)

TOP SPEED:30 mph (48 kph) (25 mph with Throttle)


TOTAL WEIGHT:45.8 lbs (20.77 kg)

BATTERY WEIGHT:6.8 lbs (3.08 kg)

MOTOR WEIGHT:8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)

FRAME MATERIAL:6061 Aluminum Alloy

FRAME SIZES:19 in (48.26 cm)

GEOMETRY MEASUREMENTS:19" Seat Tube, 24" Reach, 27" Stand Over Height, 24.5" Width, 73.5" Length

FRAME TYPES:High-Step

FRAME COLORS:Electric White, Carbon Black, Gun Metal Gray

FRAME FORK DETAILS:Aluminum Alloy, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

FRAME REAR DETAILS:135 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Skewer with Quick Release

ATTACHMENT POINTS:Rear Rack Bosses, Fender Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

GEARING DETAILS:9 Speed 1x9 Shimano Alivio Derailleur, Shimano CS-HG200-9 11-34T Cassette

SHIFTER DETAILS:Shimano Alivio Triggers

CRANKS:Prowheel EB01, Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 44T Chainring with Narrow Wide Teeth, Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard

PEDALS:Wellgo Plastic Platform

HEADSET:Neco, Tapered 1-1/8" to 1-1/2", Threadless, Internal Cups

STEM:Neco, 6061 Aluminum Alloy, 80 mm Length, Two 10 mm Risers, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter

HANDLEBAR:Aluminum Alloy, 630 mm Length, Low-Rise

BRAKE DETAILS:Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, Dual Piston Calipers, Tektro Three-Finger Levers with Adjustable Reach and Motor Inhibitors

GRIPS:Velo Flat Rubber with Lockers

SADDLE:FLX Branded Velo, Active

SEAT POST:Aluminum Alloy

SEAT POST LENGTH:300 mm

SEAT POST DIAMETER:31.8 mm

RIMS:Aluminum Alloy, Double Walled, 25.6 mm Width, 32 Hole, Reinforcement Eyelets

SPOKES:Stainless Steel, 13G, Black with Nipples

TIRE BRAND:Kenda Koast, 27.5" x 1.5", (38-584)

WHEEL SIZES:27.5 in (69.85cm)

TIRE DETAILS:50 to 85 PSI, 3.5 to 5.9 BAR

TUBE DETAILS:Schrader Valve

ACCESSORIES:USB Charging Port on Control Center, Independent 2-LED Bar Light, Rear-Mount Kickstand, Flick Bell on Right, Optional Rear Cargo Rack ($55), Optional Front and Rear Fenders ($55), Optional Suspension Seatpost ($40), Optional Smartphone Mount ($20), Optional Integrated Headlight and Taillight ($100)

OTHER:Locking Removable Downtube Mounted Battery Pack with USB Port, FLX Branded Bafang Control Center

Friday, December 22, 2017

Husqvarna MZ61




The Husqvarna MZ61 riding lawn mower has the features to provide a smooth ride and has a wide cutting deck that cuts more of your lawn on one pass. It also has a powerful engine and offers increased comfort for those extra-long mowing sessions. If you have a big, uneven lawn that other mowers have suffered with, this particular Husqvarna is a good choice.
27HP Briggs and Stratton Endurance v-twin engine

Briggs and Stratton engines are known for their power and reliability, and the B&S Endurance v-twin is no exception. It has 27HP (more than some other comparable mowers) and is quieter, so you don’t feel like you’re disturbing the entire neighborhood every time you mow.
61-inch cutting deck

Another aspect of the MZ61 that offers a bit more than other mowers is the cutting deck. It’s made of fabricated steel and is 61-inches (as TROY-BILT LAWN MOWER ), which is wider than some other riding lawn mowers that can be up to ten or so inches less. The cutting deck uses three blades to give your lawn a precise, manicured cut.
Hydrostatic Gear Transmission

If your lawn is unusually bumpy or sometimes flat with hills, the hydrostatic gear transmission on this mower will be especially useful for you. It offers quick directional change and speed adjustment over every kind of terrain, so you always feel in control, whether you’re using the foot or hand joystick or pedal.
Comfortable

Sitting in a mower for an hour or more can get very uncomfortable. With the Husqvarna MZ61, you get a high back seat complete with armrests and easy access to all your levers so you don’t feel like you’re constantly adjusting yourself to drive the mower.
Mulch and collection capable

Another cool feature of this mower is that you have the option of bagging or mulching your grass clippings. If you want your lawn to be completely clean and clear after you mow, choose to bag. If you want to fertilize your lawn with a fine spray of mulch (which the mower cuts), let the clippings stay on your yard.
Superior maneuverability

Because the mower is so easy to move around obstacles thanks to the hydrostatic transmission and zero-turn technology, you get a mower with superior maneuverability. No more backing up constantly or going over edge spots you missed later with a weedwacker. You can do everything with the lawn mower and reduce your overall mowing time.
Expensive

The disadvantage to the Husqvarna is how expensive it is. It’s like $5,000 and doesn’t necessarily do anything drastically differently than other, more affordable riding lawn mowers do. However, it does have a wider cutting deck and more powerful engine, so if speed is a big priority for you (like if you do landscaping for a living), this mower will probably shave time off mowing and justify the high price tag.

Overall Review

Overall, the Husqvarna MZ61 zero turn mower is both powerful and efficient. You have total control over where the mower goes and total comfort while you drive. The Briggs and Stratton engine is reliable and technology like the hydrostatic gear transmission mean you can mow large lawns very quickly hassle-free.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The best Jump Starters



Picture this; you have to go to work at 8 am for an important meeting and at 7:30 am, your car would not start because your battery is either dead or does not have enough power to start your car. What would you do? It could happen to anyone. I believe if you had time on your hands you would hook a battery charger and wait for the battery to recharge, but no. You do not have the time to do that because you are already late for work. If only you had a jump starter, this would not be a problem at all. Below are carefully selected top best portable jump starters.

SUAOKI U10 800A Peak 20000mAh Jump Starter


Another SUAOKI U10 highly efficient with a 20000mAh (800A peak) battery jumpstarts your 12V vehicle, LCD Screen and LED Lights the LCD screen displays the exact output and battery consumption, you just need one press for Strong/ SOS/ Strobe LED lights, and double press for Red Alarm mode as emergency usage. And that’s all you need to continue your journey.
Before getting a jump starter, be sure to know if the jump starter battery matches your battery type. Check and be sure that the battery inside the unit has enough peak and cranking amps to start your car in an emergency and consider the power outlets. With the above 10 best portable jump starters, you should not be having any battery problems anymore, hope it helped.

SCORPION Portable Car Battery Jump Starter with Smart Jump Technology

The SCORPION weighs just 14 ounces: portable and easily transported, yet it is powerful enough to revive V6 and Diesel engines. This portable jump starter has a long-lasting, compact 37Wh lithium battery with 400 Amp peaks you do not need to keep charging it all the time. Moreover, it comes with a 3-year warranty a good choice of a jump starter I will say.

Jump-N-Carry JNC660 1700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter

The JNC600 comes in handy, portable and easy to use, suitable for emergencies and features a DC outlet to power 12-volt accessories, gadgets, cell phones, laptops, and a game cells Clore PROFORMER battery technology. Jump-starts your car at 1700 Peak Amps, includes 46-inch heavy-duty 2 AWG cables and a Voltmeter that provides charge status of the onboard battery.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Drobo 5D Thunderbolt & USB 3.0 DAS



What is the Drobo 5D?

The 5D is Drobo’s high performance, five bay DAS targeted at prosumers. DAS (Direct-attached storage) may be a term less familiar to you than NAS (Network-attached storage) but it simply means the device is designed to connect directly to your computer rather than over a network. Why would anyone buy the 5D over a traditional NAS? In a word: speed.

Drobo 5D – Design and Features

Separating the 5D from its NAS equivalent, the ‘5N’, is virtually impossible from most angles and this is entirely a good thing. The 5D may look like a typical NAS, but at 262 x 185 x 150mm and 3.8Kg unpopulated it is smaller and lighter than many four bay rivals. It is also better built. The 5D has a brushed metal chassis, unlike the prevalent plastics seen elsewhere, and it feels virtually bomb-proof as a result.

The 5D lacks an LCD status panel, but it has an array of smart status lights. Green, yellow and red LEDs indicate each drive’s health plus there’s a separate LED for the power mode and temperature. Meanwhile a series of blue horizontal lights show the available storage capacity. When the 5D boots it is something of a light show, but in practice they are extremely useful.

Also worthy of attention is the 5D’s smart functionality. It is the first DAS we’ve seen to come with both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity and there are two of the latter to allow up to six 5Ds to be daisy-chained together. The snag is the 5D only supports Thunderbolt using Mac OS X. This is a shame as Thunderbolt is starting to find its way onto a number of PC motherboards and is part of our test rig.

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On the upside the 5D can hold an mSATA SSD without compromising any of its five HDD bays. This is courtesy of an ‘Accelerator Bay’ on the bottom of the 5D and Drobo claims this will be intelligently allocated to store frequently accessed files. The theory is this combination means the best of both worlds: the speed of SSD with the capacity of HDDs.






Like Netgear’s X-RAID and Synology Hybrid RAID, Drobo has ‘Beyond RAID’ – a proprietary RAID array that allows a volume to be dynamically enlarged using drives of any size. While both Asus and Western Digital still don’t offer a rival for their storage products we’d argue it is a must have for any serious DAS or NAS contender these days.

Last but not least Drobo fits the 5D with a small battery that protects data in the event of a power outage. The battery keeps the 5D operational for long enough to finish writing any data in memory to the drives and recharges itself automatically when the 5D is in normal operation. It is a clever feature and one we’d like to see more widely implemented by rivals.



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Drobo 5D: Setup

In principle setting up the 5D is a breeze. Its bays are not only tool-less, but tray-less so drives simply slide in and lock in place while BeyondRAID automatically configures them to maximise capacity with built in redundancy. Setup times are extremely quick with the 5D configuring five 3TB Barracuda drives in under thirty minutes.

The reason we say ‘in principle’ though is because it took several attempts to get our 5D to recognise the drives. Ironically they were supplied to us by Drobo, but first required a firmware update to identify them and once identified they were declared to be incompatible (below). It took several restarts before they finally were identified.

Searching online suggests this was a rare occurrence so we’re willing to give Drobo the benefit of the doubt, but it is worth checking your drives are on the company’s recommended list


The good news is from this point onwards the experience couldn’t have been more user friendly. The user goes to drobo.com/start, picks their product, downloads the clear and concise Drobo dashboard and the setup wizard does the rest formatting the drives and assigning them with a drive letter. From there you’re good to go. Arguably it may have been nice to offer a browser-based dashboard, but as a local storage product this isn’t really necessary.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Finishing Sidewalk Repair

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You get a few minutes break here. Have your favorite beverage and relax a bit. The DOT sidewalk violation Bronx concrete will take a little while to start to set up but keep your eye on it. Touch it with your finger just like a cake. If it feels somewhat solid, now is the time to place the preliminary advantage on it. Employing the edge with a rolled lip, then run it along the sidewalk repair Bronx NY of your walk way. This will produce a smooth sealed edge. You will need to pickup the edge many times and re-start. Just copy a few inches and then moving ahead to take out the lip left when you picked the edge up. This will take some time so don't allow the Bronx sidewalk repair "eliminate" (harden) on you.
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After you've completed an area, a 2nd person can begin placing the v-grooves every 4 or 5 ft (less if you enjoy the look). Using the edge, just push the edge throughout the width of the walkway with enough pressure that either sidewalk repair contractors in Bronx New York of this edger sits firmly on the concrete. This will leave a neat v-groove from the walk. You'll get the hang of the very quickly. Do not worry for now about the little lip of concrete left on all sidewalk repair contractor Bronx of the new groove and edges you made. Now using your broom, really gently draw it across the width of the walk way being cautious to not draw it across the v-grooves, however, do some rather close to them and the border of the walk. Read that sentence again. You can ruin the whole appearance of the walk if you mess this up. Be gentle but firm enough to leave broom lines in the concrete and wash away the small lips of sidewalk repair contractor Bronx you left behind when trimming. The broom lines can be as heavy or as light as you would like. This will leave a non-slip surface. Always broom throughout the route of the visitors, never with it. The trick here is to not to let the sidewalk repair contractor Bronx harden before you are finished. Begin with a SMALL project and work your way up. Following your initial pour, you may know some of the tricks and much better able to judge just how fast concrete sets up.

Keep some plastic or tarps handy just in case you receive a surprise downpour. You're able to quickly throw plastic over the pour and then save it. If the rain washes out the upper layer of concrete, the walk will be ruined.

It's very strongly advised that you don't leave a smooth or hard trowel finish on any external walk. It will get very slippery when wet. A broom finished sidewalk repair Bronx is exactly what you normally see. There are colored aggregates which can be sprinkled over a walk in order to add color and a non-slip surface in precisely the exact same moment.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Why is Roofing important?


Maintaining your Bronx roofing company and guttering in great shape is extremely important. It is your property's most important defense from the elements, and an extremely significant part its overall price. Neglecting your roof will cause moist conditions that will quickly cause corrosion and expensive structural damage, therefore it is always better to be safe than sorry! We typically think of calling a roofing Bronx contractor when we notice a leak in the ceiling or any lost shingles, but they can also be hired to offer many other services.

Keeping a tight "lid" on your construction is important for preventing out water and moisture infiltration which could quickly lead to costly repairs when left unattended.
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Evaluate your Bronx roofing contractors materials and then determine whether they could make it through the next winter. Inspect flashing along with other points of entry through which water damage may happen and in which hot air can escape. Your roof can also be a good indicator for how well your house is performing with energy reduction. One fast and easy thing to do is to clean out your gutters to make sure that water can stream away and away from your dwelling.

Keeping a tight "lid" on your building is important for preventing out water and moisture infiltration which may quickly lead to costly repairs when left unchecked.

Rate your roofing contractor Bronx NY and determine whether they could make it through another winter. Inspect flashing as well as other points of entry through which water damage may occur and where warm air can escape. Your roof repair Bronx may also be a great indicator for how well your house is doing with energy reduction. One quick and easy thing to do is to clean out your gutters to make sure that water can flow away and away from your home.

Types of Roofing

Pitched roofs are the most frequent types of brick pointing contractors. The pitch of the roof is a measurement of just how steep the roofing is which determines how quickly the water tends to run from their brickwork pointing contractors. Roof pitches are usually measured by an equation called the "rise over the run" and can be figured in the number of feet which the brick pointing NYC climbs in a 12-foot flat run. A "12/12 pitched roof" means that the roofing rises 12 feet in a horizontal streak of 12 feet and results in a 45-degree angle. Even a 12/12 pitch is regarded as quite steep since it's not possible to stand without some type of support. A 3/12 pitch brick masonry contractor is regarded as fairly shallow and is the minimal pitch where most brick pointing Bronx will successfully discard water. Most pitched waterproofing Bronx are located between 4/12 and 8/12 from the pitch. In 1/12 pitch or less, a roof is regarded as "horizontal".

The most frequent kind of roofing material for most pitched roofs is composition shingles. But, there are a number of other kinds of roofing accessible including wood shingles and shakes, slate, tile and other more exotic substances.

Flat sidewalk violation have been cement sidewalk repair using zero pitch or using pitches so low the water runs off too gradually for overlapped type of roofing materials to successfully shed water. Since the conventional types of concrete sidewalk repair  utilized on pitched roofs aren't effective, different kinds of NYC sidewalk violations have been developed to address this problem. For many decades, that has been limited to tar and gravel and flat seamed soldered metal. However, in the last twenty years or so, several new kinds of flat concrete sidewalk systems are developed, including plastic, plastic, and modified bitumen roofing materials. Even the most common of them in use today on residential houses is modified bitumen. This material is produced by mixing asphalt (bitumen) using several chemicals whose purpose would be to extend the viable life of the asphalt product. These compounds fall into two basic categories, the first of that is classifiers, whose aim is to maintain the asphalt elastic, and also the second, UV blockers, whose first purpose is to stop ultraviolet light from degrading the item. In combination, these substances greatly extend the duration of the asphalt. This material comes in huge rolls that are then melted together to form one uniform sheet of material across the cement sidewalk. Although tar and gravel are still utilized to a level, it's quickly disappearing from use because the modified bitumen is both more economical and more powerful.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What are the Different Types of Driveway Gates?



When you first decide to have an automatic gate installed, you may feel like you’re delving into a world of cryptic and esoteric lingo that all sounds like something out ofThe DaVinci Code or just plain ole gobbledygook. Couple that with the many choices and considerations you must muddle through and it might all start to seem too much.

Let’s demystify this Klingon Gate language so that you can start to decide on the type of gate that would work best for your project.

This article is a bit involved so let’s break the general categories down first. We’ll discuss:
Slide Gates;
Swing Gates;
Barrier Gates;
Vertical Pivot Gates;
and Vertical Lift Gates.

So now that we've introduced you to the general gate “ice cream flavors”, be on the lookout for some “toppings”, so to speak. The “toppings”, in this case, are that there are different gate types in each category. For example, you’ll find that there is more than one type of slide gate.

Don’t worry, though, this is all a piece of cake and soon enough you’ll be a well-informed consumer, speaking the very same Klingon Gate language of your gate installer, and communicating your needs to him or her with ease.

Now let’s dive into the differences of each gate type, and learn what makes each gate a preferred option for different applications.
Automated Slide Gates

As its name implies, a slide gate either slides on wheels from left to right or right to left, not unlike many department store automatic doors.

In order to accommodate a slide gate, on either the right or left of the gate, you must have space that is at least equal to the width of your driveway, and then some. Imagine you have a 16’ wide driveway and, therefore, a 16’ slide gate. When that gate opens to allow you to drive into your garage after returning home from shopping, the entire 16’ gate needs enough room to its right or left to fit its 16’ heft, plus an additional 3’ of room, so 19’ of space to the left or right of your gate would be required in this example. If you don’t have enough room to fit the gate on either side of your driveway when it’s open, then a slide gate isn’t likely to work for you (unless you can somehow trade a fresh baked lemon merengue pie or two for some of your neighbor’s driveway space).

Okay, now on to the different types of slide gates:
“V”-track;
Rear Pipe Track;
Cantilever


”V”-track Slide Gates

“V”-track gates are the most common type of slide gate and are quite reliable. They are, however, not a good option in areas where there will be a lot of snow or ice buildup, as the “V”-track needs to be kept clear of debris.

A “V”-track slide gate typically needs to be 3’ wider than the gate opening in order to have an electric gate opener installed.
Rear Pipe Track Slide Gates

A rear pipe track is common on lower end chain link gates. Just like the “V”-track option, the rear pipe option also need to be 3’ wider than the opening.

So here’s a wee bit of detail about rear pipe track gates to wade through that leads to an important point, so hang in there.

On the tail end of the gate there are two wheels mounted that sit on pipes which are mounted to fence panels. On the front end of the gate there is usually a wheel carriage assembly that consists of one rubber wheel and one “V”-track wheel.

If you have an existing rear pipe track slide gate with two rubber wheels on the front of the gate, the gate should not be automated without replacing one of the wheels with a “V”-track wheel and installing a ground track. Your gate installer should know this already but it doesn't hurt to discuss it with him or her.
Cantilever Slide Gates

If the gate is going to be installed somewhere where there is a lot of snow or ice, a cantilever gate is preferable. Cantilever gates do not have any wheels on the ground, and therefore slide over the driveway without being bothered by debris on the driveway.

The wheels, instead, are on a vertical post on one side of the gate--the gate then fits in between those wheels, like cheese in between two pieces of bread. The wheels on the post pull or push the gate to open or close it.

Here we go with the “toppings” again. There are a few different types of cantilever gates:
Full cantilever gates
Top hang cantilever gates
Bottom track cantilever gates

We’re not going to get into the weeds by going over the details of these different types of cantilever slide gates lest your eyes begin to roll back in your head. A professional gate installer can help you pick the best option for your application.

The biggest downside to all cantilever gates is that they require more space to slide into than a typical slide gate. Cantilever gates have to be 150% longer than the driveway opening, so if the opening is 20 feet, the gate must be 30 feet long.
Swing Gates

Swing gates swing open like the door to your bedroom or bathroom might, simply opening inward or outward.

Oh, and keep in mind that an outward swinging gate must be set back from a street or sidewalk enough so as not to bap a passerby or car in the “face” when it opens.

Here we go with the options again. There are two main types of swing gates:
single swing gates;
and double swing gates.

Single swing gates open like your bedroom door might while double swing gates open like French Doors would.

It is preferable to keep single swing gates under 16’ wide, however some gate operators are rated for up to a 20’ gate. Swing gates are typically installed on a level plane, so your driveway should be fairly flat.Mighty Mule 502
Double swing gates ( for example Mighty Mule 502 )  are more aesthetically appealing, and allow for smaller gate leaves (you can think of this as smaller “doors” if you’d like) which don’t allows the gate opener to take a break and not work as hard to open and close the gate as it would for a single swing gate.

Live on a hill so that your driveway has a slope? Uphill swing gates may be required in some applications.

Uphill swing gates present an engineering challenge and should only be installed by the most experienced of driveway gate installers. There is a limit as to how much of a slope a swing a gate can be installed on. This maximum slope limit is dependent on the type, weight, and length of the gate, as well as on the type of gate operator.

Another option for your consideration: Lift and swing gates. The hydraulic lift and swing gate openers actually lift the gates up before they start to swing--they then continue to rise as they swing open. Although these gates are more expensive, these are perfect if you live in an area where you can expect a lot of snow and ice and you don’t have room to have a cantilever gate installed.
Barrier Gates

Barrier gate operators are what you see in parking garages, at toll booths, and at other traffic control areas. Imagine sticking your left arm straight out at your side at shoulder-height, and then when someone wants to walk to your left, you lift your arm up so that your fingers point toward the sky and let them pass, then lower your arm back to your side to stop the next person from passing. That’s a barrier gate, except made of wood or steel or aluminum and not human tissue—at least we’ve never heard of a human flesh gate but who knows what’s possible with these new 3D printers. But we digress…

Barrier gates are intended purely for vehicle or traffic control.

Barrier gate operators can be a cost effective solution to reduce unwanted traffic, but they do not provide any security and are not very visually appealing. You probably wouldn’t see one installed in the driveway of a multi-million dollar mansion unless, maybe, it’s Hugh Hefner’s mansion. But we digress again…
Vertical Pivot Gates

Back to imagining that same up and down action of the barrier gate, but instead of a scrawny piece of wood or steel, you've now got a hefty 8' tall steel gate rising and falling to let cars through. In the closed position the gate is across the driveway but it’s in the open position where you get to see the magic happen, as 8+ feet of gate rises so that its side now sticks vertically up into the air.

Such gates can be a good option when there isn't enough room for a swing or slide gate, and a barrier gate does not provide enough security.
Vertical Lift Gates

Vertical lift gates are almost exclusively used in industrial applications. This is partially due to their cost.

Despite their industrial use, they really are an incredible sight to behold.

Let’s try a little role playing again.

Hold both arms straight out in front of you, zombie-style, and pick up a 12” wide rectangular plastic block (an imaginary one will do just fine).

With arms completely outstretched, raise that block almost above your head and then imagine a wee one runs towards you, wrapping an arm around one of your legs, and asks if she can have ice cream. You say she can and she heads off towards the kitchen to fetch some Cherry Garcia. Once she’s gone, you lower your arms and the block back down to their starting position.

Now put the block down and go enjoy some ice cream.

What does that have to do with a vertical lift gate? Well it’s almost exactly how such a gate operates.

The gate, say 8’ tall and 16’ wide, lifts vertically, straight up above vehicles, allowing a vehicle to pass directly under the gate.

Such a gate is very secure and, in fact, probably the most secure type of gate that can be installed. They can be used with any type of gate panel, and therefore can be aesthetically stunning.
Summing it Up

Any of our certified driveway gate installation partners will be able to help you pick the type of gate that is right for your application.