The Estate Swing E-S 1600 / E-S 1602 gate opener has been on the market for well over a decade now. Most are still out there doing their job opening and closing their owner’s driveway gate on a daily basis. Because of their stout build and reliable service many choose to repair this gate opener rather than scrap it if it stops working. One of the most common things to have to repair or replace on any gate opener system over time are the limit switches. Here we are going to show you how to easily remove the limit switches on an E-S 1600 gate opener.
First step is to take the two bottom plates off the main gate opener motor housing and separate the motor from the gears. Unlock the gears using the manual release first to do this. Also take off the limit wire clamps (the clamps that hold the black wire that runs from the piston tube to the back of the motor housing). Once this is done the gate opener motor and motor housing will be separate from the piston and the piston tube where the limit switches are located.
Next take the cap off the end of the piston tube where you normally turn the screws to adjust the limit switches. Here you will find that where the adjustment screws exit the body of the piston tube there are C clips.
Remove the C clips.
While pressing firmly in toward the body of the piston tube, turn each of the limit switch adjustment screws clockwise as if you were screwing them into the piston tube body. They will probably turn one or two rotations and then slide through the hole the rest of the way.
Once both screws are inside the body the limit switch kit can be pulled out of the rear of the piston tube body where it connects with the gate opener motor housing.
The gate opener Apollo 1550 and the Apollo 1500 are now able to be paired to the new Italian NICE 1050 smart gate opener board. However because the 1050 smart board is so versatile to be paired with many gate openers we have had a few customers as use for quick guide wiring. Last weekend one of our tech made this on the fly for a customer and we thought we would share this with our other gate opener customers for assisting them in wiring.
We have recently been hearing more frequently from owners of Ramset gate openers that have receiver of 318, 300 or 310 MHz. In the past 2 years these common gate opener frequencies have been having many issues with loss of range.
- 2nd terminal from left on receiver, labeled CH1: connect to terminal 7 Radio of the Ram gate opener main control board.
- 3rd terminal from left on receiver, labeled CH1: connect to terminal 12 Common of the Ram gate opener main control board.
- 6th terminal from left on receiver, labeled V+: connect to positive terminal of the transformer main control board
- 7th terminal from left on receiver, labeled gnd: connect to negative terminal of the transformer main control board
Gate openers on a commercial property are quite common and value an convenience to the tenants and employees using the property. Most gate opener systems come with remotes and receivers however they are typically completely inadequate for maintaining control over the gate access. Luckily all gate openers are designed to be able to have any receiver wired into them as an accessory, even if it has a specialized port for the standard provided gate opener receiver, a secondary or alternate receiver can be wired into every single model of gate opener.
Here is the main issue with most remotes in a commercial application: disabling a single remotes. For almost all gate opener remotes they learn to the receiver in one of two ways; one method is dip switch matching and the other is a learning process.
For remotes that sync via dip switches, the syncing process is taking all remotes and the receiver and matching dips switches that are on all of the devices to the same pattern of up, middle or down. The issue with this is if a resident leaves and takes the remote, an employee is terminated and doesn’t turn in the remote or a remote is lost; in order to disable that remote for opening the gate opener the dip switch pattern must be changed. This means every remote has to come back into the manager and the pattern changed on all remotes and the receiver. Try rounding up hundreds of remotes at once in an apartment complex; this is not a fun task.
The other popular style of remote requires programming each gate opener remote to the receiver. With this style each remote is “learned” or “unlearned” during a programming process. Typically the user will press a learn button on the receiver and then hold a button on the remote until that remote is “learned’ to the gate opener receiver. This too has a similar problem with lost or stolen remotes. If you do not have in hand he remote you want to remove from the system, the receiver has to be cleared of all remotes and each one learned back into the receiver. This would also require all residents to bring their remotes to the main person doing the programming.
The answer is the Linear AP-5 Access Control Receiver paired with the Linear Access Mega-Code transmitters. The main difference is how these remotes are managed to access the gate opener system. First, the AP-5 receiver is a universally accepted receiver that can be added to every brand of gate opener (P.S. the GateCrafters.com gate opener technicians know how to or can look up and tell you how to wire it to every single gate opener, even gate openers not on our website. Just ask.). The AP-5 has a keyboard on the face of the receiver. The Mega-Code remotes have a identification number on the back of the remotes. Each remote when programmed has its identification number typed into the AP-5 receiver to sync the two for gate access. Once typed into the receiver the remote can open the gate. It is best to keep a log of who has what number remote. If a remote is ever lost, you can look up the remote number of the lost remote, type it into the AP-5 receiver and disable just that one remote. All the other remotes would remain active and unaffected.
Once this is understood about gate opener access and the relationship of the remote controls to the situation we have hardly ever had a property manager not make this very necessary upgrade.