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blaster
Jan. 24, 2010, 11:07 AM
I am looking for a new entrance gate (to the horse area, not property entrance). Anyhow, I am dismayed by the the stratified prices. It appears there are only $100-200 gates (e.g tractor supply variants) and then it goes to mega-bucks (e.g. lucas equine).

Any ideas of Lucas Equine "look a-likes"?

FairWeather
Jan. 24, 2010, 11:13 AM
I priced out gates at Frey Brothers in PA, and they were quite reasonable for the expanded metal. I ended up having to go with regular pipe gates because I needed so many and couldn't afford 15 of them, but if you were only getting a few they ran about 300$ for really nice gates.

Equibrit
Jan. 24, 2010, 12:09 PM
You find a bit more if you google "driveway gates" http://www.gatecrafters.com/design_your_gates.aspx
http://www.ranchdrivewaygates.com/

Bluey
Jan. 24, 2010, 01:55 PM
Gates 101:

For those that are considering an entrance gate/s for their driveway, a fellow that has been making and installing them for 22 years, regular manual ones to the fanciest, security monitored automatic ones, told me that, if you have a business that lives off customer traffic, you want to have a very inviting and attractive entrance.

If you want to stay private, don't want everyone driving by thinking to come in to take a look around, you are not in business to sell them whatever you are selling, goods or services, you want a simple entrance, clean but clearly marked and posted as private, no thru traffic, no tresspassing, etc.

In summary:

If you have a stable open to the public, you want the easily noticed and well marked, nice, open, accessible entrance.

If you are a private barn without access to the public, you want a more discrete entrance, with closed and locked gates.

Something to think about.

f4leggin
Jan. 24, 2010, 02:34 PM
Depending on what you spend - consider adding the gate(s) to your ranch insurance. We had a drunk teen crash and destroy ours a few years ago (with a stolen truck no less) - thankfully, they were insured (the teen was fine BTW - it was simply a crash and destroy the gates type of thing - and he wasn't "our" teen).

Jill

MaresNest
Jan. 25, 2010, 08:45 PM
http://priefert.com/products/Gates_203/