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In stanza one of his celebrated poem Preludes, T.S. Elliot painted a vivid (albeit rather grim) picture of winter in the city, writing of the “smell of steaks in passageways”. Of course, Elliot was attempting to convey the feeling of hopelessness felt by city-dwellers of that era as they went about their dreary lives in a cold, uncaring environment.

Nowadays, and especially here in sunny South Africa, we equate the smell of meat being cooked on a fire with that most wonderful seasonal tradition: the summer braai.

Yes, summer is almost here, bringing with it warmer weather, longer days and lazy afternoons spent relaxing poolside. What’s not to love?

Below, we’ve listed a few tips to help you ensure that your gate motor enjoys the coming summer just as much as you do.

Lightning protection

There’s something so magical about summer rainstorms. The smell of wet tarmac, the crisp, cool air, the gentle crackle of sizzling ozone…there’s nothing quite like it.

Of course, it all becomes a whole lot less romantic when the “smell of steaks in passageways” is replaced by the smell of burning electronics. Protect your gate motor against lightning strikes and power surges with our exceptionally user-friendly and reliable plug ‘n play surge protector.

Creepy crawlies

With the days heating up, lizards, mice and other diminutive members of the animal kingdom will be seeking shelter from the sun, and the cool interior of a gate motor may just be turned into a makeshift gazebo for Gary the Gecko. Unfortunately, creepy crawlies can short out exposed gate motor electronics, so be sure to regularly clean out your gate motor’s housing to prevent the ingress of insects and other critters.


When having a gate motor installed, it’s important to ensure that provision is made for proper drainage so as to prevent the inside of the unit from becoming flooded or waterlogged. Thanks to some very clever engineering, the inside of the D5-Evo sliding gate motor forms an “air bell” around the electrical motor and controller in the event of water ingress.

Keeping the track clean

Rain and wind can deposit debris such as stones, leaves and dirt onto the gate track, which could result in the gate motor picking up an obstruction. It’s a good idea – especially after a storm – to take a broom to the gate track and give it a good sweep to ensure that the gate moves unimpeded.

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