Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Dual Swing Gates, Model# FM502
you get what you pay for
Worked great for all 2 weeks and it was only used to open & close a driveway gate, roughly 5 times a day, on busy days. I double checked my gates weight and dimensions so I would pick the appropriately oversized opener, and upgraded the hinges to ball bearings to make sure I would get the longest life out of the system but apparently that didn't matter. When it works, it works great but it rarely works now and opens at random, sometimes after a couple of minutes, sometimes after hours. Regardless, don't throw your money away, spend more and get something truely durable since apparently Mighty Mule has it's own definition of "Heavy Duty".
June 14, 2013
The Mighty Mule heavy duty, dual gate opener exceeded my expectations in its operation and quality. As far as installation, I am a fair handyman and the installation challenged me but I got it working correctly and I would buy one again.
October 18, 2011
i installed this opener, till you get the instruction you dont know you have to run a wire from one side of the driveway to the other tho, if it wasnt for haveing to go under the driveway it would have been very easy , i really like this product but you will need to see the dvd of it and the instructions before you bid the job to know all you have to buy extra to do a good job
March 21, 2011
Mighty Mule to the Rescue
I purchased the Mighty Mule Dual Gate Opener for the wooden gates to the entrance of my driveway. I opted to turn on the sound when opening or closing the gate for safety purposes to warn anyone walking on the sidewalk nearby.
PRO: Easy installation
Maintenance free or low maintenance
Operation is quiet and runs smoothly
CON: Only one remote control was included.
Overall, I'm very satisfied and would definitely recommend this product.
March 21, 2011
Super gate opener
My wife and i recently purchased a home with a garage entrance in the back of the home. The yard was already fenced all of the way around the house. We had to get out of the car to open the gate in order to get to the garage. This wasn't very convenient in the rain or snow at the time we moved. I purchased this product online and received it within a few days. installation took me a few hours with a little help from my wife. Her main purpose was to hold the product in place while i tightened screws and marked holes. I'm not much of a handyman, so that should tell you it was quite simple. The instructions were very clear on how to install the product and align the opener. We have had this for about 9 months now and have had no problems with operation. It is installed on an aluminum gate, so probably a little overkill due to the opener's weight capacity. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a gate opener.
November 23, 2010
Easy to set up. A little slow to open but works great.
August 30, 2010
nice gate opener
very good product works very well have had mighty mule for about 6 years an bought two more they work very well very little up keep.
July 20, 2009
Unclear wiring instructions, loud, not bad
Decent for the price, died in first electrical storm.
Also, very noisy when running. Hardware included is pretty loose fitting, Make sure you have extra washers to get slack out of all the links, otherwise it's hard to get it lined up and close repeatedly with gates lined up properly.
I would not recommend these for an aethetically important location, these are pretty utilitarian. Large black plastic cylinders, loud in operation, and remote doesn't have much range. I should have gone with a higher end system.
August 12, 2008
A Big Mistake
Despite what I had read this is not really a DIY job unless either your installation is simple or you are at the semi-pro level. While the product's tech support is good, the installation process, particularly if the installation is on a pre-existing gate is not for the faint of heart. If your driveway is in place, plan on an expensive exercise in cutting underneath it to install the slave gate. I had a conduit already in place, but the limitations in length meant that it was not useable (and there isn't anywhere in the literature that makes that point self-evident) so it was back to square one, with the need to bore under the driveway, which is blacktop, so that the total length required for the cable, including risers to reach the mounted control boxes, did not exceed 40 feet. If you don't know much about it, contractors want between $600-$1000 to bore a 4" (or smaller) hole underneath a 25' wide driveway. Or you can of course take the approach that we are trying, and buy a Borit product to drill the hole and put in the non-metallic conduit and remain within the 40' limit. The 40' limit doesn't seem that bad until you add in the 6' of riser (3' on each side), plus getting to them on the surface after passing under the driveway. You end up with about 28' of useable conduit space. Figure on about $400-$500 for the equipment necessary just to tunnel under a concrete or blackto driveway and add that cost on to the acquisition cost of the product, extended warranty, solar panels, etc. Then, even when that is overcome, if your fence post where the gates are mounted are not at 90deg. to the direction of travel plan on about another $100 to buy some other mounting hardware to solve that problem. Notably, while the cost of the initial unit is fairly reasonable, their additional parts are not. They want $50 for a simple bracket and you may end up needing two of the. The only upside I can see to the whole process, and we are three months into it and not finished, or even close, yet, is excellent tech support guys. They do go the extra mile to help out and will work with you to resolve problems with some unique and innovative approaches to making the product work for you and getting it done. All in all, if I had it to do all over again I'd bite the bullet and leave the job to a professional. In the end I think I'm going to lose fairly significantly in terms of cost comparison, even without counting the hours I've had to spend on it, or placing any value on them. It looks like if you are starting from scratch and can get the conduit in before you blacktop or concrete the driveway, and you can have the kit on hand before you put in the gates, and the posts to hold them you may be okay. Or if you are a very clever, or experienced individual who has done a lot of fences and gates some of the tools you need specifically for this job may be on hand, and of course contractors will have the laborers to put in much of the "sweat equity" into the project. If one or more of these criteria are not met, and you are not exceptionally handy with tools, etc., be smart and either buy this kit and hire a professional to do the installation work, or just contract out the whole project
August 11, 2008
Mighty Mule Model#FM502
As an ex-dairy farmer I look for the weakest in everything I purchase in today disposable society. Never would I have thought, that the Mighty Mule, Dual Swing, Automatic Gate Opener, Model#FM502 would give me a second thought about quailty ,workmanship, performance and most of all the power of this manufactures product. The Installation of this gate opener was a breeze. It took me longer to do my dishes., and I've got a dish washer. If today I were still on the farm and knowing the abuse farm hands and farm animals can dish out, this gate opener would be my #1 chose. It's been along time since I've been able to purchase or even find such an exceptional piece of equipment. Thanks, this was money well spent.
January 22, 2008