Self Closing Gate Mechanism

Sun, 14 Feb 2010

It's lambing time here in the frozen north (Cumbria UK). The farmers are keen that the gates to the fields remain closed. They have a few different mechanisms to close the gates automatically. These range for springs to heavy stones on chains with various levels of polish and complexity. We came across one I hadn't seen before today and I think I needed to consult with an estate agent or an architect how these were done!. The mechanism uses the weight of the steel gate to keep it closed. As the gate is opened the nylon wheel rolls up a slope lifting the gate up on the hinge. Let go of the gate and the wheel rolls down the slope closing the gate. Neat.

It was a nice day for a walk, misty and mysterious! Perfect for taking my True Love out on Valentine's Day. More Pics on Flickr

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Comments (3)

  • Shelley Noble February 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Clever mechanism indeed! wow!

    Clever mechanism indeed! wow!

  • Smelter February 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

    How about this as a simpler

    How about this as a simpler mechanism

    • robives February 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      I think the one I uploaded is

      I think the one I uploaded is magnificent in its over-engineering, yours Smelter, is simply elegant, thanks! I’ve taken a few photos of different mechs I’ve spotted whilst out walking, I’ll have to organise them and upload them.

      Thanks Smelter 🙂

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      I particularly liked this one; notice that there is a spring as well as the medieval looking stone and chain.

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