i have only ever made one sliding gate. it was simple with angle iron on the ground angle up, and wheels that fit with an acetel/ delrin slider up top. i set up the gate mechanisms but dont do any wiring (not allowed per licence) i'm licensed and insured as a general contractor and welder.You do some nice work.
Do you have any experience with sliding gates? I have a 4+ year "gate from hell" build going on and have some roller placement questions.
Also I saw a spiral attachment on Eagles site that looks like it would really help for building spiral railings and it seems horizontal bending would be a huge help.
what i know about gate and automation is that building them is the easy part. and the automation, you get what you pay for and the installers are just as important. the viking automation system on the gate pictured is going to run $5k minimum, up to $10k is in the budget for it. keypad lock on the side man gate and punch pad and garage door opener style clickers for the main gate.
the gate with side pieces i haven't final billed yet but will be in the $7-9k range (time and material job). with the openers, stone pilar, etc. i'm sure they are in around $30k for the driveway gate. also, this in on a $1mil+ home.
gates are simple, automation is expensive.
as for the spiral staircase bending tool... (its not listed but the add on price given to me when purchasing the machine was $2,340) not gonna happen. after this weeks learning experience i will be mounting the bender differently in a very heavy duty cage to help with offsets and keeping the larger rolling from deflecting.
and because i think i gothe picture thing down now, here's a job from december. stainless rsw refer system plumbing on a boat while in the water. finished the day after christmas, then drove 28hrs to glamis for new years