Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Single Swing Gates Review

By Jack | Gate Opener

Jul 11
Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Single Swing Gates for 18 Feet Long or 850 Pounds
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Review Summary:

The FM500 is rated the Best in Class for Heavy Duty Gate Operators. Mighty Mule's strongest single swing gate opener for gates up to 18 ft. long or 850 lbs. Perfect for all gate types including ornamental, chain link, tube, panel, vinyl and wood.


Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Single Swing Gates is by far one if the best gate openers to be sold in the market. It is quite sturdy and very easy to use too. This is made specifically for heavy applications. There is no doubt that this is one of the best do it yourself single gate opener. You can tackle gates that measure 18 feet in height and 850 pounds in terms of weight. So if you have ever wanted to open a gate by simply clicking a button then this is the product that you should be getting. This gate opener is very easy to set up as it takes just a few hours and after a short test you can begin using it regularly.

The gate opener comes with a kit that you can use very easily and it also has a video that will assist in the process of installation. The items included in the kit are a control box, Sensing Systems. Gate activation notification system, auto close and soft stop/ soft start system. The 12 volt voltage system is very durable and quite dependable. This is ideal for gates that lead into residential or commercial property. You simply need to buy some low voltage wires and you are good to go.

Key Features of the Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Single Swing Gates

As a customer you will be happy to buy this it has some of the best features that money can buy. The features are as below.

  • Firstly this comes with a warranty of 18 months and you can also expect strong technical support
  • You will also have access to a special 30 % Tax credit for energy efficient appliances. As a residential home owner you can utilize this credit.

Why use a Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Single Swing Gates?

  • The kit comes with all the tools and so you do not need an electrician or any additional welding job.
  • The installation is very easy and the best part is that you get a DVD to help you with the installation process.
  • This is compatible with all the gates whether they are made of Wood, vinyl, panel, tube, chain link or ornamental
  • The experts have rated this as the very best for operating heavy gates.

Pros and cons of using Mighty Mule Single Gate Opener


  • This is by far one of the most powerful gate openers to be manufactured
  • This is a very strong product and it has a long life, most customers have been using this for about 10 years.
  • This uses a solar panel of 5 watts
  • The controls are preinstalled within a control box
  • This comes with a single button remote
  • Installing the gate openers is quite easy it just takes a couple of hours and you are ready to go.
  • You will have access to a DVD that will show you the steps on how you can install the gate opener with proper technique.
  • The 24/7 customer support is simply great as you can solve any technical problems.
  • The FM500 will allow you to close and open gates in the property
  • There is also an option for auto close; it even has an alarm
  • You will also have the options of extending the life of the battery
  • As a customer you will get a warranty that goes up to 18 months
  • The product has a bigger control box that will hold two batteries
  • The bolt on the mounting hardware does not require any additional welding job.
  • The kit also includes cast Aluminum and ABS housing mounting brackets


Just like any other product in the market this too has its  share of drawbacks but it is up to us as to how work around those problems. Many customers have said the remote control of the gate needs a little work as they have had to press the button hard multiple times for the gate to open. People have also complained that the customer support system is very slow to respond to the customer queries. Customers have even complained of the batteries on the remote dying out too fast. The installation process can be a little problematic at times as the instructions provided confuse the users at times. The settings need to be tweaked for sure.

These are the benefits of using the Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Single Swing Gates. So do not hesitate if you are contemplating on buying this gate opener as it is worth every penny you spend on it.

Advice for you

Before you go out and buy this product you should make sure that this will serve your purpose in the end. Even though you can buy this from many online stores you should still go down to the retailers and get a demo to make sure you understand how the product works and that it is the perfect product for you. Though Mighty Mule Automatic Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Single Swing Gates is very safe it is best not to let your children play close to it or even operate it as they can get it hurt.

What Customers Are Saying about this model ?


Overall it has to be stated that if you have trouble in installing the gadget you can watch videos online to learn more on the process of installation. If you feel helpless then simply call in a professional to help you out with things. Do look around at various places before you settle for a particular retailer. There are many retailers who offer discounts and attractive deals; so be a little patient and do research on the various deals offered by the retailers. Do read customer reviews as they help you in understanding on how to use the product on a daily basis. In short you will not be disappointed with this product.