Rotating Dock And Driveway Gates

Dock & Driveway Gates

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Dock and driveway gates are used for safety and fall protection in loading areas where steep edges, heavy equipment and packages can pose a hazard. These heavy duty welded steel gates rotate a full 360 degrees. Add an additional bollard to act as a gate stop. These gates are powder-coated with a hi-viz yellow color for easy visibility.

Gate Sizes

Dock and driveway gates are available in widths ranging from 5 feet to 14 feet. The gates are 42" tall. If the opening you're trying to block is larger than 14 feet, you may need to look at using two gates that meet in the middle, with a bollard in the middle as a gate stopper or a chain the connect the gates when not in use.


To determine the appropriate gate size for your application, measure the opening you're trying to block.

Types Of Bollards

Direct Bury Bollards

Direct bury bollards, also known as underground bollards, are buried in the ground for a more permanent solution compared to surface mount bollards. This style is designed to be installed underground or poured into place in fresh concrete. Direct bury bollards are also ideal in areas where a surface mount bollard can't be used, like in a soft ground application.


Surface Mount Bollards

Like the name suggests, surface mount bollards are installed on the surface, requiring 4 anchor bolts. Surface mount bollards are ideal for more tomporary applications, and don't require excavating or core drilling.

How It Works

1. Install The Bollard

Whether you're using a direct bury bollard or a surface mount bollard, the first step is to install the bollard.


Direct Bury Bollard

After making sure there are no underground utilities in the area and getting permits, direct bury bollards can be installed by coring and digging a hole 2″ wider in diameter than the bollard, and 2″ deeper than the bollard base will sit. Pour concrete to fill the remainder of the hole.


Surface Mount Bollard

Surface mounted bollards are bolted to the concrete through a base plate. The installer marks the positions of the holes in the base plate, and then drills into the concrete surface with a 5/8″ masonry drill bit. The bollard is positioned on top, and bolts are tightened through the base plate which grab into the insert.


2. Slide The Gate Over Top Of The Bollard

Once the bollard is installed and the concrete is dry and secure, if using a direct bury bollard, slide the gate over top of the bollard. To reduce friction from the gate rubbing on the bollard, liberally grease the bollard with lithium grease prior to sliding on the gate.


Rotating Dock And Driveway Gate Configurations

There are many different ways you can configure your rotating gate, based on your application. Below are three of the most common configurations.

1 Bollard + 1 Gate

Only one bollard and gate are needed in this application. An additional bollard is not required. Gates rotate 360 degrees, so you will need something to connect the gate to, to prevent the gate from rotating when not and use.

2 Bollards + 1 Gate

In this configuration, an additional bollard is needed to act as a gate stopper, as well as a mounting point for when the gate is not in use.

3 Bollards + 2 Gates

In this configuration, the opening may be larger than 14 feet, so two gates are needed to block the opening. An additional bollard is installed where the two gates meet to act as a gate stopper.


In instances where an additional bollard cannot be used, a chain can be used to connect the gates when not in use.

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