There is a reason why the FM350 is one of the most popular gate opener of Mighty Mule, and that is because of its well-roundedness in terms of features, hardware build, efficiency, ease of installation and price. One would not expect that a product can be cheap yet have a robust arsenal of features to offer. Join us as we take an objective perspective about this product’s capabilities.
- EASE OF USE
Installation and product support is the main focus of the Mighty Mule 350 Gate Opener as right out of the box, they already offer a 30% Residential Energy Efficient Property Tax Credit feature which can be used for the purchase of several accessories and installation services. Its 12 month warranty and support are also worth noting.
This Mighty Mule 350 further features a soft and smooth start-up and stop cycle which enables your gates to not just swing open violently. Lastly, it also provides large upgrade space as it is compatible to a 10-Watt solar panel and a Marine Type battery which can provide as alternative sources of energy if ever the electricity is out.
Everything that you need upon its installation is already provided for by the packaging. Hence, no electrician or wielding is needed in setting this fixture up. Another thing that you’ll notice is that an interactive DVD is included giving you a crystal clear installation process.
Operation-wise, the Mighty Mule 350 sports a DC motor that can be powered through a 120V AC or 60Hz outlet. This motor can swing single gates up to 16 feet long and 550 pounds in mass. It is ideal for chain link, tube or vinyl gates that are situated in locations where the wind is light to moderate. One can purchase a solar panel or a battery for alternate sources of energy and a weather-proof case is also available upon a separate purchase. Lastly, this product is compatible with all other accessories of the Mighty Mule, hence giving the users a wide space for upgrades.
What many users would love about this product is its ease of installation. The motor and the arm is already built in one casing, hence setting everything up wouldn’t need any professional help. An interactive DVD and an instruction manual is also included, a good addition to the simplified installation process.
It being compatible to all other accessories of Mighty Mule is also an added value. And considering the price, this unit is extremely cost efficient and affordable.
The only thing that we don’t like that much is the unavailability of the solar panel or the battery right at the get go. We would have loved if even one of these items were included but we think that would be too much to ask given the already very low price tag of the item. After all, these accessories are readily available online.
Overall, the Mighty Mule 350 Gate Opener is a model which other items in the market would have a hard time competing with. It is a premium tier item that has the price range of those entry level gate openers. Moreover, its motors and item build are not to be taken lightly. Lastly, unlike many openers, this item is very easy to install- catching the attention of even those who are not very inclined towards DIY projects.