The Mighty Mule FM200 Gate Opener Automatic is the manufacturer’s entry level gate opener device in terms of price. But make no mistake, its features are no entry level as it sports a motor that can accommodate 300 pounds of mass and gates up to 12 feet long. It also has a backup battery that can last up to 77 cycles of opening and closing.
- EASE OF USE
The Mighty Mule FM200 Gate Opener features a 30% Residential Energy Efficient Property Tax Certificate which can be utilized in purchasing and installing a 5-watt or 10-watt solar panel for an alternative source of energy during times when the power may be out.
An interactive DVD also eases up the installation, making this unit one of the fastest gate openers to set up. Lastly, the motors offer a soft start and stop cycle which essentially prolong the life of the unit and your gates by carefully opening and closing it every time you command it to do so.
The box contains a remote control, an AC transformer, battery box with control board, a detailed instruction manual, and everything else that you would need for mounting. Hence, this unit is extremely easy to set-up.
The motor is best for lightweight gate materials such as chain links, tube, vinyl, and wood panels. The connectivity of the remotes are also good enough for you to issue commands even if you are just in your car. The remote control can still be recognized by the gate even if you are 7 meters away from the panel.
What we liked about this model is that it gives so much area for upgrade as it is compatible to all Mighty Mule Gate Openers accessories. It can also be equipped with a solar panel, hence making the product very flexible.
Also, the motors can accommodate lightweight gates- a very compatible option for those who are still starting out in home improvement. Its batteries also are pretty powerful, lasting up to 77 hours when the electricity is out. Also, the 12 month warranty is a good back-up plan if anything goes wrong.
The only thing that isn’t really commendable is its lack of battery or solar panel upon purchase. You would need to purchase these things separately, hence it would cost you a little less more. However, considering that the price is already low right from the start, we feel that this is just a minor setback.
Overall, we feel that Mighty Mule FM200 Gate Opener needs to be commended due to their effort to insert as much features and functionality as possible even if the price range of the product fits on entry level standards. Considering the performance, we can conclude that the motor works efficiently for light weight gates and the batteries lasting up to 77 hours is more than satisfactory. In conclusion, the Mighty Mule FM200 is indeed a premium product that is offered in an entry level price.