Max Megatron 1400 HP

MSRP: SINGLE - $3,737.50 / PAIR - $7,100.00

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The high profile Max Megatron 1400 HP swing gate operator is capable of opening gates up to 1400 lbs./15 ft. or 1200 lbs./20 ft. Fast speed direct drive (no chains, belts, or pulleys) opens gate 90 degrees from 11.5 to 18 seconds based on weight of the gate and selectable speed control. The Megatron 1400 HP includes a Max BC-7 battery module with over 400 cycles in case of power failure. This operator is also compatible with existing installations and in most cases can be directly bolted onto concrete pads used by the most popular gate operators in the industry.

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Max Megatron 1400 HP Mechanical Specifications

Specifications listed in blue are unique to Max Megatron 1400 HP

  • Max Megatron 1400 HP dimensions (16.8 W x 24.5 D x 29.9 H) 26.6 arm height
  • Heavy duty gear box 900:1 Size 70 constant lubrication using special gear oil
  • Gate opening capacity up to 1400lb/15ft or 1200lb/20ft
  • Large output shaft 3.25” solid steel with cast iron clamping system
  • Direct gear drive (no chains, belts, or pulleys)
  • Gate speed 11.5 to 18 seconds based on weight of the gate and selectable speed control
  • Mechanical and electrical manual gate release functions
  • Corrosion protection gold zinc coating
  • Continuous cycle at extreme temperature range. No overheating possibility
  • Intelligent ramp-up and ramp-down gate speed control for smooth operation
  • Gate operator shipping weight 235 lbs

Max Megatron 1400 HP Electrical Specifications

Specifications listed in blue are unique to to Max Megatron 1400 HP

  • Brushless DC motor equivalent to 1 HP AC motor
  • Selectable switch for uphill gates and windy conditions 
  • Programmable gate speed controls, 16 selectable speeds
  • Automatic gate position reset system
  • Gate sync feature provides automatic gate movement synchronization
  • Modular system design for ease of service
  • Switchable 115/230V AC selection
  • Adaptive DSP control for advanced brushless DC motion control
  • Real time performance analyzer and event log (OBD PORT and Black Box)
  • Low voltage wiring capabilities for remote power up 1000 feet (no battery needed)
  • Solar ready battery module with built-in advanced solar regulator
  • Intelligent power management system with energy saver mode
  • Built-in current limited 12vdc and 24vdc outputs
  • Gold contact input connections and automobile grade connectors
  • Selectable open timer 0 to 60 seconds with timer off option
  • -4F to 165F (-20C to +74C) operational temperature range including battery performance without needing a heater
  • Robust lightning protection up to 20KVolts and 10KAmps on all inputs and outputs (44 Channels) including loop detector input connections
  • Tunable 16 position safety obstruction sensor, auto adaptable to gate weight and size
  • Dual motor overcurrent safety shut off for additional protection
  • Operator includes a Max BC-7 battery module providing 400 cycles in case of power failure
  • Three modes of selectable battery backup functions
  • State machine design electronics with ultra-fast microprocessor
  • On board three button station

Max Megatron 1400 HP Security Specifications

Specifications listed in blue are unique to Max Megatron 1400 HP

  • High traffic intuitive loop management system for better security
  • Advanced security features with built-in audible and remote alarms
  • Magnetic lock control relay outputs with selectable delay times
  • Tamper alert relay outputs triggered “on” if gate is forced open
  • Audible alarm if gate is tampered with or ERD is triggered for higher security
  • Gate partial open recorder
  • Lockable cover with key lock release to prevent intruders and vandalism
  • Gate disable feature, disables all inputs with exception of the fire department input for high security
  • Builtin transaction buffer for high security
  • Gate status outputs for gate monitoring
  • Direct motor control of jog OPEN/CLOSE for manually moving a gate in case of emergency
  • Advanced anti-tailgate features to provide higher security
  • No need for magnetic lock with the robust output shaft and clamp design of the Max Megatron 1400 HP

Max Megatron 1400 HP Safety Specifications

Specifications listed in blue are unique to to Max Megatron 1400 HP

  • Adaptive obstruction sensor for much better gate safety system. 16 selectable sensitivity settings
  • Built-in UL buzzer reset
  • UL 325/991 compliant Class I, II, III, and IV. CSA approved
  • Pinch arm protection design
  • Dynamic magnetic brake system stops the gate immediately to prevent damage to obstructions
  • Vehicle hit protection technology protects the gate operator from collision damage caused by automobile impact, avoiding costly repairs
  • Built-in advanced entrapment protection and alarm output
  • Built-in gate in motion alarm for industrial applications
The Max Megatron 1400 HP operator is also compatible with existing installations and in most cases can be directly bolted onto concrete pads used by the most popular gate operators in the industry. The cold rolled steel frame, which will not fracture under stress, is designed to withstand tremendous amounts of torque.

The Max Megatron 1400 HP uses interchangeable modules that are functional in any Maximum Controls gate operator. Modules such as motor controllers, logic boards, limit boxes, and even battery boxes can be swapped from one operator to another regardless of the gate operator model number.

This standardization of modules and interchangeability, coupled with the intelligence of our operating system offers a benchmark to which future gate operators will strive to achieve.

Size 70, 900 to 1, dual gear reduction, high efficiency, cast iron gearbox

The Megatron 1400 HP gearbox is highly efficient, producing maximum torque, maintaining a low amperage draw by reducing resistance, providing super silent operation. The rugged cast iron housing, bronze gears, and double sealed heat-treated solid shaft has been designed by a team with over 40 years of experience in the gearbox industry.

High speed ball bearings and a synthetic oil bath keep the dual gear reduction operating flawlessly through extreme temperature ranges without need for belts, chains or pulleys which are subject to wear, raising maintenance issues.

We invite you to compare our Maximum Controls gearboxes to any of those used by other manufacturers.

The Max Megatron 1400 HP operator has a motor controller. Maximum Controls proprietary motor control technology learns the physical characteristics of a gate in order to control motion with maximum efficiency and speed. The adaptive motor control of the Megatron also facilitates precision synchronization of two gates that might not be of equal weight or length. In addition to communicating with two motor controllers, a single Matrix 1 logic board allows for variable speed control within learned speed parameters.

The motor controller, using DSP technology, monitors all currents and voltages enabling 16 programmable levels of electronic obstruction sensing.

The brushless DC motor in the Max Megatron 1400 HP uses “Hall Effect” magnetic sensing to identify over five thousand precise rotational positions during 90 degrees of gate movement. That’s over 50 samples per degree of gate travel. Using this positional feedback, intelligent ramp-up and ramp-down of the gate speed is employed to minimize stress on all mechanical components.

We utilize Hall Effect Sensors to know the position of the gate at any given moment, thus synchronizing the gates to open and close at the same speed. We combine this technology with a dynamic magnetic brake system which stops the gate instantly when colliding with an obstacle.

Our brushless DC motors can withstand and operate in extreme high temperatures up to 165F (+74C); this surpasses any other motor technology we know of in the market today.

The Max brushless DC motor’s torque is equivalent to a 1 HP AC output torque motor and can operate approximately 35,000 hours, which is about 6 million cycles. Therefore, the motor will last for decades to come. Maximum Controls stands behind our motors with a 8-year warranty.

Direct gear drive means there are no pulleys, belts, or chains required. Pulleys, belts, and chains are historic weak points of gate operators and require frequent service and maintenance calls.
The Max Megatron 1400 HP has a 3.25 inch solid steel output shaft. This shaft along with heavy duty cast iron clamps provide the necessary clamping force to move the heaviest gates while providing a braking mechanism if the gate is struck by a vehicle. The massive shaft clamp assembly requires no shear pins or plates that are damaged by unintentional impact. If a gate controlled by the Megatron is struck, an intelligent reset system automatically recovers gate and limit positions. This means no costly maintenance or service fees. This serious clamp and output shaft design also makes the use of magnetic locks unnecessary.

In case of a technical difficulty, the Megatron 1400 HP has two manual release solutions. The first solution is the JOG OPEN & JOG CLOSE function. The JOG OPEN & JOG CLOSE function works by bypassing all Matrix-1 board inputs, serving as a electro-manual release solution even when the operator is not getting AC power but is still relying on battery backup. By installing an external “constant pressure switch” the JOG OPEN & JOG CLOSE feature can be accessed remotely.

The second solution is a mechanical manual release of the gate operator. Simply unlock the cap with a key, remove the cap and lift the red handle. The clamp is now loose and the gate can be pushed open manually. Manually releasing the operator in this manner will trigger the ‘gate-tamper’ relay while simultaneously triggering the operator’s on-board UL buzzer. If the mechanical manual release is unauthorized, the gate tamper can trigger a security system. This is a high-security feature not found in any other gate operator.

This is a high-security feature not found in any other gate operator.

The Megatron 1400 HP’s power supply utilizes a 15 Amp torroid and power management board. The maximum Amp draw from the Megatron is 3.5 – 4.5 Amps depending on gate weight. The power supply is efficiently designed with ample headroom and is not overstressed under any extreme load or temperature conditions. The power supply input accepts 115V or 230V AC via selection switch. During gate operation the battery is not utilized while AC is present, preserving the life of the battery.

The Max Megatron 1400 HP MAGIC BOX feature can save thousands of dollars in trenching and costly permit fees. Unforeseen complications like rock formations or utility lines that have to be trenched around can be avoided by using the Magic Box. This feature is a power management system that does not rely on battery power and as a result the battery life is not compromised.

Because the Magic Box does not rely on the Max BC-7 as a booster, the gate remains operational regardless of whether the battery is malfunctioning or the Max BC-7 is removed. This technology is unique only to Maximum Controls.

The Max Megatron 1400 HP battery module, the Max BC-7, contains many features necessary for gate operation during power outages and provides safe, smart trickle charging to keep the batteries ready for emergencies or overnight in off-grid use. In addition to serving as backup power during emergencies, the BC-7 contains the electronics to properly integrate a solar panel into an off-grid configuration. Also, the BC-7 supplies an on-board solar regulator as standard equipment.

Starting with the Max BC-7 front plate, three LED indicators show the current battery status of full, half, or empty. These indicators also move sequentially to indicate that the batteries are currently charging. A battery test status button, when pressed, gives you the actual condition of the batteries. Are the batteries functioning or not? No guess work here. You will know when the batteries must be replaced. When an outage does occur, an audible beep can be switched on to indicate battery backup is in use.

On the Matrix 1 board there are three modes of battery backup functionality: “Leave gate open” will continue to open and close the gate until the battery is near empty and leave the gate in the opened position. “Leave gate closed” will continue to open and close the gate until the battery is near empty, then leave the gate closed. “Open one time” will leave a gate in the open position immediately if an outage occurs. Regardless of the battery backup mode, enough energy is left in the batteries to open the gate for an emergency vehicle.

In an off-grid configuration, in addition to the solar regulator, the Max BC-7’s solar processing circuitry provides a power boost, maximizes energy harvest, and keeps a tight grip on the load control, ensuring the up to 200 watt solar panel is manipulated to its potential. Maximum Controls operators work with 80 watt panels or greater depending on the specific application. Standard 200 watt panels are supported and recommended. The Solar voltage input on the BC-7 requires 24 to 35VDC.

Each Max BC-7 battery module is fitted with Yuasa batteries with an operational temperature range of -4 to 165F. These batteries offer high-energy density, sealed leak proof construction, excellent performance in float or cyclic applications, maintenance free, rechargeable, and long service life. When used with the Max Megatron 1400 HP they offer 400 cycles of duty before discharge.

One of the primary goals of the Max Megatron 1400 HP is to provide the most secure, easiest to maintain gate operator with higher gate speed motion and advanced loop management.

The Megatron uses non-volatile memory to continuously log performance characteristics and input/output events. A service technician can access this data via USB port to download the event history, quickly diagnosing complex or intermittent problems that traditionally have been very difficult to isolate and repair. By plugging in a USB thumb drive into the USB port, all the Megatron’s diagnostic history will download, working as a “Black Box” to diagnose what occurred. The Megatron’s event history is stored as a .TXT document which can be emailed to the factory if necessary, for on-site diagnosis. The .TXT file is a log of the most recent 1000 events reported by each module to the central logger.

The Megatron 1400 HP’s standard intuitive loop management system, when enabled, will discourage tailgating, increasing security for residential and high traffic installations. When the Anti-Tailgate switch is activated, any car tailgating a legitimate access will be forced to stop by a rapidly closing gate, forcing the tailgater to back up and thereby triggering the gate to close and deny unauthorized access.

When disabled, loop management will allow multi- access, with the gate opening on each successive trigger in the traditional loop management manner.

Anti-Vandalism/ Burglar Alarm

As a security device, the Max Megatron 1400 HP supplies a gate tamper relay output that triggers whenever a gate has encountered an unauthorized movement. This can be configured to activate an alarm system or camera. The Megatron 1400 HP also has a gate disable feature which can disable operator open commands during a vacation or overnight for commercial applications.

Maximum Controls recognizes swing gates are more prone to vehicular collisions. For this reason, the Megatron 1400 HP is outfitted with Maximum Controls’ clamping technology constructed with robust cast iron. The clamp grips on to a 3 1/4” diameter machined steel output shaft assuring maximum grip without the use of a shear pin/plate; allowing slippage in an event that the gate is struck while in motion by a vehicle. This prevents damage to the operator while preserving limit switch locations.

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