SCS Sentinel: opinions on the brand’s gate motors

Discover the SCS Sentinel brand, a French company specializing in swing and sliding gate motors. Through these few lines, we present the different models of the brand and we will give you our opinion on each of the engines.

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Presentation of the SCS Sentinel company

SCS Sentinel is a French company located in Cholet. The company is part of the Italian URMET group specializing in automation, home automation and video surveillance of residential and tertiary buildings.

The Cholet-based company offers garage doors, gate automations and its accessories, including intercoms, videophones and chimes. To complete its range, we also find security devices with alarms and video surveillance. On the housing side, SCS Sentinel also provides weather stations, wireless lighting and home automation. Connected products allow you to control and secure your home.

SCS Sentinel’s objective is to offer simple, quality products to individuals. Its key words are innovation, quality and simplicity.

The SCS Sentinel product range

As we have seen, SCS Sentinel offers many products. Of course, we find gate and garage door automations, chimes and intercoms, but also everything related to access control, the brand’s historic business.

Thanks to the innovation and support of the URMET group, safety has become a real issue for the brand. Surveillance cameras, alarm systems and fire detectors have emerged to occupy an important place today.

Finally, home automation, connected products, programmers, weather stations, wireless lighting are offered to secure individual homes with ease.

We will focus on the range of gate motors.

Range of SCS Sentinel gate motors

The range of gate automations is not very extensive. This has its advantages and disadvantages. All SCS Sentinel motors are easy to install and choose.

Advantages

The French brand is committed to making the daily lives of its users easier and ensuring their safety. This is why installation is easy to carry out, even for less DIY enthusiasts. Operation is also child’s play. All information is clear.

Aesthetically, the automations are modern and discreet. They will not distort your gate.

We mentioned this point previously, SCS Sentinel belongs to the URMET group, the company therefore benefits from the group’s innovations and significant support.

Finally, we have to talk about quality. Indeed, the products are controlled throughout their life cycle and are in compliance with European standards and regulations.

The brand’s range is poorly developed. This has the advantage of being able to quickly choose the most suitable motor depending on the type of gate, its length and its weight, among other things.

The inconvenients

The SCS Sentinel range of gate motors is not very extensive. This can be an advantage, as we have seen, but also a negative point when compared with other brands. Indeed, depending on the configuration of your portal, you will not have the choice of model. If the characteristics of the automation do not suit you, you will have to turn to another brand.

Swing gate motor

SCS Sentinel offers motors for electric swing gates in 12 and 24 V. Depending on your gate and your entrance, you will have the choice between articulated or cylinder arms.

All gates up to 5 meters in maximum length and up to 500 kg can be motorized. Gates made of aluminum, reinforced PVC, wood or wrought iron are compatible. Likewise, whether you have a solid, perforated or semi-perforated gate, be sure that your motorization will be suitable.

SCS1 Standard

standard scs1 motor kit

The SCS Sentinel SCS1 Standard actuator motorization is designed for swing gates of up to 3 meters, i.e. 1.5 meters per leaf and up to 300 kg.

Installation is renowned for its ease, as is its use. The opening can be done inwards or outwards. Please note, in the case of opening to the outside, your gate, in the open position, must not extend onto the roadway and must remain within your property.

The opening angle is 120° maximum, 90° in the case of opening towards the outside.

Among the features, we find pedestrian opening, slowing down at the end of the stroke and automatic closing. In the event of a power cut or breakdown, it is possible to manually unlock the motor.

On the safety side, the SCS Sentinel SCS1 automation has obstacle stopping.

The quality to price ratio is excellent. The SCS1 engine is inexpensive and therefore suitable for all budgets.

Design-wise, nothing to complain about, the kit is discreet. The motor is silent and the opening is relatively quick.

SCS1 motorization review

After quickly receiving the product which is well packaged, I think that there is no equivalent in terms of quality/price. Simple and clear brochure, easy to install.

Excellent product, easy to use. Quiet and fast operation compared to the previous system from the same supplier, but which was 15 years old.

Perfect, very good product, easy to install, easy to program and works very well.

OPENGATE 1

opengate motorization set 1

The OPENGATE 1 cylinder swing gate motorization is suitable for all types of solid, perforated or semi-perforated gate, and whatever the material used, PVC, aluminum, wood or wrought iron.

The 24 V motor supports a gate up to 400 kg and a maximum length of 4 meters, i.e. 2 meters per leaf and up to 200 kg.

The OPENGATE 1 by SCS Sentinel opens to a maximum of 120° interior opening (classic installation) and up to 90° to the exterior.

The kit is delivered with the 2 actuator motors, 2 remote controls, 1 flashing light, 2 photocells as well as the entire fixing system and the explanatory instructions.

The automation has rapid opening and automatic closing after passage. Do you regularly forget to close your gate? Don’t panic, the OPENGATE 1 does it for you.

The pedestrian opening allows you to pass on foot, by bicycle or by motorbike without opening the entire gate.

Here we find the learning of the stroke, the slowing down at the end of the stroke, the stopping on obstacle thanks to the photocells and the manual unlocking, very practical in the event of a power cut.

Installation is very simple. Color codes on the terminal blocks of the electronic card make it easy to connect accessories.

OPENGATE 1 review for swing gate

I am a former customer, I had a Sentinel PRO 500 that I kept for 20 years. He gave up the ghost after good and loyal service. I just replaced it with an OPENGATE 1 which is even easier to install and even easier to program.

Installed to replace a similar system installed more than 10 years ago. I had some apprehensions, particularly about rewiring and programming. Very clear instructions, easy installation and the quality seems present. I am very satisfied.
I looked for a long time and couldn’t find better value for money. Let’s hope this is sustainable. I recommend.

OPENGATE 2

OPENGATE 2 articulated arm motorization

For its part, the SCS Sentinel OPENGATE 2 automation has an articulated arm. It can motorize all swing gates up to 5 meters in length and 500 kg maximum. Once again, whether you have a solid, perforated or semi-perforated gate, made of aluminum, PVC or wood, it is entirely possible to install this motorization.

Arm motors are ideal for not rushing the gate. The gesture being similar to that of human gestures, no constraint is exerted on the portal.

Its look is modern and discreet, enough to go unnoticed and not distort your gate.

An installation template is provided to guide you when attaching the articulated arms. In addition, the color codes on the terminal blocks of the electronic card make it easy to connect accessories.

On this 24 V model, we also find pedestrian opening, obstacle stopping, automatic closing, stroke learning, end-of-stroke slowing and manual unlocking.

OPENGATE 2 review

Easy to install, works very well. We’ve only had it for a few days, but frankly it has nothing to do with our old engine which was from another brand. Opens faster, no need to make 30,000 adjustments for it to work. We followed the booklet to the letter and everything worked perfectly the first time! I will stay with the SCS Sentinel brand from now on! I recommend 100%.

When you open the package, you already understand that it is good material. Super explanatory instructions, sturdy case, designer remote control.
The only problem with programming the remote control keys is that you just have to make a quick click and not stay on the key, this is not specified in the instructions. Otherwise, everything is perfect. Very quiet, opening 1 leaf or both simultaneously. In the top !

Quiet and fast. Not too difficult to install once you have read the instructions carefully. The supplied remote controls are a bit bulky and rustic. On the master motor side, it is necessary to notch the cover at the rear to pass all the wires. Overall, I am very satisfied with this purchase.

ONEGATE 1

onegate 1 worm screw

The ONEGATE 1 automation is the least expensive in the range offered by SCS Sentinel. It is a 12 V worm motor. It is compatible with all types of gates of 3 meters maximum and up to 300 kg, i.e. 1.5 meters per leaf and 150 kg.

The kit includes 2 motors, 2 remote controls and 1 LED flashing light.

The motor has the advantage of being quick to open, having partial opening, slowing down at the end of the stroke, stopping on obstacles and automatic closing.

ONEGATE 1 review

Very quiet motorization and quick opening. A little difficult installation. The instructions do not explain very well about the stop.

Excellent value. In addition, the customer service is exceptional and always attentive.

Simple installation, perfect operation. Very good quality set.
Very good value for money.

ONEGATE 2

onegate 2 scs sentinel engine

The ONEGATE 12 V articulated arm motor is designed for all swing gates of 4 meters in length and 400 kg maximum.

As we saw above, the articulated arms make it possible to avoid rushing the gate and to open it naturally. This significantly increases its longevity.

The automation is silent and has stroke learning, slowing down at the end of the stroke, automatic closing, stopping on obstacles and manual unlocking.

In addition to the 2 articulated arm motors, there are 2 remote controls and 1 flashing light in the kit.

SCS Sentinel ONEGATE 2 review

Personally, I have known SCS Sentinel products since 1999. This is the fourth gate motorization that I have purchased and I have always been satisfied with them. This is why I bought this brand again.

Well-written explanations in good French and therefore easily understandable. The important measurements are precise and the installation is done without difficulty.

Swing gate motorization Connected to HWAY articulated arm

scs sentinel connected motorization for swing gate

The HWay automation kit with articulated arm is suitable for swing gates up to 6 meters in length and 550 kg maximum, i.e. 3 meters per leaf and 275 kg. It is compatible with all gates: solid, openwork, wooden, aluminum, reinforced PVC or iron.

The motorization has an integrated Wi-Fi module allowing you to control your gate from your smartphone. You will then be able to update your motor from the H’Access application, control your gate in real time, know its position (open or closed) and manage the opening and closing of your gate remotely.

We find standard features such as pedestrian opening, slowing down at the end of the stroke, stopping on obstacles, automatic closing and even manual unlocking.

The kit provides 2 articulated arm motors, 2 remote controls, 2 infrared photocells and 1 LED flashing light with integrated antenna.

Installation is very simple with color codes on the terminal blocks of the electronic card to easily connect the accessories, an installation template to guide you when fixing the motor and clear instructions.

HWAY connected motorization review

I had to change motorization and I turned to this model on the one hand for the price, on the other hand for the guarantee and most importantly this model incorporates wifi which allows me to remotely control the opening and closing from my portal.
The instructions (in French) are very well detailed, the only downside when learning to open and close, pay attention to the polarity of the motors, the wrong leaf risks opening first (this is what bothers me arrived, but I am not an electrician) a reversal of the wires and everything is back to normal. To buy with your eyes closed.

Motorization just installed. Works correctly with the remote control and the connected application is very practical.

Sliding gate motor

The OPENGATE 3 and ONEGATE 3 motorizations are designed for sliding gates.

These are compatible with all aluminum, PVC or iron gates up to 5 meters in length and not exceeding 500 kg. Your gate can be solid, openwork or semi-openwork.

OPENGATE 3

scs sentinel motorization review

The OPENGATE 3 24 V rack and pinion motor is intended for sliding gates of a maximum length of 5 meters and up to 500 kg. All gates are compatible, from solid aluminum gates to semi-openwork wooden gates.

The racks act as the rail, so your sliding gate can open or close sideways to the left or right. Closing is automatic.

Among the features, the OPENGATE 3 has partial opening, called pedestrian opening, slowing down at the end of the stroke, stopping on obstacles, manual unlocking in the event of a power cut and stroke learning.

On the installation side, an installation template guides you when fixing the sliding motor and color codes on the terminal blocks of the electronic card help you easily connect the accessories.

OPENGATE 3 review for sliding gate

Fast delivery, easy installation, trouble-free programming.

Very good value for money. No difficulty with installation.

ONEGATE 3

onegate 3 for sliding gate

The ONEGATE 3 sliding gate automation with rack allows you to motorize a gate up to 4 meters in length and 400 kg maximum. As with previous models, regardless of the material of the gate, PCV, aluminum, wood or iron, all gates are compatible as long as the length and weight are respected.

The ONEGATE 3 12 V motorization kit includes the motor, 2 remote controls and 1 flashing light.

The opening can be done either to the right or to the left thanks to the rack.

End-of-stroke deceleration, pedestrian opening, obstacle stopping, automatic closing and manual unlocking are also standard.

ONEGATE 3 review

Great product, easy assembly and installation. Nothing to say.

Quiet motor (compared to my old one of the same brand, which I kept for more than 10 years) and it switches to low speed at the end of opening and closing. Apparently a good product, to see in the years to come, if the reliability is good.

Good value for money. Simple installation. Be sure to program the remote controls correctly and check the factory settings for self-learning to run smoothly.

Sliding gate motorization connected to HWAY rack

Motorization for connected scs sentinel sliding gate

The HWAY rack motor for sliding gate supports all gates up to 6 meters in length and up to 500 kg. It is particularly suitable for small spaces due to its small footprint, but also for windy areas. The opening can be done on the right or on the left depending on the configuration.

The kit provides the motorization, 2 remote controls, 1 set of infrared photocells and 1 LED flashing light with integrated antenna.

Standard features are standard, including pedestrian opening, slowing down at the end of the travel, stopping on obstacles, automatic closing and even manual unlocking.

Like the model of the same name for swing gates, the motor has a Wi-Fi module. You can thus control your gate, carry out updates to your motor, control your gate in real time, know its position (open or closed) and manage the opening and closing of your gate remotely. All this from the H’Access application on your smartphone.

Once again, installation is child’s play with color codes on the electronic card terminal blocks for easy connection of accessories. An installation template to guide you when fixing the motor and clear instructions.

HWAY review for sliding gate

Very easy to install, good quality motor, very quiet.
The phone app works very well even 300 km from home. The only negative point is the plastic caps for the obstacle sensors, otherwise I recommend it.

Our opinion on the SCS Sentinel brand

The SCS Sentinel sliding and swing gate automation systems are very high quality for a relatively low price. The range is clear. Your choice will naturally be based on the type of gate, its size and its weight. You won’t have to compare several almost identical models for hours. In addition, all automations are guaranteed for 3 years, a guarantee of reliability.

Find all our reviews of the SCS Sentinel brand

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