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Information Bulletin
Our dearest client,

We write to you with the year of 2021 nearly coming to an end.But regrettably it is not marking the end of an inexorable rise in costs that is plaguing almost all manufacturers in South Africa.The worldwide boom in commodity prices has certainly been great for this country as a net exporter of commodities, but out of all these commodities comes materials required for the manufacture of our products. Materials such as steel, aluminum, engineering plastics, copper wire and the list goes on.Layered on top of this has been the unparalleled increase in the cost of electronics components exacerbated by a total shortage of supply. Shipping in all these components from the various countries of supply has also been subjected to massive price hikes. As an example, the cost of a 40ft container out of the Far East has gone from approximately R60,000 a couple of years ago to over R200,000 today.We are trying to absorb all these increases along with our local increases in the cost of labour, electricity, etc. as much as possible, but regrettably we need to pass on a small increase of 2.5%, over and above the increase applied earlier this year.The new prices will come into effect from the 1st November.
Kind regards,


Centurion RDO Shortages

Information Bulletin

Dear Valued Client,

This letter serves to inform you that we are currently experiencing stock shortages of our RDOII roll-up garage door operator. The shortage is due to a combination of supply chain disruptions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and unprecedented congestion at main ports. The pandemic has had a profoundly negative impact on international maritime transport and global output, which has unfortunately meant that stock of the operator has not arrived in time for us to meet demand, with the current delivery date set at the end of August.

We know that this is hugely inconvenient, and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for bearing with us during these trying times. As always, providing you with the best possible service and support remains our top priority.

Kind regards,


Best Gate Motor in South Africa

Which gate motor is the best in the South African market. Compare some rivals like the All mighty Centurion D5 Evo, the trusty steed Gemini Slider and the underdog ET Drive 500

Taking a closer look at domestic sliding gate motors within the 500kg max gate weight range.

  • They all have a max gate weight of up to 500kg
  • Battery dependent and operated.
  • 12vd Circuitry supplied by step down transformers also known as power supplies or chargers from 220vac Outlet.
  • Onboard Remote Receivers
  • blah blah blah

Not going to bore you with tech specs ~ You can find the tech specs on the respective websites.

Consider the following when buying a Gate Motor, are you asking the right questions?

How long is the warranty?121224
Do they offer a swap out for repairs?nonoyes
Are parts easy find?yesnoyes
How is support and documentation?so soso soexcellent
Do they offer training for installer to install your product?noyeswith certification
How does prices compare to replace the battery charger? (example)R450R895R495

Now make your decision. Hope this helped ~ Ask me should you have any other Questions Ask Now

Product Shortage

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Dear Valued Customer, We previously issued a communication (January 2021) regarding stock shortages and we just wanted to update you on the situation.

As you know, the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic has been profound and far-reaching, and this includes adversely affecting the supply, transport and logistics of certain goods, including some of the components and parts used in our products. Regrettably, this means that we are currently experiencing stock shortages at all national branches.

We assure you that we are doing all we can to ensure that we have adequate stock so that we can continue to provide you with the best service.

We apologies for the inconvenience, and our representatives are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Kind regards,

Centurion D5 fault finding & troubleshoot

I’ve been a gate motor installer since 2004 ~ I have paid my school fees and pretty much diagnose your faulty D5 right away ~ providing you describe it’s exact symptoms.

TOP 5 D5 Gate Motor troubles

No 1 ~ Battery failure

  • Status light flashing ~ 3 times pause, 3 times pause
  • Speed reduced gradually and eventually stopped
  • Batter will test 12 and above voltage but this controller don’t care much for voltage ~ It seeks AMPS.
  • Typical battery lifespan ~ 18 to 24 months
  • The D5 uses the battery as primary source to operate ~ Mains power charges the battery as needed.

No 2 ~ Motor Fuse

  • New battery but it still just “clicks” ~ watch main Relays ~ again looking for amps to keep it relayed.
  • Change (not check) the (sand filled fuse) ~ checking it with standard circuit test meter gives false continuity.
  • Make sure to bend holding clamps closed before inserting new fuse

No 3 ~ Faulty Terminals

  • Check corrosion
  • Make sure it fits tight

No 4 ~ Origin Marker displaced

  • to be continued

No 5 ~ Power failure (main)

  • Watch the status light, it will blink in sequence. 2 times pause.

Drop a comment or Question below…

Centurion D5 Evo on promotion, new motor with 2 remotes battery and installation.


Gate Motor Scam

Our Public is being fooled again by dodgy gate motor installers. They are being sold refurbished (2nd hand) Centurion D5 Evo Gate motors “as new”

The Unit are nicely seal by centurion systems but have a red label indicating it’s a refurbished unit. Our public does not no this and are being fooled into thinking it’s new.

Be aware – If you are getting a “new” motor at half the price. It’s not new.

Another Centurion Price increase

This letter services to advise you that there will be an average increase of 10% on the prices of CENTURION products effective from 1st July 2020. The increase is due to local inflationary forces and the rapid and dramatic depreciation of the South African rand against other major currencies.

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D5 Smart vs D5 Evo vs ET Drive 500 Comparison

a Quick look at the differences an similarities between the Centurion D5 Evo, ET Drive 500 and D5 Smart gate motors.

We are comparing gate motors within the domestic and gate max size of 500kg. 

D5 SmartD5 EvoET Drive 500
Motor & Battery/s689055005400
Max Gate Mass kg500500500
Speed m/min322424
PCB Replace229919801500
Power Supply Replacement1070699540
Battery cost every 2yrs850315315
Theft bracket12401029included
Controllerapp onlylcdlcd

*prices are for comparison only