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When the Prowell gates were first introduced, our only gate hardware options were a few scattered Romanesque offerings from a manufacturer in England. Ugly iron thingies that rusted, and frequently broke. The stateside bronze manufacturers were stubborn, refusing to believe a market existed. It took ten years of whining and begging and boasting of prospective sales quotas before we turned the corner.
Today, surprisingly, the market remains limited. A few manfacturers of quality products and a virtual medley of choices that fall far short of excellence.

A few of the products listed here are simply linked to the manufacruer's website. We don't sell enough to warrant an account, but the products have been tested and are worthy solutions to various needs.

80% of our gate patron opt for the Rocky Mountain latches. We also offer a few reliable bronze latches from Ashley Norton. These are found by following the HARDWARE link at the top of any page on the web site.

wood gates CANE BOLTS
wood gates HINGES


* Step by Step Installation Text

* Installer Puerto Espagnol

wood gates PDF Specifications

* Wood Gate Stops

* 60" openings? Dbl Off-Set Options

* Setting Your Post

* Setting Jambs to Columns

* Setting Jambs to Steel Posts

* Swing Direction

wood gates Latch Boring Specifications

* Rocky Mountain

* Coastal Bronze #40-300 Thumb Latch

wood gates CPW Gate Hardware

* Rocky Mountain Hardware

* Optional Bronze Hardware

* Pool Code Reference

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* Full Swing Pivot Hinge


Illustrating a typical Cane Bolt and the Gate Stop required for all double gates.
The cane bolt secures the secondary gate in place .
The Gate Stop insures that when the operable gate closes, it's the Gate Stop that provies the positive stop and not the horizontal drop bar of an expensive bronze latch.

$390 ---Rocky Mountain Hardware 18"
$345---Coastal Bronze 18"


Prowell's preferred 4-1/2" stainless steel ball-bearing butt hinge.
Flat black patina or Stainless steel
Unlike removable pin hinges, ball-bearing hinges maintain their tight swing action forever.

At $77/pair, you are not obligated to use this hinge. And yet, it is the best exterior hinge on the market and we would prefer you don't opt for the small savings on a lesser hinge, which in turn can become the weak link of the gate's functionality.

prowell cane bolt for wood gates




stainless steel wood gate hinge



Spring hinges have limitations. If the torque is set in the wind, the gate slams without the wind resistence. If the torque is set without the wind, the gate won't close in the wind. So . . .if you're not in a wind tunnel, they'll work fine.

wood gates 4-1/2" X 4-1/2" Stainless Steel Spring Hinge




stainless srong hinge.


wood gates 4-1/2" X 4-1/2" Stainless Steel Spring Hinge with dark bronze patina



Commonly, double gates will opt for a dummy, or inoperable latch on the fixed gate.
The majority of you do not. While the Dummy latch offers symmetry, it also offers the confusion to the arriving guest of which gate works. Half the time the wrong gate, met with the abruptness of a fixed cane bolt before turning to the other, operable gate and ultimately, eventually, your guests gain access in a fit of minor agitation.

Shown below, the Rocky Mountain E414 gate latch with the L117 lever.


A typical hardware for a double gate:
Rocky Mountain latch ( E414 shown)
Generic Gate Stop (
* Despite our suggestions over the years, Rocky Mt does not offer a Gate Stop)
Rocky Mountain Cane Bolt CB

rocky mountain latches for wood gates

cane bolts for double gates



wood gates

The strike plate for Rocky Mt latches should be cjhiseled in flush to the post. If it is simply surface-mounted, you've eliminated 1/4" of the 3/8" swing gap. The gate will swell in the wet season and be prevented from closing by the thickness of the strike

rocky mountain hardware gate strike



Available through Prowell for Gate Patrons Only (Gate prep included)



  Emtek EMPowered 2-1/4" max gate thickness
  Emtek EMTouch- 2-1/4" max gate thickness

The EMPowered lock is available as a simple elctronic dead bolt where the code is entered and the bolt is withdrawn to allow access.

PRICING: $333.00 + shipping

Product code: EMP0101

Oil-rubbed bronze (10B)
Satin Nickel (US15)
Flat Black (US19)
Pliched Chrome (US26)

Click Here: To the Emtek WebSite for more info

EMPowered 'Smart' Dead Bolt
- Create and manage unlimited entry codes with the smart lock
- Easy to use, award-winning August mobile app
- Auto-Unlock (learn more) and DoorSense™ technology
- Works with all three voice assistants
- Compatible with leading smart home security systems and hosting platforms
- 9V battery port to prevent lockouts
- Tapered deadbolt latch to assist with latch engagement
- Easy to install, fits standard tubular door prep.

See more on the Emtek website

PRICING: $497.00 + shipping

Product code: EMP1101


The EMTouch operates with the keypad principle, but once the code is entered, the bolt is withdrawn by physically turning the thumbpiece.

PRICING: $277.00

Oil-rubbed bronze (10B)
Satin Nickel (US15)
Flat Black (US19)
Pliched Chrome (US26)

  Emtek EMPowered dead bolt
Emtek EMTouch dead bolt

EMPowered™ Product Features:
• Standard door prep 21⁄8” bore. • Fits standard door thickness of 11⁄2” to 21⁄4”.
• Complete set includes both 23⁄8” and 23⁄4” latches, strike plates and 4 AA batteries.
• EMPowered Deadbolt only available with square corner latch face plate.
• Tapered Deadbolt
• Emtek’s standard mechanical and finish warranties along with a 1 year warranty on electronic components.
BACKLIT KEYPAD - Keypad wakes with a touch and includes numbers that won’t wear off.
OPTIONAL SETTINGS - Customized auto re-lock, privacy mode and tamper alarms with the lock settings.
MOTORIZED DEADBOLT - Quiet motor with tapered deadbolt to accommodate misaligned doors.
VOICE ASSISTANT: Will guide you through the sert-up and menu option in 3 languages.
- Rubber gasket increases protection against outdoor environments.
MANAGE CODES - Create up to 25 user PIN codes to share with friends and family. Unlimited codes with Connected by August.

EMPowered™ SMART Lock Features:

CONTROL FROM ANYWHERE - Includes the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge so you can lock and unlock from anywhere using your August app.
SHARE ACCESS - Grant access to your home for the people you trust. Give permanent/temporary access or set a unique access schedule.
24/7 HISTORY - See who comes and goes with smartphone notifications and a 24/7 access history in the app.
USE YOUR VOICE - Works with the three leading voice assistants; Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
COMES WITH AUGUST DOORSENSE™ - Know if your door is not only locked or unlocked but also closed or opened.
WORKS WITH AUGUST DOORBELLS - See who’s at your door and unlock the door right from your August app.
AUTO-LOCK - Never worry if your door is locked again. Auto-Lock can be set for immediate or on a timer for as short as 30 sec or as long as 30 min.
AUTO UN-LOCK - Auto-Unlock knows when you arrive and unlocks the door as you approach. Never fumble for keys again.

EMTouch Product Features:
• Fits any door between 13⁄4” to 21⁄4” thick with a 21/8” bore standard door prep.
• Installs easily with only a Phillips head screwdriver.
• Easy to use installation and programming instructions included.
• Factory programmed with 2 unique, secure user codes for use right out of the box.
• Can be programmed with up to 20 user codes of your choice.
• Codes can be added and deleted.
• Easy lock operation, simply push the Emtek button and turn the exterior thumb turn to lock.
• Easy unlock operation, enter the 4 digit code and turn the exterior thumb turn.
• Programming changes can be made easily using the keypad.
• Sleek keypad has a protective coating to prevent wear patterns.
• Illuminated keypad for easy and quick operation after dark.
• Low battery indicator lets you know when it’s time to change the battery.
• Emtek’s standard mechanical and finish warranties along with a 2 year warranty on electronic components





The below products should be purchased directly from the manufacturer. Click on the images

  wood gatesHydraulic Closers and Pool Code Latch Options

A solution to the repeated slamming of a wind tunnel, as well as local Pool Code requiring self-closing gates.
Click Here for info on Pool Codes for Prowell Gates


Gate Width
Gate Weight
To 54"
To 125 lbs
50 -125 lbs
$288 ($426 Stainless)
40" - 64"
75 - 175 lbs
$288 ($426 Stainless)
44" - 72"
150 - 250lbs.
$288 steel ($426 Stainless)

*Note: Although the wood stops that come with the gates are designed to act as Stops and prevent the horizontal latch bar from serving this role, it is important to screw the
wood stops to the post or jambs in lieu of finish nails that will loosen over time and our Stop will then default to the latch bar, which will eventually break over repeated slamming.



Lockey TB175--$75

For our gates that are only 1-1/2" thickness


pool gate hydraulic closer

Prowell gate #4 with Lockey Hydraulic closer.

pool gate hydraulic closer


*Download the PDF Install Guide

* Download Lockey videos on Installing TB175



* Download the PDF Install Guide

*Download Lockey videos on Installing TB200, 400, and 600


  • Lockey Hydraulic Gate Closer TB175 fits most flush gate and frame arrangements
    where the gate weight is up to 125 lbs and width is no more than 54 inches. Both the
    travel and latching speeds are fully adjustable, ensuring gates close in a controlled manner.
    These closers are particularly suited to garden gates, picket gates, barrier gates and
    lightweight doors (NON FIRE RATED).
  • No special skills are required to install the gate closes, as detailed step-by-step instructions
    are included. In performance tests, the TB175 has achieved 100,000 cycles. For Use With
    Gates Up To 125 LBS And 54" Wide.
  • Material Steel Color Black Finish Powder coated
  • Max. opening angle 90 degrees
  • Max. gate weight 125 lbs.
  • Max. gate width 54 inches
  • Types of gate material Timber / metal / vinyl
  • Gate closing speed Adjustable Gate latching speed Adjustable

*Note: Because of the 1-3/4" wide mounting plate, this is not for those with utilizing
Prowell's 1-1/2" thick jambs. (See TB400)



  • Lockey Hydraulic Gate Closer TB400, also known as a Pedestrian Gate Closer, does not slam gates shut. It firmly and quietly pushes gates closed, making it ideal for use with Lockey Locks, magnetic locks and other latching devices. The closing speed is pre-set to provide a controlled close of 8 seconds or more*, depending upon the weight of the gate and quality of hinges. With this closer there is no risk of maladjustment or tampering with the speed adjustment after it is fitted. (NON FIRE RATED)
  • Each gate closer includes instructions, mounting brackets and fitting bar. As with most gate closers, it is advisable to install a mechanical stop to restrict the gate opening angle** to avoid damage to the closer.
  • Easy to install. For Use With Gates Up To 175 LBS And 64" Wide.
  • Material Steel Finish Black painted Hinge arrangements
  • In-line and offset Opening angle**
  • Maximum of 110 deg.
  • Gate weight Up to 125 lbs.
  • Gate width Up to 52 inches
  • Types of gate materials Timber or steel
  • Gate closing speed* Hydraulically controlled.

*Note: The mounting plate for the TB200 can be swiveled to mount directly against the
face of a jamb or post.


SureClose is available through Prowell

A high-end, regulated closing speed without the visible hardware bulk of the Lockey Closers above.
Disadvantages: At $600 per gate, not cheap.

The SureClose® ReadyFit Hinges are compact, heavy-duty, hydraulic, hinge-closers designed for commercial, industrial and estate gates. The external mounting brackets allow quick and easy alignment and installation. No need for drilling large holes! Designed for commercial, industrial, custom residential and estate gates, SureClose ReadyFit hinges come in two basic models, with choice or aluminum or steel mounting brackets. All self-closing models feature a final snap action for overcoming electric or coded locks found in many security applications. Also available is a non-self-closing version (for access control and most heavy commercial or residential gates). Hinges can be used in different combinations for a variety of applications. All hinges are sold individually.

*The Sure Close ReadyFit 108SF (operable) and SM (dummy) is an external mount hydraulic closure for gates up to 260 lbs. Will not rust. One plate mounts to the face of the post and the other to the edge of the gate. For most all pedestrian gates, one operable hinge is enough, with a dummy hinge to complete the pair. 1/2" hinge gap.

You need, per gate:
--One operable SureClose hinge "108SF S" (SKU# 74108323T) <>
--One dummy "108 SM S" (SKU# 74001313T) SureClose hinge <>

--One Gate Stop SKU#7403 to prevent the above operable SureClose hinge from opening beyond the 88 degrees

$412.000-- "108SF S" (SKU# 74108323T) Operable
$75.00-- (SKU# 7403) gate Stop to 88-degrees
$204.70-- "108 SM S" (SKU# 74001313T) Dummy

*Gates over 48" width require two opperable SureClose hinges 108SF S. (No dummy hinge required)

Manufacturer's website installation video<>


Brand SureClose®
Product Code 74108323T
Gate Application Pool Gate, Child Safety Gate, Front Gate, Side Gate, Pedestrian Gate, Driveway Gate - Double, Driveway Gate - Single, Pet Gate, Playground Gate, Public/Commercial Gate, Security Gate, Privacy Gate, Safety Gate
Gate Type Self-Closing
Gate Material Aluminium, Steel/Ornamental Iron
Self-Closing Gate Weight Up to 260lbs
Approx Gate Size 1.2m W x 1.8m H (4ft x 6ft)
Gate Frame/Post Shape Square-to-Square
Min Post Size 50mm+ (2")
Ideal Gate Gap 12-35mm (½-1½")
Fixing Method Screw-on or Weld-on
Colour/Finish Black Anodised
Max Opening Angle 88º
Self Closing From 88º




  wood gatesSureClose ReadyFit 108 SF----D&D Technologies  


The SureClose Stop is required. It mounts to the bottom of the post to prevent the 108SF models from being forced open beyond the 88º.



For all square post steel or aluminum gates
Fits a broad range of applications

Heavy-duty construction
Robust, durable and designed to last (500,000 cycles)

Dual Bearing Glide System
Withstands heavy loads

Aluminum versions have 50 micron thick anodizing
High corrosion resistance

Works on left or right-handed, inswing or outswing applications
Versatile design options

Mounting brackets can be powder coated and/or painted

Best warranty in the industry

Rigorous testing programs ensure SureClose if of the highest quality,enablingus to back each model with a 2-year warranty. If you have any problems, D&D will handle them personally.

  A few photo mock-ups showing a visual of the SureClose Hinge
  The wood lags that are supplied with the hinges are insufficient and designed for metal gates. Identical lags, but longer, are available on Amazon:
(Simpson Strong Tie Outdoor Accents Simpson SD10112DBBR50#10 x 1-1/2-inch Hex Head Black Powder-Coat Connector Screw (50-Pack), 1-1/2")
Most gates require only one SureClose Hydraulic closing hinge, shown on the bottom. The upper hinge is identical, but non-hydraulic.
  The cylindrical end of both hinges adjusts the gap between the gate and post. A huge convenience to the installer, who can assume an even gap along the swing/latch edge by simply rotating the adjustment hinge cylinder




If you're considering the security and convenience of an electronic gate access, the vast majority of options are designed for steel gates or front residential entry door, protected by one insulated side and jambs and a roof and likely a porch. Your wood gate is going to breath, fully exposed to the element such that any attempt toward an electronic access that does not result in the 3/8" gap for swing clearance is a gate that Prowell cannot warranty. For a full explanation of this, follow the link below to Electronic Access.
Follow this link to Electronic Access.
Also, follow this link to Pool Code Gates.






Low Tech Pintle style Pivot Hinge
If you want a pivot style hinge without the band strap across the front of the gate, this is one option

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