Before You Buy

There are a few key variables to consider before you buy turnstiles for your upcoming access control project. Below are the important points to consider when planning your turnstile order. It is recommended to call the specialists in the sales department at Hayward Turnstiles for free consultations and expert advice before you purchase any items.

1. How many turnstiles do I need?

The following should be considered when determining the number of turnstiles your project requires:

Size of the entrance: Generally, the size of the entrance in question dictates how many turnstiles are needed. Therefore, the larger the entrance, the more turnstiles will be necessary. Post and rail systems can be used to fill gaps if a continuous line of turnstiles is not desired or necessary for the amount of traffic encountered.

Throughput and peak traffic: It is important to consider throughput and peak traffic at an entrance when determining how many turnstiles are needed for a project (throughput can be defined as the speed at which individuals enter the facility – usually expressed as people per minute). Different turnstile types provide different throughput rates. So, it is also important to consider the model of turnstile selected. Regardless of turnstile model, the more turnstiles in place, the higher the total throughput will be. NOTE: throughput should be calculated at peak traffic times.

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2. What functions should my turnstile have?

The following variables should be considered when choosing how a turnstile should function.

Configuring your turnstile: Turnstiles can be configured to act in a number of different ways. It is crucial to configure your turnstile in conjunction with your specific project needs.

Directionality: Decide whether your turnstiles should rotate in one direction or both. For entrance only or exit only access points, single direction mechanisms are suitable. For access points that have both entry and exit traffic, a bidirectional turnstile mechanism is recommended…

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3. What type of finish and protection should I choose for my turnstile?

When selecting a turnstile, it is important that you understand the types of finishes/materials and how they relate to their intended use.


The environment: The environment where a turnstile will be installed is an important variable that can affect the longevity and functionality of a turnstile. For instance, if a turnstile is installed outside in a coastal area, the increased presence of salt and water can corrode the turnstile if the correct finish is not chosen.

How the unit will be treated: Though turnstiles are tough, how they are treated affects which finish should be chosen. For example, turnstiles in a corporate office will see less wear and tear than turnstiles on a construction site. So, it is vital to consider how a unit will be treated and who will be using it before deciding on a finish…

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Turnstile Buyers Guide Summary:

Hayward Turnstiles strives to be your trusted source of turnstile knowledge. We want to provide you, our customers, with the most information available to assist you with your purchasing decisions. Our product specialists are experienced access control experts and are available to help with your project needs.

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