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Shallow mount wedge barriers are among the most versatile physical security products on the market because of their compact footprint and robust design. They provide maximum security for high-threat locations—especially those with potential high-speed impact conditions, limited response times and minimal property setbacks. Having successfully completed US Department of State durability cycle testing, the XT-1000 Shallow Mount Wedge Barrier’s rugged construction and robust operating system make it ideal for guarding entrances in the most demanding environments.


Design Features

The XT-1000 is comprised of a high-quality, structural steel frame and plate that, when raised, creates a wedge-shaped barricade to seal off roadways and prevent vehicle access. The wedge design is very popular because it effectively transfers high impact loads into a relatively compact foundation. The XT-1000 requires a 20-inch excavation depth and is flush mounted with the road surface. A custom-engineered hydraulic power unit (HPU) housed in an above-ground control enclosure activates the barricade, lifting the plate in 4 seconds for normal operation and 1.5 seconds in Emergency Fast Operation (EFO) mode.

This shallow mount barrier is available with numerous equipment options for managing operation including control consoles, traffic equipment, safety loops and environmental controls. Because all of the equipment is near ground level, this barrier is easy to maintain. The XT-1000 is ideal for the following conditions:

  • High-speed impacts – where the roadway layout allows vehicles to reach higher speeds
  • Minimal setbacks – where critical assets or equipment are located close to entrances (such as in urban areas) and a high level of security is required regardless of potential vehicle speed
  • Fast deployment – where the barrier needs to be deployed quickly because it is located close to the guard booth and reaction time is therefore minimal
  • High traffic – used as a final denial, this barrier can be used in tandem with standard traffic arms to process a high number of vehicles faster than other barrier types
  • Site restrictions – where flush mounting with the roadway surface is required for snow plowing or where buttresses and posts used in other barrier designs would prevent access for wide vehicles
  • Bicycle/motorcycle access – where preventing access by two-wheeled vehicles is desired
  • Excavation limits – where underground utilities, high water tables or other site conditions limit excavation depth
  • Space restrictions – where there is not enough room for beam-style barrier buttresses and foundations


The Ross XT-1000 Shallow Mount Wedge Barrier provides DOS K12 crash certified security for high-threat and demanding environments. With its minimal foundation requirements, Emergency Fast Operation (EFO) and continuous-duty rating, this barrier is ideal for a broad range of high-security facilities such as embassies, military bases, nuclear power plants, refineries and airports.

Ross Technology has manufactured thousands of high-quality, durable vehicle barrier systems. Among our customers are some of the largest government agencies, general contractors, integrators and corporations in the world. You can find our products serving in a multitude of industries including:

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Technical Data

The XT-1000 K12 Shallow Mount Wedge Barrier is a robust product built to withstand an initial violent impact and continue to operate. A 5/8-inch thick steel attack plate and massive chains provide a strong visual deterrent, yet Emergency Fast Operation can be achieved in as little as 1.5 seconds. The XT-1000 comes standard with an AC-based operating system and hydraulic accumulator for supplemental backup operation of three cycles. A proprietary DC-based system with UPS backup capable of providing approximately 160 cycles of operation during a power outage is available as an option.

In addition to its high-strength structural design, the XT-1000 also features many components that provide years of long-term, reliable operation. The heavy-duty hydraulic power unit utilizes a 5 HP AC motor and the Parker cylinders feature double-lip wiper seals, heavy-duty packing glands, oversized ports and internal limit switches capable of handling 150 cycles per hour of continuous operation. Oversized drain holes with debris guards prevent water buildup. And a standard hot-dip galvanized finish prevents corrosion. Maintenance is simple, thanks to easy-to-remove panels that offer quick access to hydraulic components without having to raise the barrier plate.

As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company Ross is committed to making products of the highest quality. And as part of our pledge to quality assurance, we put every piece of equipment under extensive Factory Acceptance Testing prior to shipping. This testing process involves assembling, running and labeling all components including wiring harnesses, hydraulics and controls. This helps ensure simple and efficient installation in the field. We encourage all of our customers to attend this testing for training and final systems verification.

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