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#4611031 - 12/22/17 09:27 AM Garage Door Openers
Smoky14 Offline


Registered: 04/23/03
Posts: 1344
Loc: Nowhere NM
My old craftsman DO finally died and I'm looking for advice on a new unit. Chamberlin and Genie seem to be the logical choices. Does one seem to be better than the other or easier to use etc.
All opinions are welcome and appreciated.

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#4611033 - 12/22/17 09:31 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2899
Loc: Wet side WA
Smoky go green let you wife open it!
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#4611034 - 12/22/17 09:33 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
2010Civic Offline


Registered: 12/06/14
Posts: 363
Loc: Minnesota
I have installed several of the Chamberlin garage door openers. No complaints here. You can get either a chain or belt driven unit from Chamberlin.
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#4611043 - 12/22/17 09:43 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3025
Loc: USA
Craftsman are just rebadged Chamberlain anyway right?

Genie has always seemed more expensive and proprietary but I could be wrong.

Have you thought about going with one of the wall mounted screw drive types?

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#4611045 - 12/22/17 09:45 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
gman2304 Offline


Registered: 08/11/11
Posts: 3087
Loc: n.c.
Wayne Dalton torque drive! No belts chains or pulleys. I've had mine for 15 years and it's quiet as a mouse.

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#4611052 - 12/22/17 09:52 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Reddy45]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1887
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
Craftsman are just rebadged Chamberlain anyway right?

Genie has always seemed more expensive and proprietary but I could be wrong.

Have you thought about going with one of the wall mounted screw drive types?


I second that!! I am looking forward to the day our garage door opener dies! I'll definitely be replacing it with a jackshaft opener. It's a little more expensive, but quieter, and saves a ton of space, you know, for your future garage lift smile

When mine does, something like this is going in: https://www.liftmaster.com/for-homes/garage-door-openers/elite-series/model-8500

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#4611053 - 12/22/17 09:53 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
MasterSolenoid Offline


Registered: 09/26/17
Posts: 173
Loc: One Step Beyond
I bought a LiftMaster Model 8500 in 2014.
I like it a lot.
DOES NOT have Chain, Belt, Screw drive

E-Bay Sellers:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4...00&_sacat=0

YouTube showing Operation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wlssvr9irfQ

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#4611055 - 12/22/17 09:53 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3393
Loc: Alberta, Canada
I installed my own Chamberlain (chain drive) nearly 10 years ago...no issues.
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#4611073 - 12/22/17 10:08 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
Kev994 Offline


Registered: 08/18/16
Posts: 19
Loc: North Carolina
I was really happy with my Chamberlain belt drive. The belt is only important if the garage is attached to the house. Apparently getting extra power makes them last longer.


Edited by Kev994 (12/22/17 10:09 AM)
Edit Reason: Clarification

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#4611074 - 12/22/17 10:08 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
windeye Offline


Registered: 02/26/09
Posts: 203
Loc: NY, USA
I had replaced my many decade old All-O-Matic unit with a Sommer Direct Drive 3/4HP unit a few years ago (Jan 2015). Stationary chain, DC motor glides on chain. Super quiet.
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#4611081 - 12/22/17 10:19 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
WhyMe Offline


Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 548
Loc: Washington for now
whats wrong with the opener? most of the time its just the plastic gear set inside . there is a kit to rebuild them for under $20 .

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#4611084 - 12/22/17 10:20 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: WhyMe]
DBMaster Offline


Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5340
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: WhyMe
whats wrong with the opener? most of the time its just the plastic gear set inside . there is a kit to rebuild them for under $20 .


There sure is. Not the easiest thing in the world to install. I did it once for a friend and the job was successful. I'm not sure I want to do it again, though.

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#4611147 - 12/22/17 11:19 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4501
Loc: The Midwest
I had the faster Genies installed at the house my wife and I recently had built. They aren't available at brick & morters. Much faster than your typical door opener. Worth the money.
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#4611188 - 12/22/17 11:56 AM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
ras1500 Offline


Registered: 07/30/07
Posts: 2
Loc: Queen Creek, AZ
I've had a variety of issues with Genies. The screw drive carriage wore out on one. A circuit board died on another. I've had no issues with Liftmasters.

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#4611208 - 12/22/17 12:12 PM Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 30012
Loc: NY
I replaced mine with a belt driven Genie and I'm very happy with it. I had to buy the kit for an 8' high door, no big deal. The installation was easy and getting it dialed in was no big deal either.
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