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Garage Door Openers #4611031
12/22/17 10:27 AM
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Nowhere NM
Smoky14 Offline OP
Smoky14  Offline OP

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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.

Smoky


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Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611033
12/22/17 10:31 AM
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Wet side WA
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Smoky go green let you wife open it!


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Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611034
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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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Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611043
12/22/17 10:43 AM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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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?

Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611045
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Wayne Dalton torque drive! No belts chains or pulleys. I've had mine for 15 years and it's quiet as a mouse.

Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Reddy45] #4611052
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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

Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611053
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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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Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611055
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I installed my own Chamberlain (chain drive) nearly 10 years ago...no issues.


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Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611073
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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.

Last edited by Kev994; 12/22/17 11:09 AM. Reason: Clarification
Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611074
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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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Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611081
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Washington for now
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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 .

Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: WhyMe] #4611084
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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.

Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611147
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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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Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611188
12/22/17 12:56 PM
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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.

Re: Garage Door Openers [Re: Smoky14] #4611208
12/22/17 01:12 PM
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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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