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OT?Garage door opener

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by esoxhunter, Jan 30, 2010.

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  1. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    I need some of my fellow shooters input on garage door openers. It appears my Liftmaster 1/2 hp opener is history. I would have someone come out and see if it can be fixed; but it would seem a new opener would be a better choice and cheaper, when one figures in labor and a service call. (I can install a new opener myself). This unit is almost 20 years old. It is chain driven. My question is what brand should I consider and most importantly should I go with a screw drive instead of a chain drive? Thanks for the help. (My door is 18 ft.; but is assisted by a torsion spring). Thanks.. Ed
     
  2. GW22

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    20 years is a pretty good run for an opener so if you can install one yourself, now might be a very good time to do it. Get a name-brand, high-power unit and make sure it and the door itself stays adjusted and well lubricated. Belt-drive is even quieter than screw-drive and will not damage your vehicle like a broken chain can.

    -Gary
     
  3. shooterIII

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    I went from chain drive to screw drive. I like the screw drive better, it is smoother and quieter.
     
  4. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    I am looking at a screw drive or a belt drive. Can't really decide. It kind of boils down to a couple of choices regarding a brand. Genie or Chamberlain. Just wondering if anyone has a belt drive and if they are more desirable than a screw drive. I know the belt drive is much quieter; but that is not important to me. Thanks. Ed
     
  5. Barrelbulge(Fl)

    Barrelbulge(Fl) Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    My wife and I bought our daughter a belt drive for her birthday about a yr. and a half ago. She has had no problems, and the thing is so quiet you can hardly hear it open and close. Bulge.
     
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    Started with chain and went with a screw drive to lessen noise. The screw "carrier" over time wore down and had to replace them (2x), when it happened the last time... I went back to chain drive... a little noisier, but have never had to replace a chain or its carrier... and newer chain drives are quieter than old.

    Ask how much to replace either the screw carrier or the belt you may be considering, before you buy...

    regards,

    Jay
     
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