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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-08-2005, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Garage Door Opener

I need an opener for the new house, and was looking at these two for my nice, insulated (read:heavy) 2-car 16' door:

Craftsman 3/4 hp Garage Door Opener, Chain Drive $174

Craftsman 1/2 hp Garage Door Opener, Belt Drive $219

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belt is much quieter.

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check out the wayne dalton opener @ Menards (mounts on the header above the door so no ugly track is hanging like the convetional openers (about the same $$ as the belt drive)

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Definitly go belt and when you put up the cross supports that attach to the garage to hold up the unit be sure to put rubber (vibration) isolaters in. They dramatically help quiet the door in the rest of the house.

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check out the wayne dalton opener @ Menards (mounts on the header above the door so no ugly track is hanging like the convetional openers (about the same $$ as the belt drive)
I can't use a screw-type due to clearance issues immediately above the door.

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Garage door openers

My brother-in-law installs garage doors...he said chain drive is still the most durable/reliable. He says LiftMaster is the best (for the home but built to handle Industrial) but any brand chain drive good. Sears is great for parts availability.
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Hmmm....

I was also looking at the Craftsman Belt Drive [53919] and just saw the Liftmaster 2500...



Hmm....I wonder who makes the 53919 for Sears? lol

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Don't buy a Wayne Dalton!!!!

Do a quick Google search on "Wayne Dalton I-drive problem"

You'll be amazed how many issues there are with these units. Great concept on paper...serious reliability issues. I did extensive research on garage door openers and went with the traditional chain drive Liftmaster Pro units and had them installed professionally.
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Yah, there is some serious incest in the garage door opener world. I think the people who make sears make at least 3 brands.
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This is a good topic as I'll need an open in two months once our house is done.

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Here's a link on wiring your garage door opener into your bike's headlight switch. I think I'll do this to my bike someday.
http://home.comcast.net/~clcormier/opener.htm
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Or you can do this too:
https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...=garage+remote

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I think I like YOUR way, with the little button. I hadn't seen that other forum. Thanks!
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I think I like YOUR way, with the little button. I hadn't seen that other forum. Thanks!
it sure is a much easier install. i've done it on my last 2 bikes.

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I also went the easy route. I even used an already existing hole to mount the switch. I just wish I my Craftsman remote had more range so I can roll in Batman style. I can do that now but it takes a little planning and speed control.

In hindsight though, I wish I had done the headlight relay method. It's a cleaner look and only works with key set to ON.

Anyway this is where I mounted my button.
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I bought this one at Sears last night; opted for the lifetime warranty and reliability of the chain drive. I don't care about the noise, so a belt drive wasn't as attractive to me.

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I have purchased 3 chain drive Craftsman garage door openers. I have only had one go bad and that was becuase it was hit by lightning. The remotes on the other hand are a little iffy.
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I bought this one at Sears last night; opted for the lifetime warranty and reliability of the chain drive. I don't care about the noise, so a belt drive wasn't as attractive to me.
Liftmaster makes craftsman. The parts are interchangeable. Good deal.

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Yeah, and Chamberlain makes the LiftMaster. My neighbor was having clearance trouble installing his Genie opener yesterday...

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You guys need to quit being so lazy, installing garage door openers on your bike. Just get a keypad for your garage, much easier and besides it will be pratical for allowing others into your home...

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I bought this one at Sears last night; opted for the lifetime warranty and reliability of the chain drive. I don't care about the noise, so a belt drive wasn't as attractive to me.
I got the belt drive you were considering for $160(shipped) on ebay... matter of fact, i got two of them.. works great!
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