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Old 01-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #1
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I need a garage door opener that doesn't suck

About a year ago I bought a Genie Powerlift screw drive unit. Well, this thing has been nothing but a POS requiring multiple logic board swaps and it still acts as if it's possessed by satan.

So, I'm giving up on Genie.

Anybody have a recommendation for another brand?

I have 8' tall doors so that needs to be accommodated. Compatibility with Homelink and Car2U remotes would be a real plus.

Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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Chamberlain. I think Home Depot may stock them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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I have a Chamberlain "Whisper Drive", it sucks, buddy has the same one and it's junk too.

I should have gone with another chain drive.

Can't do a screw drive here, the grease melts out in the heat and drips on the car.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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What's the issue with the Chamberlin belt drive?
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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What's the issue with the Chamberlin belt drive?

Squeaks, chirps, sounds like the belt is going to break. It was good for about a week. I have a super light door too, it can be raised with one finger.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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Genie customer support has always been good when I needed it
Depends on where you bought it might be worth while to return their
I bought their top of the line last year from Home Depot previous one gave up the ghost after ten years, I considered it a good life span
What ever you buy proper alignment is essential
Chamberlin is also a good brand
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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I bought a Sears belt drive a couple of years ago to replace a ten year old Sears chain drive.

The Sears belt drive is awesome, its whisper quite, the remotes work well, and the remotes and installed control box are well thought out. Recommended.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:00 PM   #8
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Liftmaster. One of our secretaries used to work for a garage door company. She said they had callbacks with every opener except the Liftmasters. She said Genie's were one of the worst. I have a cheap model liftmaster on my house, my dad has good ones on his & my sister has a cheap one on hers. No problems with the openers ever & they're all about 10 yrs old.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:33 PM   #9
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Don't get a Chamberlain....because they DO suck!!!
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:35 PM   #10
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Liftmaster is made by Chamberlain, right?

Premium line or something?
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #11
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Yes and I think the Sears units are made by Chamberlain too,

Found this, looks to have a lot of really positive reviews:

http://www.sommer-usa.com/synoris_55...p/1040v000.htm

Made in Germany, not China.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:29 PM   #12
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I installed a Raynor Aviator in my garage about 10 years ago. It's been lifting a solid wood two car wide door that's about too heavy to lift by hand for all those years without issue.
It also works with the Homelink in our cars. No idea what car2u is.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #13
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Car2U is what Ford decided to use in their newer models instead of Homelink.

Probably saves them $2 per car or something.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:55 PM   #14
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i'm sold on genie. the house i bought last year was built in 1984, and has a ~1986 vintage genie. the carriage for the screw drive was stripped out, but i was able to buy a new carriage ($12). while i was at it, i upgraded to a new wired wall opener (so i could control the light separately, $9) and an outdoor keypad opener ($20).

this was in stark contrast to the ~1995 vintage craftsman vintage opener which had a similar problem, but the carriage cost over $60...
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #15
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Yes and I think the Sears units are made by Chamberlain too,

Found this, looks to have a lot of really positive reviews:

http://www.sommer-usa.com/synoris_55...p/1040v000.htm

Made in Germany, not China.

I installed one of these a couple years ago for a customer and he hasn't had any problems with it. It's a pretty trick setup, and very quiet. I would say it's worth the money
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