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Old 01-18-2013, 06:30 AM   #16
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+1 on the Liftmasters

I have four of them at my house and warehouse and they all have worked great for over 12 years now. Heavy insulated doors, too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:52 AM   #17
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Marantec. I have them on my shop and they work VERY well and are quiet. Lifting a 9x16 and a 9x9 R12 doors (heavy).
http://www.marantecamerica.com/
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:09 PM   #18
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I have a cheap old craftsman chain drive that continues to chug along.

It crapped out once in the 7 yrs that I've owned it, but it was a simple gear replacement to fix.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #19
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Thanks for the advice all. I went with the Sommer unit and installed it tonight. It's a different design for sure but appears very well made and it runs really quiet.

Lifetime warranty too.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:43 AM   #20
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Any suggestions for a jackshaft model?
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:05 AM   #21
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I replaced a 30-year old Stanley with a Chamberlain chain-drive three years ago. Pretty quiet, operates smoothly. Not a problem one after I got everything set correctly.Mine's an insulated steel single door.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:51 AM   #22
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I put in a Chamberlain whisper drive belt opener last year in my garage when the old sears unit took a shit (sprocket sheared off).

It works fine and has some cool features, but I do agree that belt starts to sqeak/chirp and then it really isn't that quiet anymore. Oh well. It's a garage door, not a sleeping car on a train.

My other opener is a Raynor Pilot chain drive. It's actually similarly quiet to the belt drive unit, plus it doesn't squeak! In short, I reccomend the Raynor.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:25 AM   #23
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+1 on genie screw drive suckage. I've got two of the things and every 3-4 years I have to fix something. Never again!
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