I need a garage door opener that doesn't suck

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sonoran, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

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    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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  2. HAYVIATOR

    HAYVIATOR Don't be me dude.

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    Chamberlain. I think Home Depot may stock them.
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  3. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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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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  4. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

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    What's the issue with the Chamberlin belt drive?
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  5. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    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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  6. t6pilot

    t6pilot Been here awhile

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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
    Good luck
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  7. JimNtexas

    JimNtexas Been here awhile

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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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  8. Bullwinkle58

    Bullwinkle58 Adventurer

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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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  9. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Don't get a Chamberlain....because they DO suck!!!
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  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Liftmaster is made by Chamberlain, right?

    Premium line or something? :ear
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  11. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

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  12. AppFan

    AppFan Been here awhile

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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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  13. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

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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. :csm
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  14. PoundSand

    PoundSand Long timer

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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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  15. Bump Stop

    Bump Stop 2 Wheeled Drifter

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    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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  16. Zoolion

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    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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  17. Gerg

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  18. bergermeister

    bergermeister housin'

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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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  19. sonoran

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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. :thumb
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  20. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    Any suggestions for a jackshaft model?
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