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  • mandan14shooter mandan14shooter Aug 31, 2013 3:55 PM Flag

    A few tips on garage door openers....

    i've had a garage door company for 18 years and took in my Son 9 years ago and formed an LLP. i've never had any employees.
    A good selection for a garage door opener is a Chamberlain/Liftmaster chain or belt drive. They are by far the biggest company. The box store variety has pretty much the same motor head as the professionals use, but has a weaker square tubing, push together rail system. The pro model has the one-piece stronger T-rail system. Both units are very dependable. i've been using their belt drive since the first one (Model 1280) came out about 18 years ago. They all had the up and down force and limit adjustments on the case, which was a much better system, imho. Now the adjustments are made on the circuit board. The belt is a little quieter than the chain drive, but both are very dependable. The half-horse versions are plenty good enough. i would not buy the Chamberlain screw drive unit.

    The Genie is probably the most well know name brand out there. There's millions of their red case screw drive openers out there. They are noisier than the belt drives, but have also been proven very dependable We've been taking out and throwing away their Accelerator models after a very short time. Most of the time the circuit boards are the problem, but even replacing the board hasn't fixed the problem. The only part we carry for a genie screw drive is the black plastic trolley, that can strip out under pressure. A broken torsion spring can be the end of the trolley, if the home owner doesn't recognize the broken spring and keeps trying to open the door. These trolleys are cheap and can easily be replaced in a few minutes by sliding the old one of of the FRONT of the rail and sliding on the new one. Taking the nut off the motor mount bracket and sliding the rail over to the side will allow room to slide the new one on. My cost on the part is about 10 bucks....

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