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Old 02-27-2012, 03:24 PM
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I'm looking for a garage door opener, would like to keep the bill (after install) at around $300-$400) I will not be installing it but paying someone else.

Should I be looking at belt or chain drive systems?

Is there anything wrong with Sears brand or should I go with some other brand all together?

This will be for a rental property (very good tenant) is there anything I need to protect myself against?( Door comes down and won't go back up automatically and crushes her cat stuff)
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I have bought a few Sears openers. All have been re-branded Chamberlain openers. I have repaired one twice in 20 years, but never needed to replace one. One in my main home's garage is 22+ years old.

Mine are all chain openers. Belts may be quieter, dunno.

Since it's for a tenant, make sure the safety systems are all installed as specified by the manufacturer. Also make sure all the safety stickers are placed where the instructions say to put them. An installer might shortcut this.
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Yes Sears is Chamberlain, They are about as good as they get IMHO. I have installed 1000s over the years in my old side business? Never one problem when they were made in the US, now they are made in Mexico, and the quality has gone down hill, but they are still better than most others out there.
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I've had Sears openers for 28+ years. The 3/4 hp unit is faster, and I think quieter, than the 1/2 hp unit. The safety systems are very robust and reliable, and yarcraft's advice on the stickers is spot-on.
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You've either got to have damn good insurance or you are a dumb shit. Why would you intensionally be installing something that could possibly hurt a tenant???? IMO installing an automatic garaged door opener would be like installing a pool for them.
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Glad all of you have faith in the Sears units....their top of the line 1/2hp model sheared the front of the Misses car off...so the safty features are not something I'd take to the bank!!!!!!
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You've either got to have damn good insurance or you are a dumb shit. Why would you intensionally be installing something that could possibly hurt a tenant???? IMO installing an automatic garaged door opener would be like installing a pool for them.
Yea, one time my tenant burned themselves on the stove I installed too,guess they should do without that dangerous piece of equipment also. Moron.
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You've either got to have damn good insurance or you are a dumb shit. Why would you intensionally be installing something that could possibly hurt a tenant???? IMO installing an automatic garaged door opener would be like installing a pool for them.
It's waterfront property, I'd better drain the Atlantic! Thanks for the warning!!!

And to all the others, just THANKS!
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So what is everyone going to attack me over I want to reduce the possibilities of a law suit because they thinks it's a better idea to install more things to make them liable?
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It's waterfront property, I'd better drain the Atlantic! Thanks for the warning!!!

And to all the others, just THANKS!
There you go talking stupid sh-t again!
And how the heck were any of us to know you were wanting to install a garaged door opener in a 1.5 mil. rental beach front property?
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Well a garage door opener is almost a necessity now a days. Most tenants would laugh at you if you don't have one, or worst yet go to the competition that all have them. As far as the horse power goes, almost every brand I have seen is the same, they underrate the cheaper units on paper, but they are the same motor, also if your garage door is working correctly you do not need a 3/4 HP opener for a normal residential door, the springs do the work.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
There you go talking stupid sh-t again!
And how the heck were any of us to know you were wanting to install a garaged door opener in a 1.5 mil. rental beach front property?
Oh Garett, there you go again jumping overboard. I never said it was beachfront, just waterfront. Never said 1.5 mil, you just draw conclusions. Home value 225K. Lagoon waterfront.
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It's the cops fault!!
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I have a Genie Excellerator life time warrantee and love it, had it stop working after 10 years and they sent me overnight a new board and told me how to fix it, it was a 3 minute plug and play job. Customer service great and would be hard to consider anything else, oh wait a minute I dont have to
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I like the screw drives.
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With your budget between 3 & $400 there is no reason why you can't get into the top of the line Liftmaster.

3850 w/ 3/4hp DC motor and battery backup
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3800 D/C motor Jackshaft model where there is no chain or belt.....this unit mounts on the end of the overhead door spring and therefore is super quite. And you can add the battery back up as well.


http://www.aclickawayremotes.com/bra...index-all.html
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http://www.liftmaster.com/consumerwe...px?modelId=834

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I installed a Liftmaster 3800 RJO, Residential Jackshaft Door Opener, a year and a half ago. It mounts on the front wall of the garage, either just to the left, or right of the top of the door opening, so there is no "track". This provides max overhead clearance, which was important to me.

It also comes with a 1" electric deadbolt, that locks automatically, when the door is down, and is a "soft-start" motor. Very quiet. When the door comes down, as it gets withing a foot of fully closed, the closing speed slows until it is seated. The unit, which I bought on-line, was $300.
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I installed a Liftmaster 3800 RJO, Residential Jackshaft Door Opener, a year and a half ago. It mounts on the front wall of the garage, either just to the left, or right of the top of the door opening, so there is no "track". This provides max overhead clearance, which was important to me.

It also comes with a 1" electric deadbolt, that locks automatically, when the door is down, and is a "soft-start" motor. Very quiet. When the door comes down, as it gets withing a foot of fully closed, the closing speed slows until it is seated. The unit, which I bought on-line, was $300.

Again thanks to all. I'll be able to look into units now with some idea of what is best suited for my needs and checkbook.
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Damn, Garrett, you are seemingly loosing it a bit. A simple garage door question and you call someone a dumb shit? Really?
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I have a Sears and it works just fine. I think you can get one on sale for under $200 and use the other $200 to incresae your liability coverage.
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