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post #1 of 8 Old Apr 10th, 2006, 3:55 pm Thread Starter
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Garage Doors Opener

Hi All,
It's time to replace the garage doors at my home and I would like to replace the motor opener too. It's an old Sears there, and I was wondering what brand names are you guys happy to.
Also, I was wondering if there is any garage doors available who do not need the long arm with chain or belt.
My garage has a bean right in the middle going from one side to the other (yep. bad engenering) and the actual opener needs that long arm going under the beam. I would like to know if exist any motor I can put on the front, ritght on top of the door, working direclty to the spring door.
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post #2 of 8 Old Apr 10th, 2006, 4:03 pm
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Hi All,
It's time to replace the garage doors at my home and I would like to replace the motor opener too. It's an old Sears there, and I was wondering what brand names are you guys happy to.
Also, I was wondering if there is any garage doors available who do not need the long arm with chain or belt.
My garage has a bean right in the middle going from one side to the other (yep. bad engenering) and the actual opener needs that long arm going under the beam. I would like to know if exist any motor I can put on the front, ritght on top of the door, working direclty to the spring door.
Thank you
Darn it, Elton - I've got CRS again, butt I do remember that my neighbor, who is building his house, mentioned that his new garage door opener is gonna be just what you described. The motor and system installs right at the spring/bar location and does away with the chain and/or screw drive systems. I just cannot remember who the manufacturer is. Can't believe Genie or Sears would let somebody one-up 'em, so you might give those stores a call and see what they say. I think it might be a leetle more expensive than the older model openers - at least I didn't think about getting one after he told me the price. Good luck, Elton.
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Try this link to Wayne Dalton...http://www.wayne-dalton.com/DirectDrive.asps
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Thank you guys... you got it:

Looks like Wayne Dalton is the way to go.
At their web site looks like a great/perfect solution.
It's very expensive ($300)...
Any one here had experience with those openers? Are they reliable?

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Wayne Dalton is top quality. Back when I was in residential building, we used them all the time on our upper end units.... Great service and could possibly be a dealer in your area...
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Elton, I have the Wayne Dalton iDrive system in my garage and I love it. I had the entire door installed when the opener went in so I don't know about fitting it to an existing door. No floor sensors to mess with and not having the opener in the middle of the garage is a big plus. (Don't know where you'll hang your bungy cords though!) No more banging into that opener anymore and no more carpet hanging on it as a reminder. Really cleans up the look of the garage as well. There were some problems with the reliability of the early models - something about the drive not being strong enough - that that is supposedly solved now. (Now why does that sound sooo familiar?) I have had mine for over a year and no problems so far. Great show off item as well. I dragged several neighbors over who thought I was crazy showing it off, but once they saw it they thought it was really cool!
Although pricey, my recommendation is to have it installed by someone who will warrenty their work. Most likely the unit will not be the problem but the installation, door balance, and general setup. Just my opinion.

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I bought my doors and openers from a commercial door dealer in Columbus. He both services and installs doors (although I installed my own).
He talked me out of those types of openers for residential doors. He claims he has over a 50% failure rate during the warranty period as opposed to Genie's screw drive system with less than 3%.
Your call, but I chose the screw drive. Of course I do not have your obstruction to overcome.

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I bought my doors and openers from a commercial door dealer in Columbus. He both services and installs doors (although I installed my own).
He talked me out of those types of openers for residential doors. He claims he has over a 50% failure rate during the warranty period as opposed to Genie's screw drive system with less than 3%.
Your call, but I chose the screw drive. Of course I do not have your obstruction to overcome.

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An acquaintance of mine (installs garage doors and openers fulltime, self-employed; this is all he does) quit installing the Wayne Dalton iDrive (if that is what it's called). Reliability issues, etc. If those have been worked out, great.

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