Garage door operator

bobismyuncleFebruary 11, 2009

Trying to close the garage door the other day and I hear this grinding noise. The old operator bit the dust and stripped out one of the drive gears. Since I was thinking about a new door anyway, looks like I'll have to bite the bullet.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of screw drive, chain drive and belt drive operators?

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These are my experiences and opinions only, I've had them all......they all open and close the doors......chain drive noisier, needs maintenence (oiling of chain)....screw drive quieter than chain drive, needs maintenece (oiling screw drive)......Belt drive very quiet, needs no maintenece.....prices rise in the same order as current drive is a belt drive and I love it and feel I should have done it from the get-go....This model starts slow and then speeds up until the door is almost completely open and then slows down again....same sequence when closing.....very quiet and less abuse on the door hardware. Keep checking your post...Don 1 is very knowledgeable in this area and if you're lucky, he'll see it and comment.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 1:42PM
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I agree with maryland irisman totally and the only thing I would add is if you are even the least bit handy do the install yourself. The owners manual is set up for the DIY installer and you will learn what all those controls are for. Just take one step at a time. Then file the manual so you can find it when you need it.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 5:09PM
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