Martin v. LiftMaster v. Hormann v. ?

mcderionJune 27, 2012


I'm looking for a quality garage door opener -- it should be quiet, sturdy (e.g, 1-piece rail), and reliable. My impression, from looking around the web, is that the Martin DC3700, LiftMaster 8550 (or 3585), and Hormann SilentDrive 7500 might fit the bill. Does anyone have experience with any (or all) of these? Am I missing something? Any thoughts and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Martin appears to be a company that has Chamberlain and Genie build openers and apply Martin's name to them. Hormann is built in Germany and apparently is pushing hard here in the states. I never heard of them until about 2 weeks ago. I would worry about price and availability of repair parts. Liftmaster is made by Chamberlain who also makes Craftsman for Sears and many other companies. Liftmaster is their commercially installed opener and Chamberlain is more of a do it yourself model. There is not an opener I like more than Liftmaster and Chamberlain is a first class organization. There you go with my opinion.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 5:58PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for the reply ... from my perspective, all information/opinion is worth hearing.

BTW, where did you come across the info about Martin? From speaking with one of their customer service reps, I gathered that they didn't manufacture the openers. He also said (if I remember correctly) that Martin openers were designed by a German company (not Hormann or Sommer) to Martin's specifications ... however, he did seem reluctant to tell me the name of the company.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 6:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I just went to their web site and snooped around. The pics of their openers look like Genie and Liftmaster.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 4:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

It does, doesn't it. But the thing that interests me most about the Martin is their Soft Touch feature, which eliminates the need for the photo eye; and neither of those manufacturers (or any other, from what I've found) have that feature.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 4:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes that is a feature but is only available if you purchase a new garage door. It's a good selling point in that it eliminates those pesky sensors but I wonder why the 2 largest manufacturers don't have it if it is so great.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 6:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 6:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I don't think so. That type of safety was used years ago by some manufacturer but it and they went by the wayside and so did my memory. I actually never saw one but heard of them. It was a rubber piece that ran along the bottom of the door. If the door ran into something it compressed the rubber and closed a switch causing the motor to reverse. This must be the same thing because it is part of the door rather than something that comes with the opener.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 5:12PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Relocate Carriage House on new foundation?
Hi there. My 1985 Victorian home here in Maine also...
Seeking advice on faux wood garage doors
Hello, X-posting in home building forum. I'd like to...
Turning part of garage into storage/man cave/laundry
Some background in my project: 1. I need a study, so...
Snowblower help
I have a M t d model 317e760f118 track driven snow...
Craftsman 3/4 HP Garage Door Opener w/Extension
I just installed a 9.18450 opener with a track extension...
Sponsored Products
One of the Gang Art Print
| Dot & Bo
Holly & Martin Lavrock Black Cocktail Trunk
Safavieh Indoor/ Outdoor St. Martin Natural/ Red Rug (9' x 12')
Martine Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan
$565.00 | Horchow
Isabet 'X' Throw Pillow
$27.99 | zulily
Isabet 'Z' Throw Pillow
$27.99 | zulily
Martin Pepper Mill
| Dot & Bo
Holly & Martin Eamce Black Console Table
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™