Opener with Battery Back-up for Small Garage

juliet3October 31, 2010

I would like to buy a belt-drive garage door opener with battery back-up in case of outages. My current opener needs to be mechanically operated during an outage, and it has been a PITA. However, my garage is a small 1-car size, and I really don't need more than 1/2 hp. Am I correct that in order to get the battery back-up style, I need to buy (and pay up for) a 3/4 hp opener? Those styles also come with bells and whistles I don't need (or want to pay for) like motion detector light, 200W light (100W is enough), and fancy control panel. So does anyone know of a garage opener with battery backup that doesn't have all the extra features? Thank you.

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don_1_2006

The opener with a battery backup is the top of the line model regardless of brand name and all those bells and whistles come with it. You must have a lot of power outages to consider this for a one car garage. You will more than likely be replacing the battery every 4 or 5 years and that is with good luck and battery prices have gone through the ceiling.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2010 at 4:48PM
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juliet3

OK, what you said makes sense. So it sounds like I should just look for a good quality 1/2 hp belt-driven opener, and not worry about the battery back-up.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2010 at 5:55PM
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don_1_2006

That is what I would do. If noise isn't a problem I would even go with the chain drive. It should lift a one car garage door for a long time with no problems.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 9:33AM
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juliet3

Noise is a concern, so I am narrowing my choices down to belt-driven only. It looks like the Liftmaster 3280 1/2 hp gets good reviews. I understand I could buy the Chamberlain similar model as a DIY installation. However, I am going to hire someone to install. Does anyone know what it would cost, ballpark, for the installation of the 3280 including the cost of the opener itself? All the electrical connections are there, so I won't need electrical work.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 10:16AM
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juliet3

Following up my previous posts, I just got a quote from a reputable installer for $425 to provide and install the Liftmaster 3280. They specified that the price includes a 1-piece operator rail for a 7' high door, new safety sensors, wall control, 2nd remote and a keypad. Does this price sound average?

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 7:29PM
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don_1_2006

I think that is very high. I just looked and Sears sells the Chamberlain 1/2 horse belt drive with the same accessories for $199.00. That doesn't include installation. Chamberlain is the company that makes Liftmaster. At that price they are charging $250.00 for installation. Too much.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2010 at 9:46AM
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