My door contractor is specifying a Chamberlain 2220 screw drive garage door
opener. My last opener was a Chamberlain chain drive and it lasted many
Are there any reasons to prefer one type over the other? Noise is not an
issue. Thanks, Lar
subject to your climate, here in buffalo ny we have a new belt model
and love the difference in noise and safety response of the new opener.
the chain model is incredibly noisy in comparison. ever have any late
night garage door use the neighbors or kids might hear?
This is a little weird as everyone's experience is different from my own. I had
an Accelerator screw type that only lasted a couple of years. It was replaced
by another screw type (Genie) that is unbelievably noisy, even compared to the
very old screw type in the far bay of the garage. When it was installed, I
commented to the guy about the noise and his response was to load the screw up
with some special grease. It didn't help. "Maybe it'll get quieter as it wears
in." Yeah, right.
My dad has pretty old chain type Stanley garage door openers at his house and I
marvel at how quiet they are compared to mine.
My ex complained about how noisy her Stanley garage door opener was - chain
drive. I adjusted the tension, lubed the track and most other moving/turning
and it is now quiet as a lamb. It needs to be relubed every year or so.
Stick to the chain-drive, IMO they're easier for the homeowner to maintain .
I never cared much for the screw-drive units.
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i use pro max chain drives.have 3 16x10 insulated doors. had the
pro max put in by overhead door in louisville .so far after 15 years no
problems.i was goin thru an opener ever 2-3 years,craftsman hd,genie hd
and another hd i cant remember with a screw.. lucas
Hey, thanks to all of you sharing your personal experiences. I have done
other queries and the broad view is that they both work dependably and can
last many, many years. Chain can be noisy as it is prone to loosening up and
getting "jerky" over time. Both need occassional lubrication to stay smooth
running. Since there is no cost advantage to either and since my contractor
of choice (whom I have used before) has recommended screw-drive, I am going
Best regards, Lar
I like the new ones that drive the
"spring bar" directly. These have been
available for commercial doors for many
years, however, I have only seen
them for house garage doors for the past
Craven Morehead wrote:
Thought that I would mention (months later) that I ended up with a chain
drive after all. I was told later that chain will last longer and that a
belt drive door can sometimes be forced open if you pull up on the door hard
enough. Not so with chain. So, I now have a long lasting, secure and jerky
chain drive Chamberlain garage door opener.
Thanks for posting this: I now plan to buy two 1/2 HP Sears Craftsman
chain drive openers Saturday, on sale at $129.99 each ($10 off from
$139.99!). Chamberlain makes the Craftsman openers, and I'm sure
these will do the job as the garage is detached and has a regular
egress door, which means I don't need the fancy keypad stuff. I'll
just be getting the two remotes, the push button, and the actual
opener for each garage door.
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