My craftsman gar door opener is about 10 years old and after a couple of
repairs it is making a really bad noise. I have decided to retire it and
need to decide between, chain, screw & belt drive as well as if I should
continue with Craftsman. I thought that staying with craftsman would make
it a fairly easy exchange and all of my remote controls would work, they
would just have to be reprogrammed.
Any thoughts / advice out there?
All the new garage openers today use that "rolling code" technology. 10 yr.
old one probably didn't. If yours uses the dip switches that you set the
code with...you're out of luck.
Go with screw or belt drive. Chain is cheap, but noisy and higher
I have a 6 year old Genie screw drive and hate the loud noise. Have to
lubricate it with the expensive Genie lubricant every 2 months to keep the
racket down to a tolerable level. My last house had a chain drive and by
comparison, it made much less noise.
I don't see how? When door is down, iDrive arm blocks door from going up.
( I was woundering why it has to have that arm... )
It is very fast, much faster than fastdrive, fast screw etc. I like it much
than 2002 craftsman space looking chain drive I had.
My only complaint is flimzy remote, made in china. But then again if your
has homelink remote you don't really need it.
I would go for the belt drive. I would also stay away from Sears GD
openners. I have 2 that are 4 years old and one has been a problem
for openning the door. But the most frustarting thing is getting the
door to open with the new miniature remotes that they now use. I must
take the remote and wave it in every direction to get the door to open
and thats when I'm 2 feet away from the door. They use flat batteries
that are very expensive and wear out fast.
I have promised myself NEVER to buy another Craftsman product again.
You will get much better quality elsewhere and wihtout having to pay
more. Sears always boosts thier prices and then have sales at 40% or
50%. To say that 5 years ago I almost bought a Sears lawn tractor, I
ended up getting a John Deere. Knowing today, I would have kicked
myself to death.
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