Garage Door Opener for Shop: What Type?


Screw, chain, belt?
Any thoughts, from a maintenance and dust perspective?
Noise isn't a large concern... No living space around the garage. Just the kitchen.
Have a screw drive right now.
Thanks.
Eric
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Well - how has it been working? If it's been performing well, why worry about it?
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We just moved into our first house. Never had an opener to worry about.
It's an older unit without good security on the remotes. No light beam safety. Crush protection doesn't work well...
The short of it... It needs to be replaced.
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In that case you can pretty much go with any opener in my opinion. There's some differences between various ones, but the basic garage door opener works so well for most people, that I can't see a lot of benefit in anything else.
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Look into the Wayne Dalton garage door openers. In particular the idrive wall mount models. They only work on torsion spring type doors. If you have a Wayne Dalton door you can install it your self. If have another brand with the typical torsion spring and rod set up have it installed by a pro. The Wayne Dalton opener totally mounts on the header above the door and captures the torsion spring. It is quiet and saves a lot of room normally wasted by a rail and screw/chain.belt.
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http://www.waynedalton.com/idrive_Torsion.asp

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I have a traditional swing-up door. I really don't see the point in replacing it. It's a steel-frame that uses plywood as facing. When I get around to it, I'm going to make a nice face.
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Local installers almost uniformly recommended against these, being troublesome to adjust and maintain in adjustment.
Since my garage is a shop, I figure the couple times a month I need to open the door, I can lift it by hand.
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Been using two Craftsman chain drives for about 20 years - installed them myself and if they ever break (one of the cables is looking a little frayed. Chain drives are not all chain - they use a steel cable to pull the chain one direction)I'll stop by the sears parts place and replace it myself. Can't beat the service, and repair is a snap, if ever needed.
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Thanks for the thoughts.
Eric
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