Over the years there have been some postings regarding the Wayne Dalton
Idrive garage door opener. It is a neat design because it fits right above
the door and manipulates the torque bar so there is no track in the middle
of your garage ceiling.
Many of the comments were negative because of various bugs in the design.
I had Wayne Dalton install one 5 years ago at my parent's townhome and it
has worked well during that time. They look complicated to install, and
Wayne Dalton sells it installed for $400 and for that I would never tackle
Lowes sold it for a while but so many people had problems installing it they
Well I decided it was time to replace the openers for my 3 car garage and I
called up WD. Ended up dealing with the guy who sold me the one 5 years
ago. He told me that it had recently been completely redesigned internally
with over 100 fixes. He also said that 20% seem to have a hiccup from the
factory and he wanted to warn me that production wasn't flawless yet.
In any case they were installed Wednesday. Took the guy around 4 hours
because one had a hiccup. A gear was slightly mispositioned at the factory
and with a call to the factory the guy was able to fix it. In any case all
3 are working perfectly and I have to say are improved in one major way
compared to the 5 year old unit. They move the door closed very quickly
until they get to the last 10 inches and then slow down dramatically and
gently ease it down making sure there isn't anything in the way. I can't
imagine a better opener. The light units and garabe buttons are very well
done but the keypad only has half the number of keys on it so that is a
For the record, these were installed on WD torque master doors with internal
springs. I cannot vouch for the units that install on non-WD external
torque spring systems.
For what its worth, I thought I would let you know that the IDrives look
very good now with a torquemaster spring door.