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Old 04-13-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Default Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

My wife is bugging the crap out of me to put in a garage door opener for her. I keep telling her the current model I have is much cheaper (her arms).

From everyone I have talked to, I think I want to go with either a belt or chain drive. The noise either way will not bother me, this is a seperate garage / pole building.

Looking for anyone elses thoughts on this.

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Old 04-13-2007, 07:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

Get a belt. A little more than a chain/screw, but worth it in quietness.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

I have an older Craftsman chain drive on one side and a two-year old Craftsman shaft drive on the other. This is in a basement garage and neither is significantly louder or quieter than the other, and both are very reasonably quiet to my ear. They both go up and down at the same speed, but I will eventually replace the older one with another shaft drive model when the time comes. The shaft drive just seems a lot more "precise" for lack of a better term.
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Old 04-14-2007, 12:16 AM   #4
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

I have a screw drive and it is noisy but will never break and fall on the roof of my car. The belt units will someday stretch the belt and need to be replaced while the chain drive will somday break (only if not lubricated) and will fall on the roof of your car and give you a greasy scratch (happened twice to me). Also, if you tighten the chain too much in an attempt to take up the slack you will prematurely wear out the trolley assembly too. I-drive units are quiet and really fast but a pain to set up (I have a WD i-drive too). Finally, any shaft drive unit will easily cost more than two belt units and is only needed if you need the headroom for a lift. Really, the best of all evils is a quiet belt drive with a battery backup unit. Just look for a Sears Craftsman Days sale and you can get one for a decent price. Good luck!
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:22 AM   #5
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

I have the screw drive unit, hate it, my next one will be a belt drive. I find the screw drive to be very loud. I have to lube it to quiet it down but it only last a short time and drops a gob of grease on the floor which I have tracked into the house twice now.
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:31 AM   #6
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

We have used the beltdrive units for 10 years or so and have never had one break. Liftmaster has a Lifetime warranty on the belt as well. It is made of kevlar and reinforced with steel belts similar to a car. The beltdrive requires zero maintenance will not stretch and never need tightening.

I personally do not like screwdrives as said before they require lubrication and often times in the winter they stall and will not go up or down until the force settings are adjusted.

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Old 04-14-2007, 12:20 PM   #7
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

I was looking at this one from Sears. They have one with a battery backup for a bit less, but, I was told it was a discontinued item. Item number on this one is 53914.

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Old 04-14-2007, 01:15 PM   #8
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

It looks like a Liftmaster unit to me based on the controls. Liftmaster is the brand that I have and I like it very much. I have never had any problems with the brand, so that alone makes it a good unit in my opinion. Mine are all chain drive units. Not the quietest, but overall, the noise upon opening or closing isn't that great that it is a annoyance.
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Old 04-14-2007, 03:52 PM   #9
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

Before it broke I had a chain drive, I never cared for it and will replace it with a screw drive opener.
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:30 PM   #10
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

At my previous house, I had a Sears belt drive, which I believe was manufactured by Chamberlain. In the 5 years I had it, it worked perfectly. Belt drives are generally smoother and quieter then chains or screws.

Btw, now I have a WD iDrive and it's the best system I've ever had.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:19 PM   #11
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

I like the screw drives, had one on a 16' door for ever worked great. It was a little slow when it got real cold outside. I never cared for the chains hanging down myself.
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:56 PM   #12
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

I have two LiftMaster garage door openers. A belt drive and their Model 3800 Jackshaft opener. While the belt drive model is super quiet...the jackshaft opener is unbelievably quiet. I know it is not that much of a concern in your instance since you garage is detached, but in my case, my master bedroom is right over my garage...I can hardly hear the openers now.
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Old 04-15-2007, 10:26 PM   #13
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

While we are on the subject, is there any advantage to chain drives? Cost?
I have a screw drive (was here when we moved in). It is super-reliable, just kind of noisy and won't win any races.
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Old 04-19-2007, 02:47 PM   #14
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Get a LiftMaster they have been known for there quiet whisper drive openers.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:28 PM   #15
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Default Re: Belt Drive vs. Chain Drive vs. Screw Drive

I have a extremely noisy opener made by Linear. I can't say the chain is the problem but the opener. I have never heard a motor this loud!

All of my neighbors have the same one and I can when they use them!
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