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Old 07-16-2017, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

I helped the neighbor replace his chain driven opener -- Craftsman brand. Seems kinda poorly engineered. Are worm drive or belt ones better? I'm going to install one at my house.
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:44 AM   #2
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Default Re: Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

The last one I installed was a Chamberlain belt drive opener from Home Depot. It works well and is very quiet..

https://www.chamberlain.com/garage-d...rs/belt-drives
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:53 AM   #3
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I installed a Chamberlain belt drive a few years ago. It's great, very quiet, and has battery back-up for power failures. Highly recommended.
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:59 AM   #4
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Another belt drive user here. My two chamberlain openers are very quiet.
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Old 07-16-2017, 02:46 AM   #5
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Default Re: Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

Belt drive will be the quietest of of the traditional openers.

But if my opener ever dies......I'm going to convert to a LiftMaster 8500 screw jack operner
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:43 AM   #6
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Ive had a Genie worm drive for 16 years not a single issue other then they are a little noisy. Put in a drop ceiling and that helped with noise quite a bit.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:48 AM   #7
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Check out a Somer Garage Door Opener. Very quiet. 12v DC motor runs over a fixed mounted chain. Unique German design, 3/4 HP.

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Old 07-16-2017, 07:26 AM   #8
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Default Re: Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

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I helped the neighbor replace his chain driven opener -- Craftsman brand. Seems kinda poorly engineered. Are worm drive or belt ones better? I'm going to install one at my house.
Craftsman openers are made by Chamberlain/Liftmaster, more or less the best residential openers on the market. Chamberlain/Craftsman are the DIY line, Liftmaster is the Pro install line.

Mine's a 3/4 HP chain drive. It works great. I don't see the need of the extra cost of a belt or worm drive unless the garage door is under living space and noise is an issue.

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Old 07-16-2017, 08:25 AM   #9
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Default Re: Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

I rarely hear my chain drive openers, mabe for a few seconds when I'm opening or closing a door.
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Old 07-16-2017, 09:20 AM   #10
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Default Re: Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

One of my friends has a belt drive that is like ninja silent. I don't know the brand...

I have a chamberlain chain drive. It was kind of noisy but after adjusting the chain and spring tension that quieted it down noticeably.

As for what is the most reliable, I would not know but I bet some internet research might help.
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Old 07-16-2017, 11:05 AM   #11
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Genie worm drive here.

Installed it myself 23 years ago, and it's been utterly reliable for 23 years, but is very noisy.

If this one ever gives up the ghost I'll strongly consider something less noisy.
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Old 07-16-2017, 02:43 PM   #12
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Just went from a worm (hated it, very noisy) to a Liftmaster belt, it's great
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Old 07-16-2017, 03:08 PM   #13
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Default Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

DC motors are much more quite than AC....most of the newer higher end openers have gone to D.C. for this reason, Chamberlain is even offering DC in the contractor series now... ....

Iíve got both chain drive ( contractor series) that are AC and an elite series DC....the difference is night and day....one you hear the opener, the other one you hear the door and itís springs creaking, but almost no Norton noise....
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:28 PM   #14
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Do the guys with worm drive lube em? Moms got a genie that I put up 10 or so years ago. She complained of noise and 5 mins with a can of spray grease it was back to only hearing the door. Spray those springs to to eliminate popping and binding.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:40 PM   #15
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Worm drive run quiet when lubricated. Older Genies were very dependable. Newer have very sensitive circuits that fail easily. Chamberlain have nylon gears inside that should be greased once a year with white lithium on a small brush. Chain or belt same gear. 8500 shaft drive has delicate internals that can shorten service life. Plus spring tension needs to be adjusted to make the door "heavy" to prevent cable jumping off drum. D.C. Motors offer soft start and stop to prevent jerking and battery back up. If your door is balanced correctly a 1/2 HP motor is all you will ever need. Worked on em for many years.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:53 PM   #16
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Default Re: Chain or worm drive garage door opener?

I had my four panel door taken out an replaced with a roll-up door. I gained 24 inched=s of overhead height. The drive for the new door is inside the roll-up section and nearly impossible to hear. It cost about $1750 USD installed plus tax.
The Lift Master belt drive that came out is less than a year old and very quiet.
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Old 07-16-2017, 09:39 PM   #17
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I have a new Craftsman belt drive. It is very quiet. I cannot hear it from my master bedroom located above the garage.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:13 AM   #18
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Belt drive will be the quietest of of the traditional openers.

But if my opener ever dies......I'm going to convert to a LiftMaster 8500 screw jack operner
I'm thinking of going with the LiftMaster in our new house, more overhead room if I decide to get a lift!
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:04 PM   #19
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I had a worm drive that the shaft broke where the two halves mate.
Replacement half was $98 and new chain drive opener was $120.
So now I have a chain drive.
I am happy with it.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:27 PM   #20
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Liftmaster 8500 all the way. Have two of them lifting 14x12 insulated doors with windows. Not one issue.
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