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Old 10-09-2007, 02:14 PM   #1
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After 22 years, the opener bit the bullet. I've been able to repair it over the last several years and the replacement parts don't come cheap. This time though the Sears 1/2 hp opener finally broke where the metal shaft has the sprocket on it. I'm not even going to bother checking a price since last time I called for a price on a plastic washer for the Sears dishwasher, they wanted &20.00 for one. Looks like I'm going to have to check for a good Sears sale. When you've lived with a garage door opener for this long, you can't go without one now.

Anyone recomend a good one?
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:26 PM   #2
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One thing I know you'll follow is the overkill aspect. Odd that you had a 1/2hp on that big door.
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I'm not sure I'm catching the compliment that you have intended for my thread Mr. Boosty Sir!

22 years ago, Sears basically had 2 different hp ratings, 1/3 and 1/2. Since I had one of the smaller double doors, I figured that the 1/3 hp was meant for the single doors. Now in searching Sears.ca, they have added the 3/4 hp with their best model at a whooooping $399.95. I don' t think I can neither afford nor need the 3/4 hp so I figured I will go with the 1/2 since this one lasted over 22 years. Also keep in mind that the motor didn' t go, it was the shaft that ended up going and in my opinion, that was only because the chain was in severe need of adjustment and I didn't get or notice it in time.
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Frank...I've noticed you tend to buy the bigger/nicer model in most things. I may have overestimated the need on the opener. (Don't they make at least 1hp?)
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If you do a little research, you'll find that all garage door openers are made by, like, two manufacturers then sold under different labels. When mine went kaput a few years ago I checked 'em all out. Finally wound up with a model from Sears. I went with the one that uses a jack-screw instead of a chain or a band. Chains are noisey and my last one had a band that would strip after a while. I've been quite happy with this one.
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Are you saying that Frank would have a 24 hp 60" deck lawnmower to cut a 34" x 6' strip of grass?
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Ok easy everyone, this isn't bash Frank day.


Boosty, Sears only make up to a 3/4 hp model and their openers are made by Chamberlain. Their boards and motors have their name on them. I believe Chamberlain are good openers and are sold through HD and Costco. I like the Sears ones only because they seem to have the best sale prices at the momemt.

Oh and for those that didn't know already, I've been told that I'm a bit frugal, but in my opinion, I like to get the best value for my money that I don't have.
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i dont alot, but i know that belt and screw driven openers are alot quieter
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The openers in my garage are from Sears and they appear to have been installed when the house was build 15 years ago. I agree on the durability.

(Who was bashing you Frankielongname?)
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There were some subtle hints here and there. I was starting to get that feeling, ya know.
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