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Old 09-28-2011, 08:42 AM   #1
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I am trying to get a recommendation on a good quality garage door opener. I would prefer one with METAL gears instead of plastic/nylon junk.

Does such a thing exist in today's disposable world?

I currently have a 1/2 hp Chamberlain that started making a loud buzzing noise at times then would not work at all then I found out that the gear threads inside were shredded to bits.
It is a chain drive and has plastic gears.

Why can they not make these things out of steel so you don't have to throw the darn thing away just because of a component failure?

I guess I can replace the gears but I would rather try to find a unit that is going to give me years of trouble free operation.

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The gear was shredded, because the door & opener were not properly set up. Replace the gears, and get the door properly balanced on the springs before reattaching back to the fixed opener.

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Yeah, it did seem like the door was harder to lift up since the garage door opener broke.
Looks like my springs loosened up on me somehow.
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It's the springs that lift the weight of the door. They should be adjusted so when you lift the door and let it go, it stays where you left it. It shouldn't drop to the ground or raise up by itself.
After this is done, you attach the garage door opener.
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Think of it like a Pully & Weight. Perfectly balanced, it is easy to lift. Out of balance, it is harder to lift.
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I adjusted them yesterday, seems fine now, just waiting for the new gear set I ordered.
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Go to a bike shop and get the bearing lube in the green tube. It and bike chain lube on the chain is what I use for my opener. Works better than Wd-40, which should never be used, and some of the other lubes.

When I get home from the hospital tomorrow, I will get both product names and post back.

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