Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 19
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Beeeeeee Good kit, bad for retofit...
The drive has a small foot print and some very "smart" features but it does suffer from "marketing" in that it must be installed as a whole kit. I was hoping to reuse the rail and sensors (even thought the kit comes with them) but found that the bolt holes in the rail would not match up and sensors would not work with new system. New rail and drive and sensors and everything is now good. I wish that home depot would sell in store a pro kit with a solid single rail kit rather than the multiple nesting square channel provide in this kit for the rail. I was in a pinch for time but would have much rather preferred a single solid rail system from home depot local store.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Fred Great value for the price!
Good clear instructions, easy to install, easy to adjust (VERY smart control unit electronics!), silent operation, great obstruction safety system that doesn't require fine-tuning: this basic unit is EXCELLENT if that's all you want/need. Additional in-car openers (comes with 1) equally as simple to program. I'm impressed!!!
September 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Handyman Works well, Instructions could be clearer
The instructions could be clearer as to which buttons to press during programming.
Otherwise worked fine.
October 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HonestAbe Unbelievable
After reading other reviews here, I was was skeptical about this unit.
It far surpasses my expectations. It's small, quiet and powerful. I must admit I don't like reading instructions but they were very helpful.
I was replacing a 20 yr old unit on a wooden door...actually all three in my garage. The 1st one took about 5 hrs and I was sort of starting from scratch.
The next 2 took 2 hrs a piece because a lot of the studying had been done on the 1st one.
I say its powerful only because on the 1st one I forgot to unlock the door before trying to lift it and I'm probably lucky it stopped pulling before breaking the door in two. When I tried to then close it, the track bowed quite a bit before it stopped but no damage. In normal operation it would stop before reaching any of that kind of pressure.
Its how quiet it is that is so surprising...and it's rated loud by Chamberlain. Really? I don't even here the chain, noting but the purr of the motor. I love all 3 of them. GREAT! product for the money. See attached video demo. Ease of install 1 easy 5 difficult, I'd give it a 3-5 depending on the issues you run in to along the way.
Note: the 1st problem I ran into was assembling the pipes, Just make sure the tab is up at the door end as instructed after its bolted to the motor. The "Index" lines are ambiguous, if you get it wrong the 2 bolt holes won't line up on the motor housing end, no worries just pound apart the last section and flip it over to fix.
November 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by DIYer Priced right and quiet, but there are gotchas
1) it includes smart electronics that gently open and close the door near its limits so it doesn't slam open and shut.
2) Quiet operation
3) Clear installation instructions.
1) Needs to be programmed before use and after power outage to door opening and closing stops.
2) Comes with one remote that takes a watch type Li-on battery. A second remote is $34 at HD
3) Biggest problem so far is this model REQUIRES you to use the switch that came with the unit. It's not just a simple doorbell switch. There is some chip, resistor, or special switch type (eg reed or hall effect or something else) in the switch. No, their customer support won't send you information about nor tell you what the "secret sauce" of what the switch is so you can buy one from a 3rd party or build one, nor will they tell you what you need to do to allow a regular (dry contact) switch to work. What if I wanted a switch near the main door and another near the house door? What if I break the swtich? They charge $25 for another switch which looks to be a $2 part.. Too, perhaps fine for today, what about in 5 years after they've been bought by someone else? Worst is, it seems a gimmick in that I can't think of any reason to have "security" like this special switch on a interior wired switch. Locked from a remote you say? Just disable the switch... the regular simple switch please.
December 4, 2014