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This review is from: Add-A-Motor Chicken Coop Automatic Motor (D20) (Electronics)
This motor is a great concept and it works good for a while, but it can't be relied on. Gears and housing is made out of plastic. It will break over time, especially if you have a heavier door.
There aren't many options out there for automatic door openers, unless you're good at engineering and making your own. If this was made out of metal gears, parts and housing, it would be worth twice the price and I would highly recommend it.
We have ours on a pulley system to take some of the weight off the motor (Our door is a Stanton Trading 12 x 18 x 1/2 cutting board that we purchased here on amazon). It is mounted on sliding drawer tracks. We prefer a heavier door due to raccoon and possum populations that live around here.
We recently had to replace the original D20 (purchased directly from add-a-motor in Feb 2012) due to the plastic reel and housing breaking. DH had replaced reel with a sewing machine bobbin and a screw after about 5 months use due to the plastic reel breaking off, which works fine. We will strap this one down in addition to mounting it, and hopefully make the housing last longer.
Add-a-motor: If you read these reviews, please consider making an all-metal (preferably stainless steel) model. Or at least offer replacement metal gears and parts.
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2014 12:21:07 PM PST
Laura J. Wellstead says:
Thanks so much for the heads-up! Plastic gears are a definite deal-breaker. Might pay $25 for plastic . . . but if I had to replace and dispose of the motor every few years, it just doesn't work for a sustainable set-up.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2014 9:23:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2014 9:23:22 AM PDT
Ours broke also after awhile. I copied and pasted the original review and sent it to my hubby. Maybe he can fix the old one and save us some $.
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