|Item Weight||39.8 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||42.6 x 10.2 x 7 inches|
|Item model number||1042V003|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Sommer Direct Drive Opener 3/4hp #1 Selling Garage Door Opener
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- Incl. rail for 7 ft. - 8 ft. door height/full installation kit included/Rolling Code Frequency
- For door up to 550 lbs. - spring balanced
- Includes two 2- button transmitters/wall bush button
- Includes high quality photo eyes
- HomeLink compatible/Sommer USA customer service available
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The Direct Drive garage door opener is the only one of its kind which offers Europe's leading innovative technology. Unlike conventional garage door opener that use a noisy chain, belt or screw the Direct Drive has only one moving part. The motor glides silently along the chain which is embedded in a sturdy steel rail. Extremely quiet garage door opener with virtually no vibrations. Perfect for homes with living spaces above the garage. Very smooth operation with soft start and stop technology. Because the motor is located at the door instead of the back of the opener it maximizes the power.
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When my 10 year old Craftsman chain drive opener on the main garage door quit working past the point of my ability or at least willingness to repair it again, I set off on a search of designs, service life and reviews of what is available today.
Until I came across the Sommer design my preference was screw drive openers. I still curse the day I sold my old house and didn't take the 25+ year old Genie screw drive opener without safety features with me.
The first realization is this; there's really only 4 "main" manufactures of garage door hardware and designs in the US; Genie, Liftmaster, Chamberlain and Wayne Dalton. To make it worse they even use each others parts, so what is one is often times found in another manufactures model, not just by similar design, but by actual part number.
I focused on screw type drives as my primary choice but what I found simply alarmed me. The nut that actually rides the screw and performs the lifting of the door in most mid grade to high end units was not brass but nylon. This all but guarantees replacement parts and or service calls. I looked at belt drives and direct drives too. The main detractor to all of them were numbers of recently posted reviews of what only looks like quality problems and the same old design with cheaper and cheaper parts.
As the research went on and on I came across Sommer. I like seeing designs and engineering that are neat, simple and serviceable. I downloaded installation and owners manual looked the illustrated parts breakdown and watch their video more times than I'll admit here. There is literally one moving part. It requires no, zero, nada greasing.
The remotes, those are a little weird if you're used to the old type that clip on your visor but I think I can over come that challenge. Installation assumes you can at least change your own oil and you are not mechanically challenged. There is room for interpretation; lets put it that way.
This is one of those things you put in your house that you want to show to your neighbors and friends, not that you installed it but the operation is so quiet and how well it operates. It's a real man cave item and worth discussing over a beer, worth my time to review it and I'm buying another for the back garage that doesn't even need a replacement yet.
I didn't realize this review was still getting comments and "likes". Thought I'd provide an update.
2 years and this door opener is as quiet as the day I first put it in. I've not had to adjust it and I've not had one single problem.
The door still stops when it closes to the exact same position on the wall I marked with a "sharpy" 2 years ago when I was adjusting where is should stop at.
So when the garage door on my back garage finally failed this spring, I had a nice shinny new door hung by an installer and bought another Sommer door opener like the one I have on the main garage.
I really did purchase another Sommer garage door opener for my second garage in April of 2013. Now owning 2 of these units, they are without a doubt 2 of better purchases I have made for my home. I have one opener on a Clopay 2 car uninsulated steel door and the original opener on a Clopay 2 car insulated steel door. They have been literally put them up and forget about it.
They just work.
I know...it's just a garage door opener....really there's that much to say about a mundane item that opens your garage door winter, spring summer and fall???
Really it is that reliable and when the little bride is happy.....everyone's happy.
The Chamberlain tech said that if the door were balanced, it should remain stationary at any level if disconnected from the opener. This is not the definition of "balanced" in any manual that I have looked at. In any case, I explained to him that the garage door opener would automatically stop or reverse even when not connected to the door. He said that there was no point in repairing the Chamberlain opener until the garage door was working properly. End of conversation.
After having several conversations with Chamberlain tech support, I realized that I was not going to get any help, so decided to replace it with a new one. I almost bought another Chamberlain because I have had several, but after doing an internet search on reviews, I purchased a Sommer opener in the same price range. It is far superior to the Chamberlain products and I guess Chamberlain tech support did me a favor in getting me to buy it. It works amazingly well. I highly recommend it. I had some questions for Sommer technical assistance and I always spoke to the same guy (not from India) and he was very helpful.
Continues to work exceptionally well with no problems whatsoever. My wife and I often comment that it is a great opener and well worth the money. I would never buy another brand.