Openers / Operators

One advantage of purchasing a garage door operator from a licensed garage door contractor is that with your purchase you will get an operator with a solid, one-piece rail system instead of a multipart, piece together rail made to fit in a box on a store shelf. 

If your garage door opener does not have sensors attached and working, then the opener is not compliant with current Federal safety regulations and should be replaced.  All garage door openers manufactured after 1993 utilize “photo-eye” or “beam” style safety sensors.  The safety sensors are located on or near the bottom of the door track (or door frame for one-piece/tilt-up style garage doors). 

Yes, we can install an opener on your tilt-up style, one-piece door.

Garage Door openers / operators are listed below in three categories based on price and features. 

Contractor series $, Premium series $$ and Elite Series $$$. 

Operator horsepower ratings indicate the power available for opening and closing a garage door but that is not the whole story.  Premium series operators are also able to open and close (cycle) a garage door more times per hour without overheating.  The garage door springs (not the opener itself) are intended to lift most of the weight of a garage door.  Generally, a premium grade 1/2 HP operator can operate a well balanced door weighing up to 400 lbs. maximum with the help of properly adjusted springs, but is only intended to cycle only a few times per hour.  Over-use can easily overheat internal components in many garage door openers.

Many garage door operators are still in place and working decades after installation.  Your garage door opener is not the place to try to save money on your project.  The life of your garage door opener depends greatly on how well the door is balanced by spring tension.

HPc* = Horse Power comparable

Contractor Series
Make / Model
Liftmaster LM 1345
1/3 HP Chain Drive
1 light socket mounted toward the front. 
Liftmaster LM 1355
1/2 HP Chain Drive
1 Light socket mounted toward the front. 
Premium Series
Make / Model
LiftMaster LM 8355 replaced model 3280
In Stock Now. I highly recommend this opener for doors weighing less than 400lbs.
1/2 HP Belt Drive.
2 light sockets mounted to the front and rear of the power head.
Quiet, reliable, Energy Efficient and Highly rated.
• MyQ®-enabled, allowing you to monitor and control your garage door opener at any time, from anywhere. (with the purchase and configuration of additional hardware.
• Powerful ½ HP AC motor with belt drive system provides reliable, maintenance free performance year after year.
• Motor Vibration Isolation System delivers smooth, quiet performance.
A perfect choice for homes with a living space above or next to the garage.
• Energy-efficient operation consumes up to 75% less power in standby mode.
• Security+ 2.0™ with rolling code technology keeps you safe ensuring a new code is sent to the garage door opener every time the remote control is used, making it virtually impossible for someone to intercept your code.
• Lifetime motor and belt warranty plus 1 year parts warranty. 
Liftmaster LM 8360 BBU
Premium Series DC ( with Battery Back-Up option)
-800 Newton (approximately 2/3 HP for comparison)
Get in your garage every time, even when the power is out. The Battery Backup System ensures your garage door opener as well as the safety and security features will continue to work.
• Energy-efficient operation consumes up to 75% less power in standby mode.
• Industrial-strength chain drive system provides steady performance and lifting power.
• Lifetime motor warranty. 
Liftmaster LM 3240
1/2 HP Screw Drive 
Elite Series
Make / Model
Liftmaster LM 3595
3/4 HP Chain Drive 
Liftmaster LM 8550 BBU
DC 900 Newton Belt Drive (approximately 3/4HP) with battery Back-Up option.
• Get in your garage every time, even when the power is out.
The Battery Backup System ensures your garage door opener as well as the safety and security features will continue to work.
• Timer-to-Close feature allows the door to automatically close after a pre-programmed number of minutes.
• Energy-efficient operation consumes up to 75% less power in standby mode.
• Powerful DC motor belt drive system is durable, ultra-quiet and maintenance-free.
• Whole-garage lighting with dual-side 100-watt CFL
bulb-compatible design.
• Lifetime motor and belt warranty. 
LiftMaster LM 8500 RJO
LM 8500 RJO (Residential Jackshaft Opener)
Elite Series® Model 8500 Wall Mount Garage Door Opener. Today's garages go far beyond a place to merely park your car. So, no matter if you want the extra storage space up above, have an oversized garage door, or even a cathedral ceiling, the LiftMaster® Elite Series® Model 8500 Wall Mount Garage Door Opener is the perfectly engineered solution to fit your specific garage door opener requirements. It mounts easily on the wall beside the garage door, and comes with a remote 200-watt light that can be positioned anywhere in the garage. The optional Battery Backup – that continues to operate your opener even when the power goes out – makes it even more convenient. The opener is also equipped with built-in MyQ® technology, enabling you (with additional hardware components) to close your garage door or turn lights on or off using a smartphone or computer – from anywhere in the world.
Powerful 24V DC motor provides ultra-quiet operation, along with variable speed smooth start and smooth stop.
Easy wall-mount installation means no rails to hang.
Auto-force feature constantly monitors garage door system and adjusts forces to temperature fluctuations, floor height, and door track movement.
The Smart Garage Door Opener® lets you electronically program security codes from the MyQ® Control Panel® or the powerhead.
Enclosed gear case provides continuous lubrication and protection for longer life and smoother operation.
A 6-foot power cord makes connecting to a power source easier than ever.
Optional Alternate Power Source (580LM) is a safe, permanent option to power the 8500 (or 3800) when an outlet is not within 6 feet; UL approved.
Remote light delivers up to 200 watts of light with adjustable light time delay.
MyQ® Control Panel (model 888LM) also included (not shown)
The Protector System® safety sensors project an invisible light beam across the garage door opening and automatically reverse the door if anything interrupts the beam while the door is going down.
Sensing technology will stop the door from closing if contact is made with a person or object.
Opener light turns on automatically when The Protector System's infrared beam is broken.
Security+ 2.0™ rolling code technology assures a new code is sent every time the remote control is used.
Manual release handle in case of power failure.
(Optional Battery Backup - 475LM)