The drive type refers to how your garage door opens.
Most doors use a chain or belt drive to pull the door up or down. Others, like the LiftMaster 8500, use a jackshaft that lifts the door through the torsion spring.
Before deciding on a new garage door opener, be sure to measure your door and research the type of door you have. For example, jackshaft drives aren’t compatible with roll-up doors.
Before buying a new garage opener, be sure to measure the height and width of your garage door. Most chain and belt drives can handle doors up to 7-feet tall, but you can find an extension kit up to 10 feet.
Unless you already have experience with garage door openers, we recommend getting a professional to install it. Most of these doors can be self-installed. But it’s a dangerous project if you’re new to installations like this or don’t have the tools to install a garage door opener.
Whether you do it yourself or hire a pro, make sure all the accessories are present. Most garage door opener kits come with safety sensors, keypads, control panels, and remotes that require installation too—it’s a lot to keep straight if it’s your first time installing one.