Most traditional garage door openers mount on the ceiling with a track. If you've got an extremely high or low ceiling, did you know that you can get a side mounted garage door opener for not much more money? If you've got restrictions on a standard motor, why not try a side mounted jackshaft garage door opener. Even Jay Leno uses one in his garage!
Side-mount garage door openers are known as jackshaft openers. They mount on either side of the door and attach directly to the torsion bar. Not having to mount your garage door opener on the ceiling saves you precious height if you need it or if your ceiling is too high and you can't suspend the motor. Mounting your opener on the wall gives you ease of access for maintenance and is one less chunk of metal (unit plus rail) hanging above your car.
LiftMaster 3800 Residential Jackshaft Garage Door Opener: LiftMaster is a well known name in the garage door opener game. This basic model starts at $275, which is hardly more than a traditional garage door opener at perhaps $100-$200. You can add options such as battery backup, keyless entry, and a keypad. Check out Jay Leno as he talks about his Liftmaster 3800.
Raynor Prodigy Jackshaft RJO Garage Door Opener 3800RGD: $300 gets you a lifetime warranty, remote control, control pad, and a remote light that you can position anywhere in the garage.
ZAP 815RLC Residential Jackshaft Garage Door Opener: This ZAP jackshaft garage door opener is $385 and gives you a host of options for the type of door. A neat safety feature monitors motor current and automatically stops the motor at the limit of travel.
Garage Door J.R. Jackshaft Chain Hoist, 1" Shaft: Prefer to open your garage door by hand without the assist of a motor? For under $90 you can set up a jackshaft chain hoist. Personally, we'd rather spend the extra $200 for a motorized version.
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