Top 3 LiftMaster Chain Drive Garage Openers


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On September 13, 2019
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Summary:

Reviews of the top three LiftMaster chain drive garage openers: LiftMaster 8587, LiftMaster 8360, LiftMaster 8164.

Even though chain drive garage openers are labeled as being noisy, they haven’t lost in popularity nor did their sales decrease. Despite the noise, they are considered to be sturdy and long-lasting systems that are there to support and lift your garage door at the touch of a button. LiftMaster has many chain drive garage models, but here are the reviews of the top 3.

LiftMaster 8587W

LiftMaster 8587W is a model that belongs to the LiftMaster Elite series. The unit has a ¾ horsepower motor and is made to lift the heaviest garage doors. Like almost every LiftMaster model, it has a built-in Wi-Fi and easily connects to a home network as well as your smartphone. You can control everything by a simple tap on the screen: open, close and get alerts.

Liftmaster 8587w
LiftMaster 8587w

The durable chain drive system offers complete long-term reliability and the I-beam rail system gives you maximum support. The best part of this unit is that is made for extremely heavy and reinforced doors which are usually found in areas with high-wind, or hurricane prone ones.

There’s more

It has the option of adding the Automatic Garage Door Lock and making the garage virtually impenetrable. In addition, it provides you with motion-detection lighting and safety sensors that do not allow the door to close when facing an obstruction. When it comes to forced entries, you are safe and sound because of the automatic protection.  

What’s in the box?

In the package you will find the LiftMaster 8587W garage opening unit and an 893MAX – a three button visor remote control.

Specifications

  • The dimensions of this garage opener are 14 x 14 x 10 inches and it weighs 20 pounds.
  • Motor: ¾ horsepower.
  • RPM: 1,625.
  • Lubrication: Permanent.
  • Motor Vibration Isolation System (MVIS): Buffers motor noise.
  • Drive Means: Full chain.
  • Dual Sprocket: 6-tooth, 8-tooth.
  • Travel Rate: 8-tooth sprocket: 7 inches (178 mm) per second (approximately); 6-tooth sprocket:  5-3/10 inches (135 mm) per second (approximately).
  • Installed Length: 125 inches (3175 mm) for 7-foot (2133 mm) door opening.
  • Maximum Door Opening: 7 feet 6 inches (2286 mm); opening up to 13 feet 6 inches (4115 mm) with optional rail.
  • Headroom Clearance Required: 2 inches (50.8 mm).
  • Operating Range: 200 feet (61 m) (approximately).
  • Operating Temperature: -40 degrees F (-40 degrees C) to 150 degrees F (65 degrees C).
  • Warranty: Lifetime on the motor; 5 years on parts.

The Pros

  • For heavy doors
  • Ideal for hurricane-prone areas
  • Durable chain drive system
  • Easily connected
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • I-beam rail system
  • Safety sensors
  • Additional security
  • Made of steel

The Cons

  • Backup battery not included.

To Conclude

The LiftMaster 8587W is a sturdy chain drive system that will not let you down, not even if a hurricane occurs. The motor has a lifetime warranty which screams high-quality and guarantees you high performance and connectivity. Furthermore, it makes your home safe and sound.

LiftMaster 8360W

LiftMaster 8360W is a model that belongs to the LiftMaster Premium series. The unit has an 800 Newtons motor and an industrial strength power. The reliable chain drive system offers a smooth and steady operation while the long-lasting DC motor provides you with additional peace and quiet. Furthermore, it features a smooth start/stop operation that reduces maintenance and extends hardware life.

Liftmaster 8360w
LiftMaster 8360w

LiftMaster does not fail when it comes to connectivity: the built-in Wi-Fi connects with no trouble to your home network and your smart device, making you one tap away from fully controlling the system. MyQ mobile app is free to download and does not require an annual activation fee.

The Security + 2.0 features motion detectors, maintenance alert system, lights control, lock mode and programing of remotes and MyQ accessories. The system also has safety reversing sensors, PosiLock secure lock system, slow start/soft stop, emergency/quick release and is Automatic garage door capable.

Keep in mind that it is battery backup capable.

What’s in the box?

In the package you will find the LiftMaster 8360W garage opening unit and an 893LM – a three button remote control.

Specifications

  • Motor: 800 Newtons; 12V DC.
  • RPM: 53.
  • Thermal Protection: Automatic.
  • Lubrication: Permanent
  • Drive Means: Full chain.
  • Operating Range: 200 feet (61 m) (approximately).
  • Operating Temperature: – 31 degrees F (-35 degrees C) to 149 degrees F (65 degrees C).
  • Installed Length: 128 inches (3251 mm) for 7-foot (2133 mm) door opening.
  • Maximum Door Opening: 7 feet 3 inches (2210 mm); opening up to 10 feet (3048 mm) with optional rail.
  • Headroom Clearance Required: 2 inches (51 mm).
  • Travel Rate: 8 inches (203 mm) per second (up direction); 6-1/2 inches (165 mm) per second (down direction).
  • Slow start/soft stop.
  • Warranty: Lifetime on the motor; 1-year on parts.

The Pros

  • Durable chain drive system
  • Easily connected
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Safety sensors
  • Security + 2.0
  • Additional security
  • PosiLock
  • Smooth and steady operation
  • Made of steel

The Cons

  • Backup battery not included (recommended one is LiftMaster Model 485LM)

To Conclude

The LiftMaster 8360W is there to work fast, quietly and smoothly. This steel made system will, beside opening and closing your garage door, take the role of your personal security guard and keep you and your family safe from potential intruders. And the best part is, it is totally affordable.

LiftMaster 8164W

Liftmaster 8164w
LiftMaster 8164w

First, I have to mention that the LiftMaster 8164W replace the LiftMaster 1355 which you might have heard of. So, it’s the same model just with a different number. The motor has ½ horsepower and industrial strength power. It is designed and built to last. The chain drive system guarantees steady performance and long-life span.

Like every LiftMaster product it has a built-in Wi-Fi and connects with ease to your smart devices and your home network, and gives you total access through the MyQ application. The unit also consumes up to 75% less power when in standby mode and is made to support standard aluminum garage doors on a daily basis. When it comes to safety, it has reversing sensors, an emergency/quick release and a PosiLock secure lock system.

What’s in the box?

In the package you will find the LiftMaster 8164W garage opening unit and an 891LM – a one button remote control.

Specifications

  • The dimensions of this garage opener are 20 x 12 x 12 inches and it weighs 21 pounds.
  • Motor: ½ horsepower
  • RPM:  1,625.
  • Thermal Protection: Automatic.
  • Lubrication: Permanent.
  • Drive Means: Full chain
  • Installed Length: 124 inches (3150 mm) for 7-foot (2133 mm) door opening.
  • Maximum Door Opening: 7 feet 6 inches (2286 mm); opening up to 10 feet (3048 mm) with optional rail.
  • Headroom Clearance Required: 2 inches (50.8 mm).
  • Travel Rate: 7 inches (178 mm) per second.
  • Operating Range: 200 feet (60.9 m) (approximately).
  • Operating Temperature: -31 degrees F (-35 degrees C) to 149 degrees F (65 degrees C).
  • Battery for Remote Control: 3V, lithium.
  • Security+ 2.0 anti-burglary coding
  • Warranty: 4 years on the motor; 1 year on parts.

The Pros

  • Durable chain drive system
  • Dependable performance
  • Easily connected
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Safety sensors
  • Security + 2.0
  • PosiLock
  • Made of steel
  • Affordable price

The Cons

  • No backup battery.
  • No soft start/stop.

To Conclude

For the price you would be paying, you will get a durable chain drive LiftMaster product with some of the security and safety features that the manufacturer offers. Despite the 4-year warranty, this system is highly popular among users.