Most belt drive or chain drive garage door openers are ceiling-mounted. A jackshaft garage door opener is mounted on the wall adjacent to the shaft that rolls up the door and drives it directly. LiftMaster 8500 is a good example of the jackshaft opener, working with doors which have a front-mount torsion spring.
LiftMaster and Chamberlain are two popular garage door opener brands. They actually belong to the same company.
The main difference is, LiftMaster branded products are purely meant for professional installation while Chamberlain products are meant for self-installing.
It’s especially important when it comes to jackshaft openers. Because if the tension of the door isn’t tuned perfectly, the opener will not function at all.
LiftMaster 8500 has lots of technical requirements. So I advise you to seek the assistance of a professional installer.
LiftMaster 8500 is MyQ enabled, a welcome feature for home automation. For an extra $40 for the CIGBU internet gateway, this opener can be controlled through a smartphone app.
Though a bit costly due to the extra hardware, you will be able to control the 200W of lighting and the doors power lock and opening functions remotely through the internet.
24V DC motor
This powerful motor can produce 3/4 horsepower. This is a sufficient power for lifting most of the garage doors. And although it is powerful the motor is super quiet.
So you don’t have to worry about letting your whole neighborhood know whenever you are opening or closing the garage door.
This is another handy feature when you are rushing out. The power locks lock the garage door automatically once it is shut so that you don’t have to get out of the car to lock the garage door.
It shoots a beam of infrared light at the base of the garage door opening. So in case, there is someone or something at the base of the door, the opener pulls up the garage door.
This is an essential feature for keeping your little ones safe.
Cable tension sensor
The main purpose of this element is to protect your garage doors. The sensor monitors the tension in the cables that pull up the garage.
And in case it detects any abnormalities, the sensor prevents the opener from closing or opening the door.
Since garage door repairs are a costly affair, this feature saves you a lot of cash.
The Wall mount unit
This design ensures that you can fix the opener unit onto the shaft without the need for any railings.
Timer for automatic closing
There is a great chance of you forgetting to close the garage doors especially if you are in a hurry.
Liftmaster 8500 Elite Series comes with a timer so that you can set the minutes to ensure the closing.
The Liftmaster 8500 garage door opener stands out from the rest because of its fine quality and great features. It is an affordable and highly functional garage door opener which suits garage doors of almost all sizes and make.
The advanced connectivity options allow users to operate the garage door from any device and from anywhere. This garage door opener is also very quiet while working.
Customers have also had a lot of positive reviews about this opener. We would highly recommend this opener for anyone who is looking for an upgrade or is making a new purchase.
The 8500 Liftmaster Elite Series Wall Mounted Garage Door Opener comes with a very descriptive and clearly explained manual. If you follow the instructions properly it will take you about 3 hours to get everything installed.
The only part where you need to be very careful is while taking the measurements to align the opener with the door. Most of the customers have mentioned about messing up with this part.
The programming is also super easy. You can set all the security coding and pick whichever features that you would like to add.