Top 8 Best Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

If you are looking for strength, reliability, and durability, then a chain drive garage door opener is what you are looking for.

Chain drive garage door openers have long been the go-to garage door openers for many garage owners who own detached garages despite these garage door openers being known for producing much noise.

But what makes these garage door openers popular and the go-to option for many garage owners? I tested a few models and found out why they are beloved. 

Here is my review of the best chain drive garage door openers in the market and why you should probably own one.

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Top 8 best chain drive garage door openers review guide

Our methodology to arrive at our top 8 list involves considering the key factors to consider when shopping around for garage door openers.

These include garage door opener durability, technological capabilities, compatibility with current home systems, horsepower, availability of parts and accessories and installation demands.

LiftMaster 8587W Elite Series: Best Overall (editors choice)

LiftMaster 8587W Elite Series Garage Door Opener 3/4 HP w/ Wi-Fi - Chain rail assembly not included
30 Reviews
LiftMaster 8587W Elite Series Garage Door Opener 3/4 HP w/ Wi-Fi - Chain rail assembly not included
  • Rail not included
  • MyQ Technology now with Wi-Fi, enables secure monitoring and control of your garage door opener with a smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • Motion Detector is integrated into the Smart Control Panel providing rapid detection and illumination of garage

LiftMaster has for a long time been associated with strength and reliability. The LiftMaster 8587W offers exactly that. It is a strong and reliable chain drive garage door opener powered by a ¾ horsepower motor.

This unit comes with built-in Wi-Fi and perfectly works with MyQ for smart operations. You can easily connect this unit to your smart devices and operate it virtually without boundaries.

When it comes to security, the LiftMaster 8587W has advanced features to protect your garage and your home by extension.

Security+ 2.0 safeguards garage access by generating a new and unique code with every click ensuring the door does not inadvertently open. 

Posi Lock locks down the door by electronically monitoring against a forced opening. The door automatically locks itself when someone tries to force their entrance.

The LiftMaster 8587W has an automatic lock feature that automatically locks the door after a pre-programmed amount of time. This ensures that your garage door is never left open during the day.

It also has a Motion Detector integrated into the Smart Control Panel providing rapid detection and illumination of the garage. 

The Protector System incorporates safety sensors that emit an invisible light beam across the garage door opening, automatically reversing the door if an object interrupts the beam.

Product Specs

  • ¾ horsepower motor suitable for extremely heavy doors.
  • Smart garage door opener with MyQ
  • Security+ 2.0 for added protection
  • Automatic reversal system

What to liked

  • Easy installation – The LiftMaster 8587W is very easy to install. It comes with a detailed guide to help you correctly install it. 
  • Strong – The LiftMaster 8587W is a very strong garage door opener powered by a ¾ horsepower motor.
  • Superior security features – The LiftMaster 8587W features Security+ 2.0 for added protection.  
  • Automatic reversing – this feature automatically reverses the door should an object be on the door’s path.

What could be improved?

  • Requires extension kit for 8ft. garage doors
  • No battery backup

SKYLINK ATR-1722C: Runner’s Up 

SKYLINK ATR-1722C 3/4 HPF Garage Door Opener with Extremely Quiet DC Motor, White
1,046 Reviews
SKYLINK ATR-1722C 3/4 HPF Garage Door Opener with Extremely Quiet DC Motor, White
  • Powerful DC motor provides extremely quiet operations compared to traditional garage door Openers with AC motors. Ideal for homes with living space above the garage
  • Durable chain drive delivers reliable performance. Soft start and stop adjust the speed gradually at two ends to reduce vibration and maximize life of mechanical parts and your garage door opener
  • Built-in LED light to the garage door opener for long-lasting illumination, without the need to replace light bulbs. Worry free about the light bulb compatibility
  • Do-it-yourself friendly, numeric display on head units guides you through all programming steps. Sky link offers online videos with step by step guide to install and operate this garage door opener
  • Compatible with skylinknet smartphone control (model hub-100 sold separately) and IFTTT enabled the connection with other smart devices without boundaries

The SKYLINK ATR-1722C is a strong and powerful chain drive garage door opener. Powered by a ¾ HPF dc motor, this unit offers you the strength and reliability to lift heavy garage doors.

It comes with a built-in 12W LED for long-lasting illumination with lower power consumption. You don’t have to worry about garage lighting. The built-in LED eliminates the need to occasionally replace the bulb. 

It features a soft start and stop technique. This technology adjusts the speed gradually to reduce wear and tear on the motor and mechanical parts and maximize the garage door opener’s lifespan.

You can easily turn this unit into a smart garage door opener with skylinknet smartphone control kit. This allows you to operate your garage door through smart devices without boundaries.

You can also use your in-car garage door remote to control this garage door opener. 

It features a battery backup option that gives you continuous and uninterrupted operation in case of a power outage. The battery backup is however sold separately.

When it comes to security, the SKYLINK ATR-1722C features rolling code technology that generates a unique code every time the remote is activated. The unit also features an automatic timer closer that prevents you from leaving the door open for an extended period of time.

Product Specs

  • ¾ horsepower motor suitable for extremely heavy doors.
  • Battery backup option 
  • Anti-break in drive system

What to like

  • Easy installation – The SKYLINK ATR-1722C is very easy to install. You do not require expert assistance to install it. 
  • Strong – the SKYLINK ATR-1722C is a very strong garage door opener powered by a ¾ horsepower motor.
  • Battery backupyou never have to worry about a power outage. Continue operating your garage door even when the power goes off. However, the battery backup option is sold separately
  • Superior security features – The SKYLINK ATR-1722C features rolling code technology that generates a unique code every time the remote is activated. The automatic timer closer automatically locks your door after some time.
  • Homelink integration – You can easily open the garage door from your car

What could be improved?

  • Requires extension kit for 8ft. garage doors
  • Requires external hardware to convert it to smart
  • Battery backup sold separately

The Genie Chain Drive 750: Best with smart start and stop functionality 

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Genie Chain Drive 750 3/4 HPc Garage Door Opener w/Battery Backup - Heavy Duty - Operate your garage door when the primary power is out - Wireless Keypad Included, Model 7035-TKV,BLACK
3,318 Reviews
Genie Chain Drive 750 3/4 HPc Garage Door Opener w/Battery Backup - Heavy Duty - Operate your garage door when the primary power is out - Wireless Keypad Included, Model 7035-TKV,BLACK
  • BATTERY BACKUP INCLUDED: An integrated battery backup allows for this Genie garage door opener to be used when the primary power is out. This feature provides up to 50 cycles from the initial power failure. *California Senate Bill 969 Compliant*.Control Method:Remote.Note: Measure your door's backset, cross bore and thickness to ensure you find the right fit.Control Method:Remote.Special Features: ‎Keyless
  • STRONG AND QUIET: The 3/4 HPC DC Motor is paired with a durable chain drive making this garage door opener a long-lasting and reliable
  • EASY TO INSTALL: This smart garage door opener features a strong 5-piece rail system that snaps together for easy installation. It’s lightweight with no added hardware needed. Plus, pre-programmed remotes are ready to use out of the box to eliminate additional programming steps
  • GARAGE DOOR ACCESSORIES: The Genie Chain Drive 750 garage door opener comes with two pre-programmed 3-button remotes, a wireless keypad to open door with Pin, and a multi-function wall console with vacation lock and light control button.
  • Strong Chain Drive System: Heavy-duty chain drive system allows for an affordable operator while still providing durable and reliable operation.

The Genie chain drive 750 has a powerful ¾ horsepower motor that conveniently lifts up your garage door with ease. 

For a chain drive, it is amazingly quiet making it ideal for garages attached to the living space. It also comes with a battery backup option for uninterrupted and continuous garage operations.

The Genie Sense technology enables a soft start and stop to protect your motor and extend the motor’s lifespan. The Genie Safe-T-Beam garage door safety sensors ensure your family’s safety and help prevent accidents while operating the garage.

Product Features

  • Battery backup
  • ¾ horsepower motor
  • The Genie Safe-T-Beam technology
  • The Genie Sense technology

Pros

  • Easy installation – The Genie chain drive 750 is an extremely easy unit to assemble. You do not require any professional assistance to install the unit.  
  • Battery backup – this allows for a continuous and uninterrupted operation just in case there is a power outage in your area.
  • Strong and quiet operations – the Genie chain drive 750 is powered by a strong ¾ horsepower motor that easily lifts heavy residential garage doors. 
  • Safety – The Genie Safe-T-Beam technology ensures that your garage operations are safe and no one is ever trapped under the garage door.
  • The Genie Sense technology protects the motor therefore prolonging the service life of your garage door opener.

Cons 

  • Requires extension kit for 8 ft. high doors
  • No smart integrations

Chamberlain C2405: Best with smart features

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Chamberlain C2405 MYQ Smart Garage Door Opener, Chain Drive, 1/2-HP Motor, Dual Light - Quantity 1
1,504 Reviews
Chamberlain C2405 MYQ Smart Garage Door Opener, Chain Drive, 1/2-HP Motor, Dual Light - Quantity 1
  • Smartphone control: Control, secure, and monitor the garage with the myQ app- anytime, from anywhere
  • Drive Type: Long-lasting chain drive
  • Next generation garage technology: Improved Wi-Fi connectivity and enhanced memory to support new myQ features and solutions
  • Integrated Bluetooth technology: Reduces setup time and makes it even easier to connect to the myQ app, other myQ devices, and smart home technology solutions
  • Trusted security: Security plus 2.0 technology provides unmatched encryption (100 billion codes

The Chamberlain C2405 is a very strong and powerful chain-drive garage door opener. This unit also packs a lot of exciting features including smart features and advanced security features.

It features Security+ 2.0 technology for unmatched encryption making it harder for hackers and wannabe hackers to crack. It is also both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled for smartphone operations.

It is extremely quiet while in operation and has a very easy installation process. It however lacks a battery backup option. 

Product Features

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled
  • Security+ 2.0 technology
  • Smartphone control
  • Strong and powerful motor

Pros 

  • Strong and quiet – The Chamberlain C2405 is a solid garage door opener capable of lifting heavy residential garage doors
  • Improved security – The Chamberlain C2405 features Security+ 2.0 for improved security
  • Smart – The Chamberlain C2405 is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled for smart operations. You can control your garage door from virtually anywhere
  • Easy installation – this is among the easiest garage door openers to install. It comes with a detailed manual and you require no expert assistance to install it.

Cons 

  • No battery backup
  • Requires extension kit for 8 ft. high doors

BeamUP Workhorse – BU100: Best budget buy

beamUP Workhorse BU100 Overhead Garage Door Opener with Heavy-Duty Chain Drive for Single or Double Doors, Wall Mount, and Remote Garage Opener Included, Quick and Easy Installation, White
816 Reviews
beamUP Workhorse BU100 Overhead Garage Door Opener with Heavy-Duty Chain Drive for Single or Double Doors, Wall Mount, and Remote Garage Opener Included, Quick and Easy Installation, White
  • EFFORTLESS GARAGE DOOR OPENER: Say goodbye to manual lifting & effortlessly open & close your garage door with the beamUP Overhead Door Garage Door Opener. Whether it's an 8'x7' single or 16'x7' double door, the BU100 Workhorse provides a smooth & quiet operation
  • HEAVY-DUTY GARAGE MOTOR: With the 3/4 Horsepower equivalent DC motor & durable, high-grade reinforced steel chain drive, this garage door motor is powerful enough to open up to 7' tall garage door & provide safety, reliability, and security for years to come
  • ADVANCED SAFETY AND SECURITY: This door opener is integrated with 1500-lumen energy-efficient LED security lighting – never replace a lightbulb! Additionally, the photo eye safety system provides an additional level of safety to help protect your family
  • QUICK & EASY SETUP: Don't stress about complicated setups! The Workhorse Remote Garage Door Opener installs without any special tools. It comes with step-by-step installation guides, product manuals, video tutorials, and responsive telephone tech support
  • INTUITIVE CONTROL OPTIONS: beamUP garage opener comes with a ClearCom remote featuring dual-burst technology for operating from a distance. Moreover, the wall-mounted door control button with push-button operation & indicator light ensures seamless functioning

The BeamUP Workhorse – BU100 is definitely one to look for. This workhorse garage door opener is a strong and heavy-duty chain drive opener that easily works on both 8-foot and 16-foot double doors. 

This opener comes with an integrated security lighting system that sufficiently illuminates your garage. The brand boasts of high technology with a great remote control response time of less than 1 second. 

Though an entry-level garage door opener, the workhorse promises value for money. Its ability to lift both 8 ft. doors and 16 ft. doors makes it a definite go-to opener considering that it goes for under $200. 

Product Specs

  • ¾ horsepower motor
  • Integrated lighting
  • Improved security features

What to like:

  • Strong and powerful – The Workhorse has a ¾ horsepower motor that easily lifts heavy garage doors measuring about 8 ft. by 7 ft. as well as 16 ft. double doors. 
  • Lighting – The workhorse comes equipped with extensive LED garage lighting.  
  • Homelink Integration – This model easily integrates with Homelink to enable you to operate the garage door from the comfort of your car. 
  • Easy to install – this model is easy to install and comes with a detailed manual to guide you while installing it. 

Cons:

  • Requires extension rails for doors higher than 7 feet. 
  • No smart integrations.

The Decko 24300: Best with battery backup

Decko 24300 3/4 Horse Power Heavy Duty Reduced Noise Chain Drive Garage Door Opener with 3 Function Locking Wall Control, Two - 3 Button Remotes and FREE Wireless Key pad
86 Reviews
Decko 24300 3/4 Horse Power Heavy Duty Reduced Noise Chain Drive Garage Door Opener with 3 Function Locking Wall Control, Two - 3 Button Remotes and FREE Wireless Key pad
  • Easy installation featuring non-polarized wiring making installing the wiring error free
  • Handles sectional garage doors up to 7 feet tall and 18 feet wide
  • 8 foot extension is available to accommodate larger doors
  • Accessories included: 3 function wall panel, two 3 button remotes and FREE wireless keypad
  • Auto reverse safety system

This chain drive model is powered by a ¾ horsepower motor making it strong and reliable for heavy doors measuring up to 18ft. by 7ft. It is a fairly easy model to install and comes with a detailed installation guide.

It features an auto-reverse safety system that immediately reverses the door should the sensors locate an object on the path of the door. It also comes with an emergency safety release for operational safety.

The unit comes with two wireless remote controllers, a wireless keypad entry, optical safety sensors and three functional wall panels. The opener works well in extreme temperatures and the manufacturer offers a lifetime limited motor warranty. 

Though the garage door opener is not smart, you can always use external hardware to convert it to smart. The garage door opener however comes with a battery backup option for uninterrupted usage.

Product Specs

  • Chain drive
  • Battery backup option
  • Auto reverse security feature

What to like

  • Easy installation – the Decko 24300 is easy to configure and install. You do not require expert assistance to install it.
  • Battery backup – this unit comes with a battery backup that offers you continuous and uninterrupted operation.
  • Strong – the Decko 24300 is a strong chain drive opener powered by a ¾ horsepower motor. It is very efficient for large doors measuring 18 ft. wide.
  • Superior security – this unit features auto reverse security feature to protect you and your family from being trapped under the door.

What could be improved?

  • Requires an extension kit for 8 ft. high garage doors
  • Not a smart garage door opener. Requires external kit to make it smart.

The CRAFTSMAN CMXEOCG472: Best for 7ft doors and below

CRAFTSMAN 1/2 HP Smart Garage Door Opener - myQ Smartphone Controlled - Chain Drive, Wireless Keypad Included, Model CMXEOCG472, Red
663 Reviews
CRAFTSMAN 1/2 HP Smart Garage Door Opener - myQ Smartphone Controlled - Chain Drive, Wireless Keypad Included, Model CMXEOCG472, Red
  • SMARTPHONE CONTROL: With built-in Wi-Fi, you can monitor and control your garage door from anywhere at anytime using the CRAFTSMAN myQ App.
  • CHAIN DRIVE: Rugged steel construction delivers toughness and durability you can count on.
  • LIFT POWER: This opener is a ½ HP unit that can handle lifting a 7 ft. door.
  • 3-BUTTON REMOTE: Program up to 3 garage door openers with the 3-button remote control. With a range of up to 1,500 ft, you can enter and exit your garage without waiting. Two included.
  • SECURE ACCESS: Security plus 2.0 safeguards garage access by sending a new code to your garage door opener with every click. Each time the remote control is activated, a new access code is selected from billions of possible combinations to prevent interception of the radio signal by would-be hackers.

The Craftsman ½ horsepower smart garage door opener is designed for heavy lifting. This unit packs a lot of power to conveniently lift your 7 ft. garage door.

This unit comes with an in-built MyQ app for smart operations. You can operate your garage door opener through your smart devices from anywhere. 

This garage door opener is highly secure with a new and unique access code being generated every time the remote control is activated.

Product Features Summary

  • ½ horsepower motor
  • Smart integrations
  • Secure access to protect you from hacks
  • Safety Reversal Sensors

What We Liked

  • Strong and Durable – The Craftsman ½ horsepower smart garage door opener is a strong and durable garage door opener. Rugged steel construction guarantees strength and durability. The garage door opener can easily lift 7 ft. garage doors.
  • Smart Control – The Craftsman ½ horsepower smart garage door opener comes with MyQ integration that allows for smart control through smart devices. Real-time updates are sent to your phone.
  • Simple DIY Installation – For DIY enthusiasts, The Craftsman ½ horsepower smart garage door opener is very easy to assemble and install. You can easily install this model without any professional assistance.
  • Security – The Craftsman ½ horsepower smart garage door opener is among the most secure garage door openers. Each time the remote or keypad is activated, a new and unique access code is sent lowering the chances of hacking.
  • Homelink Integration – The Craftsman ½ horsepower smart garage door opener is compatible with Homelink. This allows you to effortlessly operate the garage door opener from your car.

What Could Be Improved

  • No battery backup for continuous operations amidst a power outage
  • The App could be improved

The Genie ChainMax 1000: Best quit chain drive opener

Genie ChainMax 1000 Garage Door Opener - Durable Chain Drive - Includes two 3-Button Pre-Programmed Remotes,Wall Console, Wireless Keypad, Safe-T-Beams - Model 3022-TKH, 140V DC Motor,Gray
551 Reviews
Genie ChainMax 1000 Garage Door Opener - Durable Chain Drive - Includes two 3-Button Pre-Programmed Remotes,Wall Console, Wireless Keypad, Safe-T-Beams - Model 3022-TKH, 140V DC Motor,Gray
  • RELIABLE AND QUIET: Traditional, dependable chain drive system offers value and quiet performance with minimal maintenance needed.
  • SMOOTH OPERATION: 140-volt DC motor operates with soft start and stop control for easier installation and smoother door travel.
  • SLEEK AND CLEAN: Premium reinforced low-profile c-channel rail protects against dirt and debris buildup with flush-mounting capability for low-headroom applications.
  • SAFETY FOR YOUR FAMILY: Self-diagnostic Safe-T Beam system helps prevent accidents via an invisible infrared beam across the door opening that reverses the door if an object crosses the LED beam of light.
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Includes two pre-programmed 3-button remotes, a wireless, keyless keypad and a multi-function wall console (control panel).

The Genie ChainMax 1000 garage door opener is powered by a ¾ horsepower motor. This unit conveniently lifts the heaviest residential garage doors around.

It has a sleek design with the C-channel rail protecting the mechanism from dirt and debris. As a result, it requires minimum maintenance. The self-diagnostic feature helps to prevent accidents and injuries. It reverses the door if an object crosses or moves around the led beam of light.

It is extremely quiet for a chain drive system. This makes it ideal for garages attached to the living space. It also comes with a battery backup for uninterrupted operations amidst a power outage.

Features

  • Powerful ¾ horsepower motor
  • Battery backup
  • GenieSense Technology
  • Comprehensive Safe-T-Beam system

Pros

  • Easy installation – this unit is extremely easy to install. The system easily snaps together.
  • Quiet operations –This unit is extremely quiet for a chain drive system. It is ideal for garages attached to the living space.
  • Secure – this unit is extremely secure. GenieSense minimizes noise, wear and tear on the door, and improves overall safety. It also features a comprehensive Safe-T-Beam system for operational safety.
  • Battery backup – it comes with a battery backup option for continuous and uninterrupted garage operations in case of a power outage.
  • Homelink Integration – the unit easily integrates with Homelink. You can easily open your garage door from the comfort of your car.

Cons

  • Not smart. Requires an extension kit to convert it to smart.
  • Requires an extension kit for 8ft. high garage doors.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chain Drive Garage Door Openers

Here are the common questions regarding chain drive systems.

Are chain garage door opener better?

Yes, especially for heavy doors. One of the advantages of chain drive systems is strength. These systems are very strong courtesy of the metal chain used to lift the door. These systems are reliable for most heavy residential garage doors provided you match them to the right motor.

These systems are also very durable provided you regularly maintain them. They are also affordable and their replacement parts are easily available.

How long do chain-drive garage door openers last?

Chain drive garage door openers can last for 10 to 15 years. These systems are very durable and can even last for up to 18 years when properly maintained. The good thing is that replacement parts are easily available making maintenance slightly easy.

How Many Types of Garage Door Openers Exist Today in the Market?

The main types of openers include chain-drive, belt-drive, direct-drive, screw-drive, and jackshaft-drive openers. Each of these has its strengths and weaknesses. For instance, direct drives are the quietest on the market. Screw drives are the noisiest but are easy to install and maintain.

Can I replace lost remotes for my chain drive garage door opener?

Yes. It is possible to replace remotes for your chain drive garage door opener. You can either get the exact replacement from the brand manufacturer or opt for a universal remote.

You may also replace other parts including the motor and torsion spring. 

Should I Purchase a New Garage Door Opener or Repair My Old One?

Whether to repair your garage door opener or just purchase a new one is dependent on a few factors. If you have an old model with old features then getting a new and advanced opener makes a lot of sense. However, if you have a new opener and the damage can be repaired, then repairing the model makes sense.

Verdict: Best chain drive garage door opener overall is the LiftMaster 8587W

The LiftMaster 8587w takes the top spot as the best chain drive garage door opener. With a ¾ HP motor capable of lifting extremely heavy doors, a Security+ 2.0 run on MyQ app and added automatic reverse system, this opener surely is a must-have if you are looking for a chain drive opener.

We also like the fact that it’s easy to install, very strong, has automatic reversing abilities and comes packed with superior security features enhanced with Security+ 2.0.

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