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This is the garage door opener historic archive page from www.GARAGEDOOROPENERS.us. There is no longer any support or parts available for most of the garage door openers shown here. We will add more openers on here as time goes on. Always a work in progress.






Ambassador/Lynx 1/2 hp

The Ambassador/Lynx chaindrive garage door opener was 100% American made in the late 1980's and early early 1990's. The opener in these pictures was handbuilt in Van Nuys California sometime before 1992. These garage door openers were equipped with 1/2hp Westinghouse motors. Basically the successor to the Automatic Doorman 460. They were built to last... Quiet, smooth, simple and reliable. Most of the Ambassador/Lynx garage door openers were electro mechanical with switches, wires and relays. It wasn't until after 1993 when UL325 became mandatory for all garage door opener manufactures to have safety sensors installed. When UL325 took place Ambassador/Lynx retrofitted electronic control boards into the existing chassis. This made the use of infrared safety sensors possible. Moore-o-matic was another long time garage door opener company that provided Ambassador/Lynx with the components neccessary for the UL 325 retrofit. Two models were available. One had a short rail with a slow motor for one piece tilt-up garage doors. The other model had a longer rail with a faster motor for sectional roll-up garage doors. They were great garage door openers. Unfortunately back in the mid 1990's Lynx Industries decided to have thier garage door openers made in China. Those garage door openers were very similar to the Lynx model 450 Plus Classic Series garage door openers that are made today. The garage door opener in the pictures is about 30 years old and still functions perfectly . As of Thursday August 16th 2012 the Ambassador garage door opener and one piece aluminum garage door were both replaced with an Liftmaster ATS2113 commercial garage door opener and new Amarr Oak Summit Collections sectional garage door. Eventually a link with some pictures with be provided. Forgot to mention that the Ambassador belongs to the owner of this website.

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Automatic Doorman 460 1/2 hp

The Automatic Doorman 460 chaindrive garage door opener was 100% American made in the 1970's to the late 1980's. The opener in these pictures was handbuilt in Van Nuys California sometime around the mid 1970's. These garage door openers were equipped with 1/2hp Westinghouse motors. Basically the predecessor to the Ambassador/Lynx listed above. They were built to last... Quiet, smooth, simple and reliable. Most of the Automatic Doorman 460 garage door openers were electro mechanical with switches, wires and relays. During this era Automatic Doorman also had a couple of models with a solid state electronic control boards which were the model 810 and 820 respectively. Like the Ambassador/Lynx two models were available. One had a short rail with a slow motor for one piece tilt-up garage doors. The other model had a longer rail with a faster motor for sectional roll-up garage doors. The Automatic Doorman garage door openers were good machines. The garage door opener in this picture was removed during the first quarter of 2012 and replaced with a Liftmaster 1356 1/2hp chaindrive garage door opener.

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Crusader-200/202SS 1/3 hp

The Crusader-200/202SS screwdrive garage door opener was 100% American made by McKinney Electronics in Santa Ana California up until the mid 1980's. McKinney electronics was sold to Stanley somewhere in the mid 1980's. The 200 series was replaced by it's successor the California Crusader and models 2000/2002SS series. They were all built to last... Rugged Heavy-duty, reliable and had a thick coarse screw. The Crusader-200/202SS in these pictures was still operational before being removed and updated in early 2012 with a new garage door and garage door opener. There were older 1970's and early 1980's Crusader garage door openers that were electromechanical as opposed to solid state electronics. As with most garage door openers up until the early 1990's, the Crusader used an external receiver, connected to the control terminal screws for remote operation. The overall chassis design was used long before McKinney Electronics started manufacturing the Crusader. The author of this historical archive has seen this chassis branded with names such as Mongomery Wards, Moore-o-matic, Zenith Heath Kit and Sioux... some possibly dating back as far as the late 1940's ??? The last Stanley-Crusaders were produced up until about 1993.

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Genie 404 1/2 hp

The Genie 404 screwdrive garage door opener was a great lifting machine. The flagship of it's day. 100% American made by Alliance Manufacturing in Alliance Ohio. The Genie 404 was produced in the early to mid 1980's. The Genie model 404 was the successor to the earlier Genie model 450. The Genie model 404 was the second Genie screwdrive garage door opener to use Solid State electronics, part# 11910S Sequensor. The earlier Genie 404 and 450 both used the custom, proprietary, electro-mechanical relay, part# 11909S. The Genie 404 was built to last, rugged, heavy-duty, reliable with a fine a pitched screw. The alloy and metal used the on the rail and chassis was very robust. The thick, form-fitted, metal cover housed the motor and electronics with a snug fit. The excellent build quality also contributed to fairly quiet operation. The Genie 404 had a nice green hammerite type finish. There was no light cover. Also notice the 1.2.3. terminals on the front, this is where the radio receiver mounted. The Genie Model 404 in these pictures was kept and still capable of service. However it was replaced with a new garage door and garage door opener. The Genie model 404 represents a great era for Genie.

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Genie 409 1/2 hp

The Genie 409 screwdrive garage door opener was very similar to the Genie 404 pictured above. Also 100% American made by Alliance Manufacturing in Alliance Ohio. The Genie 409 was produced more towards the mid 1980's. The Genie model 409 replaced the Genie model 404. The Genie model 409 also used Solid State electronics, part# 11910S Sequensor. The Genie 409 was similar to the earlier Genie 404. The metal and alloys used on the 409 appeared to be less robust than the 404. The 409 also had no light cover. Still had the 1.2.3. terminals for radio receiver. The Genie Model 409 in these pictures was still operational when it was removed. It was replaced with a new garage door and garage door opener.

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LiftMaster 2000SD 1/2 hp

The LiftMaster 2000SD was Chamberlain Group's first screwdrive garage door opener which was produced from 1993 to 1997. It had the first generation UL325 compliant safety sensors, those became a requirement in 1993. The 2000SD used LiftMaster's Billioncode remote control technology, which was 1,000,000,000 randomly generated rolling codes. Billioncode remote technology was identified by the green learning button on the receiver/logic board. The 2000SD utilized a plastic housing to contain the internals. At the time there was also the 1000SD 1/3 horsepower version of the screwdrive garage door opener. Then there were later, similar versions of LiftMaster's screwdrive garage door openers. Those were the LiftMaster 1000SDR and 2000SDR, manufactured from 1997 to 2001. While visually identical, the changes made were the latest more compact snappy sensors and Security+ remote control technology. With Security+ 100 billion randomly generated codes were possible and identified by the red learning button on the receiver/logic board. There were and are successors to the aforementioned LiftMaster screwdrive garage door openers. Those were LiftMaster models 2110, 2220, 3110, 3220, 3240 and the rare 3840. All the LiftMaster screwdrive garage door openers used AC motors except the 3840 used a DC motor and was produced for a very short time. All Liftmaster screwdrive garage door openers are/were fairly quiet and supposed to be self lubed for life.

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Genie Steath GPS1200 IC

The Genie Steath GPS1200 was the first residential mass-produced beltdrive garage door opener. Made in the U.S.A., first introduced in late 1993 and produced up until about late 2011. Later named GPS1200 IC. The Genie Stealth was way ahead of its time by far, exceeding anything technologically available at the time. It was at least a half of decade before any other company in North America had anything similar to the Genie Stealth. What made this garage door opener so unique at the time was it's soft start/stop capability, making it very smooth. It was also just as quiet as most of the quietest garage door openers today. Over the years tweaks and changes were made to the sequensor and receiver boards. For the first couple of years the Genie Stealth used digital 12-digit dip/switch receivers and remotes. From there on genie used their Series I and Series II Intellicode radio controls which used 40 billion randomly generated codes. The Genie Steath used a channel type rail that was interchangable with a chain or belt.

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The Bone Yard

It looks like we have a bunch of old Roaches in The Bone Yard. Two old Stanley Vemco Chaindrives, One old Genie SD Screwdrive, One LiftMaster 2220 Screwdrive, One LiftMaster 1280 Formula 1 Beltdrive, Some LiftMaster 1000, 1100, 1200 Series Chaindrives and One Raynor Chaindrive.

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