If you have a big, heavy garage door, you're going to need the horsepower to lift it. Although the 3/4-horsepower Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D isn't perfect, users say it's the best value in a powerful chain-driven garage door opener. This model is also sold through Lowe's as the Chamberlain G248735 and through Sears as the Craftsman 53990.
Relatively quiet, for a chain driven opener. Many owners say the Chamberlain PD752D is fairly quiet. We did find a fair number of complaints about noise, but chain-driven garage door openers are in general the loudest type of opener. For example, an Amazon.com reviewer, who switched from the quiet Chamberlain Whisper Drive WD822KD (belt-driven) model, isn't thrilled about the PD752D's volume: "The noise. OMG, the noise. ... This Power Drive GDO has the power of noise. Now when the garage door goes up or down it is like a freight train riding the tracks."
Although you can install the Chamberlain PD752D, it may be a challenge. Estimates of total install time vary widely from about four to six hours, with several owners saying the job will go much faster if you have a helper. It's worth noting that if your garage door is taller than 7 feet, you will need an extension kit; they cost about $50 for 8-foot doors and $80 for 10-foot doors.
"It's not a great project for a beginner unless you're very committed and well-tooled," writes one Amazon.com reviewer, who said he needed two stepladders, a wrench set, a socket set and a power drill with a bit set to install the garage door opener. Another DIY user comments on Sears.com that the "so-called chain drive system is only half chain and half steel cable which is the twisted strand type cable."
The Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D is also sold through Sears as the Craftsman 53990. Sears recommends professional installation for this model, but that hasn't stopped customers from installing both the Chamberlain- and Craftsman-branded versions themselves.
Strong but not smooth. Power-for-value is one of the Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D's best characteristics. One Amazon.com reviewer reports that "it opens our heavy garage door every time" after he upgraded from a 1/3-horsepower garage door opener that couldn't handle his heavy, folding metal-and-wood door when it got waterlogged. Another says that the PD752D performs very well with a very heavy, 18-foot-by-8-foot door with high-wind bracing.
Although most other Amazon.com reviews are equally positive, they do cite concerns like a tendency toward bucking and jerky operation, even after adjusting the tension on the chain. (One Amazon.com reviewer illustrates this with a video of the PD752D in full, jerky operation.) Although the Chamberlain PD752D is powerful enough to lift heavy doors -- jerky or not -- we found a few complaints that it's not notably faster than other garage door openers and that, in some cases, it stopped working. One Sears.com user logged more than 24 hours of repair/adjusting time since installing this model.
Owners express concerns about durability. Owners like the fact that the Chamberlain PD752D carries a lifetime warranty on the motor, although they wish other parts were more durable. We found a number of complaints that components, especially the logic board, fail within the first couple years of ownership; that the remotes only work from the driveway; and that the door closes partway when it goes down. Sometimes parts failed in a few weeks, and several users complain that they have to adjust the safety sensors every few days to keep them working.
That said, most reviewers say the Chamberlain makes up for its shortcomings by providing good features for the price. In particular, they like the motion-detecting light that automatically switches on when you enter the garage and the twin 100W bulbs that offer plenty of light and stay on for five minutes after the last motion was detected. A wireless outdoor keypad is included along with two remote controls, and the system uses rolling codes to prevent criminals from identifying the code transmitted from remote to receiver and using it to enter your house. Reviewers also say that it's easy to add extra remote controls to your system, although they struggle to program HomeLink units to work with the Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D and, in at least a few cases, they gave up.
Users who purchase the Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D looking for a bargain are mostly satisfied with it, making it the best-reviewed and most powerful chain-driven model. Although it is very quiet for a chain-driven model, it's still louder than belt-driven models like the less-powerful 1/2-horsepower Chamberlain Whisper Drive WD822KD (*Est. $200). The Sommer Synoris Garage Door Opener (*Est. $230) weighs in at 3/4 horsepower too, but users say it's very quiet, and it's the best-reviewed garage door opener, regardless of type.
About 100 Amazon.com users review the Chamberlain PD752D, giving it a 4.7-star overall rating. One of the reviewers says this is a good product but it tends to jerk when operating and posts a video showing the garage door's jerky movement.
Review: Chamberlain PD752D 3/4-Horsepower Heavy-Duty Premium Chain Drive Garage Door Opener, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Oct. 2012
The Chamberlain PD752D is also sold through Sears as the Craftsman 53990. More than 200 Sears.com reviewers give it a 4.3-star overall rating, and about 85 percent of them would recommend this unit to a friend.
Review: Craftsman Garage Door Opener 3/4 horsepower Chain Drive, Keyless Entry, Contributors to Sears.com, As of Oct. 2012
About 70 reviewers give the Chamberlain PD752D (sold here as the G248735) a 4.3-star overall rating. Only about a third of reviewers describe the unit as high-quality and durable; we found multiple complaints about plastic components that broke.
Review: Chamberlain 3/4-horsepower Power Drive Chain Garage Door Opener, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of Oct. 2012