The Overhead Door Company invented the door 1921. And shortly thereafter, probably within a year or two, we’re told they then invented the electric garage door opener. This is the story of a garage door opener upgrade and update.
As best we’ve been able to determine, the one in this video dates back to the 1960’s. After years of service, all it had left when we got there was a buzzing sound.
“It’s an Automate,” says Brad Gallion of The Overhead Door Company of Houston. “It’s what we called the units back then.”
“There was nothing wrong with it at all, Tom owner of this relic told us. “It worked great. So I just wanted to get a new belt.”
Unfortunately for Tom and the Automate, parts were no longer available.
Garage Door Opener Upgrade Brings An Update
Back when this was brand new, the Overhead Door Company was already generation old. The very fact that this opener worked this long shows the history of the company and and the quality of everything they make.
Even so, they don’t build’em like they used to. In this case, that’s a good thing.
New Garage Door Opener Technology
New openers, or operators, as they’re now referred to, have more safety features built in. That includes new safety photo cells on the floor. The motor is direct drive, which eliminates the old pulley system.
And, the Automate’s old chain has long since been replaced with a quieter, smoother belt drive.
“This will be less wear and tear on the electric operator,” adds Brad. “and, less wear and tear on the existing door because it’s not doing the herky jerky.”
Which is a good thing, because this garage door is just as old as the Automate was. The new opener is better than the old one in every way but one.
“I’m excited to have it,” Tom told us. “But, I thought it looked kind of cool and vintage.”
New Life For This Old Garage Door Opener
So, is the old Automate headed for the garage door graveyard?
“No, we’re going to preserve it,” Brad replied. “We’re going to take it back to our shop and put it on display.”
New technology coupled with old-school know-how. That’s what makes the Overhead
Door Company of Houston a certified home show pro.