Garage Door Corporation has received an official announcement from Liftmaster (by Chamberlain) that the model 3280 1/2hp belt drive garage door opener has been discontinued. Rumors of this have been circulating for awhile but as seen below it is not official. In a move towards expanding the MyQ product line Liftmaster has replaced the model 3280 with the model 8355 which is a 1/2 hp belt drive with MyQ. The model 3280 was our most popular model since it was quieter than the chain drive (ie model 3255 or 3265) and was priced competitively. We expect Liftmaster to have a promotional price for the 8355 beginning very soon and long term pricing to be approximately $15 higher than the pricing of the 3280.
The new model 8355 will provide the full MyQ benefits including improved radio control range and reduced interference, timer to close feature, smart wall console, and easier adjustments. On the negative side, many customers with a built in remote control in their car either Homelink or Car2U will need a repeater module which has an additional cost. This is true for many vehicles 2011 and older.
You can read our blog discussion of this which was originally posted in 2011 by following this link: http://blog.gdcorp.com/2011/09/02/liftmaster-new-models-may-not-work-with-your-homelink-in-car-remote/. The repeaters are now available and appear to work reliably.
It should be noted that unlike the other MyQ models 8360 and 8550 the new 8355 is NOT available with the Evercharge battery backup system. If you want a battery backup you need the 8360 belt drive. The 8360 is also quieter since it uses a dc motor with variable speed. The Liftmaster notice follows:
Subject: 3280 Discontinuance - Replaced by 8355
Models Affected: 3280
Effective immediately, LiftMaster® Garage Door Opener model 3280 is no longer available. The 3280 will be replaced with the new 8355, available now.
The 8355 includes everything you expected of the 3280 - powerful and reliable 1/2 HP AC motor, belt drive, backed by a lifetime motor and belt warranty. The 8355 also includes several innovations that simplify the installation process and make the model more appealing to your customers.
- MyQ® technology enables customers to open, close or monitor their garage door from a smart phone, tablet or PC
- Security+ 2.0™ for reduced interference and improved range
- Maintenance alert lets customers know when their opener is due for service
- Electronic limit setting for simpler, faster installation
- Auto force setting virtually eliminates nuisance callbacks due to force changes or maladjustments
- Corrugated packaging which eliminated EPS foam and makes disposal of packaging easier
- Comes standard with 893LM 3-button remote control and an 882LM Control Panel
Literature will be posted on our website www.gdcorp.com as soon as we receive the new electronic pdf files from Liftmaster. Parts and accessories are expected to remain available for the 3280 model for quite some time. Please post your comments and feedback