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3'6" (42 Inch) Door Width

How To Order Your Door Opener...3 Easy Things To Check


1. Determine Door Hand

Although most door openers are unhanded, they still must use the proper door arm. For example, single doors that are left hand or right hand use inswing pull arms, while single doors that are left hand reverse or right hand reverse use outswing push arms. Simply look at the handing chart on the door opener's product page to confirm you are ordering the correct model.

2. Determine If An Electric Strike Is Needed

Handicap door openers are designed to push or pull the door open, depending on the hand of the door opener you install. In order to automatically open the door, the door must be unlatched and free swinging. The door should not have any other closing devices on it such as spring closing hinges or a hydraulic door closer. There are a variety of door locks and latches typically outfitted on commercial doors. If your door has a latching mechanism, then you will need an electric strike. An electric strike is installed in place of the existing keeper/strike on your door frame. When the automatic door opener is activated, the electric strike automatically retracts the keeper in the door frame so that the door lock's latchbolt is free, allowing the door to swing open. If an electric strike is not installed on a door with a lock, then when the automatic door opener is activated, it will try to push or pull open against the locked door, causing it to time out.

Cylindrical Lever Handle Or Door Knob Applications - Electric Strike Required
This is the most common type of latching device on a door. If your door has this type of lock then you will need a cylindrical lock electric strike.

Exit Device Applications - Electric Strike May Be Required
With a rim exit device, the latchbolt on the exit device locks on a surface mount keeper on the door frame. If the exit device does not have the ability to retract the latchbolt by an allen key (known as "dogging down"), then you will need a surface mount rim exit device electric strike in order to make the door free swinging when the door opener is in use. However if your door has a rim exit device, that can be dogged down to remain unlatched, you would not need an electric strike, since you could just keep the exit device unlatched during work hours when the door opener is on. When the building closes, you can turn off the door opener and undog the exit device to lock up at night.

No Latching Device - No Electric Strike Required
If your door is a commercial aluminum storefront door, most likely it just uses a deadbolt lock. In this case you do not need an electric strike. You would simply keep the deadbolt in the unlocked position during the day when the door opener is on.

3. Determine Which Activation Accessories You Need

We offer a variety of compatible activation accessories with all our door openers. The most common door opener activation accessory is a wireless handicap push button. These are probably what you would need the majority of the time. However, we also offer weatherproof wireless activation buttons and even touchless activation buttons for restroom/cleanroom applications. The available compatible activation accessories are offered as options within each product page.

Other Things To Consider:
Price: Although it is tempting to go with an inexpensive door opener, what we've found over the years is that those door openers tend to actually cost more money for the lifetime of the door. For example, the least expensive door opener typically uses outsource parts that do not last. After a week of operation the door opener fails. Since the door opener is an import, there are no parts available for it. So instead of purchasing parts to fix it, you are forced to purchase a whole new unit, now making the entire purchase way more expensive then purchasing the right unit in the first place.

UL Listed: Door Closers USA Blackhawk and Defender door openers are UL Listed meaning they have been tested by Underwriters Labaratories. Why does this matter? Cheaper alternative door openers do not have this testing completed meaning they do not meet the reliabilty and durability specifications that our door openers have passed. This testing certification is no easy feat to pass, and we have done it because our products are built to last and meant to install in commercial buildings. Also an FYI, if you plan to install the door opener in a commercial building, a UL listing is typically mandatory and is the first thing the building inspector will look for. We recommend buying the right door opener to begin with so you are not having remove the lesser door opener from your builiding when the inspector flags it.

Fire Rating: Most commercial doors that are automated are fire rated. Our door openers have passed the testing are fire rated compliant. Why does this matter? The construction of both the Blackhawk and Defender door openers are designed with closing springs, so that if the power goes in out in the case of a fire, our door openers will still close the door. Lesser door openers with no fire rating compliance do not have a built in spring. In the case of a fire, the door will remain in the same position it was when the power goes out. Again, if you are planning on on installing this door opener in a commercial building, we recommend the Blackhawk and Defender door openers because they can be installed on essentially any commercial door opening and we have all the certifications. Do not risk a cheaper alternative, which can be dangerous if installed in commercial buildings because they have not passed any of the proper testing.

Have Questions? Contact Customer Service Today

If you have any questions contact customer service. If your application is unique, send us a picture of your door and application and we will offer you the products that we recommend.
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