LiftMaster Elite Series Model 8500 & 8500W Residential Jackshaft Garage Door Opener 

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LiftMaster’s Elite Series 8500 & 8500W are revolutionary garage door openers that are growing in popularity due to their compact size, low-noise, and industry-leading wifi capabilities.

Both models are jackshaft operators that mount directly onto the wall next to the garage door — no more ceiling mounts! This makes the 8500 & 8500W ideal units for garages with limited ceiling space or clearance issues. 

The advanced features of the 8500 & 8500W make them the perfect garage door for many homes — including the home of Better Built Door founder and owner, Jesse Cotton, who has the 8500 running his garage door. 



As an industry-leader, LiftMaster’s 8500 & 8500W are famous for their versatile connectivity features, including:

LiftMaster’s MyQ® technology allows you to remotely monitor and control your garage door opener. If you download the MyQ mobile app, you can be notified every time the garage door opens. 

You can also use the MyQ app to check the current status of your door. No more driving back home to ensure you closed your garage — from now on you can simply check the app to see if the door is open or closed.  The app will also tell you how long the door has been closed, so you can rest easy knowing that it’s been closed since you left for work. 

MyQ alerts can be received as alerts or emails on your phone, tablet, and computer.

LiftMaster is in the process of partnering with Amazon Key. This will give you the option of having Amazon delivery drivers leave the package inside your garage. 

Note: The main difference between the 8500 and the 8500W is their connectivity abilities. The 8500W comes with wifi built directly into the unit, while the 8500 comes without wifi access and needs to be equipped with a seperate wifi gateway in order to get online. 



Wall-mounted jackshaft garage door openers originated in the commercial industry but transitioned into the private sector due to the popularity of their performance. Notable performance features include:

Reduced noise and vibrations levels, because the motor is mounted on the wall instead of the ceiling. The quiet nature of the 8500 & 8500W makes these openers ideal for homes that have living spaces, like bedrooms, located above the garage.

LiftMaster’s P3™ motors are durable, strong, and built to last for many years. 

6’ power cord makes connecting to power easy. 

Variable speed reduces noise and ensures smoother operating. 

Comes with a 200 watt remote light with adjustable light time delay. 

Backup battery capabilities — allowing you to open and close your door even during a power outage. 

Note: The second and final difference between the 8500 and the 8500W is that the 8500W comes with a backup battery installed, while the 8500 needs to have its backup battery purchased separately.  



The 8500 & 8500W come with a wide variety of security features, including:

Power Lock Deadbolt. A security mechanism that throws a steel pin between the rollers when the door closes, ensuring that it cannot be forced to roll up.

MyQ security alerts. Get an instant text alert every time your door is opened. If you get alerted to an unauthorized opening, you can close your garage door directly from your MyQ app. 

Timer-to-Close. A security timer that will automatically close the door for you after a pre-programmed set of time. 

Alert-to-Close. A warning system that provides audio alerts to those within the garage that the door is about to close. 

Protector System®. Safety sensors that detect if an object or person is in the path of the garage door — preventing the door from closing if something is in the way. 



Given the advanced features and highly technical elements of the LiftMaster 8500 & 8500W, installation needs to be done by a professional. This is not a homeowner install job. 

There are a lot of things that can go wrong if someone tries to install one of these openers on their own, which is why Better Built Doors only sells the 8500 & 8500W as installed openers. We don’t sell these over the counter. 

When you buy an 8500 or 8500W from us, we’ll bring it out, install it, and make sure your garage door opener is running perfectly. 



When you buy a LiftMaster 8500 or 8500W directly from Better Built Doors, we cover parts and labor under our own warranty. Our warranty guarantees installation for one year. If anything goes wrong during that first year, we’ll repair it at no cost to you.

LiftMaster has a separate manufacturer warranty which is a lifetime motor and 5-year parts warranty.


Included Accessories

3-Button Elite Remote Control (895MAX)

Allows you to control up to three openers, gates, or other MyQ-enabled devices.

MyQ Control Panel (888LM)

Allows any garage door opener manufactured since 1998 to be controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer (when paired with the Internet Gateway) – provides the upgrade needed to utilize Security+ 2.0™ and MyQ technology.

Remote Light (380LM)

A wireless light that can be placed anywhere in your garage. Uses (2) 100-watt bulbs (not included).


Optional Accessories

Garage and Gate Monitor (829LM)

Enables you to monitor and close up to four garage doors or gates from any room in your house.

Battery Backup (475LM) 

Allows you to continue to use your garage door even when the power is down. This item is included with the 8500W but needs to be purchased separately for the 8500.

LiftMaster® Internet Gateway (828LM)

Connect MyQ-enabled garage door opener and accessories to the internet with this device. This item is included with the 8500W but needs to be purchased separately for the 8500.

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