Reliability. The mechanism in the electric screen undergoes far less stress than in a pull down (spring loaded roll-up). The screen may also get stretched over time because you have to pull on it to roll-down the screen. OTOH the electric screen is more expensive and Stewart's customer service and warranty is the best in the business so if you ever have a problem they're very helpful. You might be interested to know that the pull down mechanism is actually *more* expensive than the electric motor, but obviously they can't sell a pull down for more than an electric (I doubt they make much money at all, they actually probably lose money after warranty service)! Do Stewart a favour and buy an electric! http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif Seriously though, if you plan to raise and lower it frequently go electric for the reliability. If you don't, you might consider a fixed screen, you save money, even over a pull-down. Alternatively, you could just buy the fabric raw and attach it to a roll so you can manually roll it up and down. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif (this is seriously an option if the other two don't cut it, I've been told that, proportionally, they get the most number of warranty calls for manual pull downs)
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Thanks. You just cost me a couple of more thousand dollars. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I figure if I get an electric screen, I might as well keep the wife happy and hide it in the ceiling with their stealth door model.
Thanks, Mark. I already looked into this, but it is certainly something that could easily be overlooked. In fact, it reminds me of some of my past home improvement blunders. You know, like forgetting to shut off the water before cutting a pipe. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif