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Old 12-07-2010, 05:13 PM
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I'm looking at purchasing either a new or fairly used IceMaker for my garage. i need something that is reliable and top notch quality. Usage will be 60-80 lbs within 24hours cubed ice is good --not crushed. It will be in Garage with a water hookup tube. Nothing fancy for a kitchen or anything ---really for fishing and to fill some coolers for partys. I hear manitowac is best.... what say you Forum gurus....
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:29 PM
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manitowas or hozizaki.

just go to your super market and see what they have hanging on the wall to make bagged ice.

hozi has a penguin emblem; jap designed made in peachtree city ga.
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I have a Manitowak in my garage( 350lb head w/ 500lb bin). It works great and keeps up w/ the demand very well. Do not get a Scottsman or Ice O Matic. Those will not keep up in a garage unless its air conditioned. I found out the hard way.
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Originally Posted by hallpass View Post
I have a Manitowak in my garage( 350lb head w/ 500lb bin). It works great and keeps up w/ the demand very well. Do not get a Scottsman or Ice O Matic. Those will not keep up in a garage unless its air conditioned. I found out the hard way.
What model do you have?
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I have a Manitowoc. It's 11 years old and it's been flawless. It goes back and forth to the keys in the summer so it's seen some use. Don't forget you need a drain, too. Most ice machines exhaust water from the ice making process as well as the bin drain. As a side note, my partner and I have invented a "cold capture device" to use the exhaust water to prechill the intake water. This increases your ice making capacity or reduced your energy consumption, depending on how you use your machine. Good luck!
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:46 PM
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Not everyone has room for an ice maker in their refrigerator. This is where freestanding ice-makers really come in handy. If you are in the market for home ice-makers you have come to the right place. In this article I
am going to cover the best and worst brands and models to make sure you get the best ice maker for your budget.
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Whatever you do...do not get a home ice maker...

Make sure u get a commercial unit with a bin that holds more ice then the machine makes in 24 hours... This allows you to prepare for a serious trip without having to empty the bin several times to get more ice! This also allows one to get a smaller ice machine yet retrieve sufficient ice quantities
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all air cooled commercial ice makers have a yield rating for the recommended operating temps. If the ambient air temp is very warm, ice production will be less than ideal and your garage should be large enough to prevent the possibility of short cycling.

Typical under counter units like modular heads can make various ice shapes, you need to choose what shape and size you want. They also can make more than enough ice for your needs (150-300#/day)--just choose a decent size bin (usually 150# max for an undercounter model. Under counter models will be the least expensive as you will not have to buy the bin (new units range from $1500-2200). I'd personally avoid used refrigeration equipment of any kind.

IMO simpler is better and Ice-o-matic is as simple as it gets which makes them easier to maintain too. Relative recently most brands have gone to "filterless" heads which is a pile or crap. All air cooled units should have an air filter or you'll be blowing them out and seeing dropped performance more than you'd like. Send me an email and i'll describe what i did for a filter for my new "filterless" ice machine.

Having an ice machine for fishing is the bomb, careful you fellow boat/fishermen don't get wind and be knocking on your door early sat mornings ;>

Lastly, yes, avoid home ice makers, you want moving water over elements for making ice. Will yield "clear" ice and not cloudy starburst crap and quality of ice purity will be far superior as only pure water will freeze and stick to the elements and heavier impurities be left in the drip pan (which needs to be periodically cleaned).
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Like today's outboards they're all pretty good at this point.

Hoshizaki has a stainless evaporator plate. If it's going to be in your garage, that's the route I'd go. They are a bit more expensive and tend to use a bit more water but probably a better fit for a quasi-outdoor application in S. Florida.

My company services thousands of icemakers across the country so I know what I'm talking about.
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I have the Manitowoc 600 lb machine with a huge storage bin. The machine works great and has been problem free. They come with a 3 year warranty. Only problem I have is being in a small storage shed in the summer it gets hot and the machine does not like it. I had to cut a 12"x12" holes in the wall and install a vinyl vent with a fan on the other side blowing fresh outside air directly in to the back of the machine, this made it run like a champ. Air cooled is the way to go unless you want a huge water bill. The Manotowic produces cubed ice. It does not pack as well as the half moon shaped ice that the Hozizaki produces. Thats the only reason I would switch brands for my next machine.



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A new or nearly new 400 lb.and up ice machine will be one of the best purchases you will ever make.

i have had 2 Manitowoc's ...now a Scotsman that is 6 years old and running strong.

I can do without a lot of things... but an ice machine is not one of them

But be warned......... you will gain new friends at an alarming rate
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Alot of good pointers on here so thank you very much to all that have made recommendations....I'm in between the Manitowac and the Hoshizaki. Is the Stainless steel design and the water cooled features important enough to spend the extra dough for the Hoshizaki? What's difference does it make between the crescent shaped ice and cubed, other then the shape, of course?
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Originally Posted by cedar View Post
A new or nearly new 400 lb.and up ice machine will be one of the best purchases you will ever make.

i have had 2 Manitowoc's ...now a Scotsman that is 6 years old and running strong.

I can do without a lot of things... but an ice machine is not one of them

But be warned......... you will gain new friends at an alarming rate
I was wondering why nobody had mentioned Scotman? In my expereince, that is the machine of choice in the boating world when it comes to "land based" machines. That is what my dad and his friends recommended to the Commodore at Marina Hemingway in Havana.
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I have Manitowoc and love it. If there is one recommendation I can strongly make is whatever size you think you need, get a bigger one. I wish I had as now I will end up buying another one. In your case I would get at least a 300ish lb head with same size or next size up storage bin. And remember whatever the capacity it's rated for, when its Africa hot in Florida if you can't get your machine in a cooler area with a cooled water supply you can literally see as much as a 40-45 % reduction in how much it"s making.
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Originally Posted by HDRyder999 View Post
I have a Manitowoc. It's 11 years old and it's been flawless. It goes back and forth to the keys in the summer so it's seen some use. Don't forget you need a drain, too. Most ice machines exhaust water from the ice making process as well as the bin drain. As a side note, my partner and I have invented a "cold capture device" to use the exhaust water to prechill the intake water. This increases your ice making capacity or reduced your energy consumption, depending on how you use your machine. Good luck!
HDRyder,
can you expand on your cold capture device as I could sure use it for my set up?
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I also have the 600# Manitowoc water cooled model. Just remember, with the water cooled model you water bill will increase with usage. I feel the water cooled model is more effeciant. As mentioned earlier, air cooled uses ambient air too cool the condensor coils. If the machine is in a hot room it wont yeild as much ice as the water cooled.

ALSO, MAKE SURE to install a very good water filter before operating. To me this is one way to insure years of trouble free operation.

There is nothing like having your own ice machine!!!
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Originally Posted by nsh View Post
I also have the 600# Manitowoc water cooled model. Just remember, with the water cooled model you water bill will increase with usage. I feel the water cooled model is more effeciant. As mentioned earlier, air cooled uses ambient air too cool the condensor coils. If the machine is in a hot room it wont yeild as much ice as the water cooled.

ALSO, MAKE SURE to install a very good water filter before operating. To me this is one way to insure years of trouble free operation.

There is nothing like having your own ice machine!!!
Is that inline before the water gets to the unit?
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Speaking of water usage, do all commercial ice machines that make clear cubes use a constant supply of water running over the cooling plate to do this, or does this extra water go right down the drain, or does it get recycled? I know say on our house refrigerator/ice maker the valve only allows a timed amount of water in, so no waste. But on our commercial unit at work I can hear water going down the drain while it is making new cubes. If so on all machines I would think water bills would be astronomical in say the Keys.
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I have a Hoshi cubelet icemaker. Expensive little guy but the ice is great. I second the filter requirement.
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