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Old 11-20-2011, 11:20 AM
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Looking for a nice ice machine for my camp-300-500# bin. Would prefer something new and on the gulf coast, but open to anything. Anybody know of a good place to shop them or know of a good deal?

What brands should I look at? I know nothing about this subject.
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:39 AM
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I will call my buddy tomorrow, he works on them for a living. His company might sell them. (If not I know another guy that does, I think they're company is Tiger Ice IIRC).

I can tell you that there is water cooled and air cooled. You will use lotta water on a water cooled machine.

He also told me they are pretty sensivitive to ambient temps. They do not do well outside, or in a garage . . . esp. if the temps fluctuate much.

He basically told me not to get one that it wold never be worth it . . . but I always wanted one too.

They break down alot, he is always busy!

I'll give him a call for you and report back.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:48 PM
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My limited experience says ice-o-matic = junk and manitowaoc=quality. As Rob said, these machines SUCK when put outside. I would certainly try to have it inside, out of the elements.
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My limited experience says ice-o-matic = junk and manitowaoc=quality. As Rob said, these machines SUCK when put outside. I would certainly try to have it inside, out of the elements.
I would highly recommend going to The Restaurant Depot in New Orleans to shop around for one. The Restaurant Depot is the Walmart/Home Depot of Restaurant equipment and food. The place is awesome and worth the drive for anyone looking for a quality ice maker or any type of kitchen/restaurant item. http://www.restaurantdepot.com/ There isn't anything like in the entire Southern US.
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:05 PM
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mako you have a pm!
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:08 PM
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I found one that worked great for several months and like others are saying, they don't do well outside. And they break.... a lot. A circuit board went out on mine, then another part that powered the shut off and.... it went bye bye after that. I just use some home frozen block ice along with crushed from one of those auto-ice machines put in a quality ice chest.
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:32 PM
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we have a brand new hoshizaki at our camp at the point, outside, off the ground....never had any problems with it. works marvelously and it sits directly in the sun for half of the day
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:40 PM
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I do this for a living Hoshizaki the best hands down, followed by Manitowok.

Scottsman is ok


flakers are 2x the price of cubers.

no need for remote condenser unless it's going to be installed in an extremely hot room.

3-400# is what the machine will make in 24hrs, you need to analyze what you need in a day for holding capacity. You can sit a 3-400# machine on a 100# bin. my point is if you have 400# of ice in bin and only use 50#'s a week you will end up with alot of ice blocks from melt rate.
for a 3-400# machine expect to pay 2500-3500$ for new with a bin cube style and 4500 to 5500 for a flaker.
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Old 11-20-2011, 03:10 PM
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Chest freezers are cheap. you might want to think about a smaller bin and a chest freezer that holds your 300-400 lbs of ice. The ice in the bin will around 32F . The ice in the freezer will be colder and will last longer on the boat.
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We have a Hoshizaki at our camp..300lb machine- 450 lb bind. It works great for us... We have had this machine for 7 years now and worked perfectly...just get it serviced once a year. Blanchards from Houma comes down and services it at the camp.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:25 PM
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i really need a small ice maker and a big bin
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:49 PM
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When I get my boat done I will also be looking for one.....
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:25 AM
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Ryan, I got tired of working on ice machines at my lake house on Big Lake. Find a local ice vendor and have them put one of their coolers at your camp and stock it with 20 pound bags. No waste and it is way cheaper in the long run.
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Just my 2 cents on dealing with my Scottsman and the others I have delt with.

First and most important! A very good Water Filter I suggest at least an inline triple filter type the first two filter can be the particle filters and the last being the type that removes the chlorine/other chemicals. They have some types that have pressure gauges before and after this way you can tell when its time to change filters by the drop in pressure from the two. Also have a dedicated circuit for the machine.

The bigger the bin the better, As long as an ice machine runs it doesn’t breakdown in my experience. When they have to stop because of a full bin and have to sit for a while is when they break

My ice machine has only broken down a couple of times all of which was when they were shut down for a long time.

I have a Scottsman Flaker/nuggets (sonic ice) and I love it. The only drawback is that the flaker ice does not hold up as long as square cubes or the top hat cubes in an ice chest once you put fish and drinks in it.
But for your cocktail drinks nothing beats the flaker nuggets!
In my Fish box the nuggets melts quick but the slush it forms works great still. (I add a couple of frozen 2 liter bottles to help out on over-night trips)

The nuggets are the result of being ice forming on a wall and an auger pushing it up and thru the holes out the top. Nuggets are fractured so they are not solid. I have bagged the nuggets and put them in the freezer as spares and they last a lot longer.

I have mine in my shed at my camp. They produce a lot of heat so I cut out a hole and riveted a vent directly behind mine and made all exhaust go outside with some thin sheet metal (AC Duct material)

I’ve herd nothing but good things out of the Hoshizaki machines and they make one that is make a type called cublets. The cublets are the best of both worlds small solid ice cubes. If mine ever dies that’s what I’m going with next. These are the most $ though

Ice o matics are not very good. My father just replaced his after trying to get it to run right for two years.

For what its worth go check out ebay or the online stores for one. New or used I saw a big big difference in price even with shipping.
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cheaper to get a medium upright freezer with a ice maker
take the shelves out and install a large bucket/ container and place some starboard to keep ice in when you open the door. when the bucket is full, it will shut off.

when you open the door place cooler in front and move the board , ice .......

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http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...any-ideas.html
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Ordered a commercial Manitowoc years ago that arrived on truck freight. Trucker called me and I met him near the interstate since he said he could not home deliver...how great is that??? LOL
It's a smaller unit but drops about every 15 minutes. I think it makes 200 lbs/day and holds 80 lbs??? I bag what's left after I turn it off and put it in the deep freezer. I turn it on as needed and it fills the bin overnight regardless of ambient temp. I installed it in the garage which is open in the back, so it gets quite hot in the summer and still makes plenty ice. It came with a commercial grade filter and I plumbed in a regular two stage filter from walmart as a prefilter since I'm on a well. Every once in a while I spray a diluted bleach mix inside to sterilize the bin and add some bleach to the water tray inside and run the cleaning cycle. No prolbems in two years and the convenience is well worth it!
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Best cheapest prices on the web for Hoshizaki Ice Machine
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If you're still in the market for one, be sure not to buy a water cooled one. Your water bill will knock your socks off.
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Bought a Hoshizaki 5 years ago from a distributor in Elmwood. Plugged it in then & been working ever since.
For rec guys like us ur on the right track about being more concerned with bin size rather than daily production. WHODAT!
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