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I get to drive one of these at work. Any burning questions?
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>>1735008
Can you run me through the operation procedure by step and tell me how fun it is?

:)
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>>1735008
Is it outdoors, in a dedicated rink, or in a shopping mall?
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howcome everyone looks at me weird when i stick around to watch the zamboni after the game
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>>1735009
Sure thing :)

Firstly, before you drive, you should check the two propane tanks to make sure at least one of them is full. I've seen one die on the ice which isn't just embarrassing but dangerous since the hot water that drips from the machine will burn a hole in the ice.

Once you make sure you have fuel you need to check the blade. There is a six or eight foot long steel blade that sits in the conditioner (in picrel it is the conditioner is the rectangular implement that is below the seat. You lower it when you go on the ice) which cuts the ice enough for water to get into all the gouges. You want to make sure it isn't too high or too low. Once you get on the ice you adjust it based on the ice. You can also feel underneath on each side to see how it sits. If one side is higher or lower than the other you have to grab a socket wrench and tighten one side until it sits flat.

Now that that's out of the way you fill up the two water tanks. There's a large hot water tank and a smaller cold water tank. The hot water is dumped onto the ice after the blade passes and spread out by the towel on the conditioner on the ice to make it smooth. The cold water is "Wash water" which is sprayed into deep cracks and sucked up by the machine and into the snow bin. The wash water is for when the ice has taken a beating and you have to get the snow and crap out of deep cuts.

Once you get onto the ice, you lower the conditioner down to the ice and turn on the elevator. In the conditioner there is a horizontal and vertical auger that takes the snow you cut and shoot it into the snow bin. You adjust the blade with the crank. If it's heavily damaged like after tryouts or an adult game, you set it down more to get rid of the gouges. If there's less wear you pull it up a bit to save the ice. Once the elevator is on you start your flood and turn on your hot water and wash water.
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>>1735009
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On the outside lap of the rink you are supposed to use the least amount of water to avoid building a ridge against the boards you will have to cut down later with a special edger (really a lawn mower like device). Other than that, you drive your pattern, make sure you go a consistent speed, always have the water going based on your speed (slow down = turn water down. Speed up = turn water up) to avoid having a thin middle, where people like to speed, and puddles in the corners.

Overall it's very fun. It's more of an art than a science. There's a reason the average driver is pushing sixty. Kids love it and I always have to wave back at the ones watching.
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>>1735013
Dedicated rink. Two pads
>>1735014
Don't feel bad anon. It's a cool machine.
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>>1735015
>>1735018
Thanks dude. Before my local indoor rink closed (rip IceForum) I'd always watch the Zamboni do its thing and the guy driving was always a late 20s guy with a beanie and a long hockey haircut. I would've loved to get a job there and drive the Zamboni/sharpen skates myself but like I said it got sold and demolished to make way for new apartments for the nearby state university.
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Good thread.
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>>1735008
what's the preferred brand or maker of zamboni?
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>>1735029
Zamboni is a generic trademark for an American brand. The only other big brand, and the only one I've ever seen here, is the Canadian-made Olympia. Apparently Olympia's are more user friendly, familiar gas and brake pedal as opposed to just a throttle and gas for the zams, but some prefer the zams because the augers are always at a consistent speed and not hydrostatic (speed depends on vehicle speed) like Olympia. From people who've driven both they say it's like a manual vs automatic transmission car.
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>>1735030
Forgot the mention having the augers slow down can cause them to jam if you cut too much going through your corners, which has happened to me a few times. I've only ever driven an Olympia. We have a 2013 and a 2002. I've seen the new electric ones and they're pretty sexy. New rinks have an automatic blade system that uses a laser receiver on the machine to keep the ice at the same height always and also automatically controls the flow of water. We're building two new rinks at my facility so I hope we get the new models.
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>>1735008
I used to drive one of these jobs. was pretty fun but I was also autistic about being the center of attention. at the end of the night, when all the people left, I could get my shift drink and put it in the cup holder. after the ice was all smooth sometimes my coworkers would get in the passenger seat and I'd do donuts.
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>>1735008
What is the maximum speed of your zamboni, OP?
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how do you judge how much overlap you have down the middle? I always judge a zammer when he leaves an extra strip, or when his turns are too sharp on the ends.

all our local rinks use zamboni's, but my question is what is that handle they pump periodically in the center control console? It seems to be when they're in the straightaway, but I can't tell what it controls. same with the little wheel they spin in the same cluster.
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>>1735064
That pump might be the water. The crank is how you adjust the blade.
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>>1735008
you ever take it off any sweet jumps?
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Have you ever thought of making it into a giant lawnmower?
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waiting athe,,sideboard for some slick freshice.
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>>1735008
Is it true that all the hockey player spit all over the ice so the "snow" that comes out of these things is really gross?
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>>1735015
>>1735016
based chad zamboni driver
do a wicked awesome slow burnout/doughnuts for me next shift.
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Needa,,,cleanup run,,,looks bumpy.



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