# How Did They Clean Ice Before Zamboni?

## How much does a Zamboni driver make?

The average ice resurfacer driver makes \$13 per hour or about \$31,000 per year.

Pay depends on what size arena you work at and the quality of ice you generate.

If you love ice and don’t mind getting cold at work you should consider a job as an ice resurfacer.

It’s cool to work with big machines and frozen water..

## Is Zamboni water hot or cold?

The machine dispenses warm water (140 to 145 degrees F or 60 to 63 degrees C) through holes at the back, where a towel smoothes it as it freezes along the surface [sources: Exploratorium, Zamboni].

## How does a Zamboni clean the ice?

A wash tank directs water to a conditioner, which rinses the dirty ice. A front squeegee collects that dirty water. The machine dispenses warm water (140 to 145 degrees F or 60 to 63 degrees C) through holes at the back, where a towel smoothes it as it freezes along the surface [sources: Exploratorium, Zamboni].

## Can a Zamboni kill you?

since the Zamboni brand ice-resurfacers weigh in at 5 tons or so, yes, running someone over with one could definitely kill them. you could also crush them between the shavings hopper and the body.

In the only previous Zamboni DWI case (to my knowledge), a New Jersey judge dismissed the charge against that defendant after ruling that a Zamboni is not a “motor vehicle.” He based this on his findings that a Zamboni can’t be used on streets or highways and can’t carry passengers.

## How expensive is a Zamboni?

As the sizes and options of the Zamboni machines vary greatly according to each ice arena’s individual needs, so does the price. The Model 100 (a small tractor pulled unit) may be in the neighborhood of \$10,000.00 or more and the full-sized machines can be up to or in the low six figures.

## Does a Zamboni cut ice?

The essential functions of a zamboni can be divided into four steps: Shaving the Ice: A zamboni cuts away the top layer of ice (often 1/16th of an inch or less) using a sharp blade, much like a shaving razor. Rotating augers carry away the shavings into the ‘snow tank,’ which lies toward the front of the machine.

## How long does it take to Zamboni the ice?

approximately 7 minutesA standard North American ice rink is 17,000 square feet. Lake Erie = 16,300,664 ice rinks. A single Zamboni machine takes approximately 7 minutes to resurface a standard North American ice rink.

## What liquid is in a Zamboni?

When loaded with water, the machine weighs an almost unbelievable 7,000 to 11,000 pounds (3,175 to 4,990 kilograms). (Depending on the model, the machine can hold about 211 to 264 gallons (800 to 1,000 liters) of water [source: Zamboni].

## Why do they put hot water on ice rinks?

The reason is that hot water contains less dissolved oxygen, or micro air bubbles, which aids with a harder ice surface. There is also the unproven theory that hot water freezes faster than cold water, but we aren’t so certain about that.

## How deep is the ice in a hockey rink?

The first few layers are painted with the hockey markings and the advertisements that you see on (or more correctly “in”) the ice. These layers are then covered with 8 to 10 more thin layers of ice. When complete, the ice is only one inch thick!

## How often do they Zamboni the ice at the Olympics?

Figure Skating – The ice is cleaned with the Zamboni after every “Competition group”, which consists of approximately 8 performances. Long track Speed Skating – Varies by event. It is cleaned between every other pair at the 5K/10K distances, every 4th pair in the middle distances, and every 8th pair at the 500.

## When was the Zamboni first used?

A Zamboni machine was first used in an NHL game in 1954, and one scraped the ice at the Olympics for the first time at Squaw Valley in 1960.

## How thick is the ice at an ice rink?

approximately 3/4″Ice is approximately 3/4″ of an inch thick and is usually chilled at 16 degrees fahrenheit. The thicker the ice, the softer and slower it becomes.

## How do zambonis not slide?

Once the painters are done and we’ve got a good overall seal of the surface, we change the tires of the Zamboni to unstudded tires—they generally have studded tires on them on a day-to-day basis for hockey, so that you can grip into the ice and not slide around when you’re grooming it—and then we take that machine out …