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What's your "must have" rink tool?

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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby Yooper » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:50 am

These are 2 pics with the back view of the blade. The blade fits into the corner of the 1" angle iron and is spot welded across. The shaft is welded to the top piece of the angle iron. Maybe the next elite rink product?
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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby rinkratjoey » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:30 pm

After this weekend, I would have to say a big pair of water-proof chemical gloves. I will never attempt to flood the pond in below freezing temp without them again!!.
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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby kevmac » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:41 pm

Skating on the ice is one of the best ways to level it and get rid of the bumps... ;-)
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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby Yooper » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:39 pm

RinkratJoey,

We have a 55 gallon steel drum that is welded top and bottom. Then we cut 3 holes on one side essentially leaving the 2 "rings" only at that spot. Put the barrel where you need it, put the hose inside of it and walk away! It takes 10 minutes to fill the barrel. We go inside and at the 9 minute mark one person goes out and tips the barrel over. Pick it up and move it to next spot and repeat. 51x71 rink takes 6-7 pours. Beats the hose any day
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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby rinkratjoey » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:49 pm

Yooper -

Do you fill that barrel outside of the rink area??? I would think that if you filled it on the actual skating surface that it would melt somewhat into the surface while filling up ( or am I wrong?) Or do you fill it off to the side? And then do you just roll it over to pour it out? Interesting idea......
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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby Yooper » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:29 pm

We are using cold water from a spigot so it doesn't melt that much. Maybe a few pressure marks, but nothing that you can notice. We do it right on the rink. You just push it over and it floods 1/6 the rink. In most cases the hose doesn't even fall out of the barrel. The ice is extra slippery as you do get some blow-back behind the barrel. Yax trax are ideal. After you pour it, pick it up or slide it to the next spot. Generally we flood from the middle of the rink out in a clockwise rotation. Basically, you only move it about 10 feet each time. It floods great when we are looking for adding ice. Then use the rink rake to make it pretty if you want. The benefit of not getting cold and being able to go inside for 9 minutes is great. I've done the hose before and your hands and pants get wet every time. Just don't have a guy like me around because Friday night when I left they were still flooding and I turned the water off. 5 guys standing around outside for a change and one says "Isn't this one taking a long time?"

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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby Joe » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:55 am

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Re: What's your "must have" rink tool?

Postby jesmith18 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:32 pm

Right now my must have tool would be, cold enough weather to make ice. If anyone has an extra one of these please let me know!


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