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  1. #1
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    Ok guys. I have a simple question, of a survay. I like to hear your guys openions. Here goes. Which is the best making ice machine and the worst making ice machine??

  2. #2
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    Aug 2004
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    if it makes ice then i guess i would say thats a good ice maker, J/K ive only touched one kind of ice machine when i was doing maintenance in a hotel for 2 years, can't remember the manufacture but most problems were always electrical

  3. #3
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    We've had a Manitowoc for over 8 years (450 lbs) with minimal probs, nothing in refrigeration circuit.
    If everything was always done "by the book"....the book would never change.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2004
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    Tucson, Az
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    Over the years I've worked on many different ice machines. I think as far as dependability, Hoshizaki wins hands down! I think Kold Draft had the most problems, in my opinion.
    Jim
    Tucson, Az
    Keeping the Ice Cream Frozen!

  5. #5
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    I have serviced all major brands of ice machines. I am very partial to Hoshizaki for overall performance. Granted they have some problems but nothing to serious. The worst brand I have dealt with is Crystal Tips.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2003
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    I'll take Manitowoc any day of the week. I just hate working on Hoshizakis. I'm always reading posts from guys on the net saying how much they love Hoshis, but I've never met a guy in the supply house that likes them. Maybe it's a regional thing. Lots of Manitowocs around here.
    I don't like waiting 45 minutes to make ice.

    Worst ice machine ever? The old Kold Draft mouse traps

  7. #7
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    Jul 2000
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    Hoshizaki is tops on my list. Manitowoc is second. Ice-O-Matic and Cornelius at the bottom. I just don't think it's fair to dump on Crystal Tips (since they're gone) and Kold-Draft (since they're trying to come back).

    With the terrible water conditions I have here in Florida, evaporators are the first major component to fail in a cuber. This is how I have to judge most of the brands out there.

    I have never had a Hoshizaki evaporator fail. On the other hand I've had numerous failures with the others, many of them in-warranty. Manitowoc has become a lot more sensitive to in-warranty evaporator claims and will not honor the warranty on those they feel were subjected to corrosive water conditions. That's a bunch of crap. If their materials won't stand up to an approved municipal water supply for five years there's something wrong with their design.

    I have seven Manitowocs in my shop right now......all 1997 or newer, that have failed evaps due to corrosion.

    I've got one Hoshizaki that spent ten years at a beachfront motel outdoors in the salt spray air and it still works great.

  8. #8
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    Jun 2004
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    I like Maintowoc's the best for servicabilty/cleaning. I like Hoshi's for there dependabilty. I like Scott's since they make me lots of money especially with there newer Auto IQ controls with there IR sensors.

  9. #9
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    I forgot to mention Scotsman.......they're my #3, and soon to be #2.

  10. #10
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    I live in manitowoc & service/install some of thier experimental units.not bad machines & the people there are nice to deal with-but I could be a little partial lol.
    Take your time & do it right!

  11. #11
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    Hoshi # 1
    Scotsman #2

    Wouldn't recommend the others.


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