With the end of summer near…don’t fear….hockey is near! With hockey near…get your resurfacer gear ready! Well…we are not talking about your skating gear; however, we are talking about your ice resurfacer.
Our last newsletter discussed the fossil fuel resurfacer so let us take a brief five minutes to outline the types of electric IR maintenance, cost, stages to complete them and roughly what to budget. You will find that both the fossil fuel and electric resurfacer share numbers one - two; however, the third item changes due to the battery as the ice resurfacer power plant.
Types of IR Maintenance
I. Reactive: Broken bearing, weak master link, neglected batteries
Pros: Lower initial cost, less staff, no planning needed
Cons: Short life expectancy, unexpected down time, uncontrollable budgets
II. Preventative: Clean, lubricate, adjust, minor component replacement
Pros: Extends life, efficient, increases up time, less unplanned maintenance
Cons: Planning and time to complete
Performing Types of IR Maintenance
In-House Challenges: Time to complete, Knowledge (parts swappers), Tools can be $$$
Out-Sourced: Dedicated time, Factory Trained, Tools are owned and specific
What, When & How Much
Daily: Inspect and Grease Auger Bearings - Facility Staff
Weekly: Inspect, Blade Change, Clean Blade Holder, Grease conditioner/auger points, equalize & water batteries - Facility Staff
Monthly: Inspect, Grease ALL Grease Points and test battery cell voltage on a full charge- Facility Staff
1. 2.15 to 2.17 is what is expected with each cell +/- .02 of each other
Annually: Factory Maintenance via Factory Trained $ Authorized Dealer
Estimated at $1500 - $2000
Three to Five Years: Auger Bearings, Pins, Bushings, Conditioner Work, Tires
$2000 - $4000 Depending on Extent of Conditioner Work
Some Electric Resurfacers require Battery Replacement at 3-5 yrs @ $12000
Eight to Ten Years: Olympia Battery Replacement estimated at $16,000
Ten to Twelve Years: Trade in or Rebuild IR to Eliminate Constant Repair
$15,000 - $30,000
Take a brief moment to decompress….OK…Ready? Keep in mind the above are estimated costs. All authorized dealer’s cost will very depending on travel, work completed, and the maintenance program that was designed specifically for your facilities needs.
So when planning your Electric IR maintenance before this hockey season, contact CIAS to help develop a custom Preventative Electric IR Maintenance Program.