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Redneck Backyard Zamboni Ice Resurfacer

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video Redneck Backyard Zamboni Ice Resurfacer
What's the best thing to do with an old riding mower?  Make a home made ice resurfacer with it!

This old riding mower had a blown engine so I built this one doing the following:
  1. Stripped off all the old mower decking and non-important parts and repainted it purple.
  2. Put on a small surplus engine.
  3. Made a scraper blade by grinding an edge into a piece of steel and mounted it to the lifter handle that was used for the mower deck.
  4. Found an old water tank and mounted it on the back.  Then took a piece of copper pipe and drilled little sprayer holes into it.
  5. Added a squeegee mate that could be raised and lowered.
  6. Studded the tires with short stainless steel screws.
  7. Added some front and rear lighting for night-time driving.  No Zamboni is complete without the blinking light!
Enjoy!
Lorddrake1 year ago
brilliant.

web4deb (author)  Lorddrake1 year ago
Thanks! don't forget to vote for it in the Redneck contest right here on Instructables!  http://www.instructables.com/contest/redneck2012/?show=ENTRIES
fogbert7 months ago
Great project and video. I am starting one today! Including the skating at the end of the video underscores the quality of the finished product.
That is so cool.... hahah cool.
mikemehak1 year ago
hey, great build.

Does your blade have down pressure? Do you find the blade does much?

My plan was to do a spring loaded blade, to cut out any high spots, but I'm afraid it might scrape up too much ice and cause too much slush.

On the other hand, I feel that with no down pressure the blade won't cut much
web4deb (author)  mikemehak1 year ago
It doesn't have a lot of down pressure. Basically I put about 30 pounds of dead weight in blade area to keep it from bounding around on the ice. It doesn't really shave everything, just sort of hits the high spots in the ice and breaks of any knobs that are on it.
cchase41 year ago
REDNECK ZAMBONI WE CAN DO THIS
LOVE THIS! I just acquired a 1970's Int'l Cub Cadet 85 myself. I grew up with a backyard rink....so your Instructable is bringing back childhood memories of skating in the backyard colliding with my newest motorized toy in the garage, great idea!
Lokisgodhi1 year ago
FAIL.

If it were a real redneck Zamboni you'd have figured a way to install a blown big block Chevy in it. ;-)
wanna beco1 year ago
lol thats so "cool"
TheTunaMan1 year ago
LOVE this! Where were you when my knees still allowed me to play pond hockey? Great job on this build! I can't believe that you allow skates with toe picks on your SWEET surface! LOL
Very nice! I just voted for you.
Good luck in the contest.
Dr Qui1 year ago
Brilliant, I recently spotted an old ride on converted to a land leveler to scrape stones into pot holes on a gravel lane.
noahw1 year ago
This is awesome - have you thought about posting a full step by step? Writing an Instructable helps people understand what you've done much better then just a video posted alone. You could of course post your video inside the Instructable as well.
web4deb (author)  noahw1 year ago
I didn't really keep track of the process as I did it except taking a few extra pictures. It is so specialized that I didn't really think other people would want to build one! ;-)
jaceone1 year ago
is this a 70's / 80's toro whirlwind? i have the same exact mower!
web4deb (author)  jaceone1 year ago
yup! This one was made by Sears. I call it the Forrest Gump mower. ;-)
web4deb (author) 1 year ago
The final scraper, studded tires, and squeegee
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web4deb (author) 1 year ago
These are the 2 levers that are used to lift the blade, and a second one to lift the squeegee.
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web4deb (author) 1 year ago
This is of the blade. I sharpened the blade at about a 45 degree angle and clamped it into a holder. The holder is then perpendicular to the ice as it is scraping.
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web4deb (author) 1 year ago
A few extra images. This is the small engine that replaced the old blown one
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Lorddrake1 year ago
already voted for it :) .. if you are feeling neighborly you can vote for my entires too hehe.  so far I have the redneck toothpick carrier and BBQ pulled pork and 4 cheese meatloaf entered
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you might want to enter this IBLE in the reuse contest too.

This is brilliant. Do you have any pictures from your build?
web4deb (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Sure do! I'll see if I can add them into this Instructable.
Great
VadimS1 year ago
Nice
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