The Manzoni ™ - The Ice Resurfacing Tool
Perfect Ice… Fast! Easy!
Revive the Canadian Tradition of Having Your Own Backyard Rink
It's all about ice time...
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Quick Connect with brass hose
adapter engaged with the valve.
Quick Connect with brass hose adapter disengaged from the valve.
Manzoni head showing the coupler,
non-adjustable spray nozzles and the integrated drag cloth.
The complete stainless steel Manzoni™ -The Ice Resurfacing Tool.
The Manzoni™ is a robust, light weight, manually operated stainless steel ice-resurfacing tool for backyard rinks that delivers consistently perfect ice ; fast and easy. Designed with ease of use in mind, a garden hose is connected to the Manzoni’s flow valve via the quick-connect for leak-free operation. A large triangular flow valve handle was designed for easy operation while wearing winter gloves. The Manzoni's 44” head and spray nozzles are uniquely designed to apply the water directly to the ice surface to form quality ice. The replaceable integrated drag cloth maintains an even application of water and removes any slush to ensure consistently smooth ice.
a link to some Rink Videos performed on Manzoni maintained ice:
Resurface your own back yard rink with perfect, high quality ice, every time. Fast, efficient, economical, hassle free. Lay down a gleaming sheet of new ice with minimal effort and time. Flood your rink in minutes. Flood in between skating and games. No more hassles getting wet and cold making bad ice with the traditional approach using a hose, sprinkler, bucket etc. No more long flooding sessions. No more rough, uneven ice or even worse, 'shale' ice that you can't even skate on. With all the effort in making a rink, maintenance is easy with the Manzoni™ - Ice Resurfacing Tool!
We have been busy in the off season and we are happy to release the newly re-engineered and re-designed 2013 version of the Manzoni™. This is one serious tool that is built to last for generations with quality construction. Each unit is individually hand built with welded stainless steel 304 grade tubing (rust and deterioration free), complete with high quality quick disconnect, garden hose brass fitting, needle valve for variable water flow control, easily replaceable drag-towel. Designed for easy and efficient water application for years to come. Your kids will be grown and gone before the Manzoni™ is finished working. No maintenance required. Minimizes the amount of warm water required to resurface the ice; this saves you time and money.
Don’t let a warm day, winter thaw or wet snow ruin your ice. If this occurs, repair your ice with just 2-3 passes with the Manzoni™.
The Manzoni's head and spray
are designed to allow for quick penetration of water through the shale
ice so as to rebuild the ice from the existing underlying quality ice
to form new bonded quality ice.
Global Warming got you down? Follow the tips and tricks below to once again build the perfect backyard rink.
If you have any questions email us.
Order your very own 2013 version of the
Manzoni™ Ice Resurfacing Tool for only $199.00
Shipping and Handling will be calculated and added to the invoice (estimate $35 anywhere in Canada).
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How to build an inexpensive, sustainable rink, that won’t kill your grass!!
Tips and Tricks:
Do you want to build a long lasting rink in these warmer times and maintain it with minimum effort? Follow these tips and tricks to making a hassle free backyard rink. The large thermal mass of a frozen rink resists melting so if you can fill the tarp with at least 4" of water all the better. It takes about 2 days to fill ~10" of water in a 30' x 45' rink, depending on your water pressure. If the surface does get soft during a warmer sunny day, just wait for the overnight chill to bring it back into shape.
Boards: Spruce construction grade 2" X 8" or 2" x10" by 10' long.
Tarp: Use a clear or opaque re-enforced tarp that exceeds the rinks outer dimensions by at least 2' on all sides. A 40' x 60' rink tarp from Home Depot is $149.
Water: Hose or water truck? A water truck may be a useful alternative to using a hose if you are relying on a well, or if you can't wait 48 hours to fill the rink via the garden hose. Use the built in Google Calculator to determine the volume of water that you will need. A 30' x 45' x 0.5' rink needs 5000 gallons or 20 cubic meters of water. This will cost $60 from Kingston Utilities or $100 from Clark's Water (613-546-7440) delivered by truck in the Kingston area.
The Art of Ice Maintenance and Flooding: Use The Manzoni™- The Ice Resurfacing Tool.
Connect the female end of the garden hose to a washbasin's faucet and the other end to the Manzoni™ quick disconnect. Tighten sufficiently to ensure the connections are leak proof. Connect the quick disconnect to the Manzoni and you are ready to resurface your ice. Use warm water to flood the ice if possible. The warm water melts any remaining ‘snow’ and the top layer of existing ice, to create new ice, with a firm, glass like appearance. You will not get 'shale' if you follow this approach. Using the Manzoni™ it will only take 5-10 minutes to resurface your ice and it will be ready for more skating in the same amount of time (at -10°C). If you simply use a hose without a Manzoni™ you will get uneven ice, lumps and even shale, etc. Without the Manzoni™ it will take 30 minutes or more to flood and this will require an overnight period to set firm.
In 2006 our rink was good from Dec 15 until the March break in Kingston, Ontario. Once the daytime temperatures stay consistently above freezing, the rink melts and simply pump out the water with a submersible pump or siphon off, remove the tarp and you won't have the problem of killing your grass. You won't even be able to tell a rink was there at all.
Keep the pucks in the rink area by using plastic snow fencing or deer mesh netting around the end boards. You can also build a more elaborate structure which prevents the flying pucks coming off the posts or cross bar and breaking windows (especially neighbours windows!!). Trust me, I know it happens.
If you have additional tips and trick to make a backyard rink, feel free to email them to us and we will post them.
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