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Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machines FAQ


Machines FAQ

What is the differences between a cube ice shaver and a block ice shaver? What type of shaved ice machine do I need?

What snow cone machines do you offer?



Where do I start? How can I choose the machine that is best for me?



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What is the differences between a cube ice shaver and a block ice shaver? What type of shaved ice machine do I need?


Your snow cone or shaved ice machine is the lifeline to your business. Without a quality machine, your business cannot survive. We offer a large variety of shaved ice and snow cone machines that will meet the heavy demands of any shaved ice or snow cone business. All of our machines are made to the highest standards in order to provide years of durability and service. 

We often are asked the difference between cube ice shavers and block ice shavers. Please review the following information for help on deciding what type of ice shaver will be best suited for your business.   You can also visit our Machine Help Center to help you decide on what type of machine that will fit best for your business.

Features

Cube Shaved Ice Shaver

Block Shaved Ice Shaver

Type of Ice used

Uses cube ice only

Uses block ice only, ice must be tempered to correct temperature

Ice Availability

Cube ice is readily available in all parts of the country

 

Uses block ice only,

block ice is not always readily available.  Look in your local yellow pages for availability.

Cost of Ice

Cube ice is cheaper

Block ice usually cost a bit more

Texture of Snow

Shaves fluffy snow that is a bit coarser or more grainy that block shavers, but does a great job!

Shaves fluffy snow that is smoother and finer than cube shavers

 

Ease of use

Easiest to use, employees can learn very quickly.

Takes some time to get used to, will take a bit longer to train employees, but overall is very easy

Durability

Equal to block shavers

Equal to cube shavers

Production

Shaves ice quicker

Takes a little, but not much, more time to shave a cup of ice

Popularity

Equal to block shavers

Equal to cube shavers

The following are a few questions you should ask yourself when deciding on the best ice shaver for your business.

1.      Is block ice available in your area?  If not, a cube ice shaver may be your best choice.  If you still prefer a block ice shaver, you may choose to make your own ice blocks using our block ice tubs or purchase one of our block ice machines.

2.      What type of ice shavers does your competition use?  If your prospective customers are accustomed to ice from block ice shavers you may want to purchase a block ice shaver.  If your prospective customers are accustomed to ice from cube ice shavers, you may prefer the cube ice shaver.

3.      Who will be using the ice shaver?  If the ice shaver is being used by a large variety of people, the cube ice shaver may be your best choice.  For example, at school athletic concession stands, the same people may not be operating the ice shaver from week to week.  Often volunteers are used at these concession stands, thus the person operating the ice shaver will vary. The cube ice shaver requires the least amount of training and will most likely work best in these situations.  If you have employees that are at your business daily, a block ice shaver should work well.

4.      How fast do you need to serve customers?  If you are at a large festival or carnival and expect a large line of customers, the cube ice shaver may be your best choice.

5.      Is your business permanent or mobile? Most mobile businesses use cube ice shavers while most permanent businesses use block ice shavers.

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What snow cone machines do you offer?

 

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Where do I start? How can I choose the machine that is best for me?

 

Visit our Machine Help Center. Review the information there to pick out the machine that is perfect for your business.

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