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BUMBLEBEE

Big Performance. Small Machine.

BUMBLEBEE

Meet our new Bumble Bee and Bumble Bee Pro ice resurfacers.. With a 60” conditioner, 60 gallons of ice making water. An 18 cu. ft. snow tank. A large and comfortable operator compartment (how did we do that?). Simple on-ice operation. Clean battery power. A built in battery charger. Great operator sight lines. Reliable, solid state elec-tronic controls. Our patented vertical auger oil tank. True shaving performance with true down pressure. Everything needed by the small ice rink in a small affordable, reliable, proven machine.

 
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Introducing the New Bumble Ice Resurfacer from Sport Ice

The new Bumblebee ice resurfacer from Sport Ice has all the BIG performance that Sport Ice machines are known for. Just in a smaller machine. Why would we do this? Because small ice rinks need good ice too!

Our customers challenged us. They wanted a true ice resurfacing machine for their smallest studio rinks. And they had a big list of features.

Make it turn better. Make it strong and robust. Make it easy to operate. Make it easy to load in and out and easy to transport. Make it reliable. And make it affordable.

So we started to design. First we had to keep all the things that make great ice. Like a true ice conditioner with snow shaving, removal and handling. We did that.

Then we had to make it strong. We did that, with a strong, tubular space frame chassis. Then we added lifting pockets and lifting eyes for easy handling. The Bumblebee will even fit sideways in a standard delivery box truck.

Reliability was easy, we used a lot of the same components from our bigger machines. Components that have proven themselves worthy for many years.

Last, we made it more affordable, (although the accounting department is not as happy about this as our customers).

The result of all this work is the new Bumblebee ice resurfacer. With a 60” conditioner, 60 gallons of ice making water. An 18 cu. ft. snow tank. A large and comfortable operator compartment (how did we do that?). Simple on-ice operation. Clean battery power. A built in battery charger. Great operator sight lines. Reliable, solid state electronic controls. Our patented vertical auger oil tank. True shaving performance with true down pressure. Everything needed by the small ice rink in a small affordable, reliable, proven machine.

The Bumble Bee Pro has additional features including; larger capacity batteries for longer run time, a board brush, a blade control tower for on-the-fly adjustment of the shaving blade depth, and an optional tire wash system.

Part Measurement
Length (Overall) 228.6cm / 90"
Width (Conditioner) 160cm / 63"
Width (Body) 121.cm / 48"
Wheel Base 96.5cm / 38"
Wheel Track 118.8cm / 46.75"
Ground Speed 16kmh / 10mph Max
Machine Weight (Empty) 680Kg / 1500lbs
Snow Tank 0.5 cubic meter / 18 cubic feet
Water Tank 228L / 60 US gal. Capacity
Hydraulic Oil 30L / 8 US gal.
The operators compartment features an all weather seat with armrests, a brake pedal with integral parking brake, an accelerator pedal, a steering wheel with hydraulically powered steering control. The dash contains the SmartView gauge (Battery Discharge Indicator (BDI), Fault code display and Hourmeter”, switches for horn and light operation, the key switch and the FNR switch. There is even an optional power port available.
The operator’s compartment also provides a comfortable operation of the hydraulic control valves, and the water control rod.

The Bumble Bee Pro has additional option switches that control the board brush and tire wash functions. The BB Pro also has a blade tower for “on-the-fly” adjustment of the shaving blade depth…buzz, buzz, buzz.

Traction Drive System

The traction system uses a Sevcon SEM control rated at 300 amperes. This means that the traction motor, while still a D.C. motor, has no brushes – this reduces service needs for the traction motor. The motor is custom built by D&D Motor Systems, a leading DC motor manufacturer. The motor is directly mounted to the rear axle, which is manufactured by Graziano Trasmissioni. This axle model is similar to those used in thousands of small vehicles (like golf carts). The rear axle features drum brakes on both wheels and incorporates a parking brake as well. The traction system has been adjusted to provide full travel speed in the forward direction but for safety, the travel speed in the rear or backwards travel direction has been reduced.

Pump Control System

The electric pump motor powers the Bumble Bee;s hydraulic system. In order to conserve battery power – the pump motor is operated via a dash mounted rocker switch. When the operator is on the ice, the switch is turned on, providing full hydraulic power needed for ice resurfacing. Off the ice, the pump motor switch may be switched off and the machine will drive in the “stealth” mode.

The Bumble Bee machine uses a 24V DC battery powered electric system. The batteries are supplied with a single point battery watering system that allows for easy battery maintenance.

The key to a happy Bumble Bee machine is to keep the batteries charged at all times. We’ve made this easy with an on-board, “smart” battery charger. After each resurfacing, just plug in an AC cord to the machine, turn on the battery charger and you’ll be ready for your next ice resurfacing.

Vertical Auger

The Bumble Bee machines feature a proven revolutionary design feature from our bigger machines; the vertical auger/oil tank. In this breakthrough design, the vertical auger tube goes through the oil tank. This does two things, as the snow and ice passes through the vertical auger tube – the snow cools the hydraulic oil. At the same time, the hydraulic oil (which is working hard so it is warm) heats up the vertical auger. The “passive heat exchanger” is effective in reducing the potential of snow jams in the vertical auger and the cooler oil temperature results in better overall hydraulic performance. The vertical auger transports the snow collected by the ice conditioner. The vertical auger rotates very quickly so as to move the snow to the integrated snow slinger. This large snow slinger throws the snow into the dump tank at a very high rate of speed. It’s so fast, efficient and powerful that the Sport Ice machines can compact the snow into a very dense package. This snow compaction effectively makes the snow tank bigger than it really is. The vertical auger housing features integrated drain holes in the base plate to extend auger bearing life.

Shaving Blade Adjustment

The Bumble Bee machine has the shaving blade control handwheel located on the conditioner. With the BB machine typically used by less skilled operators, the blade control is designed so that the rink manager can set the blade shaving depth and then quickly remove the handwheel (quick disconnect) so that the less experienced operators are shaving the ice as the manager has established.

The Bumble Bee Pro has the Sport Ice standard blade control tower which allows the operator to adjust the shaving depth “on-the-fly” (while resurfacing).

Horizontal Auger

The horizontal auger is a unique and efficient design in that it features single and double flighting - single flighting for most of it’s length on the driver’s side that changes to double flighting in the important snow transfer area. The snow slingers feature a new, more efficient design so that there is very little residual snow left over.

Conditioner Down Pressure

The Bumble Bee machine uses the same strong, stiff and robust ice conditioner frame as the Bronco machines. The ice conditioner has a heavy, strong blade bar which features blade bar “down pressure” springs which eliminate blade chatter. This along with a strong lift bar and hydraulically applied and locked in place “down pressure” provides a superior structure from which to shave the ice.

Simple Blade Leveling

The shaving blade is secured and the blade level maintained by the simple and robust blade leveling system. The blade level is adjusted on each side of the conditioner by rotating the easily accessible leveling screw.

Feature Bumblebee Bumblebee Pro
Ideal Rink Size up to 4000 sq. ft. up to 4000 sq. ft.
Water 60 gallons 60 gallons
Snow 18 cu. ft. 18 cu. ft.
Shaving Blade 60" 60"
Battery T105; 185 AH T145; 245 AH
Board Brush No Yes
Blade Control Adjust before resurfacing Adjustable while resurfacing
Tire Wash No Optional
Water Tank Heater Optional Optional
Hydraulic Oil 30L / 8 US gal.
 
 

Phone

+1 (909)794-0040

Fax

+1 (909)794-0042

E-mail

sales@sporticeusa.com

Location

1500 Crafton Ave

Building 91

Mentone, CA 92359

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