A standard ice resurfacer blade is available in various […]
A standard ice resurfacer blade is available in various lengths, ranging from 68” to 96”.
Blade construction may also vary. The minimum hardness for new blades should be no less than RC-58-62 inlaid steel. A typical ice resurfacer blade should provide adequate cutting service for at least 100 resurfacings before a re-sharpening is required.However, this may vary depending on actual arena water quality, building/ice cleanliness and snow shaving dumping area. Ice resurfacers taken outside to dump may track dirt inside and onto the ice surface causing the blade to dull in less than 100-scrapes.
The new blade width is 5” and of this width, only 2” of the blade is actually the inlaid steel. At a width of 3” or less, the blade must be disposed. Each sharpening will reduce the blade life by a minimum of a 32nd of 1”. This may increase if damage to the blade has occurred. Blades that have nicks or gouges need to be looked into as such damage may suggest other operational problems have occurred to the ice resurfacer, the entranceway to the ice resurfacer storage area or some other portion of the building.