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Ice Dispensers

Commercial ice dispensers and countertop ice machine dispensers from two of the most-trusted brands in ice-making machines today, Scotsman and Manitowoc. Conveniently create and easily dispense dice cube ice, flake cube ice, and nugget ice with our wide selection of ice cube dispensers.

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What is an Ice Dispenser?

An ice dispenser is a type of ice machine that, as its name suggests, helps dispense ice. While an ice machine in its entirety usually refers to a device typically used by consumers for making ice, it can also refer to a the freezer in a home or commercial refrigerator, a stand-alone appliance for producing ice, or even a commercial machine for creating ice on a relatively bigger scale.

Ice dispensers, on the other hand, differ from other types of ice machines in that they can create and dispense their own ice, thereby making it easier for your food-service crew or customers in your bar or restaurant.

How Do Ice Maker Dispensers Work?

There are different kinds of commercial ice dispensers, but the basic operation of these machines is fairly basic and is similar across brands and types. For example, most ice cube dispensers consist of internal motor, an ice-cube tray that converts water into ice cubes, a heating coil, a bar that helps eject ice forward, a holding bin, a shut-off arm, and a timing switch that starts the process of ice-making.

In an ice dispenser, the freezing process is perhaps the most important part of the ice-making operation. Just like any ice maker, the machine's cooling unit proceeds to freeze the water that is stored inside. Once the cooling unit of the ice maker dispenser senses a drop in temperature, the heating coil (which is usually found underneath the molding tray) is triggered and warms the ice cubes somewhat, loosening them.

To eject the ice, an ice dispenser machine usually features ejector blades underneath the molding tray that proceeds to eject the ice up and out of the tray and into a reservoir bin. While the bin is filled with ice, a metal wire is lifted and a shaft is opened that makes the ice cube fall into a glass or mug (or whatever container the customer or bartender uses). When the reservoir bin of the ice dispenser is emptied of ice, the ice-making and ejecting process is repeated with just a push of a button.

Many commercial ice dispensers, particularly a crushed ice dispenser, feature a crushed-ice option. Crushed-ice dispensers have a mechanism inside that helps crush the larger cubes of ice into smaller flakes of ice. Flake ice can be conveniently packed and is perfect for display counters such as those used in groceries to effectively chill products such as seafood and meats and to help keep ingredients of a salad bar cool and fresh. Because flaked ice is moldable, grocery or salad bowl owners can actually pack it around their produce. Flake ice can also greatly improve the product displays while keeping the perfect temperature to keep food safe from spoiling. Owners of grocery stores, delis, and salad bars would do well to procure a good-quality crushed ice dispenser  for their establishment.

Scotsman Ice Dispenser Machines at Rapids Wholesale

We at Rapids Wholesale have a wide selection of commercial ice dispensers from two of the most-trusted brands in ice-producing equipment, Scotsman and Manitowoc. We also have countertop ice dispensers available from both brands. 

Introducing a crystal-clear, mineral-free, and slow-melting ice in 1950, Scotsman Ice Systems changed ice machines and beverages forever. It has been on the cutting edge of ice-machine innovation ever since and now offers one of the broadest lines of energy-efficient ice maker machines in the market today. Here at Rapids Wholesale, you can choose from a excellent selection of Scotsman commercial ice dispensers of different daily ice-production capacities, depending on what you require: 500 to 800 pounds and under 500 pounds.

Founded in 1902, Manitowoc has since branched into commercial refrigeration equipment in the 1920s and now leads the industry in providing innovative refrigeration products for the food-service market. Depending on the ice-producing needs of your commercial establishment, here at Rapids Wholesale you can choose from Manitowoc ice dispensers of different sizes/widths: twenty-two inches and thirty to forty-eight inches

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