Ride of the Week: Zamboni | SierraSun.com

Ride of the Week: Zamboni

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunAl Barclay and Mike Stemen with the Zamboni.

Truckee River Regional Park Supervisor Al Barclay and Truckee River Regional Park Coordinator Mike Stemen

A Zamboni, used to smooth out rough ice on the ice rink at the Truckee River Regional Park.

It sets down a blade on the ice and the blade cuts away the rough ice to smooth out the surface. The depth the blade cuts can be controlled. Water is then laid down from the Zamboni to smooth it all down.

There is a hopper that picks up the scrapings as the Zamboni does its job. We then dump all the excess ice out of the way, spread it out and it melts.

t’s a special model that fits on a special hitch. We use it because it fits on our John Deere turf tractor.

Three on a busy day.

It is driven by four to five drivers from the Truckee park crew. It has a weighted front to keep it from tipping because the Zamboni is so heavy. We have a special garage for it. The tires are regular turf-tractor tires except they are filled with foam and hex screws are used to stud the tires for special traction on the ice.

The Sierra Sun’s Ryan Salm conducted this week’s Ride of the Week interview. Please send suggestions for future interviews to editor@sierrasun.com, subject heading “Ride of the Week.”

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