When you are protecting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property and assets, whether it's your boat, dock or marina, you want to make sure you choose a marine de-icer you can trust. ... read more Kasco has been manufacturing de-icers for the marine industry for over 45 years and has sold them throughout the world, even as far north as 312 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Extreme cold, salt water, or industrial applications are no match for a Kasco Marine De-icer.
When choosing a de-icer When choosing a de-icer you want to make sure you are purchasing a product that is going to do the job and be reliable, efficient, and cost effective. There are choices on the market, but not all of these choices are equal.
First, to ensure any de-icer product will work effectively, you need to have some basic conditions to allow for success. They work by moving warm, bottom water to the surface. You need to have several feet of water depth in order for the product to work in most cases. In extremely shallow applications, a de-icer may work for some time, but during an extended, cold winter, your ice free area may disappear.
You also need to size your de-icer properly for the application. Take into account obstructions in the water, such as docks, pilings, boats, etc. These all can block flow of water so size and quantity of de-icers will be affected. For example, floating docks inhibit more flow than docks on pilings. Deep keel boats will inhibit more flow than small, shallow keel boats.
Reliable performance is essential with their products. All Kasco marine de-icers are designed with industrial strength components and protected by a sacrificial zinc anode for corrosion protection. All exposed metal is marine grade stainless steel. Motor tops and propellers are constructed from engineering grade thermoplastics for excellent durability and reliability. Kasco also uses non-toxic, oil cooled motors for a more efficient cooling and lubrication of seals. All of these features equate to a quality constructed piece of equipment and you can rely on for protection of your property or marina.
You will need electricity available to run any de-icer product. This also ties into efficiency. Look at the motor amp draw. This will help you determine what the de-icer will cost per hour of operation using this formula (Volts x Amps)/1000 = kW. Then take your local kWh costs and multiply by the kW to get your hourly cost to operate the de-icer. Kasco uses highly efficient, oil cooled motors and with each size having a specifically designed prop for optimum performance with minimal electrical costs.
When purchasing this product, you need to take into account the purchase price, operational costs, maintenance costs, etc. in order to choose the most cost effective product. When all of these aspects are combined, Kasco offers the best value on the dollar of any de-icing product on the market. Couple that with the superior performance and reliability, and the choice is easy. When you are in the market for a de-icer, your best choice is Kasco De-Icers for reliable, efficient, and cost effective performance.
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A video presentation on the Kasco Marine De-icers ... read more
Video Transcript [Narrator] Today’s Kasco de-icers are the results of over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of superior water agitator equipment. Their main use is the prevention of damaging ice in marinas and harbors or for wet storage of boats in the winter. They can also be used to prevent oxygen related winter kills, attract water fowl in winter and improve the water quality during the summer in stagnant areas.
Kasco de-icers work simply by moving warm bottom water that is heated by the earth to the surface. De-icers can be mounted by rope suspension, a universal dock or piling mount or by a horizontal float. They are different type of ice damage to protect against. One of the most common is ice jacking or lifting of pilings. Lifting damage can occur anytime ice and water fluctuate. The most common cause of lifting is the tide however lifting damage is common in the Great Lakes region where the weather and wind changes can cause smaller but more rapid changes than tides.
Jacking damage can also occur on any body of water regulated by man. Repair costs are not only limited to physical damage but also the downtime of dock facilities and time spent obtaining necessary government permits. Maintaining an ice free zone in and around dock structures is your very best protection against jacking or lifting damage.
[Speaker2] Here on the Wisconsin River below the Weyerhaeuser Dam. I put my dock in the last summer. Put the nice heavy-duty dock in thinking I wouldn’t have a lot of trouble with ice. It turned out to the river kind of chewed it up and spit some polls right out at me. So I called up Kasco Marine and told them my situation, and they came up with some ideas for me.
Okay I used the dock mount. All I’ve done is adjust it mildly around to keep the ice going, it has worked very well. And what they did to work absolutely fabulous. It took the ice out, within two weeks it was completely gone. It looks like it’s going to work very well.
[Narrator] Ice expansion pressure is a vastly underrated damage risk. The size of a body of water is directly proportional to the risk potential. The larger the body of water the larger the potential damage risk will be. Although maybe prefer to maintain and ice free zone around the dock structure it is also possible to limit damage risk with an open water buffer zone. Kasco de-icers placed correctly between docs and expanding ice can relieve damaging expansion pressure.
During harsh winters with thick ice and heavy snowpack your pond can experience a fish die off or Winterkill due to low oxygen levels. The heavy snow and ice prevents sunlight from penetrating into the water causing the existing aquatic vegetation to die off. As the visitation die, the decomposition process uses up much of the available oxygen in the pond. Only a small percentage of the ponds total surface area needs to be ice free to prevent winterkill situations. The cold water will become oxygenated by coming in contact with the air and prevent winterkill on your pond.
Water quality during hot summer weather is an increasing problem for marinas and waterfront developments. Sheltered water behind docks or under walkways where wind and current cannot reach tends to become stagnant and dirty. As a result algae and odor problems often develop destroying and otherwise pleasant outdoor experience. The use of Kasco de-icers during hot summer weather to create a man-made current helps mother nature with her natural cleaning action for improved water quality.
Back in the late 80s, Kasco sent our de-icing equipment and company personnel 312 miles north of the Arctic Circle to help with the whale rescue off the coast of Barrow Alaska. Although Kasco Marine had no official invitation we were convinced our equipment could do the job. So Kasco decided to crash the party. At first local officials did not take Kasco’s de-icing equipment seriously but they quickly became enthusiastic after seeing the great results Kasco delivered. There was also a friendly reception from the whales. Kasco’s 3/4 horse power de-icer on a horizontal float help maintain ice free breathing holes for the trapped whales at temperatures consistently reaching -30°F.
So we’ve seen how Kasco deicers can be used for multiple applications. Kasco is the industry leader in ice control engineering. These energy savers are the standard from the people that know de-icing.
[Mazzola] The Chicago Police Marine unit, Sergeant Mazzola , this is officer Bill Brown. And you can see in the background we have our water-movers working and we’ve had these for approximately six years. We haven’t had any problems and this year Officer Brown put them in all by himself. Bill you could go ahead and tell us what happened there.
[Bill] We carry about 25 - 26 in water when the whole system is fully operational. It keeps a nice ice shelf all the way around the perimeter of the boats. So we are able to move the boats. We have to bring the boats to the wall in order to fuel them during the winter so we can take the boats out and keep us operational all year round. It’s been a very reliable system that we have going here. It keeps us functioning and I don’t know what we would do without them. read less
A video presentation of the use of De-icers at the Chicago Police Marine Docks ... read more
Video Transcript The Chicago Police Marine unit, Sergeant Mazzola , this is officer Bill Brown. And you can see in the background we have our water-movers working and we’ve had these for approximately six years. We haven’t had any problems and this year Officer Brown put them in all by himself. Bill you could go ahead and tell us what happened there.
We carry about 25 - 26 in water when the whole system is fully operational. It keeps a nice ice shelf all the way around the perimeter of the boats. So we are able to move the boats. We have to bring the boats to the wall in order to fuel them during the winter so we can take the boats out and keep us operational all year round. It’s been a very reliable system that we have going here. It keeps us functioning and I don’t know what we would do without them. read less