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Undercounter Ice Cube Machine, air-cooled, self-contained condenser, up to 53-lb approximately/24 hours, cube style, stainless steel finish, integrated water filter system
How long will it take for the ice to actually melt in the bin? We are looking to use more for parties and events so it will probably not get used daily. I am concerned the cost of wasted melted water may stack up.
That is really hard to put a finger on because it has to do with the air temperature around the ice maker and the surface areas in contact with the ice. One cube of ice at room temperature has a melt rate of about 15 minutes. If harvest cycles are a concern, I recommend upgrading to a NEO undercounter ice maker from the manufacturer. With those the interface allows you to customize the harvest cycles which will help you reduce waste.
is this machine available at this time and how much lead time for delivery?
Yes this model is readily available and ships within 24-48 hours with a usually 3-4 day transit point.