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Renting Snow Machines 101

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Renting snow machines you must address the following; the correct snow machine for you location, electric power needs to the machine(s), the environmental conditions, the on-off controls and/or cycle timers, and fluid consumption. If change any one of these factors and you effect the snow and cost.

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Snow Machine Rental Pricing Sheet 2014-15

Turn Key Services

Pricing Day Rate

Snow Machine Logistics

Snow Machine Electric Needs and Specs

Machine Placement and Performance

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With The Largest Rental Inventory of Fake Snow Machines from Professional Series, Commercial Series, Studio Series and Consumer Artificial Evaporative Snow Machines in the Nation, with over a dozen different snow machines. Below you will find Rental Agreements, Prices and Shipping Procedure and our 101 Guide

Professional, Commercial, Studio and Consumer special effects fake snow machines with full service hire, rental services, sales and the our huge Inventory of fake snow machine rentals shipped nationwide. You can rent our professional series of artificial evaporative snow machines for the effect of falling snow in the air indoors and outdoors. If you're looking for one snow machine rental for a party to ten machines on a commercial property or would like Turn-Key production service of the snow event, call us 813.689.6269 for a free consultation.

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We supply 100's of snow machine rentals every year seen millions of people in the USA in live events, on TV and in Movies. We are a dedicated snow machine hire - rental company, our snow technicians are on site to help with event planning and advice for your big event. We can rent one of our high-powered snow machines or provide a snow machine rental manned by one of our trained snow technicians to create a falling snow effect for you and your guests.

Let Us Help You Have a White Christmas Theme

If you ever wanted a white snow scene such as winter wonderland for a white wedding theme, a christmas party with falling snow at the walk in entrance, a city holiday event with a blizzard in a park or snow filling an entire room for a corporate holiday party. Let us help you make it happen with America's best snow machine services that can create the most amazing, realistic effect of falling snow. Prepare for your christmas productions and events early to miss disappointment. We can help you create a white snow scene any time of the year with the most realistic artificial falling snow available. We can rent you a snow machine or give you service nationwide or travel worldwide to make your event or special occasion unique and one to remember. We can supply snow in the air or snow decor on the ground, call us at 813 689 6269

The prevailing idea is that their are many companies to choose snow machines from and these machines work differently depending on the company selected. Fact You have Snowmasters, Snowboy, Universal Effects for the 3 different snow deleivery system. In the United Sates the standards for indoor snow is the refined evporative snow that uses around a gal an hour othe brands use a gal very 20 minutes.

Fact - Snowmasters owns the technology and licenses all model (antari Lemaitre, Chauvet, CITC) so if it's not Snowmasters brand its a lower performance model. So if the company is not offering Snowmasters Brand they have 1990 consumer model, only Snowmasters are the most technically advanced special effect method available, high performance Evaporative Snow Patented Technology fluid (FAQ) which evaporates in 30 to 90 second or moments after it hits a surface. Snowmasters brand are modernized design in a family of special effects Snow Machines used for years in Theme Parks, Movie Productions, Theatres, Malls, and Presentations. These futuristic modeled “work-horse” sprays evaporative snow are out from its nozzle section and creates a realistic snowfall effect without residue or cold air. The following is the real facts on fake snow machine industry. We have 8 Different Snow Machines Options to Choose from. We have over a dozen machine options.

The first Snowmasters designed units were available on the market to the entertainment industry in 1991 when Antari made the first units for Snowmasters under the Antari name. Just a few short years later in 1994 Snowmasters had advanced the machines to High Volume/High Range and called the machines the T-1000 and the T-5000 labeled "The Magic of Francisco Guerra". In 1994-95 these original Antari models once used by professionals in early 90's were outdated compared to today's versions of Snowmasters machines, the 1999 machines or even the 1995 snowmasters models and were considered Consumer Brands. A low performance consumer machine is louder, makes wetter (difficulty in dissipation) snow with inconsistently in flake size which clump together with low volume of snow while spraying short distances.

It is very difficult to compare identically priced snow events from different sources as snow machines all do the same basic function, make millions of cluster of bubbles at an event, with snowmasters machines that's 10's of thousands of bubbles (per machine) per minute other consumer brands have much less output per minute. While some snow machines look alike and they all have a basic design of operation which is pumping fluid and blowing fake snow flakes. But snow machine are not made equal in performance and features, they don't all have the same standards of excellence from one machine to the another. Only Snowmasters has advance proprietary features and 99 steps of evaporative flake control.

You Can Do It Yourself

We help many malls save money and do the set up process themselves with help from our team. Perhaps in the past other company's offered services that included a snow attendant and an install team. The snow staff was on property to run the event and to take care of the machines which were never designed to be outdoors due to the machines and company limitations. We have the option of automated show snows events. We are leading the industry in self installing and make it very easy with our consultation. We can travel and do the setup if you have limited staff or just prefer to go that route. We are leading the industry in self installing and will make it very easy process.

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1- Snow Services Pricing and Rental Information

Our Pricing Formula is simple: Snow Machine Rental + Snow Fluid + Accessories* + Shipping + Hiring a Tech Fee (if needed)**
* If needed, accessories can included 5 Gal Pail Holder, Timers, Tripods ** Install Tech - Travel cost and hotel, car rental may apply if hired

Snow Machine Rental Pricing Cut Sheet 2014 PDF

Snow Machine(s) Rental Agreement, Order Form, Shipping Confirmation and Waiver of Technician Forms 2012

To Rent a Machine you'll need to send us the numbered 1- 2 - 3 forms (below) to secure a machine, please provide a deposit for each machine along with the rental fee and shipping costs.

Please use a separate check for each machine as a security/damage deposit that will not be cashed as long as you fulfill your agreement.

The machines will arrive a day or two before your event and are to be sent back the next possible business day. RETURNS - YOU CAN CALL FOR A PICK UP YOURSELF OR CALL OR E MAIL US TO ARRANGE A PICK UP. Late penalties of $50.00 per day, per accessory if accessory is not returned at end of rental period.

What is the Level of Snow you will have at your Event?

Renter must sign rental agreement which includes liability waiver and $500.00 - 850.00 deposit / Bond. Damaged or missing items will be deducted from deposit. Renter pays for S & H both ways.

Snow Machine(s) Rental Agreement, Order Form, Shipping Confirmation and Waiver of Technician Forms 2012

The Shipping Confirmation Form must be filled out before machines are shipped. Payment - Rentals need to be paid in full including rental of the machines, shipping and deposits please with a separate check, For jobs with rentals and tech's on site that are turnkey events a 1/2 down deposit holds the date and payment in full buys your the date. In the months of November and December we can work almost everyday and full payment and agreement sent to our office books the day.

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CREDIT CARD Fax Authorization Form

We take Credit Cards but you must follow these instructions. You can call us with you Credit Card Information to take an order 813 689 6269, you can use the on line form and fax to us at  813 689 6269 or USPS snail mail it to us. PLEASE do not e-mail us you credit card information in any form. Please do not scan and send the credit card form to us in an e-mail.  We are guarding your credit card information e-mail is never secure to transmit this information.

Professional Series Snow Machines

snowing snowman snow machineT 1000 fake snow machine
fake Snow machine T 1500-fake snow machinesT 1600 Silent snow machine fake snow machines T 5000 snowmasters sub zero magic lamp snow magic

For do it yourself rental, malls, Home - Business corporate parties, theaters, stage, city tree lighting, Santa arrival

Studio Series Snow Machines

T 1600 Silent snow machine SNOWboy stage whisper fake snow machine SNOWboy Stage Whisper

For Studio sets, tv sets, photo shoots, movies low sound environments

Commercial Series Snow Machines

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For full service only, malls Santa arrival, theme parks, city tree lighting, city blocks, film, movies, city parks

Consumer Snow Machines

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Snow Fluid

All rentals come with a made in USA bottle of 8 oz concentrate snow fluid, it ships easy with the machine (with no extra costs of shipping a Gallon of fluid in a separate box). A bottle of concentrate is sent with the machine that you mix with a gallon of Distilled bottled water. Please do not send back Fluid in our bottle when returning, you will have to call for a pick up or call us to tell us to arrange a pick up for the return.

Snow Fluids

Evaporating snow fluid or Eco snow juice that evaporates after floating for 30 feet, 50 or 70 feet
Our Eco Standard Snow Fluid creates a high yield of dense, white, air-born snow ideal for any stage or theatrical setting. Snow will be economical by virtue of price and being thicker, whiter and longer lasting. Makes a superior looking flake without the smaller 1/6 -1/8 sizes. Dry and fluffy! No-slip formula. Not harmful to plants, skin or eyes. An extremely dry flakes after its floats over long distances. Water content evaporates leaving a beautiful falling flake that is dry when you touch it and disappears after contact without residue or mess.

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FG-100 Liquid Snow Pre-Mix -FG 45.00 a gal. Eco Snow Fluid is 25.00 a Gal

FG - Evaporative Snow® Concentrate Mix ratio is 8 oz. of concentrate per 120 oz. of water. Eco Snow Concentrate

Comes in scents;Apple Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Christmas Morning,Cinnamon Bun, Gingerbread, Vanilla

We send a bottle concentrate with the rental, that you mix with distilled water

concenrate  snow fluid

3 - Full Turn-Key Service

Services for Shopping Retail Centers, Cities and Entertainment Venues

Magic FX has the world's most powerful artificial simulated evaporating snowmasters snow machine systems with 16 different machine options. We offer a Turn-Key Services producing realistic Simulating (fake) Snowfall Events for Entertainment Venues, Shopping Malls, Corporate and City Events large & small Coast to Coast.
Choose from Our Different Price Packagesthat could start at 500.00 a day & up for Extended Runs;
Packages Starting 2000.00* & up for Single Day Events
*Travel cost and cargo fees may apply

We will need to know the space your snow event will cover. Where the machines will be place and your schedule for snow fluid consumption.

4- Pricing

The pricing of snow machines for with a daily rate, weekly rate or monthly rates are list in the link below. You will need a budget for snow machines, snow fluid and perhaps some accessories. This will require you to make a schedule for your event to figure the fluid consumption. The length of the snow falling event, how may times a day and how many times a week. Example is a 10 minute snow display 3 times a day 7 days a week. You will need a timer or snow machine control. We have lamppost snow machines, lamppost attachment for snow machines to be attached to a light pole. We have 5 gail pails of fluid with 5 Gallon pail holder. So the total budget needs to be determine many factors. Plus shipping or travel.

You can rent machines or have full service install if you have a one day event or a long 55 day run for a Mall. Movies and TV commercials bid out differently as they require us to provide a variety of equipment to make snow scenes, a Daily Labor rate and machine rental will be proposed.

You will alway have snow machine rental, snow fluid cost, shipping. You could have accessories and installs fees which could include travel.

5- Legal

Renting a snow machine

The Renter assumes all risk in the use and operation of the rented Equipment and shall be responsible for providing proper safety devices and equipment to safeguard users or operators.

The renter shall not under lease, loan or otherwise permit the Equipment to be used by any other person, firm or corporation, and said Equipment shall at all times remain under the immediate control, supervision and direction of the Renter personally.

The renter has the privilege to examine and test equipment at the time of rental. Zigmont Magic FX Inc does not guarantee, assume responsibility, or make any representation for the performance , accept manufactures specs of said equipment and good working equipment. Renter will acknowledge that they have received the equipment in good working condition.

The Renter expressly agrees to indemnify and hold Zigmont Magic FX Inc harmless from any and all claims arising out of any violation of any law, rule, regulation or order, and from any and all claims or liabilities for loss, damage or injury to persons or property of whatever kind or nature arising (i.e., if an equipment case falls on someone’s foot, or someone’s car is dented) from the use or operation of the Equipment herein rented, or from the negligence or carelessness of the agents or employees of Renter. Renter shall notify Zigmont Magic FX Inc promptly of any accident involving the Equipment herein rented. Renter shall obtain contractual liability insurance.


6- Long term leasing for Malls and Retail Shopping Centers

The Renter/Leaser for 10 day plus shall, at his own cost and expense, but for the benefit of Zigmont Magic FX immediately insure the said Equipment for the full value against all risk of physical loss including the perils of transportation, with a qualified, reputable insurance company and shall deliver the said Certificate of Insurance to Zigmont Magic FX Inc of Florida.

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7- Snow Machines logistics for Snow Blowing in the Air

Snow Machines logistics

A- Shipping Machines

Snow machines shipping has increased in the past 3 year 6% in 2009 and another 8% in 2010 and another 5 % 2011, UPS Supply Chain and FedEx - FedEx Ground has increased prices and have pick up fees for residential pick ups. The shipping companies have fuel surcharge fees. We charge the quoted fees given by these companies and we have not increased our prices. Shipping costs are beyond our control and costs depends on you location. We need you shipping address to get a quote. Quotes are based on our volume of shipping and your location and if its residential or commercial drop off. We use a 3-4 day ground shipping rate. We use FedEx Ground and Freight along with and FedEx Express and UPS Supply Chain. The larger machines could ship on a pallet.

You must send the machine back in the designed box and foam or card board inserts. Also if it comes on a pallet you ship it back on a pallet.

The charge for the box is 25.00. The charge for the foam or charge board insert is 25.00.

B - Power and Electric Voltage

The key to power is to use the size AC cord that the machine has which is a 14/3 - 12/3 - 10/3 and less than 50 feet with just one long extension cord. Also you can't share power with the snow machines. You will need a dedicated 20 amp circuit for each machine and you need you know how and understand much amperage and voltage is available and what else within these circuits are being used or sharing power.

Lets talk about getting a 20 amp circuit, you can have temporary 400 amp distro coming from a 25K generator, but someone needs to do the math on the requirements on the entire job to ensure that there enough power for the size job to run all other devices (lighting, sound, etc). While a electric circuit drop to the machine location which is a dedicated circuit, it can still be sharing the Amperage or the Voltage which can be lower and can cause under powering of the machines. Amperage or electric current, is a measure of the amount of electrons moving in a circuit, Voltage is a measure of how much force those electrons are under. Both of these can drop down and be below required amount. We can meter to the amps and voltage from the source and at the machine placement. So many times the electrician claims machines are to blame, as its the easy way out for him, but its always the lack of planning of the electric requirements and the metering always proves the real facts.

Fact- Amperage, also called current, is the amount of electrical energy flowing through an appliance at any given time. This measurement is expressed in units called amperes, often shortened to amps.

The 120 volt 20 amp electric circuit given for the machine can have less than 120 volts. It can be 118 volts from the electric distro but at the end of the electric extension cord can have a voltage drop to 110 volts and may not be enough to run the machine of under powering the unit where a thermal shut protection off can come on. Also if a group of circuits each a 20 amps are shared and you must know how much amperage all devices are using to make sure the total amps needed is not exceeded.

So if the electrician says he give a 20 amp circuit its not that simple.

A neat analogy to help understand these terms is a system of plumbing pipes. The voltage is equivalent to the water pressure, the current or amps is equivalent to the flow rate, and the resistance is like the pipe size or size of the wire.

Power is the top issues when dealing with snow machines. If your using 2- 4 machines or more you will need to make sure your powering the machines so that they are working 100% and not losing voltage to the machines. The machines T-1000, T-1100- T-1600 use a 10 amp draw, or a T-1500 uses a 15 amp draw. The T 5000 uses two 20 amp Circuits. The machines work best with a dedicated 20 amp circuit for each machine. The T- 5000 uses two dedicated 20 amp circuit each. To gain best results us 10/3 - 12/3 - 14/3 power extension cords.

The math on the amp draw required to run 10 T - 1000's a 10 amp machine, the total amps required are 100 amps. If you running 6 T 1500's that 90 amps. This calculation is with out extension cords resistance deduction. This would add 1 amp for every 100 foot of 12/3, 14/3 extension cord, but if your using the normal household 18-3 extension cords you could be losing a amp every 25 ft. and every time you plug extension cord together.

That being said the first thing we need to do is meter the voltage & amps (at the power source location) which is the electric where the machine power will come from. Get a reading from the Clamp-on-meter with the machine running. Now run the power to the the snow machine via a AC extension cord to the machine and meter the voltage again in the same fashion. You should not have more than a 3- 5 % loss on voltage and not much more than an amp or two loss, so if you metered 122V with the machine off and then power up the snow machines and Metered 117V (from thee Wall Plug to the machine placement) the extension cord where the machine will be used must meter higher than 110 Volts. If you have a 3- 5% drop in voltage the machine will be working with less powers and will not blow as far for pump as much snow or thermal shut off can happen. If you have the correct gauge extension cords should meter should be the same in both locations.

A good Example of Clean Power and our event timers in action.

snow machine event timers

A clean 220 Volts to 110 volts breakout box that connected to our timers boxes then the edison to sockplex cable that travels to the breakout box to edison plugs again. We have a dedicated circuit to each machine.

snow machine electrical power

Sockplex to Stage pin - Edison to Stage Pin - 220V to 120V breakout Box - 220 V power supply

From the power box to breakout box is 100 foot, from the breakout box with timers to truss breakout box is 75 ft and from the truss breakout boxto furtherest machine 12/3 edison cord that 100 ft long and we metered 120.5 volts and the correct amps on the machines.

Some of our commercial machine requires 30 amps and 115 Volts min power required. This may need a 220 volt distro box to 120 volts dropped to the machine.

snow machine elecric check

You must use one long extension cord not a few short ones. Each time you use a extension cord and plug into another extension cord you can drop the voltage and then the amps. So if you need to use a 75 foot extension cord use a single length and use dedicated circuit for each machine. Do Not shared with other lighting etc My experience proves that power is the number one problem when using snow machines. The first sign is usually when the throw of a machine is less than 10 feet with the wind to your back.

16 gauge, 25 or 50 feet, 13 amps, 1625 watts
16 gauge, 100 feet, 10 amps, 1250 watts

14 gauge, 25 or 50 feet, 15 amps, 1875 watts
14 gauge, 100 feet, 13 amps, 1625 watts

12 gauge, 25, or 50 feet, 20 amps, 2500 watts
12 gauge, 100 feet, 15 amps, 1875 watts

The La Encantada Mall, AZ 2007 Tucson rented 10 machines when any one machine was running it was at 100 %, when multiple machines ran the machines had electric operational issues, meaning it operated at a reduced pumping and blowing rate. The snow machines ran at a reduced rate due to the shared electric from the outlets on rooftop. This property had a electric problems due to years of rearranging and sharing power for christmas lighting and events. With all 10 machines at once the machines were blowing less and the the snow at a reduced rate. Plus we had effect fans. It can always appear as the machines is at fault at first, but most times its the electric power supply issue. If the machine is not drawing the amps or correct voltage, the blower will blow less and pump will pump less. Always check the Voltage with a clamp on meter. In this Mall the front office never understood what was happening and it wasn't the machines, but the service staff did understand as they were the ones who rearranged the electric over the years for the christmas deco.

roof top power at disney110/3 power cord suppling snow machines

Disney Roof Top Power for 18 Machines

The mall had consumer snow machines used the year before using half the amps draws at 5.0 amps and our high volume machines are drawing either double 10 - 15 amps . So the year before no issues with half the amperage/voltage used. Power must be looked at and checked to make sure you can power the number of machines needed.

Our snow machines need guaranteed power, Please have you electrician provide us these Specs

Power at distro Box 122 Volts
Power at Drop location 118 Volts
Please provide us the amps without sharing the power, under power our machines is a major issues.

Please Meter the stinger at the drop for Voltage, we will meter for amps with the machines

Power snow 500 Snow Blizzard Cannon < br> Requires and needs, 1- 30 Amp (19 amps) 115 Volts

Please supply 30 Amps at 118 Volts
Extension Cord will be 10/3 and no longer than a 50 ft run from distro box
If the thermal shutoff pops we will shut down the machines

Snow Cannons Needs 3 dedicated 20 amp circuits Power at distro Box 122 Volts
Power at Drop location 118 Volts

Snowmasters requires and need

T-1000, T -1100, T-1600 -10 amps
T-1500 -15 amps
T -5000 2 circuits, one -10 amps, one- 15 amps
Hurricane Fan - 10 amps
Dedicated 20 amp circuit with 12/2 extension cord no longer than 100 ft with volt at drop no lower than 110 volts
4 machines need will need 80 amps at min 110 volts

Power Tour, Power Snow 10 amps

C- Machine Placement and Performance

THINKING ABOUT HEIGHT AND COVERAGE

To rent a machine you need to think about the snow machine placement and were you can mount the machine above the area where you want the snow either on truss a tripod or our floor mounted snow machine. You can always point the machine the up into the air at a 45% angle. The reason for this is very simple, natural snow falls straight from the sky to the ground. With the exception of blizzard conditions, snow doesn't usually swirl up from the ground and then fall back down.

Snow machines need to be above the heads of the audience, that's 12 ft - 15 ft - 18 ft to 30 feet height off the ground level. In general, a t a Starting height of 12' ft snow shoots: 15 FT unless it a T 1500 which shoots 50 ft.

Classic Ballroom Snow Machine Set Up

Dance Floor Snow Machine Set Up

Corporate Truss Snow Machine Set Up

Machines can be placed on tripods, roof tops, awnings, free standing truss, trees, lampposts and lifts. Indoors you will need to be near the ceiling on chain motor Truss, free standing truss tripods to get the machine as high as possible. Indoors you'll need an awareness of the floor type and the height of the machine, and adjust the flake size accordingly. Carpets, concrete and grass are no worry surfaces. On tile floors, marble floors and wood floors you need to have the machine high and use a small flake (Flurry) size. Using a DMX machine like a T -1100 - T - 1500 allows for total Flake control.

When on Roof Tops, you must be sure that the air flow is free and clear when placing on the roof tops, make sure it is not hitting the roof edge. If the machine is to close to any walls or roof top facade the snow will not below as far, this will be visible by snow sticking to the wall or facade ledge top. The wind flow will determine how far out into the street the snow reaches. You must get the snow spray flow and/or wind flow to be unobstructed.

One T-1000 will cover up to 300 square feet indoors and up to 1000 square feet outdoors. The T - 1000 is analog with a analog 1 - 10 control dial.

Totally evaporative snow is possible as long as the setting of flakes is evaporating within 30 seconds, smaller flakes. We have 99 steps of flake control. If a T 1100 machine is hanging on a 14 foot tripod and you want the snow to disappear or evaporate before it hits the ground or a few feet above the ground, the flake size adjustment 800 - 899 should be around 814 - 825. The show will travel around 15 feet out.

A T 1500 Mini at 10 foot off the ground angled upward and outward that is set on 835, with fan on full speed, will evaporate before it hits the ground. The T 1000 - T 1100 - T 1600 at 30 foot high the snow blows 30 - 35 out and 8 - 12 wide. The air currents or wind will take the snow further or in a direction the right direction or in some cases the wrong direction or up draft.

Charts shows the range of the different models

snow machine distance chart

If you want kids to really play in the falling snow the machines need to be 12- 15 feet off the ground or in a position that buildings would block the wind. Such as lamp posts, trees or free standing dressed truss, awnings etc...

Machines on the roof top is an atmosphere effect of falling snow, where you want the flurries over a large area. Like real snow the wind will push the move the snow. with the air currents over the building.

30 seconds evaporating is using smaller flakes on the DMX Dial

THINKING ABOUT HEIGHT AND COVERAGE

Height; Machines need to be place 12ft - 14ft - 18ft - 20ft - 30ft off the ground. A machine at 12 foot off the off the ground will shoot 14-16 ft and at 20 foot will shoot 20-25 ft and at 30 feet will spray 30-35 feet.

This distance chart represents an bird's eye view of our different machine options with the snow machines placed indoors at 30 feet from ground with unobstructed air flow. The chart to the right shows the higher the special effect snow machine is placed the further the distance and and wider coverage at 15'- 20'- 25' - 30 feet.

First, all snow machines produce a “cone” of snow which is smallest near the machine and disperses as you get farther away creating a “curtain effect”. The key to coverage in a larger venue (or when you want to make it snow on the audience at a theatre) is not determined as much by the number of machines as it is by the air handler’s circulation in the room itself. Air handlers in arenas and many modern ballroom facilities are designed to re-circulate thousands of cubic feet of air per minute. Experiment with air handler’s currents to circulate snow around the venue.

snow machine flow chartT 1500 snow flow chart

Coverage; You need to have machines every 15-20 foot apart for even coverage. A 60 x 30 area with machines at 30 foot would need 4 of these machines T 1000's or T 1100's or T 1600's
The T 1500's will shoot 50 foot out, the Mini will shoot 15-18 wide, the MAX with shoot 20 - 25 ft wide With a 60 x 40 area you would need 2 T 1500's machine for this space. The 1500 can shoot from the ground level at ground level.
The T 5000 will shoot 80 foot outward and 30ft wide

snow machine distance  chart

We have Cycle timers in all DMX Machines, The 600 and 700 on the thumb dial are the cycle timers and X is the flake control.

snow machine cycle timer chart

snow machine cycle timer chart

D - Min - Max Setting

The T - 1500 with fan on 100% blows the snow up- to 50 + foot out and over 20 wide Max and 15+ ft wide on the Mini. The T 5000 blows snow 45 (at 15 ft) - 100 ft and 80 foot out on average and 20 - 30 wide. One T-1000 will cover up to 300 square feet indoors and up to 1000 square feet outdoors. T -1100 25' to 35' Starting height of 15' and 8'- 12' wide. T - 1600 35" and 8' - 15' wide. The fans break up the snow making more volume and is drying it out as well.

90 seconds evaporating is using flakes. 875 on the DMX Dial Counter

snow machine  thumb dial

120 seconds evaporating is using the largest flakes 889 - 899 on the DMX Dial

The snow should evaporate within 7 - 10 seconds of hitting the floor, if it doesn't bring the flake size down.

DMX Flake Control

US Standard DMX 512 Chart Dip Swtich

Dip Switch Calculator

E - Snow Fluid or Snow Juice

Evaporating snow fluid or Eco snow juice that evaporates after floating for 30 feet, 50 or 70 feet
Our Eco Standard Snow Fluid creates a high yield of dense, white, air-born snow ideal for any stage or theatrical setting. Snow will be economical by virtue of price being thicker, whiter and longer lasting. Makes a superior looking flake without the smaller 1/6 -1/8 sizes. Dry and fluffy! No-slip formula. Not harmful to plants, skin or eyes. An extremely dry flakes after its floats over long distances. Water content evaporates leaving a beautiful falling flake that is dry when you touch it and disappears after contact without residue or mess.

Out Evaporating snow drys in 30 - 90 seconds and Flakes sizes range from 1/6 - 1/2 0f an inch. Best grade when the driest snow is needed.

You will with the rental receive a 8 oz bottle of concentrate snow fluid to mix with distilled water (you supply) in our bottle with the machine. A gallon of fluid with the machine on full throttle will last;

T - 1000 - T 5000 Over an hour+ fullout

T - 1100 - T 1600 - T 1500 1 - 1 1/2+ hours

(All other snow machines non snowmasters consumers machines use a Gal 40-45 minutes)

You can order Gallons premix fluid at an additions shipping rate.

Many Malls don't realized that they can use from a few thousand to 10,000.00 of fluid on a long run. The fluid is a major cost and we have options for you.

If you use a 5 gal pail it the snow machine must not be level or below the pail as a siphon action occurs and the sock will start to leak fluid. The 5 gal pail should always be next to or below the machine.

True Evporating snow fluid when it has to evporate before contact.

Eco Snow will be economical by of virtue (price) of being thicker, whiter and longer lasting. Makes a superior flake. Dry and fluffy! No-slip formula. Not harmful to plants, skin or eyes. Safe for kids. High Quality fluid. An extremely dry flake that floats over long distances. Water content evaporates leaving a beautiful falling flake that is dry when you touch it and disappears after contact. Perfect for use where dry snowflakes are necessary without residue or mess.

F - Wind and Weather

Only snowmasters machines can supported be rain covers and stay in the elements due there design.

If the wind is blowing in the direction that the machines are pointing then it will help the distance that the machines covers. If the wind is working against the machines then you might not get the expected coverage. Pointing the machines in the directions of the machines will allow the snow to travel far and give the best coverage. On a windy day you can't fight the wind nor do can Fans and blowers, You need to adjust placement and blow into the wind.

If you want kids to really play in the falling snow the machines need to be 12- 15 feet off the ground or in a position that buildings would block the wind. Such as lamp posts, trees or free standing dressed truss, awnings etc...

Snow can react to wind, temperature and humidity or lack of humidity. Wind can up draft snow and take a % of snow upward. This is what happens on a roof top. Wind can down draft and push it onto the ground as well.

Machines on the roof top is an atmosphere effect of falling snow, where you want the flurries over a large area. Like real snow the wind will push the move the snow. with the air currents over the building.

Temperatures and the humidity levels can make snow look different in some applications as well as. This is a foam base the snow shouldn't be run in the rain. High humidity will make snow last longer, lack of humidity snow can be smaller and not last as long.

We have had our machine in freezing conditions and they got frozen solid. Just let them defrost. The best thing to do is use the machines every 3-4 hours to keep the fluid moving thru the hoses in cold conditions . I wouldn't worry until it goes below 32%F In the 40's all is fine.

G - Effect Fans and Additional Snow Blowers

We can supply or you can use 3000 CFM to 4800 cfm blowers or Effect fans to help blow the snow further out, up and over a roof, or ground level up. Many times indoor or out this helps to get the blizzard look. Each fan can take a 10 amp power draw. Our T 1500 machines once again is a snow machine build into a powerful CFM fan. There are many tricks to get the snow where you want it as long as you can power the machines in each location where the machines need to be placed.

H - Lighting Snow

One of the biggest challenges, and most often overlooked factor when using snow, is proper lighting. Back lighting, and to some extent side lighting, are vital to the audience being able to see a snow effect well. If lit from the front only, the effect's visibility will be poor at best. Lighting can be especially challenging in a ballroom or other "total environment" setting or venue, when your audience will be viewing the snow from multiple angles and positions in the room. Ideally, you want your lighting to come from above, yet below the snow machines, like hiding the snow machines in the dark above the light sources. By hiding the source of the snow, you add to the sense of wonder this effect often has on an audience. A 1000 watt Scoop is a great way to light snow.

Snow with a white background its hard to see snow from a distance.

Snow indoors with roof glass windows is the same as a white background, hard to see from a distance.

8 - Problems or Snow Machine Issues

The Number One Failure

The Number One failure is a curled snow fluid line/tube/hose in the bottle. You think you have enough fluid in the bottle, but the weighted end that is supplied is taken off and the result is a burnout pump. The pump can run dry for a few minutes. But 10 - 12 machines of running dry will result in low performance or failure of the pump. See the curled hose taken from a Disney Machine and the weight hose that goes to the bottom.

Machine is not making snow - make sure the hose in the gal jug is all the way down to the bottom of the Jug. Push the hose through the handle.

Machine is not making much show and you see foam in the hose - Get a bottle of water and let it pump the water, you may need to blow through the hose while the machine is running. In this cause the foam has made the machine lose its prime.

If the machine is in wrong setting for your application you can experience problems.

1) The snow machine Rotary DMX setting Dial on the machine has many features but it can stop the machine if not on the correct setting

1-on the dial 0-512 DMX mode - need a lighting control board to run, machine will act dead on this setting with out the light board

2- on the dial 600 - 700 cycle timers machines will go on and off

3- on the dial 800 Flake control - set the size flake and just turn machine on -off

4- on the dial 900 - 30 foot wired rheostat control - the machine will act as dead on this setting without this controller

Flake too big not evaporating when they laid on the floor - The flake control 800 - 899 on the DMX rotary dial, just back down the setting.

If you ran out of fluid and the machine will not pump fluid - unplug the unit from the wall and wait ten minutes then plug in and the unit should work.

The Machine is not making the snow blow or go far or it is not pumping a lot of snow see electrical power supply problems in Power (above)


If the snow machine does not generate snow, review the following checklist.
a) When turned “ON”, is the Fan Operating? (Air is shooting out the nozzle ).
Yes: Move on to (b)

Check the electric plug at the outlet connection, and make sure the remote connector
is connected to the main unit. Check to see if the power switch is “ON” on the main unit. A red
LED light should be illuminated on the back of the snow machine when power is “ON”. Make sure that
the DMX settings meet your desired criteria (see the DMX section of this manual-the unit should
always be operating with settings between 880-899). Also, the LED light on the remote should be
illuminated (blinking) if the main power is “ON” and the DMX setting is in the 900s. A constant
light will illuminate on the remote if snow is being generated. If the lights are not illuminated, call
customer service at 813 689 6269 or the 24 hr tech line at 888-391-SNOW.

b) Is the Pump Operating?
Yes: If you feel the clear plastic tube vibrating, then the pump is operating.
Go to (c)
No: Recheck the DMX settings per the DMX settings in the manual. The unit should always
operate and blow snow with settings between 880 and 899.

c) Check to see if the tube is fully submerged in solution and is not pinched. A hole in the hose
would require replacement. It sometimes takes up to 2 minutes for the self-priming pump to
saturate the nozzle sock with liquid.


d) Set the Rotary Switch between 880 and 899 to prove that the unit operates.
e) Create a new “Solution Mixture”, per the instructions, if the nozzle sock is saturated with liquid
but no snow is being made.

9- Tech's or Professional Help

Get Professional help by having our Snowologists design the proper placement, install the setup and adjust the settings of the snow machines, so that the snowfall can be viewed best from your audience and is perfectly integrated in your performance or event. Our fake snow is known as Evaporative Snow™ - a fast dissolving substance, leaving no residue, but creating authentic snow effects from a nice calm snowfall to a blizzard.

Our Snow Specialist Tech's are 750.00 a day, 350 a travel day and a second tech is 500.00 a day, plus travel (air fare, hotel, car rental).

E- mail us at zigmont@effectspecialist.com

Phone # 813-689-6269

10- PDF's

Japan testing snow fluid Report

Biodegradation of Snow Fluid Certification

Kashruth Certification

Evap Snow Fluids- Lab Report Safe Around Food

MSDS FG 100 Snow Fluid

MSDS SNOW FLUID B

Value Snow Fluid MSDS

Snow Blanket Polyester (fire retardant) batting product

Slip Test Safety Results

T 1000 Manual

T 1100 Manual

T 1500 Manual

T 1600 Manual

T 5000 Manual

Zig Oscillator Manual

General Snow Instructions 1000-1100-1600

General Snow Instructions 1500

Snowman Manual

Snow In A Box Manual

Auto Refill System Manual

Auto Refill drawing

Buying Professional Grade Snow Machines

Pack down Guide T 1500 in Cardboard Box

Snow Pack Down T 1000

Dry Icer Manual

CREDIT CARD authorization

Snowmasters Repair Return Form

 

11- DMX 512 FAQ

What is DMX-512
DMX-512 is a standard protocol which allows lighting, controllers, and control desks to communicate with other lighting equipment. It was designed to allow equipment from different companies to be used together easily.
Where Did DMX Come From?
The first dimmers/fixture functions were actually controlled by levers on the dimmers/fixtures themselves. During a show, it could take several people to move these levers and someone else to coordinate them. This kind of control was quite cumbersome. Later, control wires were run from each dimmer/fixture function to a control console. If you had 300 dimmers/fixtures, you had to have 300 control wires!! To improve this, manufacturers started using digital signals sent down one control cable. At first each manufacturer used their own protocols, meaning that different manufacturer's equipment could not be combined. Finally, DMX-512 was adopted as the standard lighting control protocol.
Standard DMX is based on 512 individual channels, which can be set to a level between 0 and 255. If a dimmer/function was addressed to be on channel 1, and the level of channel 1 was brought up to 255 (100%), the dimmer/function would be sending out at full power. Therefore, a color/gobo or other functions are assigned a number from 0 to 255.
Example:

 

 Channel 1 (GOBO)
       0 = Blackout
10-20 = GOBO 1
20-30 = GOBO 2
30-40 = GOBO 3
This means anywhere
Between level 10-20
GOBO 1 would be visible.

DMX-512 - 512 represents the number of channels one DMX cable can carry. It requires only 3 pins. Older systems, known as 5-core DMX, may be seen (two pins will not be used and are reserved for a 2nd data link). The data is sent serially to 2 pins (the third is the ground pin) known as positive phase or hot and negative phase or cold. Pins 4 & 5 are reserved for a 2nd data signal or talkback. At the console end, the channels are fed into a multiplexer (MUX) which takes the individual channels data and encodes it into a format suitable for sending down the DMX line with all the other channels' data. At the dimmer/fixture end, the data is fed into a demultiplexer (DEMUX) and split up again into the individual channels to be fed to their respective circuits. In practice, the MUX & DEMUX will be incorporated into the console and dimmers respectively, though standalone MUX & DEMUX units are available to convert analog systems into DMX.
The DMX Advantage
DMX is advantageous because the DMX cable is less bulky, cheaper, and less cumbersome than a 48 conductor cable. If the cable were to run long distances, any repeaters/amplifiers would only have to amplify 2 signals instead of 48. DMX also allows control of many different pieces of DMX equipment, such as smoke machines, scanners, dimmers, etc. from a central location.
Who Publishes The Standard?
The DMX-512 standard (actually USITT DMX-512 - 1990) is published by the U.S.I.T.T. and is now maintained by ESTA. For more information on standards, go to ESTA.com
Wire And Electrical Details
DMX-512 is RS485 serial at 250K baud, as such any installation must meet the requirements of EIA-485. In particular, use of suitable good quality cable is important (we would not recommend mic cable for a permanent install, although we have found a good quality mic cable is suitable for mobile use).
Pin Out (Go to DMX Index)
DMX-512 3 PIN:
Pin Function
1 ground
2 - DMX data
3 + DMX data
DMX-512 5 PIN:
Pin Function
1 ground
2 - data
3 + data
4 nc
5 nc
Protocol Wiring Practice
The DMX-512 standard (actually USITT DMX-512 - 1990) is published by the U.S.I.T.T. and is now maintained by ESTA. For more information on standards, go to ESTA.com
Line Termination
All DMX lines must be correctly terminated if reliable operation is to be obtained. If not, signal loss can occur. Some fixtures have a switchable line-terminating resistor built in. In these cases, make sure that only the last fixture in the chain has the terminating switch set to the on position. If the last item (farthest from the data source) does not have a terminating switch, then an external line-terminator is needed. To make one you will need the following parts:
1 Male 3 Pin XLR
1 110 ohm 0.5W Resistor
To make the line terminator, solder the resistor across pins 2 & 3 of the XLR. You may want to back fill the XLR with epoxy resin to provide protection. Line termination will not correct a bad cable or interference from running a DMX cable next to an electrical cable. High power electrical lines will cause interference.
What Is Addressing?
Because the DMX protocol is so basic, each intelligent light's range of controlling DMX channels must be set manually. Each light's DMX address corresponds to the first of the light's channels.
For Example:
You have two intelligent lights that use five channels each.
You set the DMX address of the first light to 1, and the DMX address of the second light to 6. The reason for this is because the first light is using channels 1,2,3,4 and 5 - so therefore the second light starts on channel 6. You may also have to set up your intelligent light console for the type of lights you have and their DMX address before you can control them.
Planning Your Addressing
You may want to do a little planning before you start addressing your lights. Put all of your lights in a logical order; it will help you figure out which light is which later. Next, find out how many DMX channels each light uses - the lights manual should tell you this. Now that you know what channel to start addressing your lights at, you can figure each light's DMX address (except when your controller banks channels, see Controllers). Take the first light's DMX address, add the number of channels it uses, and you have the second light's DMX address. Then, take the second light's DMX address, add the number of channels it uses, and you have the third light's DMX address. Do this until you have all the DMX addresses for your lights written down.
Controllers
Some controllers give you settings automatically and some controllers use banks of channels. Whether your fixture uses 4 DMX channels or 10 DMX channels, it will still require you to set up your fixtures based on it's banks.
Example:
CX-5 banks all fixtures in 14 channel intervals so your first fixture will always start on channel 1, and your second fixture will always start on channel 15. DMX-40 banks all fixtures in 16 channel intervals so your first fixture will always start on channel 1 and fixture 2 will always start on channel 17. Show Xpress allows you to use all the channels.

Rentals

The right machine makes all the difference for the right results!

Available To Rent

T 1000 fake snow machineT 1600 Silent snow machine fake Snow machine T 1500-snowmasters T 1100 snow machine

The right machine makes all the difference for the right results!

Tools of the Trade

Evaporative Snow® Machine

A sample of the Professional Grade High Range - High Volume weather proof Evaporative Snow® machines we employ. Our snowmasters snow machines out perform 3-1 any other snow company that uses any other snow machines (listed below) Noise is always a question our machines range 68 DB - s 74DB at 9 ft. We have a huge inventory. The snow never accumulates and leaves no residue, which eliminates the need for clean up.

snowmaster T 100 snow machine

T-1000 analog The Machines Used at Disney, US patent no. 6,868,691 Great output recommended for out doors and indoor where you want a massive amount of snow falling Rents for 275.00

 

T 1600 Silent snow machine



This is the quietest snow machine in the world. Designed for stage, movies, and performances where noise makes the difference, US patent no. 6,868,691, DMX on-board with duty cycle timer Recommended for stage productions. Rents for 375.00

Snow machine T 1500

T-1500 has two models a 20 inch impeller fan called the Max 4750 CFM and a 16 inch impeller fan 3000 CFM called the mini, used by Seaworld -Paramount Theme Park for a few uses. US patent no. 6,321,559 DMX on-board with duty cycle timer. A evaporative snow machine that can be used at ground level as well as hung from a truss. This product offers the driest snow on the market. The T-1500 can send snow in the air up to 50 feet. It integrates with a high output fan in a swivel case, supported by a strong, bracketed frame T-1500. Rents for 475.00 Max/400.00 Mini

fake snow machines-

You indoor outdoor model day snow machine and the most streamlined snow machine in the world. Designed for stage, movies and performances where small makes the difference. It is rated at 74 db @ 3 meters. DMX on-board with duty cycle timer T 1100 Rents for 300.00 a Day/ with 1 Gal extra Fluid 45.00 a gal

snowing snowman snow machine

Snowman snow machine realistic snowfall within a 15 to 30 foot range. he SnowMan works in warm and cold climates Rents for 175.00 a day/with fluid

magic lamp snow machine

The Magic Lamp Lamppost snow machine with 3 spray heads like having 3 snow machines right under you audience

The all new Sub Zero- Now You can have snow in any weather.

This machine is designed to be used in freezing or below temperatures. It uses the proven work horse , the T-1100 snow machine, to produce snow in the most frigid temperatures. In these temperatures, our evaporative snow actually turns into real snow that is very eco-friendly. It can run up to 10 hours on a 5 gallon fluid container.

Sub Zero fake snow MachinesSub Zero fake snow machine

A T1100 that can be used in temperatures below freezing. Rents for 750.00 a day

The Sub Zero Is being used at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center for a frosty snow fall.

snow machine

This unit was designed for indoor large venues. The most powerful snow machine in the world. US patent no. 6,868,691 The Mega snow machine that shoots snow 80 - 100 feet, The same Machine David Copperfield used to snow entire Theaters in the 1990's, Copperfield had a 5 year excusive in the 90's.. The Rock Band Aerosmith used use one to snow the stage and audience on their last tour. Rents for 650.00 a day/with fluid

spanset rigging for the T 5000

Spanset and Hardware to hang T 5000 Rents for 70.00 a day

Snow Fluids

snow fluid

FG-100 Liquid Snow Pre-Mix -FG 45.00 a gal

100C Evaporative Snow® Concentrate Mix ratio is 8oz. of concentrate per 120 oz. of water

Comes in scents; Apple Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Christmas Morning,Cinnamon Bun, Gingerbread, Vanilla

 

snow machine DMX conrollerDMX Controller Module

DMX snow machine controller Rents for 100.00 and DMX Controller Module or relay packs for analog snow machines Rents for 50.00 a day.

snow machine timersnow machine zig oscillatorsnow machine pumping systemsnow machine tripods

We have to the left our custom digital timer Rents for 175.00 , next is a Zig- oscillating rotator Rents for 375.00, the pumping station rents for 175.00 and tripods of varying heights Rents from 50.00- 225.00 a day

Zig oscillating tablewireless controlWeather Resistant Cover

On the left a oscillating rotator disc Rents 75.00 a day and center a wireless control Rents 20.00 a day right Weather Resistant Cover.

Give us a call for multiple days rentals, weekly rental rates and long term leasing @ 813 689 6269

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Rental Terms

FX Machine(s) is the property of Magic FX .This is an agreement of rental only. It is expressly agreed that the Renter is not Owner’s agent, servant or employee for any purpose, condition, or circumstance for, or in which the snow machine(s) is involved while being operated by Renter.

a) The Renter agrees not to pledge, mortgage or in any way encumber the property rented herein.

b) The Equipment is and shall remain at all times the sole and exclusive property of Zigmont Magic FX Inc . The Renter agrees not to remove or cover the tag or nameplate on the Equipment showing ownership by Zigmont Magic FX Inc or manufacturer.

c)The renter shall not under lease, loan or otherwise permit the Equipment to be used by any other person, firm or corporation, and said Equipment shall at all times remain under the immediate control, supervision and direction of the Renter personally.

Renter and/or Lessee is considered to have taken "delivery" of the equipment and assumes all risks of loss thereof, from the time the equipment is set aside from Lessor's general inventory for Lessee's use. From the, time Lessee takes delivery as defined above, of the equipment leased, until the time that the equipment is returned to Lessor during Lessor's normal business hours and Lessor accepts the return of the equipment Lessee assumes all risk of loss and responsibility for any Damage Lessee causes to the equipment, and/or any property or person(s), including but not limited to, all risks and losses while in transit, at all locations, while in storage, and while on Lessee's premises.

Lessee acknowledges that the equipment is rented from Lessee without express or implied warranty or guarantee, to the fullest extent permitted by law. Before obtaining possession of the equipment leased, Lessee shall provide to Lessor a Certificate of Insurance and applicable endorsements confirming each of the coverage's specified above. All Certificates of Insurance shall be signed by an authorized agent or representative of the insurance carrier.

The Renter expressly agrees to indemnify and hold Zigmont Magic FX Inc harmless from any and all claims arising out of any violation of any law, rule, regulation or order, and from any and all claims or liabilities for loss, damage or injury to persons or property of whatever kind or nature arising (i.e., if an equipment case falls on someone’s foot, or someone’s car is dented) from the use or operation of the Equipment herein rented, or from the negligence or carelessness of the agents or employees of Renter. Renter shall notify Zigmont Magic FX Inc promptly of any accident involving the Equipment herein rented. Renter shall obtain contractual liability insurance.

The Renter assumes all risk in the use and operation of the rented Equipment and shall be responsible for providing proper safety devices and equipment to safeguard users or operators of the Equipment herein rented and for installation of the Equipment in safe and adequate facilities, in order to comply with all Federal, State and Local laws or regulations, and all industry standards.

The Renter expressly agrees to indemnify and hold Zigmont Magic FX Inc harmless from any and all claims arising out of any violation of any law, rule, regulation or order, and from any and all claims or liabilities for loss, damage or injury to persons or property of whatever kind or nature arising (i.e., if an equipment case falls on someone’s foot, or someone’s car is dented) from the use or operation of the Equipment herein
rented, or from the negligence or negligent of the agents or employees of Renter. Renter shall notify Zigmont Magic FX Inc promptly of any accident involving the Equipment herein rented. Renter shall obtain contractual liability insurance.

The acceptance of the return of the rented Equipment is not a waiver by Zigmont Magic FX Inc of any claims that it may have against the Renter, nor a waiver of claims for latent or patent damages to the Equipment.