After purchasing a lesser machine and being dissatisfied with its capacity, I decided to buy this one more than a month ago. For our Fourth of July block party, this machine produced over 200 pounds of ice, and I took it with us on vacation to the California Delta, where it was 100 degrees. In that heat, we generated at least 60 lbs every day. Under typical circumstances, I easily produce 100 lbs when we are at home. This machine kept three of us campers and boaters in plenty of ice and paid for itself because a 20 lb bag of ice costs $ 16.00 per bag (yes, we are in California). This together with the luggage I ordered worked out fantastically. 30 pounds each boat per day in addition to full ice chests. This is a winner if you need a lot of ice for camping, boating, and large gatherings—I just wish the next iteration didn't require breaking the cube blocks apart.