I went and checked my records, I bought a 35 lbs ice maker for $185 delivered back in Oct. 2013. Still works great. I have 475w of solar panels
that were topping off my 6 x GC battery
bank by 10 or 1030 and going into float mode. So instead of wasting prime solar
power, I bought the ice maker to use some of that power. I turn it on as soon as I get up and turn it off at sunset. It makes about 20-25 lbs in that period. Most of it I dump into bags in my ice chest, some goes into my drinks for the evening or passed on to friends who missed the ice truck.
I think it's one of the best things I've done with $185.