Restaurant Equipment Casters
Industrial casters are one of the unsung heroes in your commercial kitchen. These ubiquitous restaurant parts are found on everything from ice machines, to griddles and fryers all the way down to your mop bucket. Why? Swivel casters make it easy to move large equipment around, enabling you to properly clean your restaurant kitchen (earning you some bonus points from the health inspectors) while also making the equipment itself easily accessible for any service repairs. Though most heavy-duty restaurant equipment do not come with casters installed you'll be happy to hear that installation is easier than you think (and can save you the cost of a service call).
Unlike most restaurant equipment, smaller restaurant supplies like dollies, trash cans and mop buckets come with casters already mounted on them. Problem is, these restaurant supplies can take quite a beating, and you'll probably in the market for some new casters before you need to purchase a new dolly or trash can. The DIY on these small industrial parts is so much easier than you'd think, and the cash savings you'll reap by fixing your supplies (versus throwing them out) is so worth it!
Types of Casters
Before purchasing your industrial casters, make sure you're purchasing the right kind. For more information about industrial casters, be sure to review our Heavy Duty Casters Buying Guide.
Most swivel casters fall into four main groups:
- Plate Caster: good for carts, dollies, and heavy-duty equipment
- Expanding Stem Caster: seen on shelving, carts and work tables
- Threaded Stem Caster: used for the same applications as a plate caster, just a different installation
- Push-In/Friction Caster: carts, dollies and mop buckets
When shopping for casters, take into account load height and capacity. When a caster is installed, the height on your equipment will increase; may seem like common sense, but just a few inches of added height can really affect your commercial kitchen layout. And load capacity, well, what good is buying a set of casters that could prematurely break because you put something too heavy on them?
Industrial casters are an invaluable resource in any restaurant kitchen. Stock up on these important restaurant parts and shop our diverse selection at Tundra Restaurant Supply!