Bus Tubs

Bussing tables isn't the most glorious aspect of the restaurant business, but it is necessary. Cleaning tables quickly and efficiently saves potentially lost flatware, hastens seating and customer turnover, and helps create a hygienic atmosphere in your establishment. Our selection of bus boxes ranges from plain plastic containers to compartmentalized totes with a variety of features to aid in establishment cleaning. We'll go over KaTom's catalog of restaurant bus tubs below and then answer some common questions. More

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Winco PL-57C
Winco PL-57C Bus Box Cover - 20.25" x 15.5", Gray

KaTom #: 080-PL57C

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$2.57 / Each
Winco PL-5G
Winco PL-5G Bus Box - 20.25" x 15.5" x 5", Gray

KaTom #: 080-PL5G

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$3.32 / Each
Winco PL-7G
Winco PL-7G Bus Box - 21.5" x 15" x 7", Gray

KaTom #: 080-PL7G

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$3.85 / Each
Winco PL-5K
Winco PL-5K Bus Box - 20.25" x 15.5" x 5", Black

KaTom #: 080-PL5K

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$3.32 / Each
Browne 1919
Browne 1919 Bus Box - 21.6" x 12" x 6", Gray

KaTom #: 158-1919

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$8.80 / Each
Winco PL-57K
Winco PL-57K Bus Box Cover - 20.25" x 15.5", Black

KaTom #: 080-PL57K

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$2.64 / Each
Winco PL-7K
Winco PL-7K Bus Box - 21.5" x 15" x 7", Black

KaTom #: 080-PL7K

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$3.91 / Each
Carlisle 4401023
Carlisle 4401023 Comfort Curve™ Bus Box - 20" x 15" x 5", Gray

KaTom #: 028-44010G

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$7.52 / Each
Carlisle N4401102
Carlisle N4401102 Comfort Curve™ Bus Box - 20" x 15" x 7", White

KaTom #: 028-N4401102

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$10.65 / Each
Rubbermaid FG315488BLA
Rubbermaid FG315488BLA Bus Box - 16" x 11" x 6.75", Black

KaTom #: 007-FG315488BLA

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$63.84 / Case of 6
Tablecraft 1537BR
Tablecraft 1537BR Bus Box - 21.5" x 15.75" x 7", Brown

KaTom #: 229-1537BR

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$5.89 / Each
Cambro 912CBP180
Cambro 912CBP180 Bus Box - 12" x 9" x 5", Light Gray

KaTom #: 144-912CBP180

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$5.52 / Each
Carlisle N4401105
Carlisle N4401105 Comfort Curve™ Bus Box - 20" x 15" x 7", Red

KaTom #: 028-N4401105

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$10.65 / Each
Tablecraft 1557B
Tablecraft 1557B Bus Box - 21" x 17" x 7", Black

KaTom #: 229-1557B

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$7.54 / Each
Rubbermaid FG335100BRN
Rubbermaid FG335100BRN Bus Box - 21.5" x 17" x 7", Brown

KaTom #: 007-335100BRN

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Tablecraft 1529G
Tablecraft 1529G Bus Box - 21.5" x 15.75" x 5", Gray

KaTom #: 229-1529G

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$4.99 / Each
Carlisle 4401002
Carlisle 4401002 Comfort Curve™ Bus Box - 20" x 15" x 5", White

KaTom #: 028-44010W

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$7.34 / Each
Carlisle N4401104
Carlisle N4401104 Comfort Curve™ Bus Box - 20" x 15" x 7", Yellow

KaTom #: 028-N4401104

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$10.65 / Each
Carlisle N4401109
Carlisle N4401109 Comfort Curve™ Bus Box - 20" x 15" x 7", Green

KaTom #: 028-N4401109

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$10.65 / Each
Tablecraft 1537W
Tablecraft 1537W Bus Box - 21.5" x 15.75" x 7", White

KaTom #: 229-1537W

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$5.89 / Each
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Common Questions About Bus Tubs

Why would I need a compartmentalized bus box?

Having a compartmentalized tub enables staff to separate utensils, flatware, and disposables as the tub is loaded. Depending on the establishment's practices, this can save time by having bussers sort utensils while cleaning tables, where the flatware is not already lumped together. Restaurants with busy kitchens may benefit from sorting at the table rather than sorting in the kitchen since space is already limited. On the other hand, if space is more valuable in your crowded dining area, then having a single compartment tub that is sorted in the back might alleviate some congestion. Consider your establishment's bussing and sorting procedures to determine whether bus tubs with compartments would be beneficial. The time saved with each table may be small, but on a busy night, these small differences add up quickly.

What size bus pan do I need?

Large restaurant bus tubs might seem like an obvious choice at first glance, but having a tub that is larger than needed could make the process difficult for your staff. Consider how many tables you expect to clean at one time, how many diners might be using those tables, and the amount of dishware that might need to be bussed per person. Use a tub large enough that the busser is not required to make more than one trip, as foot traffic is always at a premium in dining areas. However, a small tub is easier to carry, generates less noise as it's filled, and takes up less aisle space between the kitchen and table. Large tubs can create traffic jams in the dining space as the busser tries to squeeze through cramped quarters, and extra space gives flatware room to rattle and for sounds to echo. Ensure that staff can comfortably handle whichever pans you purchase and that the tubs can fit through your walkways.

Can I use bus pans to presoak flatware?

Many establishments use the pans to presoak their flatware before beginning more thorough cleaning processes. Soaking loosens tough debris so that the flatware only needs one trip through the dishwasher. However, leaving them to soak requires a suitable place to set the pan, which is not available in every kitchen. Consider which dishes you use that are particularly difficult to clean and consolidate them in a single tub. Or, if you have plenty of extra room, you could implement presoaking as a standard practice after bussing. If you have some dishes that should not be soaked, consider compartmentalized tubs to keep delicate dishes separate.

What other considerations should I make before purchasing bus tubs?

Some tubs double as storage totes when not in use for clearing tables. If you plan on storing equipment in tubs, purchase ones with lids. Lids enable operators to stack storage tubs, saving even more space. KaTom also sells tub carts that give operators a way to stack and roll tubs on casters. Rolling carts are safer since staff members won't have to carry heavy tubs, and they can transport several tubs at a time. If you find your establishment unable to keep up with cleaning needs, consider upgrading to rolling carts.

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