Common Questions About Dish Rack Carts & Glass Rack Dollies
Which dish rack cart do I need?
Some manufacturers offer carts designed to fit standard size racks; others offer racks that will accommodate specific types of racks. For example, Carlisle's Opticlean dolly can hold a number of standard full-size racks while Cambro offers the Camdolly specifically to store and transport its Camracks.
How many racks can a dishwasher rack dolly hold?
Because the weight of each full rack will vary based on what it's being used to store, these carts are rated by their total weight capacity rather than by the number of racks they can hold. The majority of dish and glass rack carts have a maximum capacity of between 200 and 400 pounds, but some heavy-duty models may be able to hold as much as 1,000 pounds.
Why should I use a glass or dish rack cart?
These carts are mounted on casters, which allow you to store your serveware away from the ground, a setup required by many health codes. Additionally, storing racks full of dinnerware and fragile glasses on an easy-to-move cart will help staff members reduce the chances of breakage when moving multiple racks from one part of your commercial kitchen to another. A glass rack cart can be a particularly important investment, since broken or shattered glass can be especially dangerous to both staff and customers.
Do I need a dish rack dolly with a handle?
This depends on how you're going to use your dolly. If you intend to use it only to transport dish racks, you may not need a handle; you can stack the dish racks and push directly on those. However, if you will only be transporting a few dish racks at a time, they won't be high enough to push without bending over, so you may prefer a handle for comfort. Additionally, if you plan to use the dolly to transport items like ice buckets that will not stack and interlock with each other, you will need a handle.
Which is better, a solid or open dishwasher rack dolly?
A solid dishwasher rack dolly will enable you to transport other items but will also allow water to puddle if wet dish racks are placed on it. An open dolly prevents this water buildup, but is not as versatile as a closed dolly. However, some dollies are available with a hole in the center that can drain water and still hold some other items.
Should I use a glass rack cart or a glass rack dolly?
Because a glass rack dolly only allows easy access to the glasses from the top of the dolly, you may prefer a glass rack cart if you will be transporting and need access to multiple glass types. However, a glass rack dolly is much smaller and easier to store than an upright cart.