The Convenience of Utility Carts

A Guide to Lakeside Utility Carts

Utility carts are versatile pieces of equipment that can perform a variety of functions in foodservice operations. Transporting both lightweight supplies and heavy equipment to enable employees to accomplish more tasks in less time, utility carts provide strength and convenience to optimize efficiency. Lakeside offers a diverse line of utility carts with several load capacity options, available in durable stainless steel and economical plastic models.

Cart Selection Guide

To select the right Lakeside utility cart for your operation's needs, consider the following questions.

  1. What strength or load capacity is needed to do the job?

    Determine the load capacity for the normal tasks the cart is intended to perform. You may refer to the load capacity calculator designed to help you take all factors into consideration.

  2. How many shelves are needed and what size should they be?

    Choose the size and number of shelves needed to transport the intended loads.

  3. What type of surface will the cart normally travel on?

    Rough or uneven surfaces will require large casters and increased load capacity.

  4. Are ergonomic safety features important to you?

    If transport-related injuries are an issue or a worker will use the cart for an extended period of time, consider a model with an ergonomic handle design.

Stainless Steel Utility Carts

A popular material in many foodservice operations, stainless steel provides durability, stain and corrosion resistance, and easy cleaning. Shipped assembled, these Lakeside carts are ready for service the moment they arrive at your operation. Lakeside offers five stainless steel cart options with varying workload capacities, from standard duty to extreme duty. These carts are available in a variety of sizes, with choices for number of shelves and handle design, so you can customize your cart for its intended use. Refer to the chart below to determine which Lakeside cart will best meet the needs of your operation.

CapacityIdeal TasksIdeal SurfacesIdeal Daily Usage
Standard Duty300 lbs.
  • Dining area bussing
  • Set-up tray station
  • Soiled dish station
  • Smooth tile
  • Vinyl and tile floors
  • Smooth indoor concrete
Up to 3 hours
Medium Duty500 lbs.
  • Dining area bussing
  • Set-up tray station
  • Soiled dish station
  • Smooth tile
  • Vinyl and tile floors
  • Smooth indoor concrete
4 to 9 hours
Heavy Duty700 lbs.
  • Receiving goods
  • Moving loads for ware-washing
  • Vinyl and ceramic tile floors
  • Carpet
  • Indoor concrete
9 to 12 hours
Tough Transport1,000 lbs.
  • Receiving dock and storage room use
  • Loading and moving dishes and flatware
  • Uneven tile floors
  • Carpet
  • Outdoor concrete
  • Door and elevator thresholds
10 to 18 hours
Extreme Duty1,500 lbs.
  • Casinos and correctional facilities
  • Receiving docks, store rooms, warehouses
  • Transporting dishes and flatware
  • Uneven tile floors
  • Carpet
  • Outdoor concrete and parking lots
  • Door and elevator thresholds
24 hours

Plastic Utility Carts

Available in both standard and medium load capacities, Lakeside's plastic carts perform light duty functions at an economical price. Constructed from high-density polyethylene, these carts are engineered to resist stains and odors and provide durability. Along with their stainless steel counterparts, plastic utility carts are available with a variety of handle and shelving options for custom convenience. These carts assemble easily in minutes without hardware.