Common Questions About Flatware Carts
Where are tray carts used?
Because these units simultaneously transport trays and flatware, they reduce the number of trips it takes to move items from a dishroom to a tray assembly or serving area. This kind of cart can be used anywhere that moves trays and silverware often, but they are most commonly used in healthcare centers, cafeterias, buffets, and banquet facilities. Most of these silverware carts are made to be moved through the front of the house and feature an appealing design that won't detract from the customer experience.
What should I consider when choosing a flatware cart?
Tray platforms for silverware carts come in different sizes to accommodate a variety of trays. You can select a tray dispenser that holds 14-inch by 18-inch trays, 15-inch by 20-inch trays, or 16-inch by 22-inch trays. Most carts are sized based on how much weight they can hold rather than the exact number of trays, so you can determine how many of your trays will fit on the platform.
These carts come with different tray platform configurations, as many tray carts have solid, immobile platforms that hold stacks of trays from the bottom of the unit. If you want more flexibility with your unit and want to prevent your employees from stooping to reach trays on the bottom of the stack, you'll want to consider a dispenser with a cantilever mechanism. With this lever, you can raise the stack of trays as they are diminished. As springs rise with the lever, they self-level the platform to prevent it from becoming uneven and dropping the trays.
These dispensers have integrated silverware holders, are typically mounted over the trays, and come in the form of cylindric bins or flat compartments. Depending on the amount and type of flatware you use, you can select the number of holders you want. Some of these bins are removable to simplify the cleaning process.
All tray dispensers have casters, so they can be transported from the dishroom to tray assembly areas in healthcare applications, cafeterias, or buffets. Casters come in different sizes, with larger options rolling over more difficult terrain. If the casters swivel, you'll have more maneuverability, and built-in brakes can lock the cart in place. You'll want to consider non-marking casters if the cart is going to be used in areas where guests are present.