Catering Trolley Wheels
Going back a few years i remember doing a lot with the catering and bakery industry! I'm not going to go into the bakery industry so much for this blog post but i would like to talk a little bit about the catering industry as it's something i see issues often with.
You may be wondering what there is to a catering trolley wheel and how it can be so imporatnt to have a blog post specifically for it! Well we're hopefully going to explain to you why it's so important to have the correct castor for the job, particularly in the catering industry!
One of the first things that i'd like to ask is whether or not you have been to a local takeaway or restaraunt with an open kitchen? Yes? Great! Well have you ever looked at the equipment? That could be an industrial fridge, catering trolley, preparation surface etc... If you have, you may very well have noticed that the castors that were on that didn't particularly look clean? Maybe they had become tarnished? Maybe they were even rusty? Well that's much more common that you'd believe and now i've mentioned it, it's the only thing that you're going to be looking for every time you go somewhere.
I will say that this probably isn't the restaurants fault, Most of the time when companies are manufacturing products they're just trying to keep their overheads down so they choose inferior parts or inferior materials, We're deffinitly not saying that this is the case with all catering equipment however we have found it to be very common. Because of this inferiority the castors that have been used do not cope well with damp or wet environments which obviously causes them to rust or tarnish. Once this happens, there isn't really much that you can do with the castor other than replace it. Now this poses its own problems! I've spoken with many customers that are replacing castors and usually they just give you the spec that they need, wheel diameter, load capacity etc... but one of the things that we always like to ask is what application the castors are going to be used on and if the customer says anything related to the catering industry, we will always recommend a stainless steel castor!
So, What is a stainless steel castor? A stainless steel castor to put it simply are castors that don't rust which is exactly what you're going for here! When you look at stainless steel castors, one of the things that you may notice is that they look exactly the same as regular castors but they cost slightly more and that's going to make you ask "Why am i spending more for the same product?". That's a fair question to ask and if you do decide to go with the less expensive castor, we can't stop you but what we will say is that you may find yourself paying more in the long run as you're going to be replacing them more often then you would a stainless steel castor.
Stainless steel castors have been designed for applications such as the catering industry, They're designed to be used in wet or damp environments and usually, they will only need to be replaced due to user error where they have been overloaded, dropped, banged, knocked or they've simply just worn away.
I've been to many places where i have seen inferior castors on products and there's just something about it that gets me and assumingly the user as well as not only do they have horrible rusty castors but over time you're going to notice that your floor may develop orange marks from the rust, This is something i've personally experienced (not with a castor though obviously) Once that rusty water has settled into the floor it's simply impossible to get rid of!
So, I may have rambled a little bit there so we'll get back on track.
There are many different fitting methods and wheel diameters for stainless steel castors and commonly the most popular fitting method for catering equipment is bolt hole which thankfully we sell!
You can view all of our stainless steel castors here.