There are a lot of things to consider – with the most important being the environment where the cart will be used.   But that’s not the only thing.  There’s also the load capacity, the type of casters, the gauge of the material (for durability), the height, the shelving, and so on.  So, let’s look at some of the options available to you to help you decide what is best for you and your company.

Material:  Powder coated steel, polyethylene, aluminum or stainless steel will all work well in dry environments.  However, stainless or aluminum would be the proper choice for carts used in wet or food environments.

Durability:  The gauge of the material is another consideration.  Generally speaking, the lower the gauge of the steel that is used, the more durable the cart.   For example, a cart constructed with 12-gauge stainless steel will be considerably stronger and more durable than one made of 18-gauge material.

Load Capacity:  An important consideration when selecting the right casters for your cart is the load capacity.  And what about locks?  Will your cart need brakes or locking casters?  Don’t underestimate the role they will play in the life of your cart.

Shelving:  How many will you need – and what style will best suit your needs?

The Height of the Cart:  In food environments, one consideration is having a cart the same height as the prep table.   The height of the cart is also important when considering carts for busing or the washroom.

Drainage Holes:  In a very wet environment, adding drainage holes may be a viable consideration. 
While standard carts may meet many user’s basic needs, a custom cart may well offer the most cost-effective product.

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