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How-To: Stay Out in Front With the Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart

How-To: Stay Out in Front With the Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart

Imagine if there was a utility cart that could easily transport heavy-duty loads with both pushing and pulling functionalities. Well, Lakeside recently introduced their Push-Pull Utility Cart that does just that! This utility push cart is ready to use right out of the box and has a convenient swing-out handle that easily converts from push to pull. Plus, it has smart design features like heads-up ergonomics for a wider view and ankle protection. In today's blog post, we'll briefly walk foodservice operators through how to use this sustainable cart, including its optional on-board hitch bar system for towing multiple Lakeside Stainless Steel Utility Carts at once. Ready to push and pull? Let’s get started!

Converting From Push to Pull On the Fly

To Pull…

The Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart is designed with a swing-out handle that can quickly convert from push to pull mode instantly. To use it, a foodservice professional will need to simply press down on the handle’s integrated latch to unlock the swing-out feature, freeing it from the hinged handle locks. With the swing-out handle unlocked, the operator can now begin pulling the cart to their desired destination with ease.

To Push…

But what if an operator needs to convert the cart back to pushing? It’s a breeze. They will need to push the swing-out handle back into the integrated latch where it started. A click will be heard when it locks back into place. Now, an operator can navigate the cart around tight corners, maneuver around furnishings, and cover long distances by pushing the cart.

This handle design makes it easy for foodservice operators to switch from push to pull mode without the need for any tools. It’s that versatile and simple!

The Lakeside 163421 Push-Pull Utility Cart can convert from push to pull on the fly.

Experiencing Heads Up Ergonomics For Wider View

Have you ever seen a foodservice operator pushing a utility cart full of boxes and thought they were playing a game of bumper carts? It’s frustrating and even dangerous to say the least. That’s why the Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart is a game-changer in the foodservice industry.

With its heads-up ergonomics design, a foodservice professional can finally see clearly ahead when navigating through even the tightest spaces. No more knocking over stacks of boxes or bumping into hidden obstacles in the back-of-the-house. 

Plus this stainless steel push cart’s ergonomic swing-out handle design provides maximum comfort while reducing strain on an operator’s hands and wrists.

Lakeside 163421 Push-Pull Utility Cart specifications.

Avoiding Contact With Ankles

Every foodservice professional has been there, pulling a utility cart that just won’t cooperate. It feels like every step is a struggle, and to top it off, an operator will usually unintentionally keep bumping the thing into their ankles. 

Ouch, right? Well, the Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart has those very same foodservice professional’s backs (or, well, their ankles). This cart’s durable design ensures there’s no painful contact between an operator’s feet and the cart’s edge. It’s like the pulling cart is saying, “Hey there buddy, I don’t want to hurt you!” 

Plus, the push handle accommodates a wide range of user heights and stride lengths to keep it far away from an operator’s feet when they’re in pulling mode. Safety first they say, especially when pulling heavy-duty loads up to 700-Lb.!

Lakeside 163421 Push-Pull Utility Cart specifications.

Towing Multiple Carts With Optional On-Board Hitch Bar System

Picture this: You’re a busy foodservice operator trying to get everything done efficiently. You’ve got heavy-duty boxes of supplies and equipment, but only one cart to haul it all. If only there was a faster way to haul more…

That’s where the optional on-board hitch bar system available for the Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart comes into play. The hitch bar is located on the cart’s bottom shelf, neatly tucked away underneath the swing-out handle and can connect frame crossmembers of multiple Lakeside Stainless Steel Utility Carts together when an operator needs to hook up another cart. 

To connect two Lakeside Stainless Steel Utility Carts together, all an operator has to do is turn the hitch bar on the first cart so it’s perpendicular to both carts’ frame crossmembers. Then, they will simply need to attach the end of the hitch bar to the hole in the other cart’s frame crossmember. It’s as easy as that!

This is a versatile and sustainable option for foodservice professionals that need to transport a lot of items quickly and easily. Imagine how much more an operator can get done by pulling multiple carts full of supplies at the same time!

The Lakeside 163421 Push-Pull Utility Cart has an optional on-board hitch bar system that can tow multiple Lakeside Stainless Steel Utility Carts at once.

Staying Out Front With the Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart

The Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart proves to be an invaluable multi-functional resource for foodservice operators who need to stay at the front in the back-of-the-house. Its versatility allows it to be used as a push or pull cart in seconds, while its ergonomically designed handle provides a heads up view. Moreover, its hitch bar system is perfect for multiple carts being towed at once, allowing foodservice professionals to get the job done quickly and efficiently. So don't let an operator wait, stay out front with the Lakeside Push-Pull Utility Cart!

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How-To: Use the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart for Effortless Transport

How-To: Use the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart for Effortless Transport

As our society becomes increasingly dependent on technology and automation, the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart can be a game-changer in various industries for a variety of operators. Whether that operator is working in healthcare, long-term care, hospitality, K-12, or C&U, the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart can make hard work more efficient and effortless. The Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart, in particular, is a powerful and sustainable tool that can make transportation of heavy items over long distances much more manageable with less staff. In this how-to guide, we will take a closer look at the features of the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart and offer some tips on how to use it.

Breaking Down The Controls…

Before an operator starts transporting with the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart, they must get accustomed to the cart’s controls. The Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart comes with a wealth of versatile controls all at the fingertips of foodservice operators that step up to its ergonomic push handle. Here’s a brief rundown of each control:

Battery Charge Indicator - Indicates life of battery carriage underneath transaxle. If green bars are present, the cart is almost or fully charged. If only yellow or red bars are present, then the cart needs to be charged. Note: A fully charged battery will last 8 hours with standard usage.

Dual-Speed Switch - Features both a white silhouette of a turtle and rabbit. When the turtle’s side is pushed down, the cart can accelerate up to 1.5 MPH. When the rabbit’s side is pushed up, the cart can accelerate up to 3.0 MPH!

Horn Button - Activates the cart’s 68 dB horn. This is the perfect safety feature when an operator is transporting in a loud and traffic heavy environment such as a school, kitchen or loading dock.

Keyed Lock - Includes a key utilized for turning the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart “ON” and “OFF”. When the key is inserted inside the key lock, an operator should turn clockwise to turn the cart’s motor “ON”. They should turn the key counterclockwise to turn the cart “OFF”. The keyed lock is also designed to prevent unauthorized usage, which is vital in environments where security and safety are a top priority.

Control Levers - Activate the cart’s forward and reverse acceleration functionalities.  

Emergency Stop Button - Immediately stops the cart to ensure operator safety and prevent injuries. Note: Key will need to be turned “OFF” to reset controls after an emergency stop is activated. 

Dual-Speed Switch. Emergency Stop Button. Battery Charge Indicator. Horn Button. Keyed Lock. Control Levers.

Utilizing Forward and Reverse Control Levers

Now that an operator has gotten familiar with the Motorized Utility Cart’s main functions, they are now ready to begin transporting supplies from point A to point B. The Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart has forward and reverse motion control levers that allow for effortless transport of heavy loads in any direction, including on uneven terrain. When at the cart’s handle, the operator will see two red levers on both of the control panel’s sides. Push these up and the cart accelerates forward. Push these down and the cart moves in reverse. 

When in motion, an operator shouldn’t hesitate to use the dual-speed switch as well. As mentioned above, this switch can convert from either 0.1 to 1.5 MPH or 0.1 to 3.0 MPH on the fly! This is incredibly useful when an operator needs that extra kick when going up a steep incline.

Top: Push up to accelerate. Bottom: Push down to reverse.

Switching to Non-Motorized Use

There is an engagement override lever located on the right side of the transaxle, which provides the option for non-motorized use. To switch to non-motorized use, an operator should simply push the lever up. Conversely, to return to motorized use, an operator should push the lever down, making it perpendicular to the transaxle. This feature offers convenient versatility and ease of operation.

Switching to non-motorized use

Hauling Heavy Duty Loads Over Long Distances and Inclines

The Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart is powered by a powerful 24-volt DC transaxle that allows it to haul heavy duty loads over long distances and inclines without any difficulty or fatigue. This Lakeside cart's robust battery powered electric motor does not require any fuel or gas, making it economical and environmentally-friendly. The motor is also incredibly quiet, which is ideal for use in environments such as hospitals, where noise can cause disruptions. The cart's 3 spacious 24” x 26” shelves with 3 shelf edges up, 1 down, enables safe transport of heavy duty loads up to 1,000-Lb., increasing labor efficiency.

Left: Hauls effortlessly up and down inclines. Right: Hauls heavy duty loads up to 1,000-Lb.

Activating Automatic Stop

The Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart also has an automatic stop feature that activates when the operator releases control. This ensures safe and convenient operation of the cart when hauling heavy duty loads up and down inclines.

Casters For a Variety of Environments and Surfaces

The Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart is a versatile solution for a wide range of environments, including hospitals, senior living communities, schools, loading docks, kitchens, recreation rooms, and parking lots. It is equipped with 4 durable 8" casters that provide excellent grip and stable maneuverability, even on uneven terrain. 

The cart features 2 fixed, flat-free non-marking power wheels with grip tread in the front and 2 swivel (with brakes) rear wheels outfitted with non-marking cushion-tread. In order for an operator to engage the rear brakes, they simply need to apply pressure with their foot to either the "OFF" or "ON" side. This straightforward action further ensures the Lakeside cart will not roll down inclines.

Casters maneuver smoothly over uneven terrain

Maneuvering Slim Profile Through Most Doorways

One of the best features of the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart is its slim profile, making it perfect for use in and around tight spaces. This Lakeside cart's 24-1/2” wide slim design allows it to fit through most doorways comfortably, making transportation of heavy items more accessible and safer

The cart's narrow profile also enhances its maneuverability around tight corners and furnishings, making it an ideal choice in healthcare environments. Combine this with the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart’s motion controls and hauling heavy loads around corners and tight spaces is effortless.

24-1/2" slim profile fits through most doorways

Charging Quick Charge Battery Carriage When Not in Use

To get the most out of the cart's power, it is essential to ensure that the battery is charged properly and maintained regularly. This is done by turning the key counterclockwise to power it off. Immediately after, an operator should plug the quick charge battery carriage’s power cord into a nearby outlet. The power cord possesses three tongs and is located at the front of the cart on top of the transaxle for easy storage and access.

Power cord being plugged into wall.

Static Release Floor Belt Dissipates Static Charges

The battery carriage also includes a static release floor belt. This is an overlooked safety feature that dissipates static charges so that the operator isn’t electrocuted or seriously injured. When looking under the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart, an operator will notice it hanging off of the battery carriage.

Static release floor belt dissipates static charge

It’s Time to Power Up

The Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart is an excellent investment for both foodservice and healthcare industries that require the transportation of heavy items with limited staffing. Its powerful battery powered motor, slim design, and versatile features make it a top choice for effortlessly hauling heavy loads in various industries, including healthcare, long-term care, hospitality, K-12 and C&U settings. By following our tips on how to use it correctly, an operator can maximize the benefits of this Lakeside cart and make work more efficient, effortless and fatigue free! Click ‘Power Upbelow to see the Lakeside Motorized Utility Cart in action!

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Innovation Infusion: The Remarkable Transformation of a Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility Cart

Innovation Infusion: The Remarkable Transformation of a Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility Cart

The Backstory of the Specimen Cart:

In the healthcare industry, efficiency and precision are critical. Laboratories require equipment that can handle sensitive test tubes and other specimens while also being easy to transport and maneuver. That's why Lakeside was thrilled when a top-tier hospital reached out to us for a customized version of our Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility Cart. The lab was looking for a customized cart that could safely hold and transport their specimen rack from one location to another. So, without further adieu, let’s dive into the remarkable transformation of the 711 into a cutting-edge specimen cart.

Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility Cart on top left over food. Lakeside Customized 711 Stainless Steel Specimen Utility Cart on bottom right over medical equipment.

How We Executed It:

At Lakeside, we take pride in providing innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the needs of our customers. Our team worked closely with the lab to ensure that the revamped Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility Cart was precisely what they required. We started by adding horizontal square tube supports to prevent tipping and spills, ensuring that the utility cart would be safe and efficient for transporting sensitive specimen vials and their contaminants.

To ensure accuracy and precision, we meticulously verified measurements and fit with the lab. The result? A cart that can securely hold a custom-sized 18” x 27.5” tray and has a maximum shelf weight capacity of 200-Lb. With fully welded seams and leg bumpers on all four legs, the specimen cart was designed for durability and longevity.

The lack of a handle on the specimen cart allows for easy access from both sides. Additionally, the utility cart features four 5” swivel casters, making it easy to maneuver and move around the lab. This customized Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility is perfect for labs of all sizes, and its durable stainless steel construction will ensure that it lasts for years to come.

Design and Construction Specifications: 430 Grade Stainless Steel Welded Construction. (1) Shelf to Hold 18" x 27.5" Customized Tray. Fully Welded Seams. Maximum Shelf Weight Capacity of 200-Lb. No Handle. Leg Bumpers on All Four Legs. Horizontal Square Tube Supports. (4) 5" Swivel Casters.

A Sustainable Result

The remarkable transformation of the Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility Cart into a cutting-edge specimen cart is a testament to the innovative and sustainable solutions we provide at Lakeside. We worked hand-in-hand with a top-tier hospital to ensure that their needs were met with precision and accuracy. Today, the same cart is currently utilized in labs across the country owned by the same company. We're proud of the work we've done and look forward to continuing to provide innovative solutions that contribute to improved healthcare outcomes.

This customized Lakeside 711 Stainless Steel Utility Cart was outfitted to fit an 18" x 27.5" specimen rack on its top shelf.

Feeling inspired? Want to design the perfect cart for your healthcare facility and its needs? Well, as you found out with the specimen cart, no design is too difficult for us to turn into reality. Get started with a free consultation by clicking ‘Design Your Cart’ to speak to our Lakeside customer service team!

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By The Numbers: The Consequences of Poor Food Safety

By The Numbers: The Consequences of Poor Food Safety

By The Numbers…

$15.6 billion. That’s the estimated amount foodborne illnesses cost the United States each year. Yes, you read that correctly. $15.6 billion! Now, you might be thinking to yourself how this is even possible. You may even start to wonder if there are problems with the country’s food supply. Alright… relax, there’s not, but however, there is a slight problem that needs to be acknowledged: the large number of Americans that catch foodborne illnesses in the U.S. every year. Let’s take a quick look at the numbers…



Food poisoning is more common than what most people think as nearly 17 percent of the U.S. population experience illness from contaminated food each year. That’s an estimated 48 million people! So, how and why is such a large chunk of Americans getting sick from contaminated food and drinks? In this blog, we’ll break down the reasons behind the common causes of poor food safety as well as provide solutions operators can apply to their everyday foodservice service operations. Let’s begin!

1 in 6 Americans get sick every year from contaminated food.

The Causes of Poor Food Safety

Why do so many people get sick from mishandled food? It’s a question that gets asked a lot, but one that can easily be solved if foodservice operators implement effective consistent processes. Here are the four most common causes of foodborne illness.

  • Unclean Hands and Surfaces

On average, human hands carry about 3,200 different germs. Now imagine how you’d feel if someone with that amount of germs made your food? Unclean hands and countertops allow for germs and bacteria to survive and spread throughout a kitchen. This leads to the likelihood of contaminated foods. Operators must ensure their staff members are washing their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.

  • Cross-Contamination

Often an issue that gets overlooked, cross-contamination is something that operators and their staff need to be mindful about. This is when germs from raw foods get spread to ready-to-eat foods. For example, a classic case of cross-contamination occurs when a cutting board is used to cut bread after it was recently used to cut raw meat. That fresh, ready-to-eat bread is now infected with the germs left behind on the cutting board from the raw meat. For operators to prevent this, they should have their staff keep all raw meats completely separate from other foods. 

  • Undercooked Food

Some of the most common food items that are easily prone to contamination include raw meat, chicken, seafood, and eggs. This is because raw meats contain a wealth of bacteria such as Salmonella, E.coli, and Yersinia. By cooking raw meat thoroughly, these types of bacteria will be killed off thus ensuring safety for consumers.

  • Storing Food in the “Danger Zone”

The danger zone? What is that specifically referring to? Any type of environment that has a temperature between 40 degrees Raw meat, chicken, seafood, and eggs are all easily prone to being undercooked. Cooking these foods fully reduces the risk of Salmonella, E. Coli, and Yersinia. . Bacteria and other pathogens grow at a rapid rate when held in these types of conditions. Operators must keep their refrigerators at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and their freezers at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below to avoid spoilage that can lead to a customer getting sick.

Four pictures demonstrating the following: Unclean hands and surfaces. Storing Food in the "Danger Zone". Undercooked food. Cross-contamination.

Transporting Food the Right Way

For operators, food transport is an integral part of any foodservice operation. Properly transporting food from one location to another in the back-of-the-house can mean the difference between a successfully safe day or one that could lead to contamination issues. We dissected how critical it is for food to be placed on clean surfaces and separated from raw items, but what about safety during transport? That’s when having sturdy, secure, and easy-to-clean equipment should become a priority for foodservice operators in all segments. 

Let’s take a look at a few versatile features on Lakeside’s Open Style Utility Carts that operators should have by their side to fully ensure food safety… 

Thick and Secure Shelf Edges

For the staff of operators, transporting multiple containers on one cart through tight spaces in the back-of-the-house is nerve wracking. There’s little room for error and the last thing you want to have happen is for those containers with fresh food items inside to fall over and be wasted! There’s good news for operators and their staff members in the form of the Lakeside 521 Utility Cart. This utility push cart has two shelves with three edges up to secure items such as containers from sliding off. This Lakeside Utility Cart also has larger fixed front wheels to help guide the cart in a straight line, while making it easier to navigate corners in tight spaces.

Sturdiness for Heavy Duty Loads 

When handling raw meats in room temperatures, time is of the essence for an operator’s staff to properly store these items in a cold refrigerator and freezer. If an operator’s staff has to take multiple trips to do so, the risk for contamination will go up. In order for staff members to minimize this risk, having a strong and spacious utility cart such as the Lakeside 543 Utility Cart is a smart investment. This stainless steel cart has an angled “U”-shaped frame design and two shelves measuring 21 x 33 inches for hauling up to 700 pounds. Trips will be minimized, time will be saved and so will raw meat that needs to be refrigerated or frozen.

Easy to Clean Stainless Steel Surface

Stainless steel is not only extremely durable, but also easy to clean. Having surfaces that are easy to clean and sanitize is critical for any foodservice operator to maintain food safety. With the stainless steel construction of Lakeside’s Open Style Utility Carts, cleaning and sanitizing is fast and easy for an operator’s staff to execute after each use. The best part? Any risk of cross-contamination between different food items is largely reduced.

Two Lakeside Transport Utility Carts with close up pictures of bumpers and casters.

Equip ‘em with Lakeside Utility Carts

While transporting food can sometimes require extra steps to ensure food safety, it’s a critical component of any foodservice operation, its operator and staff. Make sure an operator is transporting food properly and safely by clicking ‘Equip ‘embelow to begin supplying them with all the right tools!

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The Ultimate Checklist for Back-of-the-House Storage

The Ultimate Checklist for Back-of-the-House Storage

Wasting money. Isn’t that just the worst thing any foodservice operation can subconsciously do due to an unorganized back-of-the-house storage process? Especially, doing so as the foodservice industry is still below pre-pandemic labor numbers. Well… 

For operators, focusing on only making the front-of-the-house run smoothly is a huge mistake. The back-of-the-house is just as important because it acts as the central command center in order for food to make it onto a customer’s table. Without a successful back-of-the-house, who is going to manage and cook the food? Who will keep the processes of a foodservice operation in order? Therefore… 

Putting the correct procedures in place and having the right equipment are quintessential to the overall success of an operator’s foodservice operation. What are these procedures? Let’s take a quick look…

  1. Develop and Maintain an Ergonomic Layout
  2. Keep Inventory Organized
  3. Regularly Throw Away Waste
  4. Don’t Forget to Invest in…

So what do each of these entail for the success of an operator’s foodservice operation? Digging deeper, we’ve developed a checklist to help reps better understand the needs of what it takes for operators to run a streamlined storage system for back-of-the-house activities, starting with perhaps the most critical step…

1. Develop and Maintain Ergonomic Layout

Imagine the stressors an operator must be under if their foodservice operation’s back-of-the-house is constantly cramped and unorganized. Sounds like absolute chaos, right? For instance, having a chaotic environment like that can confuse staff members in not knowing where specific supplies are located, if there’s enough inventory to utilize, and if there’s enough space to move around. This not only slows everyone down, but can create tension between front-of-the-house staff members. Back-of-the-house cooks could become backed up due to working in an unorganized area. This will have front-of-the-house servers feeling tense toward those same cooks as the customer waits for their food.

However, in order for an operator to successfully develop a streamlined layout for the back-of-the-house, they must start by grouping supplies by category to get things going in the right direction. They must also consider the amount of space needed to create flow and accessibility among their back-of-the-house staff. This will help staff correctly stock items by putting old ones in the front and new ones in the back. By doing so, old items will be used before the new ones are even touched. 

Develop and Maintain Ergonomic Layout

2. Keep Inventory Organized

Once an operator has implemented an ergonomic layout for their foodservice operation’s back-of-the-house, now it’s on to keeping inventory organized. Mismanaged inventory is one of the causes for staff to unknowingly use spoiled ingredients. Keeping track of inventory and regularly checking up on due dates is a must for the success of any foodservice operation. It would be terrible for a happy paying customer to get food poisoning simply because of the lack of organization in the back-of-the-house.

For operator’s to keep inventory organized, tracking systems for shelves and refrigerators must be in place. This involves adding labels to containers with the date the item was first made. By doing so, it allows for easy discarding of old food during inventory checks. As mentioned in the previous point, inventory should be organized on shelves where the oldest items always are utilized first and the newest get used afterward. 

Keep Inventory Organized. This is a major initiative an operator should have on their checklist to achieve organized back-of-the-house storage.

3. Regularly Throw Away Waste

Spoiled food and overused ingredients are money wasters! If spoiled food isn’t thrown away, an operator’s staff will think they have more food to work with than they actually do. This can lead to supplies running out faster due to less fresh food being available, and the loss of money in front-of-the-house since customers can’t order dishes that have ingredients that aren’t in stock.

Putting a system in place to make sure spoiled food is thrown out can do wonders for a foodservice operator in the long haul. Operators should also utilize the same ingredients across several dishes in order to use them up faster which will make stocking them more cost-efficient.Regularly Throw Away Waste

4. Don’t Forget to Invest in…

Versatile mobile utility carts! How can these be crucial to operators in creating an organized and simplistic storage routine for the back-of-the-house? In more ways than one. Having a portable storage stainless steel cart can do wonders for an operator’s staff during transport and efficient stocking of food supplies. Let’s break it down!

  • Haul Heavy Loads with Durable Stainless Steel Construction

A Lakeside Tough Transport Utility Cart such as the 943 can haul up to 1,000-Lb. while maintaining a straight line during transport. This Lakeside cart makes hauling new products in and spoiled products out a breeze. This portable storage cart is a time saver by limiting the amount of trips an operator’s back-of-the-house staff will have to make from point A to point B.

  • Ready to Roll Right out of the Box

It’s no secret that many foodservice operation’s back-of-the-house are short on space with many people. With the Lakeside 944 Tough Transport Utility Cart, maneuverability in even the tightest of spaces is ultra smooth right out of the box. This stainless steel cart’s all swivel extra-load, no-mark polyurethane rear casters help back-of-the-house staff get around quick and easy when hauling heavy loads.

  • Easy to Clean and Corrosion Resistant with Multiple Shelves

The stainless steel on a Lakeside Tough Transport Utility Cart is not only easy to clean, but has multiple spacious shelves that absorb impact and haul more at once. Take for example the Lakeside 949. This portable storage cart has three deep well shelves to maintain item stability during transport, while its stainless steel construction helps an operator’s back-of-the-house staff save time and stay organized with easy cleanability. This Lakeside cart is the ultimate time and money saver for an operator’s back-of-the-house staff!

Don't forget to invest in.... Portable Storage Carts. Lakeside 943 cart. Designed to Haul Heavy loads. Lakeside 944 cart. Ready to Roll Right Out of the Box. Lakeside 949 cart. Easy to Clean with Multiple Shelves. The carts every checklist for back-of-the-house storage should have!

Help an Operator Complete Their Back-of-the-House Storage Checklist

Let’s review that checklist one more time…

  1. Develop and Maintain an Ergonomic Layout 
  2. Keep Inventory Organized
  3. Regularly Throw Away Waste
  4. Invest in Lakeside Tough Transport Utility Carts…

To assist an operator in their quest for the most efficient back-of-the-house storage equipment, click ‘Complete Checklist’ to see more!

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The Bussing Cart Difference for Reducing Food Waste

The Bussing Cart Difference for Reducing Food Waste

The Bussing Cart Difference for Reducing Food Waste

Put Your Trust in a Lakeside Bussing Cart! 

“Where is the hero?” or “What is an effective long-term solution for reducing food waste in foodservice operations?” Those two questions can probably be heard across the nation from thousands of restaurant operators as billions continue to be lost every year due to food waste in the restaurant industry. However…

Answering those calls for help is the Lakeside bussing cart! This enclosed cart offers a number of impactful solutions that can move foodservice operators into the right direction when it comes to reducing food waste. Let’s highlight the impact a Lakeside bussing cart can truly make on a foodservice operation!


  • Spacious and Concealed Table Side Service

No operator has ever said, “I want to give my customers the most unpleasant foodservice experience they’ll ever have!” However, if you do know an operator that has said this, then having a trusted bussing cart should be the first piece of foodservice equipment to steer them into the right direction. Hauling away and cleaning up food waste left by hopefully satisfied patrons should not be distracting to other diners in the room. The Lakeside 644’s three enclosed sides offer pleasant concealment of waste an operator’s staff cleans up. Fellow diners will not have to be disturbed by an unpleasant display of food scraps left by others. The 644 also provides a generous amount of space to staff members with its three 21 x 35-inch shelves to limit the number of trips to the back-of-the-house.


Specification sheet of a Lakeside enclosed bussing cart.


  • Odor Retention From Spills

“Ew, what’s that smell?” Or “Why does it smell like chemicals? Gross!” Could be statements an operator and their staff hear when cleaning up food waste at another table without an odor resistant enclosed cart. With the Lakeside 644’s odor resistant stainless steel interior, statements such as these will start to become non-existent. What about cleaning up spills or unpleasant odors from liquids? No fear, as this Lakeside bussing station protects an operator’s guests from even the strongest odors as their staff passes by tables on the way to the back-of-the-house.


Maybe three shelves don’t provide enough space for the tasks an operator’s staff are assigned to? Maybe a staff member doesn’t have time to make multiple trips to the back-of-the-house because of a full waiting list of customers eager to get seated at a table? With the Lakeside 644 enclosed bussing cart, versatility is extended into the hands of an operator’s staff. Lakeside offers operators the option to add either a detachable plastic silverware or waste box onto a Lakeside bussing station. Both of these accessories are available to add onto a Lakeside bussing cart to make the stressors of bussing easier, which can result in more tables to open up at a faster rate!


Spacious and concealed table side service. Odor retention from spills. Expanded versatility with plastic silverware and waste boxes. Time saving sanitation capabilities.


  • Time Saving Sanitation Capabilities

Even if an operator chooses not to add either a detachable plastic silverware or waste box onto a Lakeside bussing cart, they will already be saving time cleaning the cart in between trips. Saving precious minutes is made possible with the Lakeside 644’s easy to clean and sanitize all welded angle leg stainless steel construction. Staff will never have to worry about the potential of ingrained odors from spills let alone a time consuming wipe down. If you were an operator, doesn’t saving time sound like the greatest thing to an already stressed short staff? 


  • Attractive Vinyl and Laminate Finishes

Operators that are looking for reliable dependability as well as a stylish exterior finish can find both with Lakeside’s selection of enclosed bussing carts. Maintaining a good appearance with even a bussing cart goes a long way in your presentation around an operator’s customers. At Lakeside, there are numerous options (vinyl or laminate) an operator can choose from

Standard exterior finishes include: walnut, gray sand, light maple, victorian cherry, beige suede, hard rock maple, red maple, red, green, black, royal blue, purple.


If an operator needs a laminate unique to their operation, they can request a customized finish from our Lakeside bussing cart experts!

Americans Are Wasting a LARGE Amount of Food!

Across the country, Americans are approximately wasting between 30-40 percent of the food supply. However, roughly 31 percent of this comes from both retail and consumer segments, resulting in an immense loss of 133 billion pounds in food and $161 billion since 2010. If these numbers continue to trend upward in the next decade, who knows how severe the consequences could be for every single American nationwide.

Bussing Toward Solutions

Yes, as we mentioned a bussing cart offers a variety of solutions to aid a foodservice operation in reducing its food waste, but it's truly up to the operator to establish three key steps according to ReFED in eliminating food waste for good!

  1. Reduce the amount of food that goes unsold.
  2. Donate surplus food to feed the hungry and homeless.
  3. Divert food waste from landfills through use as animal feed, composting, or anaerobic digestion.


1. Reduce the amount of food that goes unsold. 2. Donate surplus food to feed the hungry and homeless. 3. Divert food waste from landfills through use as animal feed, composting, or anaerobic digestion.


If more foodservice operations can incorporate these practices into its everyday structure, 13 million tons of food waste would be reduced annually, resulting in an estimated total $100 billion economic value.

As more foodservice operators become aware of the detrimental results of food waste, more resources and equipment will be needed to get to the finish line. With Earth Day coming up it’s the perfect time for an operator to get started to reduce their carbon footprint. The team here at Lakeside are ready to help an operator begin their path to reduction today with the perfect bussing cart! Click, ‘Bussing Toward Solutions’ to explore our entire line of versatile bussing carts!


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The Steps Lakeside is Taking Toward Robotics

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26 Consecutive Months of Job Growth, But…

Restaurants in America are still well below their pre-pandemic staffing levels. How is that even possible? Why is it taking restaurants longer than two years to get fully staffed again? Those are questions the common person will still be asking even after three years since the COVID-19 pandemic thrusted its way into society. 

In January, there were still roughly 1.5 million job openings in the restaurant and food industry; A staggering 450,000 jobs (-3.6%) below pre-pandemic numbers. This remains the largest employment deficit across every U.S industry, and several operators are taking matters into their own hands to find a solution with the help of… ROBOTS

That’s right, robots. Waiting for the future to come is no longer needed as robots are quickly filling the voids left by many during the Great Resignation. To solve staffing shortages, as many as half of U.S. restaurant owners intend to implement robots into their operations within the next few years. Yes, 50%! 

Furthermore, what is the current state of robotics in multiple foodservice sectors such as hotels, college and universities, and the aforementioned restaurant industry? Let’s uncover the revealing findings. 


1.5 million job openings in the restaurant and food industry. The largest employment deficit across every U.S. industry.

Current State of Robotics in Foodservice

1. Hotels and Hospitality

It’s no secret that the hotel and hospitality industry is a crucial segment in foodservice. As the travel industry continues to grow, so will hotels and the consistent need for quality hospitality. At the beginning of the decade, the global market size for robots in hotels was estimated to be worth $79 million.

Common duties of robots at hotels include, meal service, meal delivery, and even cooking food. Take for example the Savioke robot that has been assisting hotels across the U.S. amid staffing shortages. The Savioke is able to successfully deliver meals or additional items to guest rooms, which is quintessential to freeing up the already tied hands of hotel staff. Savioke CEO Steve Cousins has gone on record to state, “It’s much more valuable for the front desk staff to be checking people in than to be running stuff up to a room.” 

From 2020 to 2025, the global market size for robots used by hotel operators is projected to reach $338 million at an annual growth rate of 32.8%. 


From 2020 to 2025, the global market size for robots used by hotel operators is projected to reach $338 million at an annual growth rate of 32.8%.


2. Colleges and Universities

Just last year, groundbreaking news shook the foodservice and college and university industry as Grubhub and Starship Technologies announced they were extending their partnership to bring robot food delivery to more than 170,000 students at over 25 schools. Several schools are already using this technology which include, University of Kentucky; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Southern Methodist University, and Fairfield University. 

Starship’s robots can accelerate up to 4 mph and carry roughly three grocery bags of weight. They’re also waterproof and can travel through rain or snow. For students at colleges utilizing Starship’s robots, nearly half have admitted to treating it like a person, giving gratitude and thanks for its helpful services. 


Starship Robots at University of Tennessee. Credit: Erick Gomez, The Daily Beacon, March 3, 2022.

3. Restaurants

As recent studies show, and even though restaurants in the U.S. continue to add jobs, there is still a lot of work left to do. In February, for the 26th month in a row, nearly 70,000 jobs were added in the restaurant industry equating to a total of 2.5 million jobs, but there are still 108,000 jobs below the February 2020 employment peak. Not wanting to wait or waste precious time for things to get back to the flatline, restaurant operators are incorporating robots into their workflow. 

Popular eateries such as Domino’s, McDonald’s, and Starbucks are prime examples of the advancement of robots in restaurants. Domino’s has developed an autonomous pizza delivery system, McDonald’s is currently experimenting with an automated drive-thru, and several Starbucks locations are utilizing AI-enabled coffee machines. 

How does automated robotic technology reduce labor shortages in restaurants? 

  • Improved and cost effective training procedures. 
  • Automated and flexible task management. 
  • Efficient inventory management and accuracy.

The Steps Lakeside is Taking Toward Robotics


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With robotics expected to grow at a breathtaking speed over the next few years, it’s encouraged that foodservice operators consider investing in robotic technology to combat the current labor shortage. Just in 2021, the food and beverage industry in the U.S. installed 25% more robots than in 2020 to reach 3,402 total units. Even our cart experts here at Lakeside are aware of this current movement, and have been making numerous strides toward incorporating robotics into its line of robust foodservice utility carts on wheels to better solve the challenges operators currently face. 

At Lakeside, we have taken on multiple projects requiring the development of both robotic autonomous carts and robotic medical transport carts for operators across the world. These projects demanded precise attention to detail to ensure there was a solution in the end. Our team was able to design and customize dollies underneath our Lakeside carts in order to hold robotic hard drives to exact specifications. One of the projects even required the development to fit multiple robots on a single dolly frame to ensure success for the operator. 

With the use of laser technology, component sourcing, and attentive design engineering, our team at Lakeside was able to successfully develop some of the first robotic stainless steel ergonomic carts in factory history. As the demand for robotics continues to increase in the foodservice industry, so does our process at Lakeside. Click ‘The Lakeside and Robotics Connection’ to see our past projects involving our advancement with including robotic technology on our carts.

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A Guide to Increasing Engagement With SuzyQ

a guide to increasing senior engagement with SuzyQ

Creating Memories with the SuzyQ Serving System

It is often a stressful task for senior living community foodservice operators to strive to deliver both memorable and engaging meal delivery to their residents. However, there's an easy way to do so with the SuzyQ Meal Delivery System, an innovative solution when it comes to serving quality meals to residents. Click on the video below to see how engagement is created between a staff member and resident because of the SuzyQ Meal Delivery System! Isn't that so satisfying to see?

Here's everything operators need to know about the SuzyQ...

Hot and Spacious Food Wells for Ultimate Serving Capacity

The SuzyQ food cart with wheels has (2) generous 12 x 20-inch hot food wells that will have your residents smiling with the endless variety of options for a satisfyingly warm consumption of their favorite meal.

Versatile Pull-Out Drawers

In need of extra space for utensils or additional food items such as buns? This food delivery cart has got an operator's staff covered with (2) pull-out drawers for full size 4-inch deep pans, with its top drawer being heated.

Temperature Controls and Dynamic Drain

Never worry again about keeping food constantly warm with the SuzyQ cart’s dynamic temperature controls. Each well has its own temperature control and drain for enhanced freshness and easy cleaning capabilities respectively. 

The solution for creating a person-centered dining environment is possible with the SuzyQ meal serving system. The SuzyQ cart is also available as a mini for smaller sized senior living communities. Click calculate, to figure out what SuzyQ cart is right for your senior dining foodservice operation.

Increased Engagement and Respect

Mealtime should be the most delicious and exciting time of day for every resident with an empty stomach, not a dreaded one. For operator's, having a food delivery cart such as the SuzyQ increases the amount of engagement and respect between a resident and staff member. Residents will…  

  • Feel uplifted with one-on-one contact with dietary staff. 
  • Be happier with the engaging service they’re receiving.
  • Gain back some control over their lives and well-being. 

By serving hot food with the SuzyQ cart, an operator’s dietary staff get to personally know each resident and build a connection with them over time. Imagine how great of a feeling it is when someone wants to get to know you. It not only strengthens engagement between staff members and residents, but increases the sense of belonging and respect. Thus empowering residents to feel like family should be every senior living community’s number one priority. 

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Less Stress During Mealtime

There are so many classic meal choices. From a delicious slab of lamb, pork, or even roast beef, the options are plentiful. However, what if the only option for a resident is lamb? And what if that very same resident prefers roast beef instead? In the eyes of many residents, nothing is more stressful and dejecting than having only one choice during mealtime.

In addition to limited choices of meal options, let’s take a closer look at common issues that reduce a resident’s happiness during mealtime…

  • Mediocre customer service during the delivery of food (limited eye contact and conversation).
  • Frequent complaints of cold food that’s served.
  • High levels of dining room noise which eliminates a relaxed eating atmosphere.

Now, put yourself in the shoes of a resident that has to deal with that. Doesn’t that sound like fun?... Not at all! Retirement should be the golden years of one’s life, right? Not the times of constant annoyance, stress, and unsatisfying meals. The SuzyQ food cart with wheels steps up to the plate by… 

  • Serving HOT food faster. 
  • Increasing meal choices.
  • Enabling better eating habits.

With the SuzyQ food delivery cart, a new world opens up immediately for a senior dining foodservice operation to better serve the needs of residents.

meal served to resident with SuzyQ cart

It’s the Operator's Turn!

Leading the way for a senior dining foodservice operation is often a difficult task. What if an operator has a short staff? What if there’s not enough food to serve residents? However, often the most overlooked problem is creating consistent and impactful engagement among residents in your senior living community.

Making an impact during mealtime should be critical. An operator's staff should want to embrace their residents with warmth and care in order to make mealtime memorable. Now, you might be asking, how can a senior dining team possibly increase engagement and respect so that residents feel like they are with their own family? The SuzyQ meal serving system is the liaison in turning that question into a solution. The SuzyQ is used by thousands of senior living foodservice operations around the world that reap the benefits of those very exact solutions. If your senior living community is looking for that next breakthrough to a more enhancing and engaging foodservice operation, reach out to a Lakeside cart expert today!

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The Keys Behind Over 75 Years of Utility Cart Ingenuity

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For OVER 75 years, Lakeside Manufacturing has been America’s first and still best-selling foodservice utility cart manufacturer. Not only did we pioneer the stainless steel utility cart, we’ve spent over seven decades perfecting every aspect of it. Simply put, it’s been an endless pursuit for perfection with our reps, dealers, and operators top of mind. We have constantly strived to give them the best as they expect from us. So, what pushes Lakeside carts ahead of the pack? Constant evolution. 

For many, it’d be rather difficult to envision that our first ever product was a wooden BBQ grill cart in 1946, and it wasn’t until two years later we debuted the classic Lakeside 311 stainless steel utility cart. In 1950, the 311 won the Museum of Modern Art Award for Design, and has since become a timeless piece of ingenuity on wheels. To this day, the 311 remains a staple on our line of products. So, why has this cart and its product family members been consistently reliable to operators around the country for all these years?

At Lakeside, it’s simple. There are reasons and stories behind everything we manufacture and they’ve helped us refine our products to be the best in the industry. Through our determination to learn from our mistakes, unsuccessful trials, and can’t dos, our team has always found ways to raise the bar to new heights. In this blog, we’ll highlight the keys to what makes our utility carts ultra durable, extensively customizable, and conveniently selectable.

Dedication to Durability 

At Lakeside, it’s been our duty to make sure that each one of our foodservice carts on wheels is reinforced with rugged stainless steel. That’s why we developed our helpful and always accessible durability index. Now you might be asking yourself, what is a durability index and how can it benefit my operation? This rating is derived from load capacity, intended use, work environment, and projected hours of service in order to help find you the correct utility cart for your needs. When looking for that perfect Lakeside cart, you will need to be asking yourself all of these questions. You can also take our load capacity quiz here to find your ideal cart. 

One of our keys to the success of our foodservice carts on wheels is our endless selection of weight capacities. We offer five different weight capacities to fit the needs of any sized load. Below, you’ll see an overview of what each can do for you. 

Standard Duty

Can haul up to 300 pounds. Standard duty utility carts are ideal for dining area bussing, set-up tray and soiled dish station, and transporting light loads. These utility carts work best for smooth and vinyl tile floors as well as smooth indoor concrete. Standard duty utility carts by Lakeside shouldn’t be used for more than 3 hours per day.

Medium Duty

Ideal for transporting moderate loads no more than 500 pounds. Medium duty foodservice carts on wheels by Lakeside are ideal for the same types of tasks and floor surfaces as standard duty models. Medium duty utility carts shouldn’t be used for more than 4-9 hours per day.

Heavy Duty

These tough utility carts can receive goods, move loads for ware-washing and can transport items up to 700 pounds! Heavy duty Lakeside carts move well over vinyl and ceramic tile floors, carpet, and indoor concrete. They shouldn’t be used for more than 9-12 hours per day.

Tough Transport

Tough transport utility carts make receiving dock and storage room loads up to 1,000 pounds a breeze. These foodservice carts on wheels can transport with ease across uneven tile floors, thresholds, and elevators. These rugged utility carts shouldn’t be used for more than 10-18 hours per day.

Extreme Duty

They don’t come tougher than extreme duty utility carts by Lakeside. These foodservice carts on wheels can carry loads up to 1,500 pounds in casinos and correctional facilities. Extreme duty Lakeside carts can transition across uneven tile floors with ease. They shouldn’t be used for more than 24 hours per day.

five tiers of utility carts: standard, medium, heavy, transport, and extreme duty

More Than 10,000 Custom Configurations

Since 1945, we have learned that many operators want exactly what they want. In other words, a high-quality product tailored to their exacting specifications. For example, is there a utility cart that you need, but it doesn’t have big enough casters? What about a foodservice cart on wheels that doesn’t have bumpers on all four of its corners? We understand the importance of ROI and that a utility cart must deliver outstanding value.

By listening and working with people like you, no design is impossible to achieve. Our utility carts are able to be modified with numerous shelf sizes, caster types, bumper styles, and materials. This is one of the ways we’ve been able to accelerate the development of our stainless steel Lakeside carts, and continuation of perfecting our craft. Our seemingly endless variations and feature combinations will satisfy your every need!

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Industry Leading Ship Times

Convenience and timeliness are two words that can describe the shipping process of our Lakeside utility carts. We know that last second orders happen. We know how critical it could be for a foodservice cart on wheels to arrive on time, and we understand the convenience of a fully assembled and well packaged utility cart. Without sacrificing an ounce of quality, our industry leading ship times have remained a huge part of the Lakeside difference. Check out the high-quality results of this project that we were able to deliver in top-notch times when the equipment wasn’t one of our standard products. 

Roughly 90 percent of our standard stainless steel utility carts ship in an average of three days or less. That often can’t be said for many other manufacturers’ lead times. Choosing the right utility cart for your operation should be a fun and easy journey. That’s why we make our ship times fast and convenient by guaranteeing 100 percent satisfaction.

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As we continue to manufacture our trusty stainless steel utility carts, our drive and determination to enhance our craft will only continue to grow to new heights for the next seven decades. Our mission will always be to help you and your operation tackle tomorrow’s challenges and increase the strategic value of foodservice in your facility. With our rugged and reliable stainless steel utility carts, endless possibilities of success await. All of our Lakeside carts are proudly made in the USA! Experience the durability, reliability, and accessibility you’ve been searching for by speaking to a Lakeside cart expert today!

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What Utility Cart Is Best for Your Facility?

What Utility Cart is Best For Your Facility?

When trying to determine which utility cart is best for your facility, there are a few simple to follow guidelines that can help make the decision easier. No matter what segment you happen to operate in, following these procedures can be a great service to you and your team. So what exactly are we referring to? 

The three W’s! WHAT, WHERE, WHEN. Determining what each of these hold within your facility will lead you to the correct choice of a utility cart. But how difficult can it be? 

Actually, it’s not that hard, but instead quite fun! Together, let’s walk through those three W’s as well as some additional tips for when it comes to selecting the perfect utility carts for you and your facility. At the end, we’ll give you a versatile tool to help you with your selection.

WHAT will you transport?

This is the most basic and most obvious question you’ll need to answer. What are you moving from point A to point B, and how much do those items weigh? The reality is this will impact your utility cart choice in two important ways. First, the more weight you’ll move the heavier duty a foodservice cart on wheels will need to be. Utility carts come in different levels of durability. Moving 500 pounds on a utility cart designed to transport 250 pounds can be a major safety hazard, and your utility cart will not last. Second, the shape of the items you’re planning to move will impact the shelving requirements on the foodservice cart on wheels.

Other critical measures to take during this step include determining the intended use of the utility cart, how rough the floor surfaces will be, and the number of hours utilized need to be taken into consideration in order to find the right Lakeside cart for the job. In other words, the best value utility carts will provide years of service, not just months.

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WHERE will you transport it?

It’s no secret that casters will play a key role in a utility cart’s capabilities. We’ve dug into the basics of casters in a previous post, but as it stands in terms of a foodservice cart on wheels selection, the main question to ask is over what types of surfaces will my utility cart travel. If the answer is smooth inside surfaces, the caster requirements will be different than uneven pavers out on the pool deck.

Caster size and wheel material is often an overlooked aspect of a utility cart in regards to its durability. The most common size for casters is 5 inches, but it all depends on the size of the load being carried. For heavier loads, the larger the caster should be, and for lighter loads, the smaller the caster can be. Deciding on the correct wheel material is pivotal too, since each type has its own offering. You may want to choose rubber if you want floor protection and minimum vibration. Say if you are needing a wheel that is resistant to liquids/fluids, polyurethane may be a better choice. The choices at Lakeside are endless!

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WHEN will the utility cart be used?

This is a question operators and facilities managers might not think about. The fact is when utility carts are designed and manufactured here at Lakeside, we create utility carts designed for varying levels of usage. Incurring the expense of a foodservice cart on wheels designed for use 20 hours per day isn’t cost-effective for an operation that only needs to use the utility cart during a single, eight-hour shift. Likewise, a utility cart designed for minimal usage won’t cut it for higher-demand operations. How long you plan to use the foodservice cart on wheels plays a big role.

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At Lakeside, we have put our utility carts through vigorous testing to make sure they last for years to come. So how long can our Lakeside carts be used throughout the day? Check it out below!

Standard Duty (300 pound weight capacity): 

No more than 3 hours per day

Medium Duty (500 pound weight capacity): 

No more than 4-9 hours per day.

Heavy Duty (700 pound weight capacity): 

No more than 9-12 hours per day.

Tough Transport (1000 pound weight capacity): 

No more than 10-18 hours per day.

Extreme Duty (1500 pound weight capacity): 

No more than 24 hours per day.

standard, medium, heavy, transport, and extreme duty utility carts

Additional Elements for Consideration

A utility cart’s design will determine its level of durability over time. Being aware of a utility cart’s physical features can make or break a successful transport. You don’t want to make the mistake of accidently putting 1000 pounds worth of items onto a foodservice cart on wheels with a capacity of only 300 pounds simply because you were unaware of its capacity. Just imagine the costly consequences this could have on not only your team and merchandise, but on your clients as well. Here are a couple elements you should take into consideration when looking for your perfect Lakeside cart… 

Gauge of the stainless steel

The thickness of stainless steel plays a major role in the strength of a utility cart. A key tip to remember when analyzing different types of stainless steel is that the lower the number is, the stronger the steel, and the higher the number, the less strong the steel will be. To sum it up, a utility cart on wheels constructed out of 14-gauge stainless steel is stronger than a utility cart that is made of 22-gauge stainless steel.

Frame Design

The frame design on a foodservice cart on wheels is integral to the utility cart’s overall structural support. Common variations of frame design include: Angle leg, tubular, “U” frame, and square tubular. Angle leg frames are usually equipped on standard and medium duty Lakeside carts that can carry 300 pounds and 500 pounds respectively. Whereas, a “U” frame or square tubular frame are more suited for hauling heavy loads that can reach up to an extreme 1500 pounds.

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So which Lakeside cart is right for you?

Answering that question correctly includes cross-referencing the items above to hit an option that fits your best overall needs and challenges. Lakeside has a full range of utility carts, but the reality is most of those utility carts will either be too much or too little. To help you find the Lakeside cart that’s just right, we put together a comprehensive Lakeside cart selector that walks you through the WHAT’s, WHERE’s, and WHEN’s. It will assist in determining the correct utility cart in relation to your load capacity and daily use. Click the button below to use our new Lakeside cart selector or talk to a Lakeside cart expert today!