Caster Selection – The right wheels for your Mobile Foodservice Equipment

Caster Wheels

Tips on selecting the appropriate
caster for your application

Casters are special housings that include wheels and they facilitate those wheels being attached to equipment. Many people interchange the terminology of wheels and casters as meaning the same thing and for the most part that works out to be accepted.

However, when we want to really analyze the subject of casters, it is important to break them down into all of the important components. Components such as the wheel, the tread of the wheel, the barring that make the wheel spin, the mounting plate, and even how the wheel locks and swivels are important to know and understand.

caster 2A caster is simply designed for mobility of equipment. The equipment needs to be mobile, whether it sits in a corner of a commercial kitchen and only needs to be moved for easy access for cleaning, or if it’s a large banquet cabinet that needs to be loaded onto trucks and moved to off-site locations. These two applications require different consideration when it comes to wheel tread, hubs, and bearings.

A caster that supports equipment without being moved very often can tend to get flat spots from sitting still, so a wide dense tread with bearings that require little to no maintenance is best. Adversely, equipment that will be pushed over thresholds, bumps and gravel, roll well with a soft tube-less semi-pneumatic tread, with Zerk grease lubricated raceways and bearings.

The environment the equipment is in can play a large part in your purchasing decision as well. The bulk food warming cabinet that hangs out in the corner of a commercial kitchen needs a caster that can roll on the smooth surfaces of the kitchen floor while being resistant to the cleaning agents that are used when cleaning those floors. Some applications, such as in healthcare patient meal delivery, need casters that can roll around hushed environments on equipment that must be as quiet and tranquil as possible. These delivery cabinets, in the highly sanitized healthcare facilities, are commonly spray washed inside and out. Without the properly sealed bearings, the casters will become corroded from the cleaning.

Size matters but bigger are not always better. 

If the cabinet is one that will be sliding in and out from under a counter, being sure to pick the correct size caster will be paramount in your decision. It should also be known that typically the larger the wheel diameter is the easier it will roll.

Remember this terminology for the size of your caster;

  1. Wheel Diameter– This is the distance measured vertically from one side of the tread to the other.
  2. Overall Height – the total distance the caster raises the cart of the ground from the tread to the fastener plate.
  3. Tread Width – The distance measured laterally across the tread.

Generally, the larger the casters are, the higher the load capacity they can carry. This becomes spread out across all of the casters, so if you have typically four casters on your cabinet, you will divide your total weight across the four casters. Assuming you have a cabinet that weighs 100lbs and it has a load weight of 900lbs, your total weight would be 1000lbs. As stated before, this weight will be divided by each caster giving you a total of 250lbs per caster.

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Mark your calendar for the NAFEM Show 2017!

FWE at Booth #2828 NAFEM
February 9th – 11th, 2017
Orlando, Florida

FWE / Food Warming Equipment Co. (FWE) has selected the booth for the upcoming National Association of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show for 2017. NAFEM is scheduled for next February 9th – 11th at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida. Booth #2828.

FWE has solutions for all applications of foodservice operations. No matter how you prep, cook, store or serve, FWE at NAFEM will show you how you can excel. Find application-specific innovations or custom modifications you need to meet any challenge.  With our extensive experience at the core of restaurants, hotels and hospitality, FWE also has solutions in; concessions, c-stores, stadiums, schools, healthcare, correctional, municipalities and more…

Don’t forget to book early and stay late for the Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and the After-Show Party on Wednesday, Feb. 11.  Special entertainment and events to be announced shortly.

Attend The NAFEM Show for just $40 with early registration, on or before Nov. 30, 2016.

NAFEM Show is the ‘THE’ place where the business of foodservice equipment and supplies comes first. Don’t miss Food Warming Equipment Co. (FWE) along with over 500 exhibitors and miles of kitchen foodservice innovations, priceless connections and profitable deals… Register Today!

Please remember to select FWE on the NAFEM Show Map below:FWE at NAFEM Booth 2828

Foodable’s focus on Nashville’s Music City Project

Foodable’s latest episode of “BUILT” was made in partnership with FCSI Americas.  This latest episode is a case study in how AIA Principal of of tvsesign, Rob Svedberg, along with FFCSI consultant Michael Pantano, Design Principal of Culinary Advisers, and many more professionals and creatives behind the Music City Center Project worked in cooperation to turn this building into the pinnacle of flexibility, sustainability, and foodservice excellence.


The imperative objective in designing a foodservice facility for a convention Center is Flexibility.  One any given day the entire foodservice for the building could be dedicated to just a limited table for four, or a banquet for thousands.

In the Nashville City Center, less than 25% of the kitchen is dedicated to fixed equipment, that can not be moved, such as the equipment requiring exhaust hoods and the cooking line in general. Everything else is Mobile!

FWE at Nashville's Music City CenterThe facility is without Fixed Concession Stands or Fixed Dining areas or Food Courts and foodservice can occur anywhere within the facility.  Making it imperative to have Mobile Foodservice Solutions throughout.  Some of the FWE equipment (above) include Mobile “Hot Box” Banquet Carts and Heavy Duty “Queen Mary” Utility Carts to accommodate needed flexibility by making every meal delivery highly mobile and processes within the kitchen agile.

Food Warming Equipment models included within this project:

  • P-200-2-XL – Heated Banquet Cabinet (HotBox) can accommodate up to 200 plated meals.
  • UHS-12 – Universal Heated Holding Cabinet. One of the most versatile and best performing heated bulk food cabinets to accommodate various size trays and pans. (Electrical)
  • R-60 – Mobile Refrigeration with double door reach can transport cold product to feeding stations and banquet areas and throughout an agile kitchen.
  • ETC-UA-11 – Simple Enclosed Transport that is non-heated and non-insulated.
  • UCU-72-512AL – Heavy Duty Queen Mary aluminum utility carts.


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Congratulations to Annette Kirby our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

Annette Kirby Earns Award for Her Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

Annette Kirby holding her Extra Mile Award!
Annette Kirby holding her Extra Mile Award!

Here at F.W.E. we have quite the mix of employees. Annette not only does her job very well, but she is quite the support person for any and all that ask for her help. This includes helping with insurance problems, legal problems, helping with shop floor, putting in for vacation, finding a place to live. You name it she will help you get it.

She does not boast about extending her assistance to others, we believe it’s just her nature and the ones she has helped truly appreciate it. We feel a little recognition goes a long way and she deserves a pat on the back for all she does.

Please help us congratulate Annette on her award!

About Food Warming Equipment
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long term holding. For more information, visit

FWE at NRA Booth# 2209

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 Still located in the South Hall, FWE has relocated to Booth #2209 this year putting us closer to the entrance.  When walking into the South building we will be to the right.  Click here to view the map.

Booth 2209 MapJoin us, FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc. and the National Restaurant Association (NRA) on May 21st – 24th, in 2016 at Booth #2209 for the 2016 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

The new and improved NRA Show, mobile app for 2016, is now available for download. To get the new app, search the iTunes app store or Google Play for “NRA Show 2016”, or click here to be automatically directed to the proper download version, per your device.  With this app you can find us, other exhibitors, map your course, find educational sessions and more.   You can also search “NRA Show 2016” in your smartphone’s app store to download today.

If you wish to see the entire NRA Floor Plan Click here and be sure to sure to select the desired exhibition hall.  There you can a little better command, overall view, search and ability to interact with it.

Or click here for our location marked on the NRA Floor Plan.

Join FWE for an event with a fresh perspective at the NRA Show 2016 & International Foodservice Marketplace

Join us, FWE / Food Warming Equipment Company, Inc. (FWE) at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) 4 day event being held from 21st May to the 24th May 2016 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago at Booth #2209 for the 2016 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®.



Get up close and personal with our custom product specialists who are preparedto provide solutions and resources to help your organization succeed.

Highly mobile, extremely durable and built for your needs in mind.  FWE prides itself on specialty and custom solutions that others won’t touch and recognizes the value of the special opportunities and custom requests which separates us from the rest.

With over 60 years of experience, crafting foodservice solutions across a broad base of applications, customers and markets, FWE has established itself as a leader in Heated Mobile Banquet Carts and Cabinets. Continuously awarded Best in Class by Consultants, FWE continues to innovate and branch out into related territories including retherm ovens, cook & hold ovens, beverage carts, mobile bars and air screen mobile refrigeration.

“Get outside of your comfort zone and learn about a new facet of foodservice from experts from across the industry. Immerse yourself in discussions about hot trends and topics. Leave the Show with a fresh perspective.” – National Restaurant Association (NRA) 2016



FWE has Special Offers that you can’t afford to ignore

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Save hundreds of dollars in custom features and options. Contact FWE today to obtain pricing and availability on Hot Boxes, Banquet Cabinets, Transport Carts, Humidified Holding Cabinets and Ovens.

We have selected several of our most popular models to choose from, specific for Banqueting, Hospitality and Catering.

Beautiful, Bountiful Banquets!

Whether you’re feeding 40 or 4,000, FWE’s Hot Box and Banquet Carts are at the heart of every banquet operation.

FWE offers the greatest number of stock selections, custom features and options.

With over 600 hot box solutions on hand, FWE has a cabinet for your application.  Just call us today and we will work with you to determine what you really need.

Hold and Transport Anything

Keep bulk foods flavorful and savory for hours and keep product as hot and crispy (or moist) as desired.  Our custom selection of caster wheels allow for transport over almost any terrain.

FWE’s Universal Humi-Temp Servers (UHS) are among the most versatile solutions and best performing heated bulk food cabinets on the market today.

UHS cabinets fit a wide variety of sizes in trays, pans and racks. Stocked with a unique set of adjustable tray slides and uprights, you can hold almost any combination of trays and pans.  Making this a truly universal solution for banquets and buffets. 800-222-4393


Congratulations to Erickson Vidro Gonzalez our latest ‘Extra Mile Award’ Winner!

Erickson Gonzalez Earns Award for His Hard Work & Commitment to FWE

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Erickson Gonzalez, Extra Mile Award Winner

Erickson has been nominated for the Extra Mile Award for his work on the Blue Line producing heated products.  He has been with us since 6/29/15.  In the last 5 months he has helped train several new hires in Final Assembly including Adam Cruz, Jathan Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez, and Daniel Huey.   Erickson rarely misses work and frequently works overtime to get the job done.

Thanks for going the extra mile to make FWE successful!

Please join us in thanking Erickson – you make a positive difference for FWE every day of the week.

About Food Warming Equipment
Food Warming Equipment Company, (FWE) was founded in the 1940s in the suburbs of Chicago, pioneering the “HOT-SERVE” line of Food Warming & Conveying Cabinets and Portable Bars for Pepsi-Cola. The Company incorporated in 1953. FWE offers Low Temperature Cooking – Holding Ovens, Full Line of Heated Serving products and cabinets, Utility Cabinets, Mobile Refrigeration / Freezers, Portable Bars and the “PHTT”…the advanced and Intuitive Climate Control™ technology that automatically maintains the set levels of heat and humidity for short or long term holding. For more information, visit

Smoking and BBQ Continue to Trend…

Be prepared to deliver that smoked flavor on your signature dishes. Hold your product better than ever before with FWE’s system of
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Best in Class 2015free shipping bannerDeliver the signature smoke flavor customers demand. Hold product with the stable, consistent heat of FWE’s Smoke, Cook and Hold solutions.

Holding smoked products in a Clymate IQ (with precision humidity control) will have customers enjoying that “fresh from the pit” savory flavor and texture. Perfect every time.

FWE also provides the perfect accessories for smoke, cook and hold applications with all the above models!

Also, check out these accessories.