Utility Carts

Utility carts offer versatile designs for rugged, heavy-duty, and light-duty support in any facility. These multi-shelf carts range from all-metal or steel to all-plastic styles, with office-friendly designs available.

Styles

Book Truck: Book trucks have durable and strong shelves, usually made of steel, that support books in library or bookstore settings.

Heavy-Duty Storage Cart: Heavy-duty storage carts can hold large capacities and provide convenient mobile storage space for office supplies and other items.

Library Cart: Library carts are almost always designed to support books in bookcase-style layouts with two or three shelves and one or two-sided layouts.

Locking Utility Cart: Locking carts have keyed locks for one- or two-door layout and come with two keys per lock for convenience. Most locking carts are made of steel or other durable materials and provide at least one fixed bottom shelf and a fixed or adjustable middle shelf for interior storage.

Machine Stand: Machine stands are designed for office use, with ample space for a printer, fax machine, or other device. The base is usually set on casters to allow mobility when needed and also contains storage compartments or cabinet-style base for storing supplies.

Mechanics Cart: Mechanic carts often come in styles with raised edges around the shelves to help contain tools and supplies, or with locking compartments for more expensive tool storage. Mechanics carts have durable construction, often of plastics for damage-resistant, impact-resistant quality use.

Media Cart: Media carts are designed for use with audiovisual and/or computer equipment.

Metal Cart: Metal carts are usually made of steel and finished in chrome or powder coating for lasting quality use.

Mobile Cabinet: Mobile cabinets generally have a one or two-door enclosure, many with locks for security, and the cabinet is set on casters to provide transportable storage support.

Mobile Organizer: Mobile organizers are designed primarily for office use, with decorative style features and convenient storage compartments ideal for office supplies and related essentials.

Mobile Paper Organizer, Paper Sorter: Mobile paper organizer or paper sorter units are set on casters and contain fixed or adjustable paper-sized shelves with vertical and horizontal dividers to store and organize 8-1/2" by 11" documents, paper supplies, or similar items. The shelves may adjust on select models for customizing the paper slot sizes.

Mobile Storage: Mobile storage ranges from open-shelf carts and storage units to closed and/or locking cabinets, all set on durable casters.

Multipurpose Utility Cart: Multipurpose utility carts can have open shelves for accessible storage and easy transport of many items, or closed storage, with or without locks for securing the contents.

Plastic Cart: Plastic carts are usually made with rugged, molded durable plastics for impact and damage resistance and strong support.

Service Cart: Service carts are used in dining facilities and food industry settings for transporting food and supplies.

Stainless Steel Utility Carts: Stainless steel carts are constructed from stainless steel for a durable, smooth finish. Stainless steel utility carts support from 300 to 500 pounds of evenly distributed weight, depending on the model.

Tool Cart: Tool carts are durable, damage-resistant storage carts set on casters and equipped with shelving designed for tool and supply storage.

Wire Cart: Wire carts are made of steel, with wire-style shelf designs and open frames with handles built into both ends. The carts are generally strong and durable for heavy-duty support and provide ample strength to hold heavy items. The wire carts are finished in chrome for durable, lasting shine.

Workbench Cart: Workbench carts have durable frames, usually with built-in storage shelves and/or cabinets, and a workbench-style top surface for use in any hands-on setting. The workbench top has three raised sides on the left, right, and back of the top surface to contain items and prevent loss or damage.

Book Truck
Book Truck

Machine Stand
Machine Stand

Media cart
Media cart

Tool Cart
Tool Cart

Workbench Cart
Workbench Cart

Cart Components

Adjustable Shelf: Adjustable shelves enable the user to reposition the shelves within the cart frame at a pre-set height, usually with a range of available height positions.

Anti-Slide Guard Rails: These guard rails are repositionable to accommodate a wide range of guard rail needs and the design helps secure boxes and supplies for safer transport on the utility cart.

Backstop: A backstop is a spill-guard or raised edge that prevents items from falling or spilling over the back of a cart or work surface.

Central Lock, Shared Lock: A central lock is a lock mechanism located in a relatively central position within the overall frame of the locking structure. A shared lock is one that engages multiple compartments for security.

Electrical Unit: An electrical unit is included or offered as an optional enhancement for select storage utility carts designed to support electronics and other technology.

Extra Shelf: An extra shelf is available for select utility cart models. This extra shelf matches or coordinates with the other shelves with the utility cart and installs within the frame for easy cart enhancement to suit different needs.

Fixed Shelf: A fixed shelf in a utility cart is permanently placed and cannot be adjusted or removed. The base shelf is almost always a fixed shelf.

Flat Shelf: A flat shelf is flat straight across, without raised edges that would form a bin or box style shelf.

Full Piano Hinge: A full piano hinge is a durable hinge that connects a lid or door to a storage compartment, with the hinge running the full-length of the lid or door.

Grommet Holes: Grommet holes are discreetly placed in select technology-friendly utility carts, allowing wire pass-through in back panels, sides, and/or shelves depending on the cart design.

Half-Width Tub Shelf: A half-width shelf is usually equal in length to the cart in which it is used, but only half the width of the cart, and the shelf is positioned on one side or the other. The tub shelves have a bin-style design with raised sides to form a shallow tub in which to store tools and supplies.

Heavy-Duty Casters: Heavy-duty casters are paired with strong heavy-duty utility carts to ensure quality support of the weight capacity of the entire cart, without risk of damage to the frame, base, or casters.

Hinged Locking Lid: A hinged locking lid is a top-access lid that encloses a container or compartment, with a hinge that attaches the lid to one side of the container.

Letter Slot, Letter Tray: A letter slot is a paper-sized compartment built into a storage unit, typically in a layout that offers a set of matching letter slots for organizing paper, documents, or other literature and paper products. Letter trays can refer to the horizontal divider shelves that comprise the paper slots or letter slots.

Locking Casters: Most utility carts have two standard casters and two casters fitted with brakes or locks to stabilize the storage unit for safer loading and unloading of contents.

Locking Drawer: Utility carts with locking drawers have storage drawers fitted with a lock and allow the user to secure contents when not in use.

Locking Storage Compartment: The locking storage compartment can be a single or double-door design, and is usually composed of steel for enhanced strength.

Molded Shelves, Molded Legs: Molded shelves and molded legs refer to durable molded plastic utility cart components. The molded plastic legs have consistent quality strength, shape, and thickness ensuring a reliable cart assembly with lasting support. The molded shelves have consistent quality shape and strength as well, and many feature raised lip edges to enhance performance.

Non-Marking Wheels: Non-marking wheels are casters or wheels that have durable designs and will not leave marks, scuffs, or scratches on flooring when used.

Nonskid Mat: Select utility carts include a nonskid mat for the top or multiple shelves, depending on the style. The nonskid mat reduces risk of items slipping during transport and use, providing firm traction to keep expensive equipment safely in place.

Padded Shelves: Padded shelves can refer to the nonskid mats used on the top shelf of select utility carts, or on other mats and pads found on shelves throughout the collection. The padding may reduce friction for quieter transport equipment.

Plastic Shelf Liner: A plastic shelf liner is a plastic, custom-sized panel that fits on a wire shelf to enclose the grate-style pattern of the metal wire shelf for a smooth storage space.

Plate-Mount Casters: Plate-mount casters are casters that have a mounting plate, providing a more reliable connection to the base of the utility cart and ensuring strong support for the heavy-duty utility cart uses.

Rear Access Panel: A rear access panel is typically found in audiovisual and computer storage units, providing access to the backs of equipment without having to pull the equipment from their respective storage shelves or compartments.

Retaining Edges, Lip Edges: Retaining edges or lip edges are raised edges around the perimeter of a flat shelf that help prevent loss of items. The lip edges are usually shorter than full retaining edges.

Removable Trays, Adjustable Paper Slots: Removable trays or adjustable paper slots are the shelves or inserts that comprise paper sorter compartments. These shelves are adjustable and removable in most paper organizers.

Removable Tray Dividers: Tray dividers break up the open storage space in a tray shelf or other storage compartment, allowing users to organize smaller items easily.

Reversible Shelf: A typical reversible shelf has a bin-style design with raised sides to contain items, and a flat surface on the underside, allowing the user to position the shelf for bin or flat-shelf use.

Roll-Formed Shelves: Roll-formed shelves are usually steel shelves that have been produced by a cold or hot rolling process. The steel is pressed between two rollers, forming a uniformly thick steel panel that is finished for use as the shelves of a cart.

Safety Strap: Safety straps are available in three styles for a choice of fastener or buckle design. The safety straps provide support for electronics and expensive equipment or supplies stored on open-shelf carts or on the top shelf of a cart.

Side Pocket: The side pocket is a standard letter- sized folder pocket that can be used for holding folders and documents needed regularly.

Single-Point Lock System: A single-point lock system is a keyed lock that engages at one location, usually the point where the keyed lock is located.

Spill Guards: Spill guards are raised sides surrounding one or more sides of a shelf or work surface to prevent loss or damage of tools and supplies.

Steel Frame: Steel frame utility carts usually have all-steel designs with steel frames supporting steel shelves.

Tray Shelf: A tray shelf is a relatively flat shelf that features raised sides to form a shallow box or bin for storing items.

Tub Shelf: A tub shelf has a bin-like design for storing contents with protective raised edges to keep supplies upright and prevent spills or loss.

Wire Shelf: A wire shelf is made of steel but finished chrome and has a grate-like pattern offering strength and an open storage design.

Arc-Welded Steel: Arc-welded steel is steel that has been permanently bonded together using an Arc Welder. The Arc Welding process utilizes a power supply that forms an arc or discharge between the welding electrode and the steel components being joined.

Built-In Handle: Most utility carts have built-in handles to aid steering for safer transport.

Chrome-Plated Steel: Chrome-plated steel is steel that has been finished using a classic technique to coat the metal with a thin but durable layer of metal chromium.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Powder coating is a type of eco-friendly finishing for steel and other components.

Furniture-Grade Wood: Furniture-grade wood is high-quality wood that offers reliable strength and support for structural use. These wood panels are generally free of defects, weak points, and other vulnerabilities ensuring a reliable finished product with consistent quality production.

Hardboard Construction: The high-density fiberboard or hardboard is made with real wood fibers that are mixed and pressed to form very dense, smooth board panels used in furniture production. The hardboard is usually finished with high-pressure laminate, thermofused melamine, or wood veneers depending on the design.

Heavy-Duty Molded Plastic: Heavy-duty molded plastic is made from a molten plastic polymer that is forced into a mold to form customized shapes and panels that comprise many durable plastic utility carts. The molded plastic has a reliable strength and rugged durability that endures impact, regular use, exposure to the elements and cleaning supplies, and maintains a quality, scratch-resistant appearance.

Hemmed Steel Dividers: Hemmed steel dividers are steel components of bin-style steel utility carts, dividing the bin-style shelves into smaller compartments.

High-Density Polyethylene: High-density polyethylene is a rugged plastic polymer made from petroleum and used to manufacture a wide variety of plastic products included some heavy-duty utility carts.

High-Pressure Laminate, Laminate Top Finish: High-pressure laminate is applied in multiple layers, under heat and pressure for strong bond to the panels or work surface. The top of the laminate is extremely durable, resisting scratches, stains, and other signs of wear.

Injection Molded Polyethylene: In the production process the molten polyethylene or plastic polymer is forced into the mold to ensure the finished product is free of air bubbles, pockets, and weak points. The high-quality plastic product makes a lasting component for many utility carts.

Recycled Materials: Utility carts manufactured with recycled materials may use some or all recycled industrial and/or post-consumer products in their design and manufacture. The manufacturers may also reuse products, such as reusing paint from other product lines, and opt for reduced packaging or recycled packaging supplies to further reduce the environmental impact of production.

Tempered Safety Glass Top: Tempered glass or tempered safety glass has been treated to improve the quality performance. In the event of breakage, tempered glass breaks into small granule-style pieces rather than large, dangerous shards. Tempered glass also tends to be at least four times stronger than untreated, non-tempered glass.

Thermoplastic, Injection Molded Thermoplastic: Thermoplastic is a plastic polymer that can be heated to form a pliable or workable compound used to create a variety of plastic utility cart components. Injection molding utilizes a contained mold to form utility cart components required for a design. The warmed thermoplastic is forced into the mold, removing air bubbles, pockets, and other potential vulnerable weak spots. When the mold is fully packed, the plastic is cooled and the finished result is a high-quality plastic utility cart component.

Tinted Safety Glass: Tinted safety glass is tempered glass that has been tinted to provide a colored or darker appearance. Tempered glass is several times stronger than regular glass and offers the enhanced safety feature of forming smaller granules when broken, as opposed to dangerous shards.

Adjustable Height Increments: Adjustable shelf-height increments are the evenly spaced measurements between possible shelf positions for adjustable cart shelves.

Architectural Wire Trusses: Architectural wire trusses are design features built into the sides of wire shelves and utility carts that reinforce the strength and shape of the wire shelving and add a decorative effect to the chrome or paint finished designs.

Bench Top Design: Bench top design refers to the workbench utility carts that feature a workbench surface on the top of the carts. The bench top is made with premium hardboard laminated to the utility cart and three spill guards are positioned along the sides and back of the worktop to prevent tools and supplies from falling off the workbench top.

Cable Management System: The cable management system can range from simply grommet holes to more elaborate enhancements including cable storage bins, conduit tubing for wires and cables, integrated power support, cable chase or other organizing aids to reduce wire clutter and enhance quality performance.

Dual Push Handles: The push handles enable a single user to reverse direction without spinning the cart around, or enable two users to help guide heavier utility carts through facility corridors.

Green Features: Green features vary from the use of environmentally friendly paint and eco-friendly powder coating finishing process to the use of recycled materials in the production of utility carts.

Impact-Resistant Design: Impact-resistant designs have rugged plastic or enhanced construction that endures impact from everyday bumps, use, and contact.

Monitor Size Measurements: Utility carts that are designed for audiovisual support may include a monitor size limit. The monitor size measurements are given as diagonal measurements, from a low corner of the monitor or TV screen to the opposite upper corner of the screen. These measurements are provided for safe operation of the utility carts and should not be exceeded.

No-Tool Assembly: No-tool assembly indicates the utility cart is easy to setup and use right out of the box, with snap together or other simple assembly. Utility carts that include an Allen wrench or hex key tool may be listed as no-tool assembly, with the indication that the user is not required to find or purchase tools.

Open Storage: Open storage refers to shelves that are open on all four sides for full access, as well as shelves that have open-front style layout with enclosed frame on back and sides.

Shelf Clearance: Shelf clearance is the amount of available space from the storage surface of one shelf to the bottom of the overlying shelf.

Stain-Resistant, Scratch-Resistant, Dent-Resistant, Rust Resistant: Many heavy-duty plastic utility carts are designed for lasting damage-resistant performance, resisting signs of wear and tear including scratch, impact, stain, and rust-resistant qualities.

Weight Capacity: The weight capacity is the maximum amount of weight a cart can safely carry at one time, with the weight distributed throughout the cart.

Weight Distribution: Weight distribution is the act of balancing the weight placed on a cart by spacing heavy items throughout the available shelves and frame.