Industrial Steel Carts
An industrial steel cart can serve an integral part of any facility in regards to the transportation and movement of material to various locations. Not only does a cart offer transportation solutions, it can also improve efficiency and worker productivity. When selecting a cart for your facility it is imperative that you carefully consider many important factors that will lead you to choose the correct size and configuration that best suits your application. We will outline these factors in the following sections.
Our carts utilize a fully welded construction using 12 gauge steel shelves and 3/16” thick corner posts with bolt-on casters. This superior design and construction ensures a heavy duty, rugged cart that will last for years. Many carts on the market today use lighter gauge steel and are of a bolt-together design, while these carts may suit light duty transportation, our carts will outlast and outperform others many times over throughout the lifetime of the cart. To state in simply, our carts are built like a tank!
Because our carts are fully welded, they will arrive at your dock fully assembled, ready to roll off the skid. There will be no down-time or installation necessary when you order an industrial cart from DC Graves.
Shelf Size and Lips
Selecting the proper shelf size will ensure that your cart can handle your material properly. We offer shelf sizes in various sizes, our smallest being 18” x 24” up to our largest size 36” x 72”. Please keep in mind that shelf size refers to the useable inside dimension of the shelf. When you order a cart with a 24” x 36” shelf size, the actual useable shelf is 24” wide by 36” long. Therefore, your overall dimensions of the cart will be slightly larger than the selected shelf size.
Please keep in mind that all carts ordered 36” wide will NOT fit through standard doors.
Our 12 gauge steel shelves have a 1-1/2” lip on all four sides. The shelf can be welded into place to create a shelf with 1-1/2” lips up for retention of material or can be welded in opposite for a smooth, flush work surface. Many carts will have a flush top shelf and lips up on the bottom shelf for retention. This shelf configuration can be modified on most carts to cater to your needs. In addition to the 1-1/2” lips we offer a variety of carts with lips 3”, 6”, or 12” deep for the ultimate in product retention.
Our casters are of the bolt-on variety meaning they can be removed and replaced with ease. Many carts on the market today have the casters welded onto the cart directly. So, if one of your casters happens to be hit by a fork truck and damaged, then the carts are essentially rendered useless. DC Graves casters are bolted onto caster channels underneath the bottom shelf. Should one of your casters ever be damaged or need to be replaced you simply have to remove them and bolt-on your replacements. This ensures an extremely long life cycle of the carts.
The standard caster for most carts we offer is a 5” diameter x 1-1/4” wide tread urethane caster. The standard set comes with two swivel casters and two rigid casters. The two swivels ensure easy maneuvering around corners and other obstacles while the two rigid ensure a straight ride when going down long hallways or corridors. Caster sets can be upgraded to an all swivel configuration which allows the user even more maneuverability when navigating tight spaces. Although the all swivel configuration allows for superior turning and handling, it becomes more difficult to maintain a straight path when moving down a corridor. In addition to all swivel, you can add wheel brakes to two or all four casters to stop your cart and maintain its position.
We also offer our casters in a wide variety of sizes and wheel types. Our smallest caster is 4” x 1-1/4” all the way up to 12” x 3”. Some standard sizes include, 5” x 2”, 6” x 2”, and 8” x 2”. Please keep in mind that the larger the caster, the easier your cart will be to push.
As stated before the urethane caster is the standard on many carts. Some other wheel types we offer include, Thermo-Rubber, Mold-On Rubber, Phenolic, Steel, Full and Semi-Pneumatic. Please call us anytime to discuss the ideal caster for your situation.
Lead Time and Shipping
All of our standard carts fall under our QUICK-SHIP program. Any standard size cart, quantity 1-5 will ship in 1 week from receipt of order. Quantities 6 and above will ship in 2 weeks. This fast turnaround ensures you will receive quality material in a timely fashion.
Our carts ship fully assembled shrink wrapped on a skid. Because of the weight and size of the carts they are too heavy to ship UPS or FedEx and must be shipped via common carrier (LTL) on a truck. We do offer some models that are small enough to be shipped UPS, this includes some vertical panel trucks and our small package line of carts designed to ship in a box via UPS or FedEx.
Please call us anytime to obtain a shipping estimate or if you have any questions.