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How to Install Casters

How to Install Casters

Last updated on 4/17/2022

Kitchen work tables are an essential piece of equipment in foodservice establishments, and chefs use them to perform a variety of food prep tasks. While work tables provide an excellent space for kitchen prep, it's difficult to clean beneath a stationary table. That's where casters come in! It's easy to install casters onto a stainless steel work table with a short tutorial. Keep reading to learn what casters are, why you should use them, and how to install casters on your prep tables.

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Check out our casters video tutorial to learn how to install casters on your kitchen prep table.

What Are Casters?

Casters are wheels that install on the legs of your work tables or other pieces of equipment to make them mobile. Many casters are also outfitted with brakes, so you can hold your work table in one place during use, and then release the brakes and move it when necessary.

Why Should You Use Casters?

Installing casters on your work tables, work benches, and other pieces of equipment is useful because you can easily move the products around when cleaning. This ensures that you don't miss any spots beneath your tables or behind your pieces of equipment.

While you can move equipment that doesn't have casters, it's heavy and difficult, and there is a chance you can scratch your floors, making installing casters the ideal option.

How To Choose the Right Casters

Many work tables and equipment stands are compatible with a type of caster called a stem caster. Instead of being mounted with a plate and screws, stem casters fit inside the hollow legs of the work table. To find the right casters, match up the stem diameter with the leg diameter. Most tables and casters will have a 1 1/2” or 1 5/8” diameter.

How to Install Casters

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install casters on your work tables.

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    Flip your table over onto a blanket or box to prevent the surface from getting scratched. Then, use an Allen wrench to remove the legs from the work table.

  • How to attach casters to a workbench2.

    Use a broom handle to pop the feet off your table's legs.

  • How to install casters on a table3.

    Turn the nut on top of your caster, which will expand a plastic piece, giving you a tight fit inside the leg. Turn the nut until you find the right thickness for your work table.

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    Once you've found the right setting, loosen it slightly and insert the caster into the leg of your table.

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    Then, using a wrench or pair of pliers, tighten the screw on the bottom of the caster to expand the plastic piece and create a snug and secure fit.

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    Reassemble your table by placing the legs into the tabletop gussets and then tightening the screws with an Allen wrench to secure them in place.

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    Flip your table back over and you're done.

By following these simple steps you can easily install casters on your work tables in a few minutes. Work tables are common pieces of equipment in foodservice, and you can find them in restaurants, diners, cafeterias, and other kitchens all over the world. And, adding casters to these products makes them mobile, making it easier to clean your floors and walls and ensuring you don't miss any dirt or grime.

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