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French Fry Cutter Buying Guide

Fresh cut fries are a big moneymaker for anyone in the foodservice industry. From concessions, to bars, to casual restaurants, customers are always looking for good fries to complement their meals or munch on as a midnight snack. A french fry cutter is the perfect way to reduce prep time, ensure uniformity in your fries, and provide the freshest tasting product!

Types of Cuts

Choosing a signature type of french fry can be a great source of income for any foodservice business. Whether you decide to serve crispy 1/4" straight fries with your burgers or savory wedge fries with your perfectly grilled steaks, great fries are the perfect addition to meals at any casual restaurant. Choose from a variety of cut types including curly, ribbon, straight, wedge, and more to create your own trademark recipe!

Standard Duty vs. Heavy-Duty

Standard duty potato cutters offer simple, easy-to-use mechanisms that allow you to produce a large amount of fresh cut fries in a relatively short amount of time. These manual fry cutters are made with heavy frames that are designed to be mounted to sturdy walls or countertops for stability. They can also be mounted to heavy wooden cutting boards if you need portability in your french fry cutter. Most cut types are available in both standard duty and heavy-duty models.

1/2 Straight
Heavy-duty commercial and automatic potato cutters have more rugged frames and cutting mechanisms for high-volume use. Designed with ergonomics in mind to make extended use more comfortable, these units are ideal for applications like cafeterias that need to cut hundreds of potatoes every day. Choose from manual options for a more economical heavy-duty product, or go big with an air-powered or electric model that can cut dozens of potatoes per hour with limited strain on the operator.

Manual vs. Automatic

Manual french fry cutters let you cut potatoes into straight fries, wedge fries, and specialty cut fries with the use of a manual lever or handle. Ideal for concession stands, restaurants, and cafes, manual fry cutters are less expensive so they’re a great choice for small businesses or startups.

1/4 Airmatic

Automatic electric or air powered fry cutters are perfect for businesses that do lots of french fries every day. High volume restaurants, central kitchens for healthcare campuses, colleges, and schools can benefit from these time-saving units. They use electrical power or air cylinders to force potatoes through the cutting blades, reducing strain on the operator.

Sweet Potato Fries?

Sweet potato fries are sweeping the country and many operators are looking for a way to provide this new “healthier” option without sacrificing quality and flavor by buying bulk frozen fries. Since sweet potatoes are harder and denser than the average Idaho potato, they take more power to cut. Forcing sweet potatoes through a unit that isn’t intended to cut them could ultimately break or bend the blades and reduce the lifespan of your fry cutter. If you’re looking for a unit that is specifically designed to handle making sweet potato fries, these heavy-duty fry cutters are up to the job.

Changing Cut Types

So you want to change the style or size of your fries without buying a whole new unit? You can! By pairing the correct blade set and push block from your fry cutter’s manufacturer you can change a 1/4" straight cutter to a 6 wedge cutter or just about any other available cut type. Some blade sets and push blocks are already packaged together as sets to ensure that you receive the correct parts!

Just remember, blades and push blocks from one manufacturer will not work on another company’s french fry cutter. For example, if you wish to change the cut type on a Vollrath fry cutter, you will need to purchase a Vollrath blade set and push block. The push blocks and blades you will need for each conversion are also listed on each fry cutter’s page on our website for easy reference.

Changing Cut Types by Brand

cutter you have cut you want push block you will need blade set you will need
Any Vollrath Fry Cutter 9/32" 922457541 922457511
Any Vollrath Fry Cutter 3/8" 922457521 922457491
Any Vollrath Fry Cutter 7/16" 922457531 922457501
Any Vollrath Fry Cutter 8 Wedge 922456021 922456031
Cutter you have cut you want push block you will need Blade Set or Face Plate You Will Need
Any Nemco Easy FryKutter Easy FryKutter 1/4" 59155417 591554241
Any Nemco Easy FryKutter Easy FryKutter 3/8" 59155418 591554242
Any Nemco Easy FryKutter Easy FryKutter 1/2" 59155417 591554243
Any Nemco Easy FryKutter Easy FryKutter Four Wedge N/A 591557274 Wedger Kit
Any Nemco Easy FryKutter Easy FryKutter Six Wedge N/A 591557276 Wedger Kit
Any Nemco Easy FryKutter Easy FryKutter Eight Wedge N/A 591557278 Wedger Kit
Any Nemco Manual Specialty Cutter Curly Units other than 591N55050AN can’t be modified to cut curly fries. However, a curly fry cutter can be modified to any other specialty cut. Units other than 591N55050AN can’t be modified to cut curly fries. However, a curly fry cutter can be modified to any other specialty cut.
Any Nemco Manual Specialty Cutter Ribbon N/A 59155876
Any Nemco Manual Specialty Cutter Wavy Ribbon N/A 59155876WR
Any Nemco Manual Specialty Cutter Wavy Chip N/A 59155876WCT
Any Nemco Manual Specialty Cutter Chip N/A 59155876CT
Any Nemco Manual Specialty Cutter Garnish N/A 59155711
Any Nemco Monster FryKutter Monster FryKutter 1/4" 59156417 591564241MK
Any Nemco Monster FryKutter Monster FryKutter 3/8" 59156418 591564242MK
Any Nemco Monster FryKutter Monster FryKutter 1/2" 59156417 591564243MK
Cutter you have Cut you want Push Block you will need Blade Set or Face Plate You Will Need
Any Nemco PowerKut PowerKut Curly N/A 59155707C
Any Nemco PowerKut PowerKut Ribbon N/A 59155707R
Any Nemco PowerKut PowerKut Wavy Ribbon N/A 591557071WR
Any Nemco PowerKut PowerKut Wavy Chip N/A 591557071WCT
Any Nemco PowerKut PowerKut Chip N/A 591557071CT
Any Nemco PowerKut PowerKut Garnish N/A 59155707G
Any Nemco Monster Airmatic FryKutter Monster Airmatic FryKutter 1/4" 59156417 591564241
Any Nemco Monster Airmatic FryKutter Monster Airmatic FryKutter 3/8" 59156418 591564242
Any Nemco Monster Airmatic FryKutter Monster Airmatic FryKutter 1/2" 59156417 591564243

Parts & Accessories

Suction Cup Feet: Most fry cutters need to be mounted to a countertop, wall, or heavy cutting board before they can be used, but some kitchens don’t have the available counter space to do this. If you will be using your fry cutter infrequently, suction cup feet provide an alternative! They secure to the base of the unit and allow it to be temporarily mounted to a smooth countertop or work table surface, then removed and stored elsewhere when it is no longer needed.

Wall Mounting Brackets: Mounting a manual fry cutter to the wall is a great way to keep it off the counter and make it easier to use. Manual units rely on leverage and force behind the handle to cut potatoes, so pulling the handle down rather than from side to side allows gravity to work with you for easier cutting. Just make sure that, when choosing a site for installation on the wall, there is enough structure to stand up to the rigorous use a fry cutter receives. Mounting fry cutters to a strong wall or installing them on the studs is recommended as light paneling and sheet rock aren’t strong enough to hold them.

Replacement Parts: Whether you are looking for replacement wing nuts, guide rods, bushings, or handle components, our comprehensive selection of commercial french fry cutter parts will enable you to keep your unit up and running longer and reduce downtime.

How to Use a French Fry Cutter

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