There’s a new Rhino Cart coming to corrections. This new cart is designed to transport Cook’s Brand Gator and Grizzly Trays, or any correctional meal tray that’s 15” x 13-1/2”. While the cart will hold other sized trays, it best accommodates Gator or Grizzly Meal Trays and was developed at the request of our customers who use these trays. The cart capacity is 84 trays; six stacks of 14 trays each. With trays placed in six stacks, the Rhino-G-84 Cart is optimally loaded. Trays fit inside easily but don’t have excess room and won’t be jostled around during transport keeping trays and meals intact.
To fit the Gator and Grizzly Trays, the Rhino 630-G-84 is a little wider than the other Rhino Carts. The Rhino-G-84 is 34”deep overall, including the new built-in bumper feature which is there to protect walls and doorways as well as the cart. At 58-1/4” H, a taller person can see over the cart to push it, using the integrated handles that are on both sides of the cart. The Rhino Cart is 60” wide, a size that can easily manage most corners and tight spaces. With exterior dimensions of 58-1/4”H x 60”W x 34”D, the interior dimensions are 37”H x 45-1/2”W x 27-1/2”D.
Like the original Rhino Cart; the 630-M-150, and its smaller sibling, the 630-M-102, the new Rhino 630-G-84 is double walled polyethylene construction and fully insulated, adding rigidity and strength to the cart and doors. Correctional facilities that switched to the Rhino Cart from stainless steel carts appreciate that the Rhino doesn’t get dented the way their old stainless carts did. Additionally, being made of highly durable plastic, the Rhino is built with molded in door handles and molded in hinge pins for the doors. Because they are molded in, the door handles cannot be broken off and they don’t stick out, getting in your way when going through narrow doorways or passages.
The molded in door hinges are one of the best features on the cart. These allow the doors to swing out 270O to be flush with the sides of the cart making access to the interior easier in tight spaces. Being molded in, the hinge pins cannot be removed – not even by the most ingenious of inmates – so the doors never fail and they don’t present a security risk. Because the doors are hinged, the Rhino doesn’t have a channel on the bottom that collects food waste creating a sanitation risk. Additionally, customers can open booth doors fully to have unobstructed access to the interior without a center support in the way so loading, unloading and cleaning are easy and fast.
Just as the doors are designed to open wide for quick loading and unloading, they stay shut during transport by design. All three Rhino Carts have a lockable transport latch that holds doors closed even without a lock because there is a heavy-duty hasp that comes down over the doors and pin that you can slide into place to keep the latch in position. The doors are designed with a step joint closure which ensures a tight seal, keeping outside air from entering the cabinet helping to retain heat inside the cart. For added security or if transporting off site, you can easily add a lock to ensure there won’t be any tampering with the contents.
Like the other members of the Rhino family, the Rhino 630-G-84 has a reinforced metal base to stabilize the cart. There are competitor carts that have a 5th caster placed in the center of the base to compensate for possible sagging when carts are fully loaded. You won’t have that concern with any of the Rhino Carts because of the reinforced metal base. And more importantly, having a metal base provides the Rhino Cart with a metal to metal caster mount that won’t get stripped or loosen over time.
Having a solid caster mount is critical because the Rhino caster is one of the most important features to these meal delivery carts. During product development, we heard loud and clear from customers that caster issues cause a lot of pain. We talked with many of our customers to understand why and looked for the best caster we could for the Rhino, one that would meet the requirements crucial to correctional foodservice. We chose the Colson Series 4 Performa® Caster, a stainless steel caster with a maintenance free sealed precision bearing and hard rubber tread. We selected this because a main cause of caster failure is that the interior componentry gets wet and eventually locks up. While the carts are used to transport trays out of the kitchen, they often end up back in wet environments like the dish room. Along with the maintenance free sealed bearing; these are a large 8” x 2” hard rubber caster made to travel over a variety of terrains. Correctional carts move over outdoor pavement as often as they are pushed though concrete corridors. The large size and hard grey non-marking tread travel smoothly over different surfaces. With over 700 Rhino Carts in the field, the Colsen Performa® Caster has proven that it meets the performance requirements of corrections. These casters, which are secured in a metal to metal caster mount, are what you’ll find on the new Rhino 630-G-84.
The original Rhino Cart set a new standard for durability, innovation and functionality when it was introduced in 2015. The New Rhino 630-G-84 continues that tradition with all the great features that are part of the Rhino family and new features like the built-in bumper, and is ideally sized for the Cook’s Brand Gator or Grizzly Trays or any 15” x 13-1/2” meal delivery tray. Look for the cart in the 2020 Cook’s Correctional Buyers Guide. If you want images and cart information today, we have a downloadable flyer or you can get details and quotes with a quick call to Cook’s at 800-956-5571. We’ll be happy to assist you.