Truly, with Italian Ice you don’t need cold plates. I mentioned it in another thread but you can easily keep Italian Ice at a desirable temperature for a minimum of 8 hours even on a hot day as long as you have a cart that is properly insulated. Italian Ice freezes harder than plain ice. If you packed a cart with ice cubes it would actually warm up the cart of italian ice.
The carts that my vendors use have no coldplates and no electricity. They do, however, keep the Italian Ice frozen all day long. Without the coldplates or plug-in you will save lots of money, space, time and it is also easier to get into events if you don’t need electricity or you are restricted in space. It also makes it lighter and easier to maneuver around during parades or bike routes or whatever venue you need to be more mobile.
Believe me, save your money… you will be fine with a properly made cart that doesnt have any plug in and doesnt have any coldplates. On top of all that it will save you so much that you can expand more quickly to multiple carts without the hefty outlay.
The most important things about a cart are that it is attractive and catches people’s eye, That it is easily transported and mobile and that it is built well and properly insulated.
Wow! Swamp this is very important advice I can use…I’m new here and have a pretty good offer to do a small scale pre-packaged ice cream push cart….I just need to buy the cart! I’m going to be speaking to my HD and biz license “powers to be” very soon..this week I hope! My town is very busy in summer and used to have an ice cream truck. The truck is no longer around and my hopes are that the local licensing agencies will still allow an ice cream truck…if they do I’m going to ask if I can get licensed to do a push cart and work the “low carbon footprint, low emission angle” on them…BUT I will need an easy to push and steer cart! I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a trike…or a bike…I only need to cover 1/4 mile…I am also recovering from a serious injury…so I need to take it slow and easy at first. A cart has been done but the elderly friend (he owns a grocery store with a freezer etc) who is helping me told me he made $3k+ a week on just one little strip of road behind his store…he lost that portion of land due to a 49 yr lease expiration but if I can get a biz lic to “foot power” a cart I can make just as much and still use his store for the freezer. (there are maybe two or three other strips of beach front roads do-able but for now this one is fine) Since it’s California, I think I can sway the “powers to be” to be GREEN and allow me to push an ice cream cart for a few blocks…if they say yes…I’ll need the light, easier to move and steer version….I walk slooow…I could get a trike but the cost is MUCH higher on those and the elderly friend told me he used a cart so why not follow his past success. Do you have any suggestions? There are two used Hackney Bros carts on ebay as a pair (and about 200+ more used ice cream carts there also) I also found turnkey website and they sell a variety of new, stainless carts…nelson etc….for $1,300 or so…maybe less if I don’t worry about cold plates. The climate is mild in the high Sierras…usually high 70’s to mid 80’s and a couple of heat waves in the 90’s….our summer is short…only 90 days…but it is busy and I know exactly where to target. I’d like to know if there are good choices that can save me from buying the wrong cart…I like that fact you said save $ and get more carts…if I get licensed to do one in my town they’ll probably allow me to do it or them in a few locations. I will sell pre-packaged ice creams…(and maybe s,26,516472.001002001001001001001001001001003,11,112210,22.214.171.124
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