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Old 07-06-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Cambro / Carlisle or what to buy?

I am looking at getting a few insulated holders for meats for comps and also they will be used for our catering. Which do you recomind?

I am looking at 2 of these right know?
Any suggestions?

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/blac...71PC300BK.html
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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I have one of those and they work great.

You need to check capacity and price and make a decision between Cambro and Carlisle based on what you need.

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Old 07-06-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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We have a Cambro and a Carlisle and both work fine. Carlisle are generally cheaper.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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Both work well.

I prefer the Cambro 400 series. I can fit 8 butts in it fairly easy. We've had 2 packers, 4 butts and a flat in one before.

The 300 series holds less (which you probably already know).
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:54 PM   #5
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If you have a Restaurant Depot nearby the cambro mpc 300's go on sale for 169.00, usually 189.00.
I have two great for hot or cold.
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:13 PM   #6
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Potato...Potahto...whatever's cheaper! BTW...we have a Cambro...
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:47 AM   #7
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The Cambro is better quality insulated food carrier, but the Carlisle is sufficient and offers a nice band for the buck.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:28 AM   #8
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I have 2 400 carlisle's....they have warped on the door, the top and the sides....would not recommend to anyone......bad enough to where the pans slide in really tough.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:43 AM   #9
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I use 2 Cambro's. They are great and very durable. I would suggest buying them used at a restaurant supply store.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:38 AM   #10
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I have 3 300'S that are 5 years old and still perfect. They replaced 3 Carlise's that had warped so bad that they would not hold heat. The Carlisles were used for two competiton seasons.
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:50 AM   #11
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I'm using Rubbermaid Proserve insulated carriers and I'd recommend them.

http://www.rubbermaidcommercial.com/..._products_9F14
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:06 AM   #12
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I have 2 400 carlisle's....they have warped on the door, the top and the sides....would not recommend to anyone......bad enough to where the pans slide in really tough.
my carlise wont even hold pans any more, they want to fall because of the warping/craftmanship.

I called Carlise and they said.."you didnt buy it from us, we dont sell to the public", so I called the place I got it from and they didnt even want to see it. My wife got one for me for Christmas and didnt use it for 5 months and they said it was too old to be any of their problem. bad service.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:53 AM   #13
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I love my Cambro. No idea what model number it is other than it is the cheaper one of the two I've seen at RD. I'd get another in a heartbeat.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:13 AM   #14
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I am looking at getting a few insulated holders for meats for comps and also they will be used for our catering. Which do you recomind?

I am looking at 2 of these right know?
Any suggestions?

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/blac...71PC300BK.html
I have an older Carlisle just like this one. The only difference is mine has metal latches. Found it on Craigslist. Works great
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:24 AM   #15
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My Carlisle has been in my un-heated and un-cooled trailer for over 3 years now.

Condition is as good as new.

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