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Bretford Standard Mobile Equipment Table

A/V Cart that won?t break the bank By Charlie White

We test a lot of projectors here at the Midwest Test Facility, and we needed a professional platform on which to place them as we moved them closer and farther away from our screen. The cart also had to be easy to move around, even in thickly-carpeted areas. The problem was, cost. Didnt these things cost upwards of $500? Well, no we found the Bretford Standard Mobile Equipment Table ($155), a sturdy, high-quality cart that does the job beautifully. Lets take a look.

When I went out shopping for an AV table, I was startled at the array of choices available. There are carts made of plastic and steel. You can get them with lockable cabinets, and with electrical service installed on board. You can even find them available in all kinds of crazy colors. They are available in a vast array of heights and widths as well. But what I was looking for was a cart that was built like a truck, could hold lots of weight, and that would be easy to roll around. After looking all over the Web, I found plenty of carts that cost $300-$400. After a while, though, I found a cart that perfectly fits our needs. It had to be tall enough around 42 inches so when we tested our projectors they would be vertically and horizontally perpendicular to the screen. The Bretford Standard Mobile Equipment Table fit the bill perfectly, and to my surprise even with electrical service on board it only cost $155.

But that was just the beginning of the story. This thing is heavy. Its made out of solid steel, which makes it strong as an ox but massive at the same time the thing weighs in at 41.5 pounds. I was worried that it would cost a fortune to ship this monster to the Midwest Test Facility. But no, it was only $26.38, resulting in a total tariff of $181.38. We can handle that. Its made by Bretford Manufacturing Company, which has been making carts like this since 1957 and in business since 1948. If you were an audiovisual nerd in your younger years as I was, you might remember using a cart like this, when you would wheel in the big projector and project movies that would teach you and your classmates how to ?duck and cover. Okay, a lot of you are not that old, but the point is that Bretford has years of experience manufacturing products like this that can stand up to years of abuse. 

At the excellent Web site where we purchased this cart, called Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings (highly recommended), those familiar yet ominous words sneaked up as I scrolled down the screen: ?some assembly required. Uh-oh. But when the big box arrived a few days later, I opened it and pulled out what appeared to be a fully-assembled cart. To my relief, all I had to do was insert the four 4-inch wheels two of which are of the locking variety into the bottom of the thing, and then install the 2-outlet power strip with a couple of wing nuts. After about five minutes, the thing was fully assembled. What I saw in front of me was a simply constructed, yet high-quality steel structure that looked like it could last a hundred years, and with its minimalist black-textured paint and smoothly rounded surfaces, it was beautiful in its simplicity and functionality.

Taking it for spin, I noticed that the cart rolls around as easily as could be. And, its a great convenience to have the electrical service mounted just behind the top shelf. Another nice feature is the 20-foot power cord attached to the power strip, which can reach even the furthest electrical outlet no matter where were using it to evaluate projectors, computers, and many other types of technological gadgetry we regularly put to the test here. On the top shelf, there is a black rubber nonskid mat which keeps things from slipping off, and there are two other shelves below, each rated to hold 100 pounds. Because of this durability, we can also use this heavy-duty cart as a dolly when its time for us to move heavy equipment around our facility. Its already come in handy for just that reason on a number of occasions.

So if youve been using tables of various shapes and sizes around your facility for presentations, if youve been searching around for a power outlet for your projector and then notice the cables arent long enough and youre needing to bring in various extension cords just have power for your projector, go ahead and get yourself a high-quality all-steel cart like this Bretford standard Mobile equipment table. Youd be surprised how such an easy-to-use, affordable and high quality item can make your life easier. Highly recommended. 10 stars out of 10.

Shelf size: 24" W X 18" D
Top to middle shelf: 14 "
Middle to bottom shelf: 17 "
Casters: 4" quiet glide, 2 locking
Capacity: 100 lbs per shelf
Black only - with electrical
42" H x 24" W x 18" D
41.5 lb.
$155.00 +$26.38 shipping

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