Foodservice operators have a couple ways of getting rid of food waste: send it out the back door or down the drain. Food waste disposers are the simplest, most common way to prepare food waste for its trip down the drain. They’re more sanitary and convenient than trash cans; they also reduce facilities’ hauling fees. Some areas even require them.
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INSINGER SERIES N
Insinger’s Series N food waste disposer comes standard with a 2-hp motor with the option of upgrading to a 3-hp motor for heavier-duty work. The 2-hp motor works well where food waste volume is light such as a small restaurant or snack bar. The stainless cone or sink attachment includes a vinyl silver trap ring (which keeps silverware from falling into the grinder), solenoid valve (which controls the flow of liquid) and vacuum breaker (also known as a backflow preventer, this keeps liquid from flowing back into the disposer).
The InSinkErator SS-300 can handle anything from low volumes of heavy foods (majority meat and seafood) to high volumes of light to medium foods (fruit, vegetables or a 50/50 mixture). It’s stainless with a chrome-plated finish and has a corrosion-resistant grind chamber. The air-cooled motor measures 3 hp. Collar adaptors are available for mounting the device, and the bowl assembly comes in three sizes. AquaSaver controls also are available, as are choices of automatic or manual controls.
The exterior housing of the 5-hp Salvajor 500 food waste disposer is molded from a heat-treated, corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy. The motor is totally enclosed and is fan- and water-cooled for efficiency and longer life. A rubber adaptor above the grind chamber and rubber drain outlet isolates sound and eliminates vibration. Like all Salvajor disposers, it offers dual-direction grinding. Purchasers may add operator sensor technology to this machine as an option.