by Ernie Tarof
In the past, Follett did not offer leg kits for countertop dispensers. The high center of gravity resulting from the top mounted ice machines made leg kits unacceptable. The 12 series changed all that but only for that particular unit. With the 25CI and 50CI dispensers and the phasing out of the 25CT and 50CT dispensers the situation has changed for good. The vast majority of dispensers are still quoted and sold without legs. Why? I think it is because most people just aren’t used to thinking about them and don’t know the advantages they offer. Why have them?
First, raising the dispenser four inches off of the counter makes for a more sanitary installation. If a nurse spills fruit juice or coffee on the counter, the counter under a unit with legs is easily cleaned, a nearly impossible job if the unit is mounted directly on the counter.
Second, in the event of a plugged drain line, the water overflow is clearly evident right away, greatly lessening the chance of damage to the countertop.
Third, raising the dispenser off of the counter greatly simplifies connecting the drain line to the back of the dispenser. The elbow or tee is above the counter, not directly on top of it making connection and disconnection much easier.
Fourth, the dispenser can be leveled precisely. The advantage of a level dispenser is that it completely drains the melt water from the storage hopper. When a unit is not level, this water will collect in the low spot of the hopper and not drain out.
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