Vulcan 1VK45D PowerFry Commercial Gas Fryer - 45-50 lb. Oil Capacity

Vulcan 1VK45D PowerFry Commercial Gas Fryer

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Vulcan VK PowerFry side view
Vulcan PowerFry Solid State Digital Controls
Vulcan PowerFry tank
Vulcan five pass heat transfer system
French Fry comparison with good and bad oil
Vulcan VK Powerfry five pass uniform heat distribution
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Fried fare keeps customers coming back for more. They rave about your famous french fries, crispy onion rings, and seasoned mozzarella sticks. Heavy demand is demanding you get a more productive fryer. If you are shopping for a 45-50 lb. fryer, you should consider the 1VK45D for its efficiency and production.

Vulcan’s SoftStart ignition system is designed to save you money by extending the life of your oil. By coupling gentler heat with enhanced heat dispersion, the VK Powerfry will reduce oil breakdown without slowing you down. Since oil is your biggest cost in owning a fryer, the 1VK45D can mean thousands of dollars back in your pocket.

Improved heat distribution is part of the genius of Vulcan’s 1VK45D. It uses a revolutionary FivePass heat exchange system to speed up oil heat times by 25%. This translates into production with some customers reporting a 50% increase with the Powerfry series. With most fryers, the heat passes once through the oil and is lost out the flue. By adding turns in the tubing, Vulcan multiplied the number of passes to five. Because the energy is used more efficiently, the 1VK45D both performs better and uses less gas. With an energy-sipping heat input of 70,000 BTU/hr. and an impressively low idle of 4,251 BTU/hr., this Energy Star fryer will save you money while knocking out tickets faster.

Digital controls make this fryer even easier to use, with features like compensating and actual time options, three melt modes, and an auto boil out mode for easy cleaning. A smarter fryer will help you serve up more consistent results.

Money savings, increase production, and precision control - who can say no to that? Invest in success with a Vulcan 1VK45D.

In a hurry? Check out these key benefits:

  • Energy Efficient - The FivePass heat transfer system decreases gas usage
  • Saves Oil - SoftStart ignition system gently heats the oil without slowing you
  • Performance-Driven - A 50% production increase has been reported by customers
  • Precision Control - Features like compensating timers and multiple melt modes make a smarter fryer
  • Award-Winning Brand - Vulcan was rated Best in Class for free standing floor fryers and other hotside categories

Vulcan PowerFry™ VK Series Fryer from Vulcan Food Equipment Group on Vimeo.

Consider Adding the Kleen Screen Plus Filter Option:

Filtering your oil is one of the best practices to improve food quality and extend oil life. Unfortunately, because filtering manually is a messy, dangerous, and time-consuming job, it is often avoided, resulting in taste transfer and rapid oil breakdown. Vulcan’s Kleen Screen Plus built-in filtration system is an optional addition to the 1VK45D that can change that. With 3 easy steps, a 45 lb. fryer can be filtered in 2 minutes. Saving thousands of dollars in labor and oil, the Kleen Screen Plus can pay for itself within months - while helping your employees avoid an emergency room visit.

Vulcan KleenScreen PLUS® Filtration System from Vulcan Food Equipment Group on Vimeo.

Vulcan KleenScreen PLUS® Filtration System from Vulcan Food Equipment Group on Vimeo.

Note: This unit is only for commercial kitchens and cannot be used in a residential kitchen

Optional: Purchase an extended warranty and get 12 extra months of protection on your equipment for up to 24 months of warranty coverage from the installation date.

Need something special? Please contact our Customer Service team at for customization options and to get a custom quote.

Please note:

  • You must specify type of gas and elevation when ordering.
  • Image may not represent actual product and may include optional accessories.
  • Please allow 4-7 business days for shipment. Call for details.


Standard Features

  • One year parts and labor commercial warranty and 10 year limited tank warranty
  • Two countdown timers
  • Compensating or actual time cook options
  • Hi-limit shut-off
  • 1 1/4” full port ball type drain valve
  • 4,251 BTU/hr. heat input idle rate
  • An efficient 70,000 BTU/hr. heat input
  • Tank holds 45-50 lbs.
  • Double fry baskets with plastic coated handles
  • Temperature control between 200° to 390° F
  • Electronic ignition
  • Solid state digital controls
  • Three melt modes - solid, no melt, or liquid
  • Stainless steel cabinet and fry tank
  • Cold zone is “V” shaped
  • Energy Star qualified
  • FivePass heat transfer system yields 78% thermal and 66% cooking efficiency
  • SoftStart ignition system uses a gentle heating process to extend oil life
  • Four 6” adjustable caster included
  • Clean-out rod and tank brush included
  • Auto boil-out mode for cleaning
  • Optional Kleen Screen Plus built in filtration system


Manufacturer: Vulcan
Width: 15 1/2 in
Depth: 34 3/8 in
Overall Height: 47 1/8 in
Working Height: 36 1/4 in
Tank Size: 14” x 14”
Tank Capacity: 45 – 50 lbs.
Crated Weight: 196 lbs


Vulcan has a reputation among chefs and restaurant owners for high-quality and energy-saving foodservice products that generate superior results time after time. Vulcan boasts that their equipment possesses "masterful design, precision performance, and state-of-the-art innovation," backing up their claims with a full line of exceptional gas and electric commercial cooking equipment that is among the largest in the world. Vulcan is a division of the Illinois Tool Works Food Equipment Group.