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Ribao JM-80 Currency Counter Review

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Ribao JM-80 Currency & Bill CounterSo you’re on a tight budget, but require very specific features in your currency counting machine? If this sounds like your current situation, one bill counter to consider is the Ribao JM-80 (found here). This bill counter comes in two different flavors; one with counterfeit detection capabilities and one without. There are many reasons why this machine may be a good choice for you. I would like to review a few of those reasons in this article.

The JM-80 is what’s known as a currency counter or bill counter. It is designed to take your stack of bills and provide you with a total number. While many machines do this exact same task, there are several things that set the JM-80 apart from the competition.

While this currency counter is not a currency discriminator (which counts mixed bills and provides a total value), it will allow you to take a pre-sorted stack of money, set the value in the bill counter and it will provide you with a total dollar value. This is a nice feature that is rarely found in standard bill counters. It will also provide you with a total number of bills counted, like most bill counters.

You can also buy this bill counter in a standard design or in a UV/MG design. The UV/MG model has the ability to scan bills, while counting, for counterfeit properties. This includes ultraviolet scanning (UV), magnetic scanning (MG) and infrared scanning (IR). Unlike most bill counters with counterfeit capabilities, the UV/MG model allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the counterfeit scanning to help prevent false positives. If you’re business is concerned about counterfeit money, the JM-80 UV/MG is a must-have product.

The JM-80 also includes half note detection, double note detection, chain note detection and notes of different sizes / denomination detection. Along with size detection, this bill counter can also be used with counting non-US currency (non-polymer based), paper, coupons and other paper material that falls within the minimum and maximum specifications.

Ribao JM-80 Currency Counter LCD ScreenThe LCD screen is a very unique feature in a currency counter at this price. Most just have a small screen that provides you with a number. This bill counter uses a screen that not only provides you with a lot of data, but also makes it very easy to set the machine up.

The hopper on this machine can hold up to 300 bills and the stacker can hold up to 200 bills. The counting speed is adjustable and ranges from 600, 900, 1200 and 1500 bills per minute. This bill counter is fast and very accurate.

As you might expect, money is dirty. It is often covered in dust, trace narcotics, germs and other filth. The JM-80 has a built-in dust collector and a built-in dust cover. This is wonderful to have not just for sanitary reasons, but is an added benefit for employees using this machine that may suffer from allergies, dust sensitivity, asthma and other pulmonary issues. It’s also much healthier for you.

In conclusion, this is a very affordable currency counter considering what you get. While it does what most other currency counters can do, it has those added bells and whistles that help it edge out a lot of the competition. I think it’s a great unit to have for use in a business, retail store, bank, casino or church. You can find our entire selection of money and bill counters here.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 from ABC Office

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas - Rotary Paper CuttersIf you’re looking for that unique gift for a special someone, consider one of our many unique office products. While many of our products are designed for use in an office, many are also excellent for use at home by a scrapbooker, a hobbyist m a parent, a friend and much more. I would like to bring up just a few of our most popular Christmas gift ideas.

One of our most popular product categories for gifts is our line of rotary paper cutters and trimmers. These are excellent for trimming down paper, cutting photos, sizing card stock and more. Here are four that I personally recommend:

  1. Carl RT-200 Rotary Paper Trimmer (found here) – This is by far one of the most popular trimmers we offer. It is a great multi-purpose trimmer and scrapbookers love the optional patterned blades. It comes with a standard slitting blade, but optional scoring, perforating and patterned blades are available. It is very accurate and affordable.
  2. Carl DC-300N (found here) – This is another popular scrapbooker / hobbyist rotary trimmer. It includes a convenient carrying handle, multiple guides / grids and has a nice clamp that is designed to make the item you’re cutting easier to see. It also has a compartment where you can store extra blades.
  3. Dahle 500 Series Rotary Trimmers (found here) – The 500 series Personal Rotary Cutters from Dahle are excellent gift items. They come in different sizes, have optional perforating / scoring blades available and are actually really well built. They hold up very well and maintain a sharp edge.
  4. Carl 210 Rotary Trimmer (found here) – If you need some added cutting length, but don’t want to spend a fortune, the Carl DC-250 is an excellent option. I have had customers tell me this is equal to the Dahle trimmers in quality and it has a long 25” cutting length and a decent 30 sheet cutting capacity.

Another very popular gift category is our line of binding machines. These are especially nice for that person that likes to bind their own books, cookbooks, photo albums or scrapbooks. Here are four models I personally recommend:

  1. Intelli-Bind IB200 Comb Binding MachineIntelli-Bind IB200 Comb Binding Machine (found here) – The IB200 is one of the most affordable comb binding machines we offer. While it isn’t designed for high volumes of binding, it is excellent for a few books a day. It uses 19-ring plastic binding combs and can bind a book up to 2” thick. It is a great book binder for the value.
  2. Intelli-Bind IB150 Comb Binding Machine (found here) – The Intelli-Bind IB150 is another value comb binding machine. The advantage to this machine is that it uses a “U” shaped handle that is easy to operate whether you are right or left handed. Like the IB200, it can be used to bind a book up to 2” thick. It can bind reports, books, presentations, photo albums and more.
  3. Intelli-Bind IC210 Coil Binding Machine (found here) – Coil binding machines are especially popular these days due to the durability of the PVC coil and the ability of the books to lay flat and pages to turn a full 360 degrees. The IC210 is very easy to operate and includes the added benefit of an electric coil inserter.
  4. Intelli-Bind IW250 Wire Binding Machine (found here) – Wire binding is considered to be one of the classiest binding formats out there. The IW250 will allow you to use 3:1 pitch wire to bind a variety of items. It includes the punch and the wire closer. It also comes with fully selectable punching pins, which is excellent when binding non-standard paper sizes.

Finally, I recommend you consider a paper shredder for a loved one who has a lot of material that they dispose of on a regular basis. A paper shredder provides the gift of peace of mind. Here are four models that should keep up with your home shredding needs:

  1. Fellowes P-35C Cross Cut ShredderFellows P-35C Cross Cut Shredder (found here) – This is a great deskside shredder that can be strategically placed to quickly destroy invoices, bills, sensitive documents, mail, applications and more.
  2. HSM Shredstar X5 Shredder (found here) – The HSM Shredstar X5 is by far one of the best small office paper shredders available. It is made by HSM, considered to be one of the best brands out there. It is easy to use, well built and cross cut shreds 6-7 sheets of paper at a time. If you need quality, this is the shredder to own.
  3. Fellowes DS-2 Cross Cut Shredder (found here) – The Fellowes DS-2 is one of the few paper shredders we offer that includes a garbage bypass slot. It can easily cross cut shred full sizes of paper and features a unique modern design. This is a great shredder for the home.
  4. Intimus 20CC3 Cross Cut Shredder (found here) – If you want to take your shredding up to the next level, consider the Intimus Pro 20CC3. This shredder is German built, features a continuous-duty motor and holds up to 5.28 gallons of paper. It is on the quieter side of cross cut shredders and includes a lifetime warranty on the cutting cylinders.

Hopefully these suggestions help you in your pursuit of a thoughtful Christmas gift. Keep in mind, we offer a lot more than just these machines. At ABC Office we offer literally thousands of products, so feel free to swing by our site and see everything we have to offer by visiting us here (www.abcoffice.com). You can reach us by calling 1-800-658-8788.

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