Posts Tagged ‘Coin Counters’

Counting and Sorting Wet or Damp Coins

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Wet or Damp Coin Counting MachineIf you run or operate a car wash, chances are you deal with a lot of coins, especially quarters. At the end of the day many car washes around the country count up coins and tally up the day’s haul. One of the best ways to do this is to use a coin counter or sorter (found here). These tools can be used to quickly sort through and count up coins for bagging or storage purposes. One problem many carwash owners face is damp or wet coins. How do these affect the machine? I’ll go into more detail in this article.

At ABC Office, we offer a wide variety of machines for counting and sorting coins from manufacturers like Magner, Cassida, Klopp, Semacon, Ribao and many others. While many of our manufacturers say that damp coins may (or may not) work, there is no guarantee. Most recommend that the coins be dried out prior to counting and sorting. This isn’t really an option with the carshwash industry as the coins are usually wet.

The problem many coin counters have when counting wet or damp coins is that they utilize a system that drives coins over a flat surface, using a single upper wheel or belt. The result is the coins can potentially skid, much like a car’s wheels on a wet raod.

Only one manufacturer that I’m aware of has machines that will count completely drenched and wet coins. This manufacturer is Klopp.

Klopp machines are a bit different than your typical coin counter. Most Klopp coin counters and sorters are made out of metal, rather than plastic. The quality is excellent and they are designed for commercial use. Models range from counters, sorters to machines that can both count and sort. You can find our entire selection of Klopp coin counters and sorters here.

Getting back to the carwash inquiry, Klopp specifies that their CM (found here) and their CMB coin counters / baggers (found here) can handle wet coins or tokens. These coin counters utilizes upper and lower drive wheel mechanisms that keep wet and damp coins from slipping and sliding. This allows the Klopp CM and the Klopp CMB to count wet coins as if they were completely bone dry.

Here is a video of the Klopp CMB counting wet coins. You’ll notice how efficient the machine is.

As you can see, it is handling the wet coins without a problem. This is a really nice feature of the Klopp machine. I definitely recommend it for use at a carwash or for handling wet / damp coins. Do you still have questions or need some additional advice? Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have several money handling experts that would love to help you out.

Ribao CS-50 Heavy-Duty Coin Counter / Sorter Review

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Ribao CS-50 Coin Counter & SorterIf you are counting a lot of coins per day, you need something with a large coil capacity. While there are a lot of coin counters out there, few have the ability to hold up to 3,000 coins at a time (based on dimes) like you’ll find with the Ribao CS-50 (found here). This coin counter is a new addition to our site and I would like to get you up to speed.

Ribao is one of the top manufacturers of money handling equipment in the United States. Their products include a wide assortment of bill counters, coin counters / sorters and currency discriminators. One thing Ribao is especially known for, other than their quality, is their low prices. Most Ribao products are very competitively priced.

The Ribao CS-50 is one of a bout a half dozen different coin counters / sorters from Ribao. The CS-50 is designed for speed and for reliable coin bagging and rolling. A metal ring on the front of the machine allows a bag to be easily attached. It can also be used for rolling coins using the included quarter, nickel, dime and penny attachments.

It can be used with most denominations of coins including many foreign and tokens. This is due in large part to its convenient dual dial setup. You’ll notice in the picture that it has two dials on the right side of the machine. One dial is used to set the diameter and the other is used to set the thickness. This coin counter has a minimum and maximum thickness of 0.8 to 3.8mm and a minimum and maximum diameter of 14-34mm.

Once the diameter and thickness of the coin have been set, it can be run. The coin size selected will go through the machine and out the nozzle. Other coins will be dispersed through the bypass tray on the side of the machine. Those bypassed coins can latter be counted and sorted as well.

A large LED screen on the front left of the machine makes it easy to see how many coins you are counting. It has a display that will show numbers up to 9999999. The control panel also allows the operator to batch count coins, continuous count coins and accumulate count coins. It also has a large red start / stop button that is easy to depress.

The machine itself weighs in at 28 pounds and can be used on most tables. It is heavy-duty enough to easily be used on a daily basis and it counts coins at a very fast 2,300 coins per minute. It plugs into any standard 110-120 volt outlet and is commonly used by people such as banks, credit unions, vending machine operators, car wash businesses and many others. It is a solid product that should easily provide a long life of reliable service.

If you have more questions about the Ribao CS-50 coin counter, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a dedicated service department that can provide service, parts and more for all Ribao products. You can find our entire selection of coin counters and sorters here.

Semacon S-140 Coin Counter & Sorter Review

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Semacon S-140 Coin Counter & SorterIf your business or organization deals with literally thousands of coins on a daily basis, you probably need a coin counting machine (found here) that is fairly heavy duty to keep up with the daily volume. One of the most common errors I find when customers purchase a coin counter is under estimating their volume, which often results in a short lived machine. Using the wrong machine for a large volume of coins will eventually burn out the motor. If your coin counting volume hovers around medium to high-volume amounts, you may want to consider using a coin counter and sorter like the Semacon S-140 (found here)

Before I go into too much detail on the S-140, I would like to go into just a small history of Semacon. Semacon has been around since about 1998 and has built a reputation for making some of the highest quality bill counters and coin counters in the industry. Unlike many competitors, Semacon burns in their machines prior to sale to ensure they will work right out of the box. We have been selling Semacon products for years and I can say that they are easily in my top three favorite brands of money handling equipment manufacturers.

I bring up the history of Semacon prior to this revue because I feel it offers some insight into this particular product. Semacon machines often do cost a little more than the competition, but the quality and manufacturer backing (in my opinion) justifies the slightly higher price. I figure it is better to buy a machine that will last for many years than one that will last for one or two years.

The S-140 is a heavy-duty coin counter and sorter. It is the type of counter you want to have if you bag or roll large volumes of coins. It includes an attachment ring that allows bags to be connected and optional coin tubes can be used for coin rolling. This particular model is very popular with vending machine businesses, car wash businesses, arcades and other businesses that handle thousands of coins a day.

The Semacon S-140 is particularly popular because it is extremely fast, operating at 1,800 coins per minute, and it has a very large tray capacity (4,000 coins based on dime diameter). The S-140 will display the amount of coins counted, the total value and allows for coin batching via a keypad. It includes an offsort bagging attachment and an offsort tray.

Semacon S-140 Coin Roller Tube AttachmentsSo how does this machine work? You will see on the picture that there are two dials. One dial sets the thickness of the coin and the other sets the diameter of the coin. Once these two settings have been adjusted, you can begin sorting and counting. If you are counting quarters, all other denominations will be sent out the side of the machine via the offsort tray or offsort bag. It is designed to count and sort one denomination at a time, which is a must for proper bagging and coin rolling. Once one denomination has been counted, sorted, bagged or rolled, it can be adjusted for the next denomination.

The standard S-140 can be used for counting US pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, 50-cent pieces and dollar coins (1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1 SBA). It can also be used to count other sizes and diameters of coins, tokens, Euros and other coins by adjusting the two dials. A Canadian version of this is also available with pre-defined settings for use with Canadian coins. The diameter variance ranges from 14 to 34mm and the coin thickness variance ranges from 1 to 3.5mm.

We have been selling this machine for some time now and I can vouch for the fact that it is a solid and reliable machine. It has Semacon’s guarantee, which is invaluable, and features a one-year warranty that covers parts, labor and shipping.

Do you still have questions about this coin counter? Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help answer your questions. You can find the Semacon S-140 here and our entire selection of coin counters and sorters here.

Vending Machine Coin Counters & Bill Counters

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Vending Machine Coin CountersIf you’re in the vending machine industry, or collect money from candy, soda or other vending machinery, you probably have to handle and count a lot of money. Trying to count bills and coins manually, especially in the quantities found in vending machines, is difficult to do. Time constraints and errors pretty much make that impossible. What you need is a vending machine coin counter or a vending machine bill counter.

If you are shopping around for a reliable machine for your vending machine business, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.

How many vending machines are you working with? If you only work with a couple of machines a day, a basic bill counter or coin counter will probably suffice. If you operate more than a half dozen or more machines, you will need a more robust machine or multiple smaller machines to get the job done quickly.

Do you have counterfeit bill issues? Many modern vending machines have built-in counterfeit bill detectors. If you use an older machine, or one that doesn’t incorporate this technology, you may want to consider using a bill counter with counterfeit detection capabilities. Most modern bill counters (equipped with counterfeit detection) have ultraviolet detection (UV), magnetic detection (MG) or both.

What types of coins do your machines handle? Be sure the coin counter or sorter you buy can handle all the denominations your machine handles. Most vending machines take just nickels, dimes and quarters, which most coin counting machines handle. If your machine takes dollar coins, tokens or other denominations, you will want to verify that the machine you are buying can handle those coin types.

Are bills pre-sorted by the vending machine?
Most vending machines, that accept bills, keep counted bills in a stack. While some vending machines sort bills, most do not. The majority of bill counters give you a bill count, not a value count. This means if you put in 25 mixed bills, the machine will simply tell you that you have 25 bills. If you need the bill counter to also provide you with a value, you will need what’s known as a bill discriminator.

Now that we have answered a few questions, here are a few machines that I would recommend.

Recommended Coin Counters

Vending Machine Bill CountersRecommended Bill Counters

We offer a great selection of bill counters, coin sorters and counterfeit detectors that should help keep your vending machine business running efficiently. You can find our entire selection of money handling equipment here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our money handling experts. They can help answer your questions and help you find the right machine for your business.

Casino Money Counting Machines and Equipment

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Cassino Money Handling and Counting MachinesIf you run, operate or work for a casino, you’re probably around a lot of money on a daily basis. As is the case in any business where money is handled continuously, proper tracking and counting are critical. The best way to keep track of money is by using a money counter, a coin counter or bill counter. These machines quickly and accurately count money.

Here are just a few pieces of equipment your casino may need:

Bill Counters / Money Counters – Bill counters take a stack of money and count it right down to the last bill. These counters are extremely accurate and will provide you with an exact number of bills counted. Most bill counters easily handle both new and used bills and can provide you with size detection, which will help catch counterfeit money. These counters generally have batch counting capabilities. Many of our bill counters include counterfeit money detection (UV – Ultraviolet / MG – Magnetic).

Our most popular brands of bill counters include Semacon, ABC, Cassida, Klopp and Magner. These bill counters are portable, can be used on most tables / desks and are available at an extremely affordable price. A few models you may want to consider include:

This is the Cassida Tiger in action:

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Cassino Coin Counters / Token SortersCoin Counters / Sorters – Coin counters are designed to take your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, dollar coins and even tokens a count / sort them. These machines are accurate and are far faster than manually counting. While you may thing a coin counter costs thousands of dollars, most of our coin counting and sorting machines are extremely affordable and cost less than $1,000. More than half of our coin counting machines can bag and tube coins for storage and banking purposes.

Popular brands of coin counters include Cassida, ABC, Klopp, Ribao, Magner and Semacon. Most of our coin counters are portable and most provide you with quantity and value totals. These are a few of our more popular coin counting machines:

This is a video demo of the ABC 110 coin counter in action:

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Counterfeit Detectors – Casinos are particularly vulnerable to counterfeit money, especially with the constant exchange of physical bills. For this reason, every casino should have a counterfeit detector. We offer counterfeit detectors that utilize one method of detection and others that incorporate multiple detection features. The most common methods of detecting counterfeit casino bills include:

  • UV (Ultraviolet) – All legitimate U.S. currency has a UV stripe in it that can be lit up and detected by a UV counterfeit detector.
  • MG (Magnetic) – Legitimate U.S. bills incorporate magnetic ink that can be picked up by a magnetic counterfeit detector.
  • WM (Watermark) – Most U.S. bills feature watermark technology that can be brought to light (excuse the pun) by being backlit. WM detectors make these features clear and obvious.
  • Micro Features – Some more manual counterfeit detectors include a magnifying glass that can be used to enhance and display microprint that is present in most U.S. bills.
  • Fiber Detection – This is one of the most basic forms of counterfeit detection. Detector pins use special ink that reacts with starch found in regular paper (not found in real U.S. tender).

These are some of our more popular counterfeit detectors:

This is a video demo of the ABC-75 in action:

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Cassino Card Canceling EquipmentCard Canceling Equipment – Most casinos handle face cards. Most reputable casinos will cancel out used decks of cards. Rather than throw these cards away, most casinos will cancel them using a paper punch or drill. Once cancelled, these cards can be re-sold, allowing casinos to make additional money on used cards.

This punch is extremely popular with casinos for canceling cards:

We also offer a great selection of single-spindle paper drills that will quickly cancel decks of cards. These are a few popular models:

Hopefully these money-handling machines will help your casino with its daily operations. These tips, ideas and machines will undoubtedly save your business money and time. You can find our entire selection of money handling equipment here.

Since we are experts with money handling equipment, coin sorters and counterfeit bill detectors, we are able to provide you with expert advice. Please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788. We can help you find the right machine for your job.

Cassida C200 Coin Counter, Sorter and Wrapper Review

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Cassida C200 Coin Counter, Sorter and WrapperHave you ever used one of those “gravity” coin sorters that bounce the coins around and eventually deposit them in the appropriate bin? While these machines are fun to look at, and kids get a kick out of them, you probably need something a little more robust for your coin sorting and counting needs. One new machine that you may want to look at is the Cassida C200 coin counter, sorter and wrapper (found here). This is my review.

Cassida is one of the leading manufacturers of coin counters, sorters, wrappers, bill counters and counterfeit bill detectors. Their products are some of the most affordable available online and continue to offer some of the best customer satisfaction rates I’ve seen in some time. When Cassida products leave our warehouse, we rarely ever hear back with issues.

The Cassida C200 is much like what the C100 used to be before it was re-designed. The C200 essentially consists of a plastic shell, plastic deposit bins, a few electronics (including buttons and a digital display) as well as a powered motor that paddles through the coins. A handle on the top of the machine makes it easy to pick up and move around.

I’ve you’ve been shopping around for a coin counter / sorter online, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the specifications are based on dimes. There are a few reasons for this. To begin with, dimes are the smallest US denomination in size. This makes the specifications look extra nice. Saying a machine holes 1,000 dimes versus 400 quarters looks nicer.

That being said, the specifications I am going to provide you with are all rated in dimes. The bin, located on the top of the machine, can hold about 2,000 dimes, which is pretty impressive. Each of the coin drawers has a capacity of 900 coins. Compared to other coin sorters and counters, this isn’t bad.

Now that we’ve established that this machine can hold a lot of dimes, I would like to cover the various denominations it can handle. The Cassida C200 can handle pennies ($.01), nickels ($.05), dimes ($.10), quarters ($.25) and dollar coins ($1.00). A Canadian version is available upon request.

The C200 will not only sort coins into separate bins, but it will also provide you with a total value and total quantity. All data is viewable on the included digital LED readout. The green letters are very easy to view and the control panel itself is extremely easy to navigate.

The control panel allows you to flat out count coins, add several groups of coins together or even batch count. These are pretty much all the counting features most people need in a coin counting machine.

One of the coolest features of the Cassida C200 is its ability to also wrap coins in tubes. Simply remove the coin bins and replace them with the included coin tubes. These tubes make it easy to wrap and roll coins in just seconds. A shortcut button allows you to automatically set the C200 up for the appropriate batch counting required to fill up coin rolls. This is really neat.

In conclusion I have to say that the Cassida C200 is a very nice coin counter, sorter and wrapper. It is ideal for businesses, schools, churches and other organizations and can even be used for light to medium-volume bank or credit union coin counting. This machine gets high marks from me.

You can find the Cassida C200 coin counter, sorter and wrapper here and our entire selection of coin counting machines here.

Need to Count 2,500 Pennies? Consider a Coin Counter!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Coin CountersIt has now gone viral, but last week I read an article about Jason West in Vernal, UT, who decided to pay a disputed medical bill with 2,500 pennies ($25). Apparently he felt he had already paid the bill and they felt he hadn’t. We have all been in similar situations. Where it went from there is pretty funny.

After becoming frustrated with the clinic, he decided to go ahead and pay the bill. According to the article, he asked if they accepted cash. The billing clerk answered in the affirmative. He broke out his cash, which ended up being 2,500 pennies.

While it sounds like he was simply making a statement, apparently it made a mess and West was fined $140 for the incident. Interesting.

I enjoyed the Police Captain’s response saying that Jason West “dumped 2,500 pennies onto the counter and demanded that they count it. … The pennies were strewn about the counter and the floor.”

I even more enjoyed Jason West’s account regarding the story. He said, “I didn’t at any time yell. … I didn’t go on a rant. I wasn’t irate.” Regarding the coins falling on the floor, West said, “That’s just the nature of pennies. They’re round.”

You can read the entire incident here.

Why do I bring up this story, especially considering I work for an office equipment business? Coin counters of course! We sell coin counters that can easily handle 2,500 pennies in just minutes. Our cheapest coin counter (the ABC110 coin counter), rings in at $151 (or 15,100 pennies) and can count coins at a speed of 270 coins per minute. That means the poor clerk could have quickly counted those coins in 9 minutes.

Coins, in mass, are bulky, heavy and unwieldy. Retail businesses, however, have to deal with coins on a daily basis. Save time, eliminate human errors and use a coin counter. We offer several affordable models of coin counters found here.

What to Look for in a Coin Counter

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Coin Counters & SortersCoin counters and sorters could potentially be some of the most time-saving products available. Have you ever tried counting a jar of coins by hand? It is slow, boring and riddled with errors. Coin counters can sort and count coins in just minutes, sometimes seconds. Having used coin counters for years, I have a few suggestions on what you may want to look for in a machine.

To begin with, you’ll want to find a good reliable brand. Coin counter brands that I have found to be reliable include Cassida, Magner, Ribao, Klopp and Semacon. I have used coin counters and sorters from all 5 of these manufacturers and they have always proven to be reliable products.

The next thing you’ll need in a coin counter are some specific features. Here are some of the most common features available.

Coin Sorting – A coin counter should be able to sort coins as well, right? That is true, but different coin counters sort coins in different ways. Some machines are able to sort all coins at once, such as the ABC110, where others sort just one denomination at a time, such as the Ribao CS-10. Machines that only sort one denomination at a time are usually designed that way for bagging and coin rolling purposes.

Batch Counting – Do you need to be able to count a specific number of a specific denomination of coin? This is pretty important for coin rolling purposes. If you need a coin roll of $10 in quarters, you’re going to want to set up the batch counting for 40 coins. Make sense?

Continuous Counting – Continuous counting is nice if you are counting a lot of coins in one fell swoop. An example of this would be counting two jars of coins, but using a machine that can only handle one jar of coins at a time. You would place the first jar in the machine, and once finished, pour the second jar of coins into the machine. With continuous counting, the machine will be able to tell you the total number of coins and dollar value of coins for both jars.

Denominations – Be sure the machine you are using can handle the needed coin denominations. Most of our coin counters and sorters can handle pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Some are also able to handle dollar coins, tokens and even Canadian denominations such as Toonies and Loonies. Most machines will state under the specifications what they can handle. Many can be custom built to handle the coins you deal with on a daily basis.

Tubing / Bagging – Many people like to tube or bag coins for storage purposes. This may be a bank, a credit union or even a grocery store. Many of our coin counters have optional coin tubing and bagging attachments.

Speed – If you’re an individual or a small business, speed may not be an issue. If you are a bank or a retail store, counting speeds may be critical. Our coin counters are rated by coins counted per minute. The Semacon S-520, for example, can count and sort up to 450 coins per minute.

Portability – This is a tough call. While you may want your coin counter to be portable, you often loose counting capacity with portability. You’ll need to determine how much counting capacity and portability you need in your machine before making a choice. If your machine will always sit on the same counter or table, portability probably won’t matter.

You can see a video demo of a coin counter in action here:

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I hope these tips and suggestions help you in your quest to find a reliable coin counting machine. If you still have questions, and many of you will, please feel free to contact one of our money handling specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788. I work with these people and can attest to the fact that they are knowledgeable, courteous and won’t pressure you into buying something you don’t need.

You can find our entire selection of coin counters and sorters here.

ABC440 Electric Coin Counter & Sorter Video Demo

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

ABC440 Electric Coin Counter & SorterAre you looking for a coin counting and sorting machine that will allow you to simply dump in a bunch of coins and let it do the rest? If so, you may want to consider a machine like the ABC440 coin counting and sorting machine. This machine is simple to use, fast in operation and I have personally used it on many occasions. I had the opportunity to help shoot a video demo of this coin counter.

To begin with, I have to say that my initial impressions were pretty high. At first glance, you might think that you’re dealing with an Accubanker AB410. Other than the lower price of the ABC440, they are pretty much the same machine. I would have to say that I would rate the ABC440 for light to medium-volume use.

You can place up to 300 coins in the hopper of this machine. It will quickly sort through those coins at a speed of up to 600 coins a minute. Supported denominations include pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins. The digital display will give you a running total of total coins counted or dollar value of coins counted.

Here is the actual video demo we shot of the ABC440. While it is a few years old, you will certainly get a good idea as to how it works.

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So there you have it! The ABC440, especially for the low price, is a great value. It is affordable, portable, durable and best of all it’s accurate. You can find the ABC440 automatic electric coin counter and sorter here. You can find our entire selection of coin counters and sorters here.

ABC110 Coin Counter & Sorter Video Demo

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

ABC110 Coin Counter & SorterCounting coins by hand, as you might imagine, can take a lot of time. If you’re like me, it will probably take a couple of attempts as well. Speed and error issues makes manual coin counting extremely inefficient. Coin counting machines, like the ABC110 coin counter & sorter, makes counting quick and accurate. I have personally used the ABC110 on several of occasions and have to say that I’m impressed.

I remember as a child getting a coin sorter for Christmas. Yes, I actually asked for one. It wasn’t an electric coin sorter, but rather a gravity coin sorter. You put the coin at the top of the sorter and watched it make its way down, bouncing back and forth until it ultimately dropped into the correct bin. While fun, this isn’t an efficient way to sort or count coins. Unfortunately, many of the coin counters and sorters you find at local department stores operate in a similar way and are simply not meant for commercial use.

The ABC110 means business. The hopper along can hold up to 1,600 dimes. If you have a drawer, a bag or a jar of coins, just dump them into the top and turn the machine on. It will begin to quickly and efficiently count and sort coins. The ABC110 is packed with features, and all for an affordable low price.

You can view a video demo of the ABC110 coin counter and sorter here:

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This coin counter is a great example of a cost effective machine that will save you both time and money. You can find the ABC110 coin counter & sorter here and our entire selection of coin counters here.

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