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Any recommendations for a reliable coin counter and dollar bill counter


bela korpo

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I use a coin sorting machine similar to a Scan coin SC 303. Bought it used, never had a problem. Scan coin and Magner are brands I use, Cummins Allison is fine, but costly to repair. Do not buy Royal Sovereign. Hope this helps, I count the bills by hand.

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For coins I got a Delarue Mach 3 off ebay for around $200.  Have had no problems.  For bills, I went with the assumption that the less moving parts the better and got a cash scale, a Delarue Omal 6000 off Ebay for about $100.  The only problem with the cash scale is that it weighs about 20 bills at a time before it errors out.  So you can't just throw $100 on it and have it give you an accurate count.

 

Given that, I will say that what you get may depend on how you count.  I bag and count each machine separately to track sales trends better.  So I am not counting huge amounts of coin or bills at once without stopping.  If I was just combining all stops into one count, I would probably have gone with a normal cash counter and a coin machine with bags (the Mach 3 has the ability to bag, but I don't have the attachements or have it set up that way).  Another consideration is how many $5s you get.  Obviously the scale doesn't discriminate and most reasonably priced currency counters do not either.

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I'm sorting with the Royal Sovereign cash and coin counters from Sams.  The cash counter works fine.  The coin counter can be a little slow but it gets the job done.  They do need to be cleaned often, but I'm guessing all units do.  I think I paid around $350 for both new.  

 

Today, I got a quote on a few Cummins-Allison counters and got quoted $695 for the basic cash counter - just counts the bills.  If you want the one that has counterfeit scanning ability as well as being able to recognize other bills, you would be looking at $1725.  The basic coin counter is $2795.  It is an additional $495 for the coin roll attachment or about another $400 for the money bag attachments. The coin counter can count up to 2100 coins per minute, which would definitely speed things up, but I'm not sure $2795 plus tax is worth it.  

 

These could save me about 1-1.5 hours per week.  Not sure if it is worth the 4k I would have to spend at this time.  I don't really see any difference in my cash counter to the CA basic model.  The CA coin counter would certainly smoke my RS model.  

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