In today's world, the old cliche "Time
= Money" couldn't be more valid. For the small business owner,
an automatic money counter can be a simple cost-effective way to save
time and make the tedious chore of counting your cash a breeze. With
so many different bill counter models and brands to choose from, selecting the
right money counter for your needs may seem like a daunting task.
With basic money counters beginning around a hundred bucks, and advanced
models going up into the thousands of dollars, selecting a bill
counter may seem like a confusing job, but with a little forethought
it doesn't have to be.
The first step in deciding which counter is right for you is to think about you or your business' specific needs. How often will you be using the machine? What volume of bills do you regularly need to count? Do you need counterfeit detection? Is it important for the machine to display the count to you in dollar total instead of a simple count total? What is your budget? Once you've answered those questions you can use the chart below to help match a machine to your requirements.
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MachineRunner Bill Counters Comparison Chart
Glossary of Terms
Batching -- Batch Counting allows you to count bills in predetermined set batches. If you want to sort into piles of 100 bills, the machine will count 100 bills, then stop. Once you remove that batch, it will continue counting the next batch of 100 bills, then stop again.
Adding -- Adding allows you to count multiple runs of bills and add them to the previous batch to keep a running cumulative count. For example, you run through a batch of 100 bills, then stop. With adding you can then run another batch and add that total to the first batch.
Hopper -- The part of a money counter that receives the bills to be counted
Stacker -- Where counted bills are deposited by the machine.
Display -- Where the count total is shown on the machine. Contrary to popular belief, 95% of money counters only display the total number of bills counted and not the actual dollar value.
Discrimination -- Refers to a machine's ability to automatically tell the difference between denominations. The majority of bill counters do not have this feature.
UV Detection -- US bills have certain marks and colors that are revealed under UV light. Counters with UV Counterfeit detection utilize an Ultraviolet light source to check the bill for these marks automatically and sound alarms when they are not present.
MG Detection -- US bills are printed with a special magnetic ink. MG detection uses magnets to sense this ink. Counterfeiters will often take a 1$ bill and wash the ink off with chemicals and then reprint the bill as a higher denomination. MG detection will spot these "washed" counterfeit bills whereas other traditional deterrents like counterfeit pens will not.
Size Detection -- Many bill counters can sense the dimensions of the bills adding another level of counterfeit detection.
Error Detection -- Machines with Error Detection can automatically sense common errors such as double notes, chain notes and half notes.