In the world of retail cash counter machines, there are two big obvious categories of machines: the bill counting machine and the coin machine. The less obvious categories are where you’re going to be counting the money at. Are you going to be counting the money in a back office or cash room or are you going to be counting the money in front of the customer, such as at a bank or casino?
In those categories, there is also the question of how fast do you need the money to be counted? If you’re counting the money in a back office, when everything is closed up and no one but you is in the room and you still have a bunch of clean up to do, a cheap machine that doesn’t count at lightning speed may be completely worth it to you. Simply stick the money in at the beginning of clean up and come back when you’re done to see the amount you’ve made that day. If you’re going to be counting a lot of money right in front of a customer, you will want to go for a faster machine, mostly to save your customer time.
How much do you need to deal with security issues? Do you live somewhere that counterfeit bills are a big deal, or do you live somewhere where they’re mostly only heard of on TV? Currency paper isn’t made of wood, it is made of fabric, and there are many counter machines that can use that property to detect counterfeit bills made of wood based paper. There are also machines that use magnets or other electromagnetic sensors to check for the presence of watermarks or magnetic counterfeit prevention.
Whatever you need, there will be machines that cover your precise needs. About the only thing that cash counters won’t be very good at counting is what year the coins were printed from, and if you dig hard enough, you may even be able to find machines that will do that for you! can use that property to detect counterfeit bills made of wood based paper. There are also machines that use magnets or other electromagnetic sensors to check for the presence of watermark