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I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting a coin sorter as a Christmas present. I had a laugh or two out of it, but then started thinking how it could help me. I've been collecting up different coins from 1p's to £2 pieces (This is a UK coin sorter). And I've hated having to count them up every month or so that it's become a nuisance. So how does this whirring machine fare with it's job?
The machine is quite bulky, and doesn't really catch your eye apart from the tubes with coins inside. Assembled, it has labelled tubes fitted in the different sections around it's base, for each type of coin. The labelled tubes have to be placed in a quite non-professional way of seeing which one fits where. The base can fold out so that instead of turning the thing around, (which can get quite heavy with most of the coins) you can count the coins up easily. Well, not as such... The labels on the coin tubes are "1p x 20" or "50p x 10". This is assumed to be when the tube itself is full. But this isn't an ideal world, and counting up any less than a full tube requires tipping them out and counting them. An L.E.D display would be nice. There is a round basin hole at the top where you pour your coins into.
The machine has a single power button on the top, and requires 3 "C" batteries, which is quite a lot of power needed. This is evident by the loud and sudden whooshing and whirring noises when the button is pressed. After a while, the noise might get on your nerves a bit or disturb other people.
You are only supposed to put around 10 or 20 coins inside the top basin for it to work properly. I disobeyed this rule just to see how it would cope, and it does pretty well apart from the odd coin misplacement here and coin jamming there. So stick to the requirement, put your coins in and don't make the basin overflow with coins.
The coin sorting process is done by some sort of shape recognition system, the coins are placed on a revolving conveyor belt inside and then released down the spiral slide and fall neatly into the tube they belong to. I still cannot get my head around how they fall in the right place, there doesn't seem to be a stopping mechanism visible, so I pin it down to magic.
One of the flaws I can see is that after the tubes have filled, you have to put the rest of the coins back where they came from. A way around this would be to place the sorted coins in your own storage, but it's not very handy if you rely on the machine to hold your coins.
So overall, this is a good gadget if you're housing a lot of loose change together and you one day hope to get a sum of money from it. Not the best, but simple enough to use and can help out quite a lot if you need something like this.
I recieved one of these coin sorting machines for christmas a few years ago.
They are amazing gone were the days when you would spend about an hour sorting through the jar of loose change youve collected over the years although sometimes i would count my pennies by hand just for the fun of it.
With this little beauty you can have your jar counted and added up within about 10-15 mins but of course thats depending on how big your collection of coins is and how long youve been saving.
You can buy a range of these machines on the internet for around the £20 price mark on most of the gadget internet websites aswell as places like amazon.
I am glad i have on of these machines though because it was pretty gross when you had been sorting through the coins, your hands feel pretty dirty and grimey and by the end of it your fingers are actually green, for this reason alone i love this machine.