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Reviewed: Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter

Posted by: James on August 26th, 2011

Dahle 858 Premium Stack Paper CutterPrecision paper cutting is of extreme importance to print shops, in-house design departments and publishing companies.  No one wants the edges of their books, magazines, flyers, or print marketing pieces to look like they were sliced by a drunken samurai with a dull sword. That’s why the Dahle 858 stack paper cutter is a good choice for any business that involves slicing think volumes of paper.

The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter is a guillotine style paper cutter.  The off-with-their-heads style action of the Dahle 858 paper cutter makes it more practical and efficient for slicing thick reams of paper. Arm or rolling style paper cutters tend to make more jagged cuts on thicker stacks. The design of the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter makes the guillotine paper cutting action very easy and requires little force or effort. It also has user convenience features that ensure that cuts will be as precise and clean as the original factory edge.

To operate the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter, the user begins by placing the stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed for heavy-duty use and can accommodate a stack of paper 700 sheets thick. The user then adjusts the paper on the board to match the desired measurement that will be cut. For convenience, the scale bar used for measuring the length of the cut shows both inches and centimeters. The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter has an automatic cutting system that will securely hold the stack of paper to prevent shifting during the cutting process. The user will then pull down on the ergonomically correct handle to bring down the blade and make the cut.

The Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter has several features that make it a cut above other heavy duty paper cutting machines. Prior to user pulling the cutting lever, a laser targeting light is projected on the paper to show the exact spot the blade will touch the paper. This effectively prevents any crooked cuts and ensures precision edges.  The ergonomic handle is designed to reduce fatigue and minimize the exertion needed to cut through thicker stacks of paper.  There is also a built in safety cover that prevents potential injuries.

The 858 Paper Cutter is a product of Dahle North America, Inc. a fully integrated manufacturer and distributor of business machines and office products. According to their website, Dahle has been developing and manufacturing quality and durable office equipment using cutting edge technology since 1930, and is one of the top office equipment manufacturers in the world. And based there their track record they seem to know what they’re doing.

There is a lot to like about the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The fact that it can cut through bricks of paper repetitively without breaking the user’s back or wearing out the user’s arms is a big plus. The built in electronic console that verifies each step of the cutting process is also a convenient touch the maker added. And after you’ve used the laser cutting guide you’ll never know how you went without it.  It’s recommended that purchasers also get the optional floor stand for better performance and stability.

You can purchase the Dahle 858 Stack Paper Cutter at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of stack paper cutters here.




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Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer Review

Posted by: James on August 17th, 2011

Minipack MVS 26X Chambe Vacuum Food SealerIt’s hard to find something more frustrating to a food business than spoilage loss. It’s equivalent to throwing money straight into the garbage. And since not many organizations outside of Washington DC can throw money away and stay in business, anything a food business can use to reduce losses is a good thing.  That’s where the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer comes in handy.

The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is a chamber sealer that is increases the shelf life of beef, poultry, fish, wild game, vegetables, fruits and other perishable food items. The Minipack MVS 26X Chamber Vacuum Sealer is a must have item for food retail businesses, food service operations, food processing manufacturers, or even for avid sportsman for home use.  This medium volume chamber vacuum sealer is able to seal and pack dozens of packages per hour. The Minipack MVS 26X Chamber Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple for a user to operate.

Even though it looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple to operate. The user places the open bag of food in the chamber, pushes a couple of buttons and the machine rapidly expels the oxygen and moisture from the bag and seals it to prevent additional air or moisture from damaging the contents.  The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is able to store up to 10 programs, making transitions between products faster.  The vacuum sealer also trims excess plastic from the sealed bags to allow for better product storage. It features an electronic millibar sensor to precisely measure the vacuum level so you get optimal results.

The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum that is easy to keep clean, and the machine itself is low maintenance. The years of production this chamber vacuum sealer provides, along with the money saved from reduced spoilage loss, helps the machine to pay for itself over time.

The MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is Italian made by Minipack. Minipack has a great reputation and their vacuum sealers are considered to be some of the best available today. The 26X features a 1 year warranty.

Something to consider before you purchase a chamber vacuum sealer is the size of the chamber. Be sure to get chamber large enough to accommodate your products. Also remember to stock up on sealer bags. The Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer is space efficient and won’t take up excess room in your kitchen or on your retail counter.

You can purchase the Minipack MVS 26X Vacuum Sealer at Office Zone. You can find our entire selection of chamber vacuum food sealers here.




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Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer Review

Posted by: James on August 17th, 2011

Minipack Cyclone 30 External Vacuum Food SealerReducing the amount of food loss due to spoilage is a high priority for food producers, distributors, grocery stores and restaurants. Too much spoilage drives up the overall costs of the product and cuts into profits. To reduce spoilage, food industry businesses are always in need of an efficient and effective vacuum sealer, such as the Minipack Cyclone 30. Because of its quality, ease of use, and durability, the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer has consistently been a popular choice.

The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is an external sealer that is able to package and preserve perishable foods like fruits, vegetables and meats. It’s a medium volume machine that is best used to seal and package a couple of dozen bags per day. This makes it ideal for small diners, delis, corner markets, etc. The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is extremely simple for a user to operate, and can seal bags that are 13 inches wide.

The person operating the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer begins by placing the food or perishables into the plastic storage bag. The operator then places the open-end of the bag on to the sealer bar. All the controls are digital, so it’s just a matter of pushing the right button to set the type of seal. The user is able to determine the amount of air to be vacuumed out of the bag during sealing, based on the food being stored. The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer has a digital vacuum sensor to ensure the air level is accurate. It also has a moisture collection basin that removes excess moisture which further increases the shelf life of the food.

The Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is made of non-corrosive aluminum, so it will provide years of use. This sturdy construction, along with the cost saving benefits from reduced food loss, makes it so it won’t take long to recoup the purchase cost.

The Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer is manufactured by Minipack America, a brand leader in packaging machines for over thirty years. Their machines tend to be easy to maintain, are energy efficient, and have a 1 year warranty.

The benefits and usability of the Minipack Cyclone 30 Vacuum Sealer make it a good choice to purchase. The operator will like the versatility of being able to switch between automatic and manual sealing cycles. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and is easy to store. Be sure to purchase enough vacuum sealing bags to handle your volume, otherwise you’ll end up with a pricey office sculpture. You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.




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Reviewed: Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder

Posted by: James on August 15th, 2011

Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folding MachineThere’s a reason the Martin Yale 2051 Paper Folder is called the Smartfold. It’s so easy to use that even Congress could make it work. The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold is an automatic paper folder that can handle high volumes and produce several complicated folds at the push of a button. Even in this digital age, financial institutions, insurance companies, banks, schools, government agencies, publishers and direct mail marketers fold and distribute millions of sheets of paper daily. So if you’re going to fold and mail out paper like Congress goes through money, you may as well make it as easy as they do.

The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold is has 7 paper folds, including letter, z-fold, half, double-parallel, gate, engineering and church fold, and can accommodate 10 custom folds that can be preprogrammed for push-button convenience. This paper folder is rugged and can handle 18 lb. bond to 90 lb. index paper, and can fold up to 15,000 sheets per hour.  The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold paper folder is a friction style folder that rapidly feeds the paper through using a friction roller and conveyor system.

The 2051 Smartfold paper folder is made Martin Yale Industries, a US manufacturer of office and mailroom equipment. According to their website they design their equipment to make work life more productive and secure.  Founded in 1940, Martin Yale has a 68-year track record of designing, engineering, and manufacturing quality products for the office. They are also known for having a helpful customer service department when customers have questions or need help.

The Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder paper folder has a lot of safeguard features that increase its usability and reliability. The Smartfold Paper Folder has an automatic paper feeder that can hold up to 500 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ in the hopper. There is also no need to adjust the machine when changing paper weights. It is a manual paper folder. The paper folder rollers are fully enclosed which means it will operate much more quietly, and increases the safety of the user.

To enhance productivity, the Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder is designed with gear-driven rollers to reduce paper jams. It also has automatic paper jam detector for the rare occasion that it does.  Workers in multilingual offices will appreciate that the controls accommodate multiple languages.

This is a video demonstration of the Martin Yale 2051:

The only downside of the Smartfold is the shortcoming that afflicts all friction-style paper folders. It shouldn’t be used to fold glossy paper. If you’re in a business that uses a lot of slick, shiny paper then you’d be better off with a suction-operated paper folder. If you want a paper folder that will get more done in a day than Congress does in a year, and at a nonbudget busting cost, then the Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold is the smart choice.

You can get the best price on a Martin Yale 2051 Smartfold Paper Folder at Office Zone. You can find our entire selection of Martin Yale products here and paper folding machines here.




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Kwikprint Model 86 A/A Pneumatic Foil Stamper Review

Posted by: James on August 12th, 2011

Kwikprint Model 86 A/A Pneumatic Foil StamperIf you’re in the market for a new foil stamper, and if you know what the word “pneumatic” means, then this is the product you’re looking for. The Kwikprint Model 86 A/A pneumatic foil stamper is a dependable model of foil stamper that will produce reliable, sharp stamps, while saving your time and sore arms.

The Kwikprint Model 86 A/A pneumatic foil stamper  is used by printers, design shops, churches, schools, book publishers, and manufacturers and other various businesses to stamp and/or emboss logos, emblems, monograms or graphics on book covers, office folders, gift cards, napkins, pencils, certificates, leather products, ribbons or promotional totchkes.

The Kwikprint Model 86 A/A pneumatic foil stamper is easy to operate and designed for heavy-duty work. The material to be stamped is hand loaded into the platform. The stamping neck is adjustable and can handle material up to 6 1/2″ thick. The Kwikprint Model 86 A/A pneumatic foil stamper is air powered, hence why it’s a pneumatic machine, which makes it quick and more accurate than manual stamp machines. The machine simultaneously embosses gold or silver into the imprint using a fast, high pressure hot-foil stamp to ensure a perfect imprint.

The Kwikprint Model 86 A/A has several features to make operation easier and to meet the stamping needs. This includes a wide selection of features including solid aluminum casings and a solid self-centering tiltable type holder for enhanced customization.

The Model 86 A/A air-powered stamper is a product of The Kwikprint Manufacturing Company; a family owned and operated business. The Kwikprint Manufacturing Company has been producing imprinting and embossing equipment for over 80 years. They have added many innovations to their machines over the years, including the two-way adjustable platform that has become very popular in the industry.

Users of the Kwikprint Model 86 A/A air-powered foil stamper will like how easy it is to load and stamp. The materials it can stamp on are also very versatile, being able to handle leather, plastics, wood, and vinyl.  It’s also a sturdy machine that will bring years of use, so the buyer should have no problem recouping the cost and more over the lifetime of the machine.

Because it is air-powered, or to use fancy words, pneumonic, the buyer will need to remember to purchase an air compressor to use the machine. Otherwise any value from not having sore arms will be mitigated by frequent hyperventilation from trying to blow into the machine manually.

You can purchase a Kwikprint Model 86 A/A pneumatic foil stamper at Office Zone.  We offer both the standard Kwikprint 86 A/A here and the complete Kwikprint 86 A/A package here.  You can find our entire selection of hot foil stamping machines here.




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David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock Review

Posted by: James on August 12th, 2011

David-Link W-988 Biometric Time ClockA common complaint among users of electronic time clocks is that employees are always forgetting their id numbers or lose their proximity cards. Customers who choose the David-Link W-988 time clock will be able to avoid these headaches. The David-Link W-988 is a biometric time clock that is operated by the employee scanning their finger on the time clock. So unless the biometric time clock is being used on a Bering Sea crab boat or in a high school shop class there should be few issues with employees forgetting or misplacing their clock-in fingers.

While not always ideal for businesses with high accident/dismember rates, the David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock is a perfect choice for small to midsize offices, retail stores, government agencies, schools, most manufacturing plants and other businesses with up to 300 employees. The David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock mounts easily to the wall for convenient access.

The David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock has a lot of features to also simplify the work for the payroll and human resources staff that process the time clock information.  The user can either connect the David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock directly to a computer or network to download the employee records stored in the time clock, or the information can be downloaded to a flash drive.

The David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock can also generate several different reports to monitor labor hours used.  These reports include punches for clock in/out, lunch, breaks, overtime, holidays & absences. The administrator can also edit, add or delete records, as well as customize the settings of the David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock to governing how the employee time will be accounted for. This means the administrator can set the clock to round off the time, or to send alerts if someone clocks in too early or is milking the clock like a dairy farmer.

The W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock is a product of David-Link, which is owned by the NIBO Corporation. They’ve been specializing in designing and manufacturing time and attendance systems, as well as door access control devices and other office equipment for over 15 years.  Their website says that for 5 years they’ve been researching and developing technology to make biometric time clocks more user-friendly and affordable. These advances are evident compared to older biometric time clock models.

The David-Link W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock eliminates the need for employees to slide their fingers across the scanner.  The new technology requires that employees only touch the scanner and in less than a second their name appears on the digital screen to confirm their identity and their time punch.  For those companies with employees that still prefer to use proximity cards, or have an inordinate number of fingerless employees, the cards are still an option for this model. The administrator features also make the W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock a better choice than older, clunkier models.

You can purchase The W-988 Biometric Employee Time Clock at Office Zone. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.




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Cassida 5510 UV Currency Counter Review

Posted by: James on August 12th, 2011

Cassida 5510 UV Bill CounterBill counters are fast, effective and extremely accurate. It surprises me that not every business that handles bills on a regular basis has one. Considering that half the bill counters out there also include counterfeit detection, owning one just makes financial sense. One highly-reputable model that you may want to look at for your business is the Cassida 5510 UV currency counter. This is a review.

To begin with, Cassida is one of the top 5 manufacturers of money handling equipment in the United States. The manufacture a wide range of bill counters, coin counters and counterfeit detectors. They have a great reputation, their machines are stylish and they get the job done. Simply put, our customers like Cassida.

The Cassida 5510 UV is build much like many other bill counters out there. It has a hopper on the top where the bills are inserted and an exit where the bills leave the machine once counted. Setting it up is simple and the process takes just seconds to complete.

While many bill counters hover around speeds of 900-1200 bills per minute, the Cassida 5510 UV counts bills at a speed of about 1,300 bills per minute, which is fast. You get all this for just under $200 (at the time of this article). This is a very good value, especially for you budget shoppers out there.

One of my personal favorite features of the Cassida 5510 UV is the UV (ultraviolet) counterfeit detection. While the 5510 UV is counting the bills, it is scanning them for UV properties found in legitimate bills. This includes $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills. This piece of mind is nice and it is pretty darn accurate.

Speaking of accurate, the counting capabilities of this machine are extremely accurate. You can run the same stack of bills through it over and over and get the same results. This is all done thanks to a sensor that detects the edge of the bill as it runs through the machine. IT can also detect double notes, half notes and chain banknotes.

While many bill counters just get you “by,” the build quality on the Cassida 5510 UV is exceptional. It featurs a convenient snap-open front cover, a self-diagnostic system and self-lubricating bearings. It even includes a maintenance kit and spare parts (should they be needed). This bill counter is meant for long-term continuous use.

The hopper on this machine holds about 200 new bills or 100 used bills. No special fanning is required as the bills are placed in the hopper. It will automatically start when bills are detected and automatically stop when bill counting is completed.

Counting data is clearly displayed on a digital display and control panel allows you to set the Cassida 5510 UV up for counting mode, adding mode and batch counting mode.

I highly recommend this bill counter. It is accurate, affordable and is one of the best buys in this price range. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find the Cassida 5510 UV currency counter here and our entire selection of bill counters here.




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Martin Yale J1811 Padding Press Review

Posted by: James on August 4th, 2011

Martin Yale J1811 Padding PressPrint shops are always in need of good, efficient binding equipment.  This tends to happen when you’re in the business of creating and selling notebooks, notepads and other types of bound stationery. As a result, the Martin Yale J1811 padding press has always been a popular piece of binding equipment for print shops, publishing houses and offices that just like making their own notepads.

The Martin Yale J1811 padding press is a quality binding tool that works well for small or large print shops.  This padding press is extremely simple for a user to operate and is designed to handle most small padding jobs, such as making carbonless forms, note pads and scratch pads. The Martin Yale J1811 creates these different types and sizes of stationery by holding the pages firmly in place while a binding adhesive is applied to the spine of the paper stack, creating pads that are up to 5 ¾ inches high and 17 ¾ inches wide.

Operating the Martin Yale J1811 padding press is extremely simple. The operator begins by adjusting the clamping clips on the padding press to provide ample room to insert the stack of paper to be bound. After the stack of paper has been jogged and aligned, the stack is placed on the work area of the padding press. The clamping clips should then be adjusted and locked into place to firmly hold the stack of paper to the padding press. Binding adhesive is then generously applied to the spine of the paper stack, and left to dry for 10-25 minutes. The time the adhesive takes to dry can vary based on how liberally it was applied. The new notepad can then be removed and divided into smaller pads if needed.

The Martin Yale J1811 padding press is made of durable metal, so it will provide years of use, and purchasers will easily recoup the costs of buying one. Another benefit to the operator is that all the settings can be adjusted by hand. No additional tools are necessary.

The J1811 padding press is manufactured by Martin Yale Industries, a US manufacturer of office and mailroom equipment. Martin Yale Industries was founded in 1940, and their over 68 years of experience shows in the designing, engineering, and manufacturing of their quality office products.

The Martin Yale J1811 padding press is easy to use, and does what it needs to very well. It’s a good piece of equipment to have around for your print shop, or if your company wants to save money by recycling scrap paper into note pads. You can purchase a Martin Yale J1811 at an affordable price at Office Zone. And be sure to purchase the adhesive and the brush, or else you’ll end up with a pricey paperweight. You can find our entire selection of padding presses here.




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Magner 35-3 Currency Counter Review

Posted by: James on August 4th, 2011

Magner 35-3 Currency CounterThere are much better, and more sanitary, ways to count money than by shuffling through bills with your hands while licking your thumbs after each bill. You really don’t want to know where those bills have been. A better approach is to use an electronic bills counter. No, this isn’t just a machine that licks your thumbs for you. A currency counter tallies the bills for you. And among money counters, there is a good reason the Magner 35-3 currency counter is the best selling bill counter in the world. It does its job well, and it does its job fast. The Magner 35-3 currency counter has consistently offered the user quality and performance since it first rolled off the line.

The Magner 35-3 currency counter is a popular choice of money counters among banks, financial institutions, casinos, currency exchange agencies, government offices, schools, department stores and other retailers that receive large volumes of paper currency.  The Magner 35-3 currency counter offers simplicity of operation and a host of standard features that make work and end of day business reconciliation much more expedient.

The Magner 35-3 is a very efficient and easy to use money counter. Paper currency is placed in the hopper, while a friction roller automatically feeds the money through the machine, and within seconds the bills are stacked neatly and ready for binding. The easy to read display window presents the exact number of bills counted.

The Magner 35-3 has several standard features that make it an appealing option for your currency counter purchase. This money counter has selectable speeds and is able to count up to 1500 bills per minute. It also has an automatic start so you don’t waste time pushing start/stop buttons. The operator can also select its variable batching options and an accumulation mode.  The Manger 35-3’s full error detection guarantees its accuracy and reliability. But this should be expected from the most popular bill counter.

Like all bill counters, the biggest limitation to the Magner 35-3 currency counter is that it does not differentiate between denominations of bills. If you put in a stack of mixed bills it will not sort them or give you a total value. It only tells you how many bills have been counted. So be sure to only feed presorted bills through the machine.

This bill counter was manufactured by the Magner Corporation of America, which was founded in 1983. According to their website, The Magner Corporation of America is a long-standing market leader in currency counters and authentication devices, coin equipment, and cash settlement systems. They are the predominant supplier of money processing equipment, systems and supplies to many of the nation’s largest financial institutions, retail businesses, vending companies and gaming enterprises as well as many others who process coin and currency. In other words, they know what they’re doing.

The Magner 35-3 currency counter, and other Magner Corporation money counter products, is available for purchase at Office Zone. You can find our entire selection of currency counters here.




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Ribao CS-10 Coin Counter Review

Posted by: James on August 4th, 2011

Ribao CS-10 Coin Counting MachineSome may say that there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between coin counters. But these people have likely never used the Ribao CS-10 coin counter and sorter. This coin counter and sorter is designed to be operator-friendly, portable, and versatile. The Ribao CS-10 coin counter features several functions that make it an ideal choice for companies that handle different types of coinage.

Operating the Ribao CS-10 coin sorter and counter is an easy task. The Ribao CS-10 coin counter has a keyboard for the operator to program the machine to do batching and accumulating counting. The operator then adjusts the settings of the coin counter to accommodate the size of the coins. This is an important feature for businesses that deal with coins other than US currency. Coins are then poured into the hopper, which automatically feeds the coins through the coin sorter. As the various coins are sorted, the LED display shows the coin count, which can be either the total dollar value or total number of coins.

Customers who choose the Ribao CS-10 coin counter will be pleased at the processing capacity it offers.  The Ribao CS-10 is able to sort and count up to 1,800 coins per minute. The coin counter has a top feed hopper that can handle a load of 1,500 coins at a time. As the coins are processed through, the Ribao CS-10 sorts the coins, separating the quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies into coin tubes for easy storage.

A feature that sets the Ribao CS-10 apart from other coin counters is the option to adjust the counter to sort by the diameter and thickness of the coin. This handy feature enables users to process foreign coinage or tokens.

The Ribao CS-10 was designed for easy storage. It’s a lightweight portable unit that can be easily folded down into a compact case. The Ribao CS-10 is light to carry and has a handle making it easily transportable. This will be a benefit for companies that have to share coin counters between departments.

The Ribao CS-10 coin counter is commonly used by banking institutions, currency exchange locations, government offices, schools, vending machine operators, department stores and other retailers that receive large volumes of coins.

This coin counter is produced a Ribao Technology, a manufacturer that specializes in banking and office equipment. They produce high quality financial equipment and their prices are competitive for the marketplace. To be sure that their counters meet federal regulatory standards, they have their products inspected and CE approved by TUV laboratory and also receives FCC certification.

The Ribao CS-10 coin counter, and other Ribao currency products, is available for purchase at Office Zone. You can find our entire selection of coin counters here.