When I collect quarters from the machines, I refill my hoppers manually by just cupping my hands together. In the past, my wife bought me a big metal scooper, but I found it too unwieldy. Okay, no jokes from you card guys.
EJ & other coin operators,
No problem for us using large cloth bank bags pouring into the Standard ChangeMakers Hoppers.
The bank gives the cloth bags to us for free as needed. We dyed the bags different colors & numbered them for the specific hopper or purpose. By that ... it could be for full audit amounts or mid week temporary quantities. Also it gives a way to differentiate to the designated specific hopper since we have 8 hoppers.
The Cummins coin sorter counter (for over 9 years) stop at the amount we enter on it based on our changer audit for the full fill & for the temporary mid week set amount fills. Very efficient, thorough, & trouble free process since both the 2 changers & the Cummins sorter counter communicate via serial port. Some scales have serial communication also ... so it is do-able via a weighing coins processing. By thorough ... it gathers & keeps an ongoing log for the info specific to a group of machines etc & to the specific ChangeMaker. Reports can then be instantly generated at will from the computer & printer used in the process.
The ability to use higher denomination coins is definitely more practical for the Canadians, Aussies, & Euro countries among others. Not to mention ... Switzerland with their over $5 value Franc coin.
Larry, for those that weigh their coins, what is the formula for dollar coins per pound?
I have never calculated the number of dollar coins per pound so I cannot answer your question. I figure I would save about 5 minutes by weighing my dollar coins instead of counting them so that isn't much incentive to switch to weighing. I'll continue to use my simple Klopp coin counter.
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I've heard it takes 56 $1 coins to equal 1 pound (lb).
Your post is relevant to hopper filling because the 56 vs 224 for quarters needed for the same "value" is an ongoing extra hassle. Also, for those of us & our customers who have had a very recent surgery the 2-3 pounds extra weight is creeping up to the often specified 5 pound limit.
Just think ... EJ's cupping of hand preference ... means that people with small hands have one more option taken away from them with just usage of quarters! Of course, they can use their hand many multiples times over repetitively but ... doesn't that have something to do with potential carpal tunnel?
I collect in quart size plastic bowls.
8 oz equals $10.00 in quarters. So a pound is $20.
I weigh 48 oz ( $60 ) into small square plastic containers and continue until done. The containers stack nicely. They also pour into the hoppers without making a mess.
I use a small digital postal scale rated for 3lb. Takes about 5 min to weigh 3 or 4 hundred dollars worth of quarters.
I sell the extra quarters to my vending division and that excess is bagged and taken to the bank once or twice a month. With having the vending biz, I never roll anything.
On any given day I have $20 - $40 in extra quarters.