Coin Mechanisms

Written by Liza Hartung
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Thoroughly investigating coin mechanisms when purchasing vending machines is very important. There are more different types than you know. Some are old fashioned and outdated while others provide modern conveniences. You may not need the most technically advanced ones, but you don't need ones that get stuck all the time, either. You will probably be doing most of the maintenance, so make it easy on yourself.

We are all familiar with the basic coin mechanisms where you put a quarter in the slot and turn the little rectangular knob. How annoying is it, though, when your quarter gets stuck? Not only do you not get candy, you don't get your quarter back, either. Generally, this is due to some foreign object that was put into the machine. Some people like to try to trick the machine and get candy by using plastic tokens or cardboard.

To best avoid many service trips for this reason, you will want to invest in a new kind of coin mechanism. You can purchase ones that are ferrous and non-ferrous. These will limit the acceptance of plastic, metal slugs and cardboard. It may be a little more expensive to have this feature, but it will save you time and money in the long run.

Choosing Coin Mechanisms

The standard coin mechanisms are die cast. They are very strong and very hard to tamper with. You don't need anything more than this. However, special features can not only save time and money, they can bring in more business by working properly more often than others. Most mechanisms only accept one quarter at a time. Newer models, though, can take up to four coins at a time.

If you think you want to do business overseas, or if you want to put your machines in airports, you would be wise to invest in newer features. There are mechanisms nowadays that can take currency from the world over. They can read coins for diameter, thickness and metallic content. They can filter out incorrect currency. This is great news in the world of vending.


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