Jan 30

The Importance of Getting A High Quality Pool Table

If one thing’s for sure, it is that pool tables are not exactly cheap. However, even though they are not the most affordable thing you can spend your money on, it is completely unadvisable to go for the cheapest pool table you can find. In other words, in the eventuality that you are not willing to invest in a quality pool table, then you should not expect it to last for the many years to come and you can be certain that it will be difficult to execute complex and smooth shots on it as well.

How Much Does a Decent Pool Table Cost?

The Importance of Getting A High Quality Pool TableMore often than not, people consider the price tag as the decisive factor when it comes to selecting a pool table. Considering that the price is decided based on the quality of the materials, size and style of the table, you can imagine why the value of a pool table varies between a little under $1,000 and over $25,000. Obviously, the tables worth around $1,000 are not impressive look-wise and evidently, are not very sturdy. On the other hand, the ones over $10,000 may contain several extravagant features that you may not really need. As most homeowners passionate about pool will point out, a sturdy table you that will be happy with for a very long time costs something between $2,000 and $4,000.

The Minimum Features to Expect From a Decent Pool Table

While it is easy to fit an economy pool table (like those found in the supermarkets) in your budget without affecting your finances largely, it is important you know the basic problems that such tables bring with them. First of all, they are generally made from a single slate: now, if you were to consider the fact that decent pool table slates comprise of three pieces, you can understand that the sturdiness, stability and leveling capabilities of economic tables is limited.

At the same time, the slates used for economy pool tables are not oversized, meaning that they do not extend below the rails. Even if you are not the kind of person who likes to sit on the pool table, keep in mind that some moves may require you to lean most of your body over the playing surface. Despite the fact that a normal size slate will support your weight it will inevitable cause damage the table and it will start to wobble sooner or later. And, as you probably already know, a wobbling table means misaligning rails and consequentially, an unbalanced table that you cannot play on properly.

The matched and registered diamond-honed slate is the most popular type of slate these days, particularly because they guarantee a smooth and even playing surface. It is important to note that the thickness of the slate plays an important role for ensuring the evenness of the surface and the consensus is that the thicker the slate, the better. However, this rule is not always applicable and certain larger models benefit more from thinner slates.

The Trademark of Quality Pool Tables: Solid Wood Frame

The solid wood frame for a pool table presents two major advantages. First of all, it contributes to the overall strength of the table, which should ideally support as much as 500 pounds. Secondly, solid wood frames have an efficient screw holding capacity, an element that directly influences their rigidity.

Besides choosing solid wood over plywood or particle board (except Accuslate), another noteworthy element to account for is the design. In the eventuality that the frame supports both the width and length of the table, then you should check to see that it sustains the slate throughout its entire surface. In general, it is best to look for a single frame and steer clear of overlapping frame pieces, which tend to touch the slate.

A Word On the Best Type of Rails for The Pool Table

Similarly to the frame, the rails of a quality pool table should be made of solid wood. First off, solid wood rails will guarantee that when it is time to replace the rubber cushion they will not chip or become unsuitable for re-gluing, even after years of play. At the same time, solid wood rails can ensure that you can replace the cloth without too much effort and they hold the staples more securely compared to other materials. In other words, if you opt for the cheaper particle board rails, the table will become unusable when the rubber cushions wear out or the cloth needs replacement.

On a side note, all quality rails come with several important features, namely the quality of the rubber (preferably Grade A rubber), they should be full profile K-66 standard cushions and they need to be canvas-backed. Meeting these three characteristics implies that the action of the rubber is controlled by the cushion, a fact that in turn ensures a more accurate and consistent play.

The Legs of The Pool Table

Regardless of whether you purchased a two or four-legged table, their solid construction is absolutely necessary. While the table with four legs needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the entire table, the two-legged pool tables need to be framed to the table with solid wood. In case these criteria are not meet, then you should expect to have problems with the table’s rigidity.

The Best Type of Cloth

As most billiard enthusiast claim, the cloth that can maintain a high playability as well as support a lot of wear and tear is a combination of nylon (around 20%) and wool that is not thicker than 20 oz.

Final Thoughts

Even though a quality pool table does not come cheap, it is necessary to remember that this is in fact an one-time purchase and an investment in long term entertainment. To put it simply, even though you will be paying around $1,000 less for it now, keep in mind that in the long run a low-quality pool table means more money spent on repairs and on replacing the wearable parts.

In addition, if you are passionate about billiard, you also need to account for the numerous ways an economic pool table can ruin your playing experience. After all, you are purchasing the table to relax and unwind, not to get stressed because of it!

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