There is something to say about buying the right pool table. Buying a pool table is very similar to buying a car. In many ways, you can relate the entire billiard industry to the automobile industry. It's amazing how many lessons our pool table manufacturers and retailers can learn from the reliable car industry. There are dozens of different manufacturers in different countries. Then, you must choose where you are going to buy your pool table. Will you decide to buy from an authorized dealer or a small timer in your garage? Within that, you will notice that there are several different designs and sizes. There is a wide range of options in raw materials from which it is built. Even more, you have to decide what options you want, including: stains, fabrics, sights and accessories. Are you going to buy new or used? And the list goes on and on …
The recommendation to buy new is always the best. Why? Forget for a moment the different qualities and brands available. Now really consider the disadvantages of buying a new pool table. There is simply a single real disadvantage, the price. If you are considering buying a pool table and are motivated by the price and only the price; Then it may be more suitable for you to simply settle for something used. However, if you can wait, if you can take some time to curb the urge to buy now; Then you will realize that you would be giving away all the advantages of buying new ones. Remember that there are numerous brands and qualities. I would be abandoning personalization, quality, generational step, guarantees and guarantees. Do you need anything else to say? It's obvious.
Buying a pool table is a huge expense. You should not have to settle simply, either for a used stock or for a retailer, because it is cheaper. He wouldn't settle for the car he doesn't want simply because it's cheap, right? Maybe, but you know what you want. You know what you like. Build it and be part of the process. This will be something you can convey to your children's children. However, there are certain occasions when buying inventory or used items may make more sense. Just know what is right for you.
All right, what is the best pool table available? That is in debate. I have worked and seen almost everything there over the years. Some are great, others are firewood. In general terms, I would recommend that you buy something made in the United States, use a hardwood in construction and contain a Brazilian or Italian slate in the form of three pieces.
As a side note: China's tables are simply not good. China slate is simply not good. If you think that the board is only a board; Then tell that to the many customers who made the mistake of buying these and needed reconstructions of frames, slate replacement and new parts that ended up costing them more money than they paid for the whole new table. The Chinese slate is rigid and hard and does not allow it to flex, so it cracks and breaks easily. Its pool tables are mass produced in "the line" with sprayed spots and finishes. Of course they look great. They could even play well for a while, but those finishes crack and cheap wood is used, deformed. It doesn't take long for that to happen either.
There is also a difference in MADE IN THE USA and BUILT IN THE USA. There are many companies in the United States that claim they were made in the US. UU., But in reality they only meet here. I am not buying someone like that. Research, talk to the right people and educate yourself. I can list many American manufacturers for you, but that would solve and eliminate the value in product research. Let's try to remember that this is a process rather than an impulse purchase.
One-piece slate tables are outdated for the home. In the bars they are nice, but that is not what you want in your house. First, who wants to move it? Nobody does it. Second, they simply cannot get the same kind of level of accuracy that a three-piece slate table can get. General leveling is all that you get with a one-piece slate and three pieces of slate not only give you that, but also add a fine-tuning element that will maintain that level for longer and will also resist deformation.
Finding the right manufacturer and retailer will take some time. Find the best ones that fit your budget and, most importantly, that fit your needs. Internet can give you ideas, but you should go out and see the product. Take your time. Find what works best. Remember that it is your money.
The size and style depend entirely on you. Here there is nothing anyone can do to influence these. How much space do you have? This will help you evaluate what size will fit your current home. However, think about this carefully. Remember, as Americans, we move often. What may fit in your current home may not fit in the next one. What decoration do you have and present in your home? Does a traditional look, contemporary design or tournament style fit you and your home? There may be options on a pool table from the legs, the frame (arched, without arc, double arc) and the rail edges (routed, smooth, scalloped). All these things should be considered. Get out and look at them!
There are the most common types of wood used to make pool tables. In general, you will see particle boards with veneer and laminate, poplar wood (or tulip wood), oak (white or red), hard white maple, walnut, walnut, mahogany or other exotic woods. There are tables made of marble, auto parts, metal and other foreign materials. However, its standard hardwoods will be oak or maple for most traditional models and, in general, a laminate will be used on modern tournament-style corner tables. General rule: stay with the standard woods and advance.
Which of these are important to you? Which ones are not? In general, your domestic hardwoods will last a long time. Another important note about "hardwoods", poplar is technically considered a hardwood, but most do not recognize it that way. It is soft and easily deforms even if you press it in layers. Do not be fooled by the seller. The tournament-style tables are practically made of chipboard with a high or low quality laminate. Don't let that stop you from buying one because the particle is not so good. It is not, but some good brand things make a good table.
There are a multitude of different stains and finishes available these days. The stain is basically the color with which they make the wood, while the finish is what surpasses that for protection and shine. The colors of dyes range from natural and light colors, to dark and black. Finishes will generally be available in only a few different options, with matte, semi-gloss and high gloss being the most popular. These two items are related to your personal desires and decoration. Check them all, especially with your fabric color options.
It is no longer the days of traditional green cloth. There are dozens of colors available now and you are not limited to the greens and blues of the past. However, there are different types of fabric. They will be divided into two types: wool and yarn.
Wool cloth, or nap cloth, is your standard at home and recreational clothing. Most retailers include this type as the standard fabric when buying a table. Very rarely will you see it in a pool hall unless the owner is cheap. This fabric is usually a mixture of nylon and wool. Sometimes it is known as a nap cloth because it has microfibers that stand out similar to the carpet. The professionals stay away from this fabric because it does not pull the board so tight for less speed and precision, tends to the tablet, the balls bleed the grooves and give it "wiggle".
The combed fabric is also a similar mixture with a much higher wool content. This is the best of the best. It is elastic enough to stretch to incredible tension, which gives the game extreme precision and speed that are consistent enough to allow professionals to maintain position throughout the game. It does not break or break, like his woolly brother, and it is heavy and durable, which extends his life in most scenarios. If you have extra money, get it! Do not skimp on the fabric, but know that there really is only one true manufacturer and the other brands of combed wool are simply cheap imitations.
The views come in many different materials and styles. You will see round and diamond-shaped sights made of plastic, mother of pearl, abalone and metals such as brass and chrome. You can make them different colors or have a double diamond look. The most common double diamond style will consist of a mother-of-pearl view surrounded by abalone. This gives a pool table a completely different look.
Then we get to the accessories. They are what they are and most of the time you will get a kit with your table that comes directly from China and, in general, is crap. However, that's fine because these are initial elements. Naturally, you want the best you can get with the purchase, but don't let a guy tell you that his table is better because he has better accessories. Once you learn the game and get more involved, you will appreciate and understand the value of updating the equipment over time. Personally, if the balls are not Aramith and the signs are not decent American; I don't want them then. However, they become expensive and are not so necessary until you get used to the game and want a better team.
Therefore, the last thing you should mention while looking for the perfect pool table are the guarantees. Why is this important? Simple, if the manufacturer does not endorse your product for life, and a retailer does not endorse your work with a lifetime warranty; So what good is the product and the service provided? Do you remember that generational step? How can you be expected to do that if the manufacturer and the seller do not even believe in your product? It is difficult to find the right combination from manufacturer to distributor, but they are there. If you cannot offer these two simple things, then you should not be in business at all. Forget them.
If the brand is correct, call the manufacturer and tell them that you want your product without retailers & # 39; Participation and tell them why. If the retailer is right and the brand is wrong, then you may need to explore other options with them or find another brand.
It's all about you and this is the information for your analysis. Ultimately, you are the one who must decide what is best for you in terms of brand, cost, quality and style.