Buying a Used Pool Table?
If you are buying a used table it's very important to first to pay attention to the rails. Most likely your rails will be fine since they have a long shelf life of 20-25 years! Here is something to you can try to test your rails before purchasing.
When you show up to inspect the pool table grab a ball and roll it hard toward a rail, watch it bounce, from rail to rail, you're looking for a good bounce rate 3 or 4 times. Make sure to test around your table, making sure that all your rails have good bounce. If the table does have good bounce you have to consider the price of each rubber piece, getting it felted and installed could run you more than the table itself so you really have to be discriminating.If the table does have good bounce you have to consider the price of each rubber piece, getting those pieces felted, and also installed, could run you more than the "deal" on that table be sure to use good judgment and you should be fine. Of course, when you buy a new table you don't have to worry about that for a verrry long time.
If the table does not have good bounce you'll have to consider the what it'll cost you to re-do each rubber piece, getting those pieces felted, and also installed. Be sure to use good judgment and you should be fine. Of course, when you buy a new table you don't have to worry about that for a verrry long time.
The next big thing you have to question when looking to purchase a used pool table is what is your playing area made out of. You always want to get a table with slate. Anything else would be a waste of money because your table will never be level simply unusable.You preferably want a 3 piece at least 1in thick. To learn more about slate check out this blog > Choosing A 1 or 3 Piece Slate Pool Table < or feel free to give us a call. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
The way to test for slate is by knocking on the top, does it sounds like your knocking on a wooden door? or does it sound like a deeper, harder, knock like knocking on concrete? you should be able to tell.
Next, take a look at the construction of the table. Are the legs supported onto the frame with nice thick blocks or thin wood or brackets? Are there at least two beams supporting the bottom frame of the table.
Finally, take a look at the felt, does it look worn? will the balls catch and not roll? is there tearing? is it faded? The fading is just aesthetic, as long as the balls are rolling with not obstructions the fade can be overlooked until you're ready to replace it.
GWB often carry's used tables or can help you build a table that suits your budget, provide pool table restoration, and pool table moving services.