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Buying my first Pool Table

Buying my first Pool Table

Hi new to the forums and need some advice. looking at purchasing my first billiard table and doing a lot of research. This table will be for my home and I am a relative novice to the game. I am planning on spending between 2 and $3000 and am looking for a table that will be durable and well made. I have tried to find information that would rate tables but have not been successful yet. I have been told by local dealers that all tables are about the same. What makes one more expensive then another is the wood construction of the table. Locally I am looking at Olhausen, Leagcy, Claymore and Beringer. Costco sells Brunswick but not sure if I would deal with them vs local dealer. I would appreciate all comments or a link to information that would help me decide on which table is the best for me. Presently the legacy is about $400 cheaper then the Olhausen. i have yet to check out the others. Thanks in advance for the help.

Buying my first Pool Table

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  1. retiredguyZeke on 12/2/2012 3:11:45 PM

    Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, a good used table will likely equal today's medium grade newbies but at half the cost.

    Defunct bars/pool halls will usually sell a single table for cash - if they weren't leased.

    Criag's list was how I got mine. Stuff comes and goes in Craig's List, in a single day!

    You can get a nice new table with the budget you have. You could get a better one used ;-)

  2. retiredguyMitch Alsup on 12/3/2012 10:31:29 PM

    The first decision you have to make is whether you want a pool table as a piece of furniture, or a pool table to last multiple generations. The pool halls, generally, but the later while people whith houses generally the former.

    If you were to look around, you could probably get a Gold Crown inside your price range after paying a table mechanic to disassemble, transport, and reassemble.

    Of the others you mentioned, only Olhausen is made in the USoA. And since I went through this a few years ago I can tell you, Olhausen basically has 5 ranges. A low end range of laminate over particle board, one step up as wood veneer over particle board. Another step is is hardwood, here the slate backing wood changes from particle board to poplar. The hardwood is about 1/2 the thickness of the frame with the inside still being particle boards. And the top is the Full hardwood where the frame is constructed from 4 solid pieces of wood (just over an inch thick). There is a decorative furnature grade above this one, but it has to do with the artistry on the frame and legs.

  3. retiredguycullowheedawg on 1/17/2013 8:49:16 PM

    I agree a good used table is often better. I have a Gandy Princess that is cherry and it is a 4 1/2 by 9 ft and I did buy it new. It is very good with tight pockets, etc. I have considered selling and getting a snooker table, not a firm decision. I am located in NC in the western mountains, Cullowhee. If you live anywhere near, I would be glad to discuss it with you. Either way I do think a good used table is usually better but you need to see it, play on it to be sure of what you are getting.

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Buying my first Pool Table

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  • Published: 12/2/2012 2:03:01 PM