I was able to talk with a old Dufferin Employee person who built the Dufferin Titan pool table back in Toronto, ON. He advised me the Titan's overall quality far surpassed many commercial tables from other pool table makers on the market and was manufactured mainly for pool halls...
The particular Dufferin Titan pool table I was interested in was approximately 25 years old and had a rubber coated steel rod ball return system. It had black laminate rail caps with aluminum sights, aluminum corner caps and sides with blue and brown laminate strips inserted into the side channels all the way around. It had white podium style legs with black ends. Each leg has two large aluminum levelers. It was the only one like it that I have ever seen in my 51 years of life and it looked just as good as anything I have ever played on.
According to an Ontario Dufferin pool table dealer, the under-structure can sometimes twist as it is made out of regular plywood rather than the preferred hardwood product. The ball return system is mainly used on pro and commercial pool tables and can apparently cause premature wear and marking on the balls. I was advised it is a floating slate table and can shift slightly if abused or sat on when shooting. Roughhousing is not advised.
It if the one I was going to buy was not three hours away from me and an overall inconvenience for me to get home, I would not have hesitated. I don't own a truck and would have had to rent a cargo van. Keep in mind that these types of tables in the 4.5' x 9.0' size weigh approx. 2000 lbs assembled.
The one I was looking at was being sold for $600 and I negotiated it down to $500 and it seemed to appear in very good shape with no obvious damage. In my opinion (based on extensive pool table research I've done over the last year) the true value of the Dufferin Titan pool table is approximately $1500 CAD but that is in Alberta. Maybe these tables are more common in Toronto, since that was Dufferin's origin.
In your case, I would grab it if it is all that because of how rare it is and the overall commercial quality. especially for $300. It is definitely a conversation piece.
Just to let you know, the one I was looking at needed new cloth, rails etc. The overall cost in the end to get the pool table home and into good playing condition would have been approximately $1100, but I was willing to pay that.
I wasn't thrilled about the ball return system. If it had regular drop pockets, and been closer to me in location, I would own it right now. I'd even have chosen it over the $8000 original value of the snooker table I presently own. I would have preferred a pool table (over a snooker table) because that is what I play league on. I was extremely interested in the Dufferin Titan.
You may want to search for Dufferin Titan on the Edmonton kijiji in the next day or so as the owner is going to re-market the pool table. I just officially backed out this evening. But keep in mind it will go fast. There should be three pics on the ad if you manage to catch it in time.