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Info on AMF Pool Tables


Info on AMF Pool Tables

Is this AMF pool table a "Hanover" model?

The owner thinks it's an 8-foot pool table with a one-piece slate. I thought those were 3-piece slate pool tables.

I have a chance to buy this one. It comes with cue sticks, wall rack, 8 and 9 ball rack, cover, brush, and two sets of balls, all for $300.00.

If anyone has any info, I would greatly appreciate it as I am looking for a basement pool table.

Info on AMF Pool Tables

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  1. tnjoker34Mitch Alsup on 11/30/2011 10:28:08 AM

    As far as I know, only Diamond makes 1-piece slates nowadays.

    The reasons for this include:

    1. Slate Weight - For an 8-foot pool table, a each piece of a 3-piece slate weighs in at close to 200 pounds. A one piece slate would weigh upwards of 600 pounds.
    2. Slate Leveling - One-piece slate requires a means to level the slate.
    3. Slate Sagging - A single monolithic piece that big would sag beyond the 0.002 spec for pool tables.
  2. tnjoker34RayMills on 8/19/2020 4:54:22 AM

    @Mitch - Is what you wrote above still valid?

    I thought that historically, all pool table slates were 1-piece until 3-piece slate came along (relatively recently).

    I also think that coin-op pool tables usually have single-piece slates, even today. One reason I like these is that you don't have to level the slate, but rather, just the feet that the table/frame is lying on.

    Lastly, I would've guessed that thick slate wouldn't sag, especially if the pool table's frame is built to support it.

  3. tnjoker34Mitch Alsup on 8/19/2020 9:44:57 AM

    My frat house at college had a 1913 pool table that had 3-piece slate. Thus it is likely that 3-piece slates go way back in time. It is not difficult to make 3 pieces of slate co-level, it just takes diligence and time. Thin wooden wedges are generally used to make tiny increments of position at several points around each slate.

    Slate is stiff, but not "that" stiff. The slates are backed by wooden frames which then rest on the pool table's base. These frames are what gets leveled and where the forces are transferred down into the pool table's frame (and ultimately to the floor through the legs).

    Coin-op pool tables generally have one-piece slates but only for those at 6.5-foot or 7-foot in size. Their weight is "not that great" - at a bit over 240 pounds, they often use thinner (3/4") slate whereas non-coin-op pool tables use 1" slate, so that lightens the load as well.

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Info on AMF Pool Tables

  • Title: Info on AMF Pool Tables
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  • Published: 11/29/2011 11:54:43 PM
  • Last Updated: 10/29/2020 3:22:01 AM
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