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MDF Pool Tables over a Slate Pool Table

MDF Pool Tables over a Slate Pool Table

I am new here, and I am curious to know which pool table I should buy, and whether I should choose an MDF pool table or a slate pool table.

I am a casual pool player, and I usually play every few weeks with friends just for fun, and I don't have a tonne of cash. I know that slate pool tables are built to last, but I don't have the money for a slate table.

Would an MDF pool table be a good alternative to a slate pool table? MDF pool tables are more in my price range and since I am a casual player, is it best if I just buy the cheaper option?

I am also curious to know how long MDF pool tables will last if looked after well?

MDF Pool Tables over a Slate Pool Table

Replies & Comments

  1. Rechard OozeerMitch Alsup on 7/28/2013 3:33:56 PM

    slate, Slate, SLate, SLAte, SLATe, SLATE

    There is only one useful choice--SLATE.

  2. Rechard OozeerZeke on 7/30/2013 2:50:48 PM

    Mitch's right!

    There's nothing wrong with an MDF tables, provided you never let the temperature or humidity EVER change by more than 5% - and it's under 100-dollars, delivered to your home and they include balls, rack and 2 straight sticks ;)

    Good quality used slate tables abound in the $500-2,000 range. There's a lot of junk tables out there too, both slate and MDF. Age of a slate table is almost irrelevant.

    If you have access to Craig's List, keep looking. Really good pool table deals come and go every few days (not weeks).

    Good luck and let us know how you make out.

  3. Rechard Oozeersnookerbase on 8/1/2013 12:11:58 PM


    Look for a good used slate table or save the money that you have now and add to it until you can afford a used slate table.

    You will regret buying a table with a wood top, especially when you can get a slate table for a couple or few hundred more.

  4. Rechard OozeerRechard Oozeer on 8/1/2013 3:28:58 PM

    thanks all for the replies :), so my friend lent me his old mdf table for a while, its old, but it still works, and i have found a good slate table which i ordered and my brothers and i are paying it off weekly.

    the reason i got an mdf now is just so i can play immediately and hopefully i can be better at the game by the time my slate table arrives

    thanks again for the feedback, it really helped

  5. Rechard OozeerZeke on 8/2/2013 11:37:39 AM

    No one can argue no table at all - is better than an MDF table.

    Sounds like you're going in the right direction!

    Got any pics of either one - or both you can post?

  6. Rechard OozeerBilliardsBill on 8/4/2013 11:45:25 PM

    Don't waste your money on an MDF table. It is not a real pool table, more like a toy. It will not help you for when you do actually shoot on a slate table because it will not play the same. Check ebay or craigslist for a used slate table in your area or better yet, have a little patience and save your money until you can afford to buy a new slate table. The money you spend on an MDF table is just wasted money. You will not like it if you have ever played on a real slate table and I'm sure you have.

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MDF Pool Tables over a Slate Pool Table

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  • Published: 7/28/2013 1:54:10 AM