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New Table: Olhausen Americana II vs Eclipse Pool Table

New Table: Olhausen Americana II vs Eclipse Pool Table

First off, hello! This is my first post. I am in the market for a pool table and believe I Olhausen is where I'm going to land. Specifically, I'm looking for the following features in a table: hardwood, leather pockets, and 1" slate. I am closely looking at the Americana ii and the Eclipse. I'd like to ask for opinions between the tables by folks who are more experienced than I. Is there any "gotcha's" I should be worried about or specifics I should order? The Americana ii will have Olhausen's upgraded "accu-rails" to make the playing surface similar to the Eclipse. Any buying advise, would be greatly appreciated! I'm looking to make the decision this week.

Thank you in advance and I look forward to having great discussions in the future.

New Table: Olhausen Americana II vs Eclipse Pool Table

Replies & Comments

  1. smb31Zeke on 9/23/2012 7:41:18 AM

    Either table would be a good choice, however, lots of high quality, older tables also exist - usually at heavily discounted prices.

    I've never been a fan of single pockets - preferring a ball return system. The biggest issue with simple pockets is "bounce-outs" caused by one pocket getting overloaded - and no one noticing until an obvious sunk ball becomes "rejected."

    I know all the TV tournaments seem to use tables with simple pockets - but they also have judges that rack, call fouls and referee as well as pull overfilled balls from single pockets.

    I'd put my ball returning Brunswick Medalist - ("used" cost $1,500 with new bumpers and felt adding $400) against anything out there that's new.

    If you've already looked at used - and decide against them - for whatever reason, both models you ask about are fine options IMO.

  2. smb31Mitch Alsup on 9/23/2012 8:06:41 PM

    I bought an Olhausen 3.75 years ago and did a bunch of research.

    Olhausen has 4 grades of furnature tables and tournament tables. The lowest end is the plastic laminates (L series) over particle board($1800), next up is wood laminates (L series) over particle board($2000). These low two also use particle board under the slates. Then we get into real wood tables (1/2 hardwood where you can see, plenty of particle board where you cannot ($2600). Finally we get to the full hardwood tables--these are the ones done right ($3500). Tournament tables go between $6K and $9K.

    It pretty much does not mater which style of table you get, they will all have accurails (as far as I could determine) and 1" slate.

    Before jumping in, you might want to spend a few hours with the 'products->built it yourself' page. This is how I configured mine. I got a full hardwoord (cherry) with the Reno body (upward sculpt underneith), square legs, modest aprons, and peralized diamonds. I also put Simonis 760 on the table.

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New Table: Olhausen Americana II vs Eclipse Pool Table

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  • Published: 9/22/2012 4:23:44 PM