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Novice needs table - New or used pool table?

Novice needs table - New or used pool table?

I'm new to forum and first want to first say hello.

I just beginnig my search for a new pool table for the game room in my new house. The room is such that it can handle a 9' table with ease. Additionally while a I enjoy the game, it isn't my main past time. I'm looking for a table that is well made, and will fit in a nicely decorated home. In other words its made for home use. The questions I have now are:

  1. 8' or 9' table?
  2. New or used, considering that is i buy used I'll have to hire someone to move and set up table.?
  3. What should I expect to pay for a good solid quality table?
  4. What brands&models should i look at? I'm not looking for a advice which band is better only models with in a given brand that have good value for dollars.

Thanks for your help in getting me started.

Novice needs table - New or used pool table?

Replies & Comments

  1. missin44tasha_silvester on 2/23/2013 11:25:28 PM

    I suggest you to for 8' as you are not going to have a regular go to the game and maintenance cost will be slightly higher for 9'.

    Also lot of people will advise you to go for used one, but you should go for used one only if you have a proper idea about the quality of the used pool table. Otherwise, I suggest for the new one.

  2. missin44DsmithBFL on 3/22/2013 5:12:30 AM

    You have not mentioned the size of your room. 8 or 9" whatever you buy should fit well inside your room without damaging its interior beauty.

    Regarding models I would suggest some. You can try Acton Pool Tables, Allenton Pool Tables, Americana Pool Tables, Ashbury Pool Tables and other similar tables like them.

  3. missin44Zeke on 3/22/2013 6:40:26 AM

    If you have the room, always opt for the nine footer. It has become the "standard" size for tournament play.

    Many of us here suggest Craig's list for used tables. It is also said a 20-year old (insert a top quality brand-name here) tabel used is a better value than a brand new table of equal cost.

    For example, I bought a Brunswick Medalist for $1,700 that was 22 years old and paid a tech $700 to assemble it in my space, install new cushions and new felt and dial it in.

    A comparable table new - would be in the 4-6,000 range. The seller, also included half a dozen nice sticks, a rack. three extra sets of balls and a 4-bulb light fixture - at no additional cost.

    I'm a big fan of Costco. They have new tables for sale and their return policy (should you have any issues with a new table) is legendary!

    A final word: Just because a brand of table is featured on TV in some Vegas tournament, does not make it top-of-the-line! It DOES mean that manufacturer had a ton of money to donate to the prize and televised event fund and underwrites the event as a huge marketing opportunity.

    For the prize money and notoriety aspect alone, players would play on a dining room table - if THAT brand table kicked in the most money for advertising and prizes.

  4. missin44Mitch Alsup on 3/22/2013 9:11:08 AM

    I advise you to stick with Olhausen, Brunswick, and Diamond (and Connely if still in business). or get a used Gold Crown. These may cost a bit hmore up front, but you will still be playing them decades down the road.

    Personally, the tables in the $1500-$2000 range are not long term investments. The particle board underslate can only take a few refeltings before they need replacing ($$$) and the frame are "not all that strong".

    But the best way to look at a table is to crawl up inder them and look at the woods used inside and under where you are not supposed to be looking.

  5. missin44allanpsand on 5/2/2013 10:03:25 AM

    Search for "billiards" on your local Craigs List. You can find name tables in good condition.

    Two conditions: Select the table to fit your room and/or select the table you most commonly play on away from home.

    If you are in a bar league, you want a 7 footer. If in a pool hall league with 9 footers and you only have room for an 8 footer - that's what you get.

    Also check the table mechanics who advertise on Craigs List. They often times know someone with a table who is ready to get rid of it for a decent offer.

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Novice needs table - New or used pool table?

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  • Published: 1/20/2013 6:08:17 PM