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Help Buying my First Used Pool Table

Help Buying my First Used Pool Table

I need a little help on my first table. Basically I'm looking for a used table so I've been looking on Craigslist and I think I've found one I like.

I was hoping you guys that are more knowledgeable than I could help me out.

I emailed the buyer and he said the brand was valley. He is sending me more pictures if it too. Any help would be great thanks.

Help Buying my First Used Pool Table

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  1. AndyKZeke on 12/29/2012 9:59:31 AM

    Valley tables are the coin op bar table "standard" of THAT market, and are deemed adequate by most standards.

    Never having seen an 8-foot Valley brand table - doesn't mean they're not good, they're just not that popular IMO.

    What's the asking price? The claim that he has over 6K into it seems a stretch but is irrelevant anyhow. What he wants from you - is all that counts!

    The fact that all the Valley's I see are only 3/4 or 7/8" slate suggests a less than ideal table and the price should reflect that. Unless, of course it is a 1" one or 3-piece slate?

    Then too, the guy who sets it up in your house is almost as important as the table itself. A great table in the hands of an incompetent tech is like putting fertilizer on a weed.

  2. AndyKAndyK on 12/29/2012 11:42:09 AM

    I talked to the guy and he said it's one inch slate. Would it be a good idea to have someone assemble it? The body is still together I'd just have to install the legs and make sure it's level then install the felt and bumpers etc

  3. AndyKFenwick on 12/29/2012 12:37:39 PM


    It would be a good idea to hire someone to move it and set up IMO. If you have 3 strong friends you could move it yourself.

    Zeke is correct. "Then too, the guy who sets it up in your house is almost as important as the table itself. A great table in the hands of an incompetent tech is like putting fertilizer on a weed."

  4. AndyKAndyK on 12/29/2012 12:40:38 PM

    I could handle the moving. I'll call around for installers what is an average price for installation?

  5. AndyKFenwick on 12/29/2012 12:46:29 PM

    Depends. If there's any rebuilding it could add up but worth every dollar. Shop around and get references.

  6. AndyKZeke on 12/30/2012 11:04:19 AM

    The tech I used in NJ was from Philly. He was as good as it gets and charged me $175 and took about 1.5 hours to dismantle the table, help me hump it into the back of my F-150 and pack it with moving quilts and tie-downs.

    On the VT end, a semi-local tech who was less than ideal, charged me $750 parts and labor - to re-assemble the table, recover the surface and install all new bumpers and was here for ~ 6 hours. Two other guys and I dragged all the pieces upstairs for the tech to assemble and re-cover.

    Had I not wanted new felt and new cushions, the VT tech would have assembled the table (including 1.25 hrs. of travel time each way) for ~$250. We can assume the cost of felt and cushions and the labor to install that was ~$500?

    Does that help?

  7. AndyKkris4444kris on 1/2/2013 9:21:53 PM

    hi my name is kris and im kind of new to this site. and i was woundering if some one could help me out. i bought a brunswick gold crown iii pool table and i noticed that the slates didnt have any pins in them like alot of other slates do but the slates them selfs look brand new thers no cracks or chips of any kind on them. i was just woundering if that was normal or if somebody some how removed the pins ? i payed 800 for the table and i was just wounding if i got riped off. ?

  8. AndyKMikey on 6/13/2015 3:29:41 PM

    I thought those table were built to be moved on a dolly.

  9. AndyKZeke on 6/15/2015 2:39:50 PM

    Mikey, it's a 2-1/2 year old post. Doubt the OP is paying attention

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Help Buying my First Used Pool Table

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  • Published: 12/28/2012 6:55:07 PM