Plus we understand that not everyone knows about pool.
table guide will help you decide what type and
where to purchase your new beauty.
Are They All The Same?
How do you
select when so many look the same? Are they all the same?
Are color and price the only things to look at?
While price is important, it
is not the only thing to consider when making a pool table
purchase. You want it to look great, play great, and last
Is The Table A Recognized Brand Name
Brunswick Billiards is the #1 brand and the most recognized name in billiards.
Is Billiards The Dealer's Primary
sell pool tables as a sideline when our main product is "out of
season". These dealers may not know that much about billiards
because it's not their main focus.
How Many Different Models Does The
Retailer Stock and Display?
especially the ones that only do pool on their "off season," only display 1 or 2 models.
Does The Table Have A Quality Fit and Finish?
Better quality pool tables
have a better fit and finish than economy tables. The pockets and rails all
fit together without gaps, the frame does not have gaps or twists,
and the aprons are straight.
How Does The Table Play?
It's hard to tell how the
table will play when it is sitting in the showroom. A dealer that is
serious about pool will usually have a table set up to "try out."
How Is The Table Constructed?
Is the table all solid wood?
Most entry level tables have solid wood top rails and a plywood or MDF frame.
Some of the more creative sales people will call plywood, "solid wood".
Pool Table Assembly
Regardless of what wood is
used, a good table will be assembled with nuts and bolts at all the important
points to maintain it's level and for increased durability and longevity.
assembled with wood screws and staples. When they work
loose, the table sags and the balls start to drift.
What Is The Warranty?
Some stores claim that their
pool tables have a Lifetime Warranty. It's easy to say to get the sale.
It's a harder thing to stand behind.
I have heard that some
retailers import the same pool table every year, but with a different nameplate.
If a customer has a warranty issue, they tell them that they do not deal with
that "other" company anymore.
Does the manufacturer have
a dealer network across the country? If you move will there be a
dealer there to help you.
The guy building pool tables
at his house doesn't have any kind of dealer network to resolve warranty issues.
Who Will Install The Table?
Most retailers that
just do pool as a sideline do not have their own installers. These
retailers contract the installation out to a "third party".
Usually a couple of guys show
up at your door and want
they'll unload and assemble your new table.
A "Sold On The Internet
purchased on the "Internet only" really are a "Buyer Beware" situation. The picture you see on
website is really no indication of what the table that comes to your door will
When the truck comes to your
door how will you unload the pool table? Slate is heavy. Do you have a forklift at home?
There are a lot of
things to consider when purchasing a pool table. It is more than just the
table stain and cloth color. While those things are important, there are
other things to think about too.
Good Luck and Happy Shopping.
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