View Full Version : Questions to ask when buying a pool table

02-18-2004, 08:39 PM
hi, Im looking to buy a top quality table. i was wondering what type of questions i should ask and what answers i should be looking for. ive checked out billiard buyer guides but they dont give me an EXACT idea of what to ask, though they do help. but i still need some actual questions..thanks

02-20-2004, 03:07 PM

02-20-2004, 08:49 PM
I think a lot of the questions you may have concerning which table to buy, which balls to get, what cloth to get, etc. you can find searching these forums. The biggest question I would ask of the dealer is who installs the table, can I get references or other proof that they know what they're doing and what will they, as a dealer, do about it if you're not happy with the install.

02-20-2004, 09:58 PM
Hmmmmm, this post is like deja vu or something, anybody been to the inside pool forums lately, cut and paste a little. /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

02-20-2004, 10:06 PM
is there something wrong with that? 10 opinions is better then 5 /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

02-20-2004, 10:46 PM
Well, while most dealers probably have good intentions they are trying to sell a table first and foremost and the bottom line is you gotta know what you want before you walk in the door and tell them "look, this is what I want" go through your pre-made list of things you want and then ask them how much they want for what you describe. If and when you find the table you want, don't let them try and sell you something you don't want. Here are some really good startting points for some top quality tables. Whether or not you choose one of these brands, the sites tell you a lot about table design, build, slate, cushion...

Olhausen Billiards (http://www.olhausenbilliards.com/home.php?id=3)

Brunswick Tables (http://www.brunswickbilliards.com/)

Imperial (http://www.imperialusa.com/home/default.asp)

A good site to determine what model you like from a large variety of makers and styles. Danny Veghs (http://www.dannyveghs.com/pool.htm)

Also, if you're gettin a good table you want to have good felt, you'll have to ask for it and it may be an added cost but see if you can tell them to keep all the crappy ball sets, racks, and cheap cues, and holder and junk (that they will claim is worth some over estimated amount)
that they'll try and "throw in" and take some Simonis Cloth (http://www.simoniscloth.com/) instead. I like the 760.