Are you thinking of buying a used pool table from a private party?
Here are a few things to look for:
Is it a slate table?
You want slate!!!
If so is it 1pc or 3pc or more?
3pc + oversized is better!!!
How does the cloth look?
Holes or stains?
Can be reused if it is in good condition, grated it is removed properly. Any small holes or tears will get bigger with the restretch.
How do the bumpers feel?
Too soft...BAD!! Too Hard...BAD!!
This is what most people overlook. When you squeeze the rail (bumper) it should depress in and return to its original position as soon as you release it. Can't squeeze it, Or stays "mushed" ?? = BAD!! Takes at least a day to do correctly and adds $200+ to job. So squeeze away before buying!!!
How are the pockets?
Are the nets ripped?
Can replace nets if the tops are good for around $100 a set or if all is needed they run $225 + for leather pockets. Plastics vary pending style of pocket.
What does the wood look like?
Any major damage?
How do I get it home and set up? That is what we do!!
While you certainly don't have to use us, we do recommend someone who has at the very minimum 5 years or more hands on experience. Someone who specializes and only works on pool tables and is licensed and insured, to protect you just in case something should go wrong.
Buying used can be tricky.
We recommend in no real order.
- Olhausen (1994-2005 models or earlier)
- Connelly (Any really)
- AMF (Most models)
- Peter Vitalie (Solid Built)
- Brunswick (Older Models preferred)
- Proline (Most Models)