Buying a used pool table

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    Hi all. I am going to look at a used pool table tonight and wonder if anyone here has some pointers. The table is an 8 foot Fischer. Not sure of the model. The ad says it's 3 piece slate and the pictures look ok. For the asking price of $200 I know I can't be too critical but I also don't want to throw away 200.

    I know I should do the "bump test" by bumping it with my hip and if it moves pass. I will also closely look at the underside with a flashlight to see if there are any cracks visible in the slate. I will also roll the balls around to look for bad cushions or "table roll". Installing new felt is no big deal either.

    From what I can find on Fischer they were made from the 50s to the 70s and a lot of them were ok tables - along the lines of a good bar table.

    Like I said I'm not looking for the holy grail of pool tables. I just want an ok table to play on at home and for 200 it's definitely worth a look.

    Fire away!
     
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    Ask how many children have been conceived on it.
     
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    Here's a pic of it. 00L0L_l1DySPwOIkf_600x450.jpg 00Q0Q_dgh1OF6Looh_600x450.jpg 00U0U_hRgfakpVPwE_600x450.jpg
     
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    You saw my monniker right?
     
  5. bdicki

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    I think you'll find that it has to be disassembled to move it. So new felt is going to be needed as well as the adjustment of the three pieces of slate. I had one to get rid of and you can't give them away. I used the slate for a walkway, the rest went to the landfill.
     
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    It sounds like a good deal but as someone said setup is key. We are building and have a spot for one. We are going to get a reconditioned one. They do the setup and put new felt on. I would imagine you could find an outfit like that to do the same for you.
     
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    I take it those are the seller's photos. That it's not in a garage with tons of **** stacked all over it is a pretty good sign.
     
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    maybe find a billiards store near you. one, to come out and check it out for you, and two, to help you move it (incl packing each pc of slate in a pallet), set it up, re-felt it. consider all this when comparing what a new one would cost.
     
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    When I was trying to get rid of mine I called a billiards store and was told yes they would take it for $250. I would have to pay them. The slate is heavy, makes a nice sidewalk.
     
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    Should be okay for $200. I never saw a pool table with slate you could check out from underneath.

    ***I hadn't considered the difficulties of moving it.***
     
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    So I looked it over last night and told the gentleman it was a sale. Slate looks good from botrom, feels smooth on top, wood in great shape. The felt is ratty and there is a near dead rail but I'm pretty handy and up to the job of replacing felt and cushions. New felt and cushions will only run about $125.

    So for 325 i got a nice slate table and a project for a couple days. Cool.
     
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    Congratulations. I suppose you have a spare room large enough for it.
     
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    Uh oh...

    "Look honey, I done got us a new fancy eatin' table."
     
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    Just make sure your daughter's friend doesn't decide to walk all over it and crack the slate.

    Yes, this really happened. Yes, I'm still pissed off about it. :steamed:
     
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    That is the real issue/ I like to use them as a ping pong table as well.