We moved this eight foot American Heritage pool table last week from our client’s home in Santa Ana, CA. They are moving into a new home in Orange, CA but the room for the pool table was not ready yet. So she had us move it to a spare bedroom while the construction was being done. This seven year old American Heritage pool table was purchased new by our client as a retirement gift for her husband. The pool table has five out of six cushions that are “dead”. I mentioned this to her as we were disassembling the pool table in Santa Ana. When I turned the rail sections upside down on the slate, I noticed that the previous installer had not trimmed the excess rail cloth completely off. This meant that I would be able to recushion the rails without having to replace the rail cloth. Sometimes we are able to save the existing rail cloth which means that there would be no cloth color difference between the rails and the cloth covering the slate.
So we removed the pockets from the rail sections and blanket wrapped the rails and took them to the shop for safekeeping. It seems like seven out of ten American Heritage pool tables we service, have at least two “dead” cushions on them. Which is pretty bad, considering these pool tables are all less than ten years old. I’m not knocking the quality of the tables themselves, just the cushion rubber. It most always is pink in color and just the very tip of the cushion starts getting hard. What’s sad is that most people don’t even know their American Heritage cushions are prematurely aging. The average life expectancy of cushion rubber is between 20-25 years! If you own a pool table and suspect your cushions to be “dead”, try doing a bounce test. Stand at the side of the table and firmly roll a ball away from you towards the opposite side rail. The ball should make at least three to four cushion to cushion contacts before coming to rest.