Secrets Revealed About American Heritage Pool Tables

 

This is an eight foot Fischer “Duke” pool table we delivered  to our clients in Yorba Linda, CA last week. These pool tables are imports made in Malaysia, in the same factory that produces American Heritage pool tables. One of the major differences between Fischer and American Heritage is the way that the slate liners are attached. On all Fischer pool tables each piece of slate has an “MDF” (medium density fiberboard) wood backing that is glued directly to the bottom of each piece. However, on all American Heritage tables, a very large piece of MDF is attached to the top of the cabinet. Large sections are cut out for the the installer to wedge the slate from underneath.

One of the advantages of having the slates lined with wood is that if the pool table ever needs to be moved, the slates are much less likely to be broken during transport. The second advantage of having a pool table with backed slate is evident during the installation process. Wood wedges are used to precisely level each piece of slate before the felt is installed. In the case of Fischer which has slate that is backed, the leveling wedge is directly leveraged against the top edge of the pool table’s cabinet/frame. This foundation is usually about two to three inches in width.  Conversely, in the case of American Heritage, with it’s slate liner that is attached to the pool table’s cabinet/frame, the  leveling wedge enters directly between the slate and liner and there is a six to seven inch over-hang of slate liner wood, which is twice as far away from the top edge of the pool table’s cabinet/frame.

What this boils down to is a lot of the energy exerted by the leveling wedge is absorbed by this extra slate liner over-hang. This means that the slate must be raised even further off of it’s foundation. In the long run this will lead to more sagging of the slates and more problems with the slate seams settling and becoming uneven. The tell-tale sign is always a faint white line that crosses the width of the felt where the two seams are,  and sometimes the pool balls will hop slightly as they pass over the uneven slates.

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7 comments

John Rudolph

Here’s my issue. We ordered an American Heritage table through Costco and we’re currently getting the runaround from the manufacturer in trying to get the thing delivered. With a three week timeframe from ordering, given me some time to look at the reviews and I am NOT at all happy with what I am reading about American Heritage slates not being backed – and this 5″ overhang concerns me. I don’t know much about pool tables but from an engineering perspective I don’t like how this is designed. More jerking around from AH; she has not returned my call on this, I am calling Costco now to cancel.

Pool Table King

Hi John, I hope you resolved your indecision on whether or not to purchase an American Heritage pool table. Best regards, David.

[…] Now when it comes to connecting the slates to the cabinet, Connelly uses slate screws that are anchored directly into the vertical sidewalls of the cabinet. Most other pool table manufacturer’s slate screws are anchored into a flat piece of wood that hangs over the outside edge the cabinet. This causes flex and sag, leading to uneven slates and an unlevel pool table. […]

This is easy. Buy American MADE. Not American in name. Neither Fisher or American Heritage are good tables. They just look good. They play like crap. Also, NEVER just pick up and move a table. take it apart first.

Pool Table King

Hi LJ, you are correct American Heritage and Fischer, aka CL Bailey Co. pool tables are not made in the US. However I fully believe in the pool tables manufactured CLB. Over the past 9 years of selling and installing their products I believe them to be one of the best import pool tables on the market for a number of reasons. First and foremost is their usage of attached slate liners.
Best regards, David.

Moving have American Heritage #44445. How many pieces is the slate in, two or three. Do you have instructions to do this?

Pool Table King

Darrell, all American Heritage pool tables are three piece slates. The safest way to move a slate pool table is to disassemble it from the top down. Start by removing the rails and pockets from the slatebed. Then carefully remove the felt without tearing it because 99% of the time a skilled billiard mechanic will be able to re-stretch without problem. Once felt is removed you’ll be able to locate all 12 slate screws and remove them. Mark the slate’s position with a sharpie before removing them from the frame. After that simply unbolt the legs and you’re done! Remember to never lift or hold the pool table by the legs because on all older AH tables the insert embedded it the legs will come out at a moments notice and the frame will crash to the floor. Been there done that. Good luck, David.

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