Ladera Ranch “Widow Maker” Pool Table Move

Last week my assistant and I were contracted to move a heavy pool table from Ladera Ranch, CA to Mission Viejo, CA. The pool table custom built by by a guy in Tempe, AZ. The only problem was that this pool table was upstairs with a 180 degree turnaround landing. Oh, and it’s an eight foot one piece slate! AKA “The Widow Maker”, because this slate is in one single piece  and it weighs in at 450 pounds. The only thing we had going in our favor was gravity. It was just the two of us, a one piece slate and staircase with a landing. There is a good reason why most all pool tables manufactured in the last three decades have been built with a three piece slate design. But not this crazy guy from Tempe, nope , he still builds ’em using a one piece slate bed! Let’s hope he wises up and starts building his pool tables with a three piece slate bed!

As you can see no injuries, no holes in the walls, we managed to get the pool table out of the Ladera Ranch house without any damage. Our next stop will be in Mission Viejo, our client is having us setup the “widow maker” on the ground floor. Woo hoo, no more stairs! The pool table formerly had olive colored felt, but our client wants to go with burgundy. Once we located the best position for the pool table in his room we’ll start the refelt process.

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    • Well that’s a great question, one piece slates are really only beneficial when used in coin operated pool tables. Not so great when used in home billiard tables because of the sheer size of the slate. It is so difficult to handle and maneuver around corners and if the client has a gameroom upstairs…. my back is already starting to ache!!! One piece slate pool tables were very common in the 1970’s and mid 80’s but not so common now. The average cost to refelt one of these types of pool tables is around $250-350. Thanks for checking my billiard blog out, Dave.

    • One piece slates are more common than they should be. Three piece is always a better bet, unless you are talking about a coin-operated pool table. Please contact us for pricing on refelts if you are in the Orange County California area.

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