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    Anybody ever move a slate pool table?

    I am picking up one this weekend from my father in laws house. I think that the slate is in 3 sections. About how heavy are each section of slate going to be? I am guessing between 200-250lbs.
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    Originally Posted by Budweiser View Post
    I am picking up one this weekend from my father in laws house. I think that the slate is in 3 sections. About how heavy are each section of slate going to be? I am guessing between 200-250lbs.
    How big is the pool table?
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    Originally Posted by Budweiser View Post
    I am picking up one this weekend from my father in laws house. I think that the slate is in 3 sections. About how heavy are each section of slate going to be? I am guessing between 200-250lbs.
    Yeah, probably around 200lbs total. I used to have a really nice one piece slate table (8ft) and it was around 200lbs or so. Between the slate and the rest of the table it took 4 of us to move it into our garage. We broke the back hindges off my buddies pickup truck moving also.
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    NEVER, EVER try to move a pool table by getting a bunch of guys and picking it up! NEVER! There are only a handful of tables made that are designed to be moved in this manner and they are 8 foot bar tables, usually with coin mechanisms and 1 piece slate beds. You do NOT want a table like this for a home. If you want to crack the slate, pop the cabinet joints, split the rails, or otherwise destroy your "find" of a pool table?.go ahead, move it in one piece. The best and safest way is to hire a pro to do the entire job. But if you are "handy", have a couple friends who don't mind lifting, and have access to a vehicle that can carry at least 1,000 lb?then go ahead and disassemble and move it to your room yourself. Then hire a pro to do the set up. Set up is the MOST critical part. Disassembly Take a Magic Marker and match-mark EVERYTHING where it will not show! Do as much marking as you can BEFORE you start disassembling, then continue marking as you go. This is to make sure the table goes back together EXACTLY the way it came apart. Remove the rails first (bolts under the rails). Remove the pockets (bolted to the rails, but the rails usually have to come off the table first). Remove the screws holding the slate to the cabinet (a 3/8 variable speed drill with the correct Phillips bit is best here). Remove the slate from the table and transport VERTICALLY on EDGE. Do NOT lay the slate flat unless you first make crates out of 2x4s and clamp each piece of slate in it's own crate. A cracked slate can cost upwards of $300 to replace. If necessary, remove the legs. A 1" thick slate, 9 foot table will weigh around 1,000 pounds. ALWAYS use a weight support belt when lifting heavy objects. ALWAYS lift correctly. Use your head. Not your back! Most tables can be moved in pieces with 2 average men.


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    Originally Posted by Budweiser View Post
    I am picking up one this weekend from my father in laws house. I think that the slate is in 3 sections. About how heavy are each section of slate going to be? I am guessing between 200-250lbs.
    if its a full size table it could be as high as 1200 lbs they are very heavy my freind.
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    I don't think they are that heavy. Maybe 150# or so. I guess it depends how thick the slate is but the one I moved I had no problem moving it. The one I had was very old '70's model. The kind like I recall from pool halls when I was a kid. Not fancy scroll work wood and such. Here are some tips for after it is setup. Playing cards can be inserted in between the slate and the wooden frame to "micro-level" (Proper word maybe) the slate after you start setting it back up again. Level the frame then level the pieces of slate if you need further refinement. After this use "plaster-of-paris" (Some people choose bondo, I used P-O-P). To smooth out the seam. I did a quick google since I found both of these tips online. here is a link using wax. I don't think i would want to use wax since it wouldn't sand well if needed?

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    Very heavy, and awkward. My dad, my uncle and I moved one before. Three slabs of concrete!! Ugh.

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    yea they are fricken heavy but there are worse things to have to lift. After prowling through ur pictures, u should be fine champ.
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    Mine was an 8ft coin operated bar table. Now that I think about it, it was pretty heavy, we had one guy on each corner. We had it professional re-felted and had all the rails rebuilt. We were able to move it without doing any damage.
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    i moved one upstairs with my brother, never knew it was made of slate

    always thought the wood was what made it so heavy
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    I have a 'pub style pool' table with a slate bed (one piece) in my house. 7ft x 4ft. Pretty heavy. Me + my dad + my brother were able to move it by ourselves to another room....
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    well this one has 3 peices of slate and we are taking it completely apart, need to move it out of a basement and back into a basement.

    I think that with me and my bro by taking it apart we should be able to move it fine.
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    Originally Posted by Mike Hancho View Post
    Yeah, probably around 200lbs total. I used to have a really nice one piece slate table (8ft) and it was around 200lbs or so. Between the slate and the rest of the table it took 4 of us to move it into our garage. We broke the back hindges off my buddies pickup truck moving also.
    must have been a ford?
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    Originally Posted by GApump View Post
    NEVER, EVER try to move a pool table by getting a bunch of guys and picking it up! NEVER! There are only a handful of tables made that are designed to be moved in this manner and they are 8 foot bar tables, usually with coin mechanisms and 1 piece slate beds. You do NOT want a table like this for a home. If you want to crack the slate, pop the cabinet joints, split the rails, or otherwise destroy your "find" of a pool table?.go ahead, move it in one piece. The best and safest way is to hire a pro to do the entire job. But if you are "handy", have a couple friends who don't mind lifting, and have access to a vehicle that can carry at least 1,000 lb?then go ahead and disassemble and move it to your room yourself. Then hire a pro to do the set up. Set up is the MOST critical part. Disassembly Take a Magic Marker and match-mark EVERYTHING where it will not show! Do as much marking as you can BEFORE you start disassembling, then continue marking as you go. This is to make sure the table goes back together EXACTLY the way it came apart. Remove the rails first (bolts under the rails). Remove the pockets (bolted to the rails, but the rails usually have to come off the table first). Remove the screws holding the slate to the cabinet (a 3/8 variable speed drill with the correct Phillips bit is best here). Remove the slate from the table and transport VERTICALLY on EDGE. Do NOT lay the slate flat unless you first make crates out of 2x4s and clamp each piece of slate in it's own crate. A cracked slate can cost upwards of $300 to replace. If necessary, remove the legs. A 1" thick slate, 9 foot table will weigh around 1,000 pounds. ALWAYS use a weight support belt when lifting heavy objects. ALWAYS lift correctly. Use your head. Not your back! Most tables can be moved in pieces with 2 average men.


    When purchasing a pool table, please be aware that in addition to ? - inch slate, some manufacturers are cutting costs by supplying 7/8-inch slate to uninformed buyers instead of the standard1-inch slate. Thicker slate adds about 50 to 150-pounds to the weight of a pool table, making it more stable. If you even slightly bump a ?-inch table the balls will shift. For a solid feel and quiet, true roll of the balls you should have a table with 1-inch billiard slate.
    Qouted for truth. ALso it depends on how thick the slate is. my parents pool table the slate was in 3 pieces and each was about 150 lbs.
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    Originally Posted by GApump View Post
    NEVER, EVER try to move a pool table by getting a bunch of guys and picking it up! NEVER! There are only a handful of tables made that are designed to be moved in this manner and they are 8 foot bar tables, usually with coin mechanisms and 1 piece slate beds. You do NOT want a table like this for a home. If you want to crack the slate, pop the cabinet joints, split the rails, or otherwise destroy your "find" of a pool table?.go ahead, move it in one piece. The best and safest way is to hire a pro to do the entire job. But if you are "handy", have a couple friends who don't mind lifting, and have access to a vehicle that can carry at least 1,000 lb?then go ahead and disassemble and move it to your room yourself. Then hire a pro to do the set up. Set up is the MOST critical part. Disassembly Take a Magic Marker and match-mark EVERYTHING where it will not show! Do as much marking as you can BEFORE you start disassembling, then continue marking as you go. This is to make sure the table goes back together EXACTLY the way it came apart. Remove the rails first (bolts under the rails). Remove the pockets (bolted to the rails, but the rails usually have to come off the table first). Remove the screws holding the slate to the cabinet (a 3/8 variable speed drill with the correct Phillips bit is best here). Remove the slate from the table and transport VERTICALLY on EDGE. Do NOT lay the slate flat unless you first make crates out of 2x4s and clamp each piece of slate in it's own crate. A cracked slate can cost upwards of $300 to replace. If necessary, remove the legs. A 1" thick slate, 9 foot table will weigh around 1,000 pounds. ALWAYS use a weight support belt when lifting heavy objects. ALWAYS lift correctly. Use your head. Not your back! Most tables can be moved in pieces with 2 average men.


    When purchasing a pool table, please be aware that in addition to ? - inch slate, some manufacturers are cutting costs by supplying 7/8-inch slate to uninformed buyers instead of the standard1-inch slate. Thicker slate adds about 50 to 150-pounds to the weight of a pool table, making it more stable. If you even slightly bump a ?-inch table the balls will shift. For a solid feel and quiet, true roll of the balls you should have a table with 1-inch billiard slate.

    It is an 8' table and there will be two of us moving it and taking it apart so I think we should be ok.
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    Originally Posted by Kouper View Post
    Qouted for truth. ALso it depends on how thick the slate is. my parents pool table the slate was in 3 pieces and each was about 150 lbs.
    thats not too bad then. I was watching a show in discover last night about pool tables and it said that some are 3" slate that weigh 300lbs a piece.
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    go to a place in town that sells billiard table and have them move it. if you do it wrong you will mess up the table and the balls will roll and curve.
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    Originally Posted by eskimoboy63 View Post
    go to a place in town that sells billiard table and have them move it. if you do it wrong you will mess up the table and the balls will roll and curve.
    we are taking it all apart and marking everything. If i have trouble putting it back together I will call a billiards shop in town to help out. We are moving it 45 miles to my house.

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    This table also has ball returns in it .
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    Not too bad, got her all moved and last night got new felt put on her. I hired it done, the guy didn't get done until 12:30 last night so tonight will be pool night at the ole Budweiser house!
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    Originally Posted by Budweiser View Post
    Not too bad, got her all moved and last night got new felt put on her. I hired it done, the guy didn't get done until 12:30 last night so tonight will be pool night at the ole Budweiser house!
    good job man, I'm sure you'll really enjoy having it-I can't wait until I get a bigger place so I have room for one.
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    Originally Posted by GApump View Post
    good job man, I'm sure you'll really enjoy having it-I can't wait until I get a bigger place so I have room for one.
    Oh ya gonna break it in tonight with the wife, probably end up bending her over it.
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    You should definitely get a professional to move it.

    If you don't take it apart, you risk injury to yourself and those helping you, could damage the table, or mess up some stuff along the way.

    Most tables are built from 3 sections of slate...they are brought to the house in a truck, all the components are brought inside, then they are assembled. The 3 pieces of slate are aligned, then they put hot wax in the cracks to seal up the seam...can't even feel the seams after this...

    So yeah, in short, it is 3 sections, but they're technically supposed to stay where they are.
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    Originally Posted by deapee View Post
    You should definitely get a professional to move it.

    If you don't take it apart, you risk injury to yourself and those helping you, could damage the table, or mess up some stuff along the way.

    Most tables are built from 3 sections of slate...they are brought to the house in a truck, all the components are brought inside, then they are assembled. The 3 pieces of slate are aligned, then they put hot wax in the cracks to seal up the seam...can't even feel the seams after this...

    So yeah, in short, it is 3 sections, but they're technically supposed to stay where they are.
    too late soldier; already moved.
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    [QUOTE=GApump;83544853]NEVER, EVER try to move a pool table by getting a bunch of guys and picking it up! NEVER! There are only a handful of tables made that are designed to be moved in this manner and they are 8 foot bar tables, usually with coin mechanisms and 1 piece slate beds. You do NOT want a table like this for a home. If you want to crack the slate, pop the cabinet joints, split the rails, or otherwise destroy your "find" of a pool table?.go ahead, move it in one piece. The best and safest way is to hire a pro to do the entire job. But if you are "handy", have a couple friends who don't mind lifting, and have access to a vehicle that can carry at least 1,000 lb?then go ahead and disassemble and move it to your room yourself. Then hire a pro to do the set up. Set up is the MOST critical part. Disassembly Take a Magic Marker and match-mark EVERYTHING where it will not show! Do as much marking as you can BEFORE you start disassembling, then continue marking as you go. This is to make sure the table goes back together EXACTLY the way it came apart. Remove the rails first (bolts under the rails). Remove the pockets (bolted to the rails, but the rails usually have to come off the table first). Remove the screws holding the slate to the cabinet (a 3/8 variable speed drill with the correct Phillips bit is best here). Remove the slate from the table and transport VERTICALLY on EDGE. Do NOT lay the slate flat unless you first make crates out of 2x4s and clamp each piece of slate in it's own crate. A cracked slate can cost upwards of $300 to replace. If necessary, remove the legs. A 1" thick slate, 9 foot table will weigh around 1,000 pounds. ALWAYS use a weight support belt when lifting heavy objects. ALWAYS lift correctly. Use your head. Not your back! Most tables can be moved in pieces with 2 average men.


    This is some good advice. Some slates can weigh as much as 700lbs each. Most are NOT that heavy though but many tables such as in bars are one piece slate and weight around 400. Thankfully though anyone can move slate easily now. From an 8 yo, to girls in heels to a 94 yo man moving almost 300 lbs up stairs effortlessly. NOT to mention it is the most versatile work out tool in the world! OTLVISE
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