We have been busy expanding our rental side of the business today by installing two brand new Winner Supreme pool tables in a local sports bar. We were contacted two weeks ago for a quote to supply two tables on contract for match play for the two league pool teams playing out of the establishment. They already had two Supreme Prince tables on rental from another firm, but these were now looking a bit sorry for themselves with trim falling off and scruffy dirty insides.
The owner of the sports bar has also got another pub with two Supreme Prince tables in but these are in better condition and he owns these tables himself. I have been maintaining those with good service calls and recovering work. Once I informed him of our policy to do 2 recovers a year for winter and summer league on our rental contract, he was impressed. I also informed him that the Winner Supreme in our opinion is a better table than the Prince, with more sturdy legs that support way towards the centre of the table reducing slate sag. Players know this too.
He wanted black pearl finished Winner tables with 6811 Strachan cloth fitted as endorsed by the UK pool Tour, World Eightball Federation and the IPA and played at most finals around the UK, including Great Yarmouth and Blackpool.
Winner Supreme tables have been upgraded over the years. They have now got real metal chrome heavy duty corners where before they where chrome plastic. The cushion trim has now gone back to alloy trim in place of the breakable plastic trim. The black finish is now a more matt finish where before it was a wood grain shiny effect that reflected the lights into the player’s eyes. The rubber on Supreme cushions has changed from red rubber to blue rubber now they have the better black rubber for longer lasting bounce. Over the years Supreme have improved the table by listening to the players. In our opinion the Winner Supreme is the player’s and operator’s choice.
By having GCL Billiards maintained tables, I always recover on site, making sure that the same cushion and slate goes back onto their original tables. I never come with spare recovered cushions from another table and change over. This practice is wrong, because you could end up with old dead cushions and even slate warped if changed over. Some hire firms have a man in the warehouse just recovering pool table slates and cushions, they even mix up cushions and I have seen a table with red, blue and black rubber all on the same table. That will never happen to tables we hire.
Your table will play well every time it is recovered. We use top class Strachan 6811 cloth on our hire table recovering. You will not play on better.
Before the install there were two Prince traditional look pool tables. Note that the legs are right in the corner of the cabinet and a long length of unsupported centre section which we find produces slate sag, thats where the slate sags down in the centre of the table.
After the install of the new Winner model tables, now note the slanting stream line modern sides and the legs are three pointed fixings that support the centre of the table more, reducing the chance of slate sag.
The top dimensions of both the Supreme Winner and the Supreme Prince are identical, only the style of the surrounding framework and cabinet and legs differ, cushions and slate size are identical.
We have named our rental side of the business Double Eight Pool Tables. If you require a table on a rental contract with two recovers a year then please get in touch with Geoff at GCL BILLIARDS.
Our rentals start at just £15 per week with two recovers, you have the keys on site and all that the table takes is yours to keep. We do not do 50/50 splits, we also do a deluxe rental agreement where we call and service the tables on a regular basis, brushing, ironing and remarking. We are genuine cue sports people who care about what people think of us. We offer the best deal on pool table rentals, we know of no other pool table rental firms who offer such a good or better service. We can do this because we are not side tracked by servicing fruit machine and gaming machines. We do not do these we are 100% Cue sports maintenance and time served billiard fitters. You really will not get anyone better to look after your pool table, either rented or privately owned.
We supply the pool team with a new set of Aramith top quality pool balls every year free of charge and also give a set of standard balls away per table with every yearly renewal of a pool table rental contract.
Our aim is to have just 40 local rental sites within a 20 mile radius of Long Eaton. We do not want to get too large on our rental size because our customers will get a better service from us by limiting ourselves to just 40 sites.
40 sites is very manageable on top of our recovering work on pool and snooker tables. We are not greedy and will not take on what we cannot maintain just to make an extra buck. We have a duty to offer good service not only to our pool table hire customers but also to the Snooker and Pool table recover and maintanence customers too. By finding the right balance we know we can achieve this.
Another of our Rental tables this one located near the centre of Nottingham. This one in light oak finish.
The range of finish from Supreme for Winners.
As with all our maintenance programmes it is important that the tables play level. We use both types of high class levels to check our tables, an engineer’s level which I also use for full size snooker tables (and most billiard fitters have got these), then for fine checking of thinner pool slates, I use the digital level and I can get the table to within the thickness of a £20 note which shows up as 0.1 on the digital level as in the photo. But I strive to try and get it 0.0. Take that £20 note away and the level will show o.o. Has your pool table hire firm gone to these lengths to please the customer? If not then contact Geoff at GCL BILLIARDS.
Geoff realy cares about his clients and goes beyond the average pool table gaming machine engineer to get the table playing good and that’s because he is a time served Billiards fitter.