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Shuffleboard question

post #1 of 86
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I've played on the long 22' tables at Dave and Buster's and really enjoy it. I'm looking to get a table for my gameroom but have a question about the size. The shorter ones have a narrower board. Do they use the same size pucks? Do you find that they're to narrow?
post #2 of 86
It's been a few years since I played, but if I remember the 2 5/16 pucks are for 14' and longer tables and the 2 1/8 pucks are for the shorter tables. I really liked playing on the 22' tables, but I've never seen one of those in someones home. I new a guy who had a 16' but most I've played on were the 9' tables. Have you priced any tables? If not be prepared for sticker shock. I priced a 12' table a few years ago and it was around $2400. If I remember right there's a guy here that went the DIY route and if memory serves it turned out real nice.

Found the thread.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=669761
post #3 of 86
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I've seen the 14' locally for around $1500 which is about what I thought they would be. What gets me is how much they want for the boards with the electronic scoreboard. I've been trying to find a cheap alternative that I could dress up a bit.
post #4 of 86
The quality on those boards, I'm guessing, might be iffy. If you look at the 3" thick boards they are nearly double that for 14'.

"Professional" 22' shuffleboards are $5000-6000. Sucks, I like shuffleboard as well.

I imagine the 14-16' for under 2K are probably crap in comparison, but I have no idea.

I also enjoy the 22' shuffles at Dave and busters. I wonder if we could ask them where they get their boards from and if they'd give us a discount if we bought it through them, lol.

I'd hate to play on a 9' board...
post #5 of 86
I know with the shuffle bowlers (and big ball bowlers) that the longer the better. It is kinda similar so I would want it to be as long as possible.
post #6 of 86
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Originally Posted by Cameron View Post

I know with the shuffle bowlers (and big ball bowlers) that the longer the better. It is kinda similar so I would want it to be as long as possible.

I agree, but I recently scored a 12' table off of Craigslist for $500. It's a playcraft (retail around $1100), so it's definitely not top of the line, but for casual basement playing, it's been a blast.

I should note that if the table were another foot longer, it probably would not have fit down the stairs!
post #7 of 86
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Originally Posted by Spartan94 View Post

I agree, but I recently scored a 12' table off of Craigslist for $500. It's a playcraft (retail around $1100), so it's definitely not top of the line, but for casual basement playing, it's been a blast.

I should note that if the table were another foot longer, it probably would not have fit down the stairs!

HAve you ever played on a 14' ? If so how much difference does it make during gameplay?
post #8 of 86
I'm going with a mcclure 14' table, hard rock maple wood, 3" thick x 20" wide. With scoring unit is $5200.

Make sure you look for hard rock maple wood from Canada or America. Also ensure it's 20" wide. 3" thick isn't a HUGE difference, but you'er talking about consuemr vs. professional here.
post #9 of 86
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Originally Posted by elmalloc View Post

I'm going with a mcclure 14' table, hard rock maple wood, 3" thick x 20" wide. With scoring unit is $5200.

Make sure you look for hard rock maple wood from Canada or America. Also ensure it's 20" wide. 3" thick isn't a HUGE difference, but you'er talking about consuemr vs. professional here.


Sounds like a heck of a table but way more than I wanted to spend. Do you have a link to what you're buying?
post #10 of 86
Yes.

You can go with it, with no scoring unit - for ~$4000. I may actually go with that, although the scoring unit is absolutely kick butt looking. You might kick yourself later on...

I would try to find a 20" wide playing field, those only come with larger boards (14ft+). I think this would recreate the shuffleboard experience...

Champion uses canadian "soft rock maple" which is slightly less dense than mcclures tables. I've learned all this in only a few days.

Champion is all over the internet. The customer service of mcclure seems superb though, I've emailed the CEO late at night and he's responded several times immediately. Their warranty is top notch too - lifetime on the polymer coating applied.

That's something to look at too. Some of th lower end venture and champion tables use a lacquer coating, and it shows - it actually dents up!! The polymer coating is like 1/4" thick on the mcclure tables - it looks sweet!

This is over 5K with scoring unit:
http://mccluretables.com/images/prestige.pdf

This one is essentially the same table without scoring unit (different cabinet), for under 4K. Probably the best bang for the buck out there:
http://mccluretables.com/images/tournamentMaple.pdf

3" hard rock maple, 20" playing field, climatic adjusters to keep it level when humidity changes. I've seen the playing field in person and it looks amazing.

If you're looking to save money, email them and look at their COMPETITOR table:
http://mccluretables.com/images/competitor.pdf

It's 1.5" thick and 16" wide, and price wise competes with most of champion/venture's tables (and beats them). I don't know the price offhand, but it's going to be significantly cheaper than the 3" thick boards - but you'll still get the same hard rock maple wood and polymer finish (both important for "professional" gameplay). From what I read, 16" wide boards use smaller pucks (to help recreate the experiene). I assume you may not find a difference because of this fact...

I sound like an advertisement but I guess it's just a brain dump of what I learned the last few days and promoting the same board I'm about to buy.

Here's a FAQ they have (interesting read):
http://mccluretables.com/links.htm

And here's a board comparison with champion, venture, and mcclure:
http://mccluretables.com/links5.htm

Good luck!
ELmO
post #11 of 86
Thanks for the info.! Now I have one more thing to resist buying.
post #12 of 86
lol. I can't help it, I gotta go through with it. Home shuffle boarding here Strider and I come.
post #13 of 86
I darn near purchased a very sweet big ball bowler for my basement. It was 25' long and was totally cool. It was a contact bowler similar to the bowl-a-rama bowlers. Man those things are cool!

I'm still tempted, but it was about $6500.00 and I started going over budget for the theater not to mention that my secondary income source that was funding all this crap died off last month.
post #14 of 86
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Originally Posted by Cameron View Post

I darn near purchased a very sweet big ball bowler for my basement. It was 25' long and was totally cool. It was a contact bowler similar to the bowl-a-rama bowlers. Man those things are cool!

I'm still tempted, but it was about $6500.00 and I started going over budget for the theater not to mention that my secondary income source that was funding all this crap died off last month.


Yea I like those machines to. I remember playing them when I was a kid. But the price and the amount of noise they make kind of ended any thoughts of getting one.
post #15 of 86
Thread Starter 
Well just pulled the trigger and ordered me a Mcclure Competitor.
post #16 of 86
Sweet! Have fun.
post #17 of 86
i will pick up mcclure tournament or mcclure prestige thsi week I guess.
post #18 of 86
well i bought a 14' Mcclure tournament. Costly but will be great.
post #19 of 86
Scoerboard attached:
post #20 of 86
Thread Starter 
Love that scoreboard but man they just seem so over priced.
post #21 of 86
They are.
post #22 of 86
that's nice. You got some nice stuff there. Post a pic of your gameroom again
post #23 of 86
Cuz I'm your lady...and you are my man.....
post #24 of 86
is that michael jackson?
post #25 of 86
unfortunately I think it was celine dion
post #26 of 86
I put my shuffleboard on craigslist just to see how much it might get. I paid $4000 new a few months ago + $500 scoreboard. I received one offer of $1000 - LOL!

Guess they don't retain value, or people don't know the difference between shuffleboard specifications...
post #27 of 86
how's this shuffleboard on sale from sears.com?
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...000P?adCell=A3
post #28 of 86
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Originally Posted by whiskey > work View Post

how's this shuffleboard on sale from sears.com?
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...000P?adCell=A3


The three biggest differences you'll find between these cheap models and a good table are the wood that the playing surface is made of, climatic adjusters, and the surface material. On these cheaper ones you're lucky if you get a few coats of Poly. On the better tables there is a thick epoxy pour. This makes a huge difference.
post #29 of 86
maybe I'll just buy elmalloc's. I hear that thing can be had REAL cheap
post #30 of 86
HAHA. Yeah, go check out some of the tables - you'll notice the coating is crap and their wood is soft (ew, oops) - which results in dents in the playing surface.

Mine is the kind dave and busters uses...

-ELmO
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