FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Quedos

QUEDOS Pricing Policy - Do You Offer Discounts?

In recent years discounting has become a part of our life.

It was not so long ago that retail prices were fixed and customers simply accepted the price shown on an item – except for the few times during the year when the retailer had a genuine sale. Now we don’t expect to pay full price for anything as we are bombarded daily in the media with perceived huge discounts on virtually any product or service as well as having access to internet sites that offer “deals” and vouchers on everything from pizza to holidays to televisions.

It is such a simple process to do an internet search to source the lowest price available internationally for a product with sites such as Groupon, Gumtree, EBay and Amazon offering seriously competitive deals on the same item.

Millennials, the “coupon generation”, in particular have been brought up in this environment and spend countless hours researching the internet to source the cheapest price available.

In addition, thanks to easier and cheaper travel to Asian countries, Australians have been introduced to a culture of “haggling”. It is now commonplace for a customer to ask for the “best price” before culminating a deal.  A discount is expected.

But beware: The Cheapest may not be The Best. Price should not be your only consideration, particularly when it comes to quality pool tables.

Quedos Billiard Tables promises to sell its pool tables at a price that is fair and reasonable with the very best value to everyone and not only to those who ask. Prices are fixed at these levels every day so we don’t have to inflate our prices so we can then have a sale and advertise big discounts like retailers of such items as mattresses and rugs.

Everyone is charged the same price at Quedos and prices do not change from day to day. Prices are fixed so we are not tempted to take shortcuts or to cut raw material costs (and perhaps quality) to secure a sale. This allows us to provide a lifetime warranty (conditions apply) on the timber and slate components of our tables and to ensure you end up with the very best product in the market.

Quedos sets table prices at the very lowest level that will provide a fair return on their investment throughout the good economic times and the bad ones and to enable the Company to retain our very experienced and loyal staff for the long term. Our business has been operating for over 40 years and we intend to be around for many more.

We at Quedos guarantee that we won’t overcharge you and to give you the very best value for your money.
Why should I select a QUEDOS table?

QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES, Australia’s most awarded pool table manufacturer, has been making quality pool and snooker tables in Perth for over 40 years. When you purchase a QUEDOS table you are assured that you have selected the very best. Evidence of this is provided in the “Awards” and “Testimonial” sections of our website.

Does QUEDOS deliver pool and snooker tables to all parts of Australia?

Yes, QUEDOS has delivered tables to virtually all parts of Australia and the world.

I don't have enough space for both a pool table and a dining table. Is it possible to buy a pool table that converts to a dining table?

The solution is appears simple. Make or buy a dining top that sits on your pool table. QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES is one manufacturer that can make a two piece dining top to match your table.

BUT this has its limitations because the height of a pool table is approximately 70mm higher than the standard dining table.

QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES has developed an innovative system whereby the height of the table can be easily raised or lowered with the touch of a remote in seconds. No physical lifting is required to adjust the table height.

Now if you don’t have the space for both a pool table and a dining table The Entertainer is the solution. After dinner, in just a few minutes, The Entertainer transforms from a beautiful dining table to a modern, professional pool table.

The Entertainer is minimalistic and sleek and is the perfect blend between natural timber and modern design. And it has all the hallmarks and features of all tables made by QUEDOS, including a lifetime warranty (conditions apply).  Unlike many imported pool tables, all QUEDOS tables are made to World Eight Ball specifications – the game most commonly played by Australians.

The heavy duty frame of The Entertainer supports the one piece precision cut slate, removes the requirement for middle legs and ensures that the table is always level. The pockets are “hidden” so it is not apparent that your dining table is also a pool table. The four metal slimline legs provide ample space for your legs when used as a dining table.

The matching dining top of The Entertainer has 4 lightweight sections aligned with dowels to ensure a precision fit. The top is finished in veneer with a solid timber edging that completes this beautiful piece of furniture. The sections of the top can be made so that they can be compactly stored underneath the table for quick and easy assembly thus avoiding the necessity of finding a place for storage.

The Entertainer is available in both the popular 7ft. and 8ft. sizes and is delivered Australia wide direct from the QUEDOS factory in Perth.

Should I choose a 7ft. or 8ft. pool table?

The most popular sizes for pool tables in Australia are 7ft. and 8ft. The 7ft. model is commonly the size played on in pubs and hotels. National competitions are played on this size table. The 8ft. table provides a greater challenge and is more suitable for the limited game of snooker using 10 red balls. The 8ft. model is generally more striking as a piece of furniture. Conventional 7ft. tables have 4 legs while 8ft. models have 6. Generally customers go for the larger size if space is available. But remember, the ideal room size allows 1.52m or 5ft. around the table for optimum cue movement.

What table specifications should I look for when selecting a pool table?

QUEDOS pool tables are made to the official specifications of the World Eight Ball Pool Federation as played in Australia and the world. Imported pool tables are generally made for American Eight Ball and Nine Ball and are made to specifications that are different to the Australian game.

What are the differences between pool tables?

Table Base: It is important that the base of the table is slate – preferably from Italy or Brazil. Tables that have a bed of chipboard or MDF will warp over time.
Cloth: Quality varies considerably between the various brands. Without doubt, the best quality is 100% wool English cloth. This cloth provides the best play, lasts longer and does not stain like cheaper fabric.
Timber: Solid timbers are best – particularly properly dried, select grade Australian hardwoods. Beware of suppliers who stain pine and pass it off as another timber.
Warranty: Ensure the table is adequately covered by a warranty provided by the manufacturer.

Should I buy a new or second hand table?

Pool tables are expensive and can last a lifetime so take the time to research the various alternatives. It is a major investment and will provide years of enjoyment. Certainly good quality used tables are available from time to time. But, if it is within your budget select a new table from a reputable manufacturer, such as QUEDOS BILLIARDS TABLES. That way you are assured that the slate is perfect and that the cloth will not require replacement for many years.

What does the Quedos warranty cover?

QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES is extremely proud of its pool and snooker tables and offers the best warranty in the industry. A lifetime warranty is provided on the slate and timber on new pool and snooker tables. Conditions apply, so please refer to the QUEDOS website for details.

Why has Marri timber become so popular in the making of pool tables?

Marri (“Corymbia calophylla”) is a distinctive bloodwood native to Western Australia. This timber is also commonly referred to as “red gum” due to the gummy red protrusions seen on its trunk. Its name comes from the Aboriginal (Nyoongar) word for blood.
Marri is honey coloured with numerous faults and gum veins. The unique character of the timber is now being appreciated and it is increasingly used in modern, fine furniture.
QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES is one manufacturer crafting more and more of its tables from this very special Western Australian timber.

How do I care for the cloth on my pool table?

Care of the cloth on your table is extremely important.

The major causes of cloth care are chalk dust, dirt and abusive player actions. Dust covers are highly recommended to prolong the life of the cloth as strong light and dust and chalk particles can fade or break down wool fibres.

Regular brushing (ideally after every session of play) with the table brush supplied with your table is essential in maintaining good table performance and appearance as well as making the cloth last significantly longer.

When brushing the table use short, sharp straight strokes – brush with the nap, from the “D” end to the spot end. Brush down the table in one straight line with the next ‘run’ to slightly overlap the previous, lifting the brush upwards at the end of each stroke to lift up the dust from the cloth. Remember to brush under and around the top of the cushions in the direction of the nap. Ideally use a hand held vacuum to collect the brushed particles. Otherwise, carefully run the brush across the bottom of the cushion to brush the debris into the corner pockets.

You also may wish to vacuum your table occasionally to more thoroughly remove the chalk dust that has accumulated in the cloth. This is again done in one direction only, the same as brushing. Vacuuming can stretch the cloth so it is recommended that this be done infrequently – say every 6 months.

Spills on the cloth should receive prompt attention.  Firstly, soak up the spilt liquid with a sponge. Saturate the affected area with water or soda water and then absorb as much of the liquid as possible with a dry towel or sponge. Allow the area to dry thoroughly (a hair dryer can be used to speed up the drying process) and then apply a moistened cloth to further absorb any possible sugar content of the beverage. If the stain remains after drying, remove it with a delicate fabric detergent suitable for use with pure wool material, such as Martha Gardener’s Wool Mix.

Preventative rules are the best maintenance: never permit the table to be used for purposes other than playing, and keep food and drink away from the table. Never drop balls onto the cloth or toss coins, dice or equipment on the table because such action can crush the wool fibres which develop eventually into worn spots or holes. Do not chalk cues over the table. Dust builds up and acts as an abrasive.

As your cue tips become worn have them replaced. If the brass ferrule at the top of your cue is exposed it may cut small holes in the cloth. . Whitish chalk-like marks can be the result of striking the cue ball too low and grazing the cloth at the same time.

Why is Jarrah the ideal timber for a pool or snooker tables?

Jarrah (“eucalyptus marginata”) is a unique high quality – high impact resistant timber which lends itself to be used where durability, strength and appearances are needed. The timber is a dense timber, stronger and more durable than Oak and 15% heavier than Oak.

Jarrah is unique to Western Australia and is only found in the coastal regions south of Perth where it is one of the most common species of Eucalyptus tree. Being strong and a very durable timber, it has been exported to many countries to be used for the construction of docks, bridges, ports and railway sleepers. Its long, straight trunks of richly coloured and beautifully grained termite-resistant timber make it valuable for cabinet making, flooring, musical instruments, and for high quality furniture, including the pool and snooker tables crafted by Quedos Billiard Tables.

Jarrah can only be sourced from old growth and native regrowth in Western Australia, where it is most commonly available. Many of these forests are now reserved and little or no Jarrah is currently grown in commercial plantations. This limits supply. While some recycled timber is available, this is also a restricted resource as it relies on the demolition of existing structures. As a consequence, the Jarrah used in the manufacture of a QUEDOS table is generally over 100 years old.

Jarrah timber reflects the hues of the Western Australian landscape. The heartwood varies in colour from rich reds to browns.

Technical Characteristics:
Density (dry) 820kg/m3
Hardness (green) 6kN
Max. Crushing Strength 36 Mpa

What do I need to consider when buying a pool table?

Many factors must be considered when buying a table because it is not just a game table, it is also a piece of furniture that lasts a lifetime and beyond, often passed down through generations.

Here are some points to consider when selecting a pool table:

  • Style:

Do you want a fun addition to your Games Room or a piece of furniture that blends in with the décor of your home? Do you prefer the classic look with the traditional “turned” legs or do you want a more modern, contemporary design?

  • Purpose:

Is the purpose of the table to provide fun and entertainment for your children and sometimes rambunctious mates or is it for serious play? Or do you simply want a piece of furniture that will complement the décor of your home and impress visitors? Do you want a pool table that will convert into a dining table?

  • Space:

You are going to need a lot of it. A pool tables is a big piece of furniture and you must have sufficient clearance around the table for unhindered cue movement. Refer to the Room Size Chart on the QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES website to ensure you have enough space for your table.

  • Finish and Cloth:

Now you can choose the timber and/or finish for your table and the cloth colour. The fun begins because the options are endless.

AND, most importantly if you are purchasing a new pool table over the internet, read the testimonials to ensure you are dealing with a reputable supplier.

Why is slate so important?

The reasons you should select a slate pool table are:

  • Slate provides an even playing surface for more accurate play.
  • The ball turns over more smoothly on a slate table.
  • It is durable and virtually damage resistant – perfect for kids or beginners.
  • Slate will last forever so your table can be passed down from generation to generation without losing quality of play.
  • The weight of the slate prevents the table from moving.

Manufacturers like QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES select only the best quality slate for their tables and are therefore confident to provide a lifetime warranty on the slate (conditions apply).

Pool vs. Billiards (and Snooker) - Is there a difference amidst the games?

Pool, snooker, and billiards are names for table games that have been around for many years. What is the difference amidst the names though?

Pool (also referred to as billiards) was invented in the fifteenth century. Both titles have been used by players over the years. There is a difference between the names and how they are played. Additionally, the types of tables used for each game is important.

A simple way to describe the diversity among the two names, Pool and Billiards (and snooker), is to offer a description of each one, how to play each game, and how each one differs from the other.

Pool: 

In some locations, pool has often been referred to as billiards. That was the original name for pool. Billiard tables were built and placed in billiard/pool halls (or gambling locations) for consumers to play on. Sometimes, when they played pool, they would bet on the games.
There is more than one kind of pool game.
The following briefly describes two of them: 

8 Ball: 16 Pool Balls

  • There are 7 balls with a coloured stripe on each one
  • There are also 7 solid-coloured balls
  • There is 1 black ball and 1 white ball (the cue ball)
  • The players decide on one of the two groups of coloured pool balls after the break (all balls are placed in the triangular shaped tool – the rack – and one person uses the cue ball to break up the 15 balls)
  • After the break is done, a player uses the cue ball to sink one (or more) of the balls into a pocket
  • The goal is to sink (according to the rules) the black ball (the eight ball) after all the other balls have been sunk – if the eight ball is sunk before the other chosen balls are sunk, the game is over for that player (or team)

9 Ball: 10 Pool Balls

  • There are 9 balls in this game – 1 white (cue ball) and 9 balls with a number on each one
  • The goal with this game is to pot (hitting the ball or balls into the pocket about the edge of the pool table) the balls in numerical sequence (e.g., 1,2,3,4, etc.) till all the balls are in pockets
  • The one who hits the last ball (number 9) into a pocket wins the game
  • As one can see, pool and billiards began as one of similar games many centuries ago and are still top-rated games today.

Although each game is somewhat alike, each of the games are played on different tables then when they were created initially (slate tables now), and the player(s) hits a cue ball, which is used to hit the other balls and knock them into the pockets.

Billiards:

Billiards used to be played on tables that were set up outside (on lawns, e.g.). Now, the game is played inside most of the time. Years ago, the game was played by high-end individuals, like kings, presidents, etc.

One difference between billiards and pool is that dissimilar to pol; the actual billiards game is played with three balls. There are various types of ways to play the game, but the chief goal of billiards is to hit one ball toward the other two balls (by using the cue ball).

The cue ball will either hit the two balls or the second ball, which will roll back and hit the third ball. There are additional points earned if a player hits a number of cushions, which are referred to as bank shots. Billiards is usually played on a 12 x 6-foot snooker table. 

The tables have changed over the years as well. Now, pool (billiard) tables are made from wood and have cloth on them, which is meant to imitate a “grass look”. Some tables have slate in the tables.

Snooker: 

An additional well-known and played game, snooker is played on a table that measures 12 feet by 6 feet. It is also played by using the cue ball, but there are 22 balls in snooker. Each ball is worth a certain number of points.

The balls and their point value used for snooker go like: 

  • White ball (1) – the cue ball
  • 15 red balls (1 point for each ball)
  • 1 yellow ball (2 points)
  • 1 green ball (3 points)
  • 1 brown ball (4 points)
  • 1 blue ball (5 points)
  • 1 pink ball (6 points)
  • 1 black ball (7 points)

The red balls are placed into the triangular-shaped tool (the rack). The leftover balls are positioned in marked places on the table. Each player earns points when the red balls and other balls are sunk into the pockets (in the right order).

In this game, if there is a foul by the opposite player or team, a player on the other side or team can earn additional points.

The scoring is done in frames. When a team or player triumphs a frame by earning additional points than the other team/player, the match is won (after a specified number of frames is done). A variation of snooker is also played with smaller snooker (pool/billiard) balls and table by some.

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