Billiard Table Rails
The rail construction is the “heartbeat” of a pool table. The rail is made of three main sections; the rubber, the rail liner, and the rail cap. All three parts work together. This is an area where ProLine's craftmanship stands out. Our rails are truly the best in the world. Be sure that your investment is protected with ProLine Speed Cushions and rails.
Billiard Table Rubber
Rubber is the most critical aspect of the rail system. In order for a pool table to be tournament approved, the Billiard Congress of America requires that “Rubber cushions should be triangular in shape and molded with conventional K-66 profile with a base height of 1 3/16” and a nose height of 1”, with control fabric molded to the top and base area of the cushion.”
ProLine SPEED CUSHIONS are K-66 style cushions as required and approved by the BCA for tournament play. They are time tested for correct speed and accuracy.
ProLine pool tables have Live Gum Rubber Cushions. ProLine SPEED CUSHIONS maintain the highest percentage of live gum rubber for a lifetime of consistent play.
Control fabric is molded into the top of the rubber with approx. 3/16” of nose cushion exposed. This allows the ball to rebound with the same accurate and uniform speed, no matter where the ball strikes the cushion.
Live air space, assists the cushion in its ability to control the speed and accuracy of the ball. It also allows the cushion to breath from the front to back, maintaining rubber consistency.
All ProLine models meet or exceed BCA standards.
Pool Table Rail Liner
The rail liner or “sub rail” is the part of the rail that you cannot see once your table is assembled. It is what the rubber is actually attachesd to and it is the part of the rail that comes in contact with the slate and allows the rails to be fastened to the slate. The mechanism used to fasten the rails to the slate is critical. The tighter the rails are fastened to the slate, the better the table will play. ProLine Billiard Tables use solid wood rail liners for the most accurate rebound available.
A 3/8” T-nut bolting system allows for the maximum tightness between the rail and the slate. This eliminates the voids behind the rubber which occur with the commonly used “floating nut plate” and give a full 5/8" of thread for bolting to.
T-Nuts are permanently embedded into rails giving perfect alignment, and cannot come loose from overtightening. T-nuts have over twice as much thread as nut-plates for securing the bolts.
ProLine uses dome washers on rail bolts which lay directly against the slate to provide the ultimate in tightening ability. Many companies uses washers which lay against the wood slate framing which can be compressed into the wood when tightening.
Tack strip on underside of rail allows an area for stapling the cloth to the rails so that they do not impede the height of the rubber.
Pool Table Rail Cap
This is the wood section of the rail which is visible. How it looks affects the overall appearance of your table. It should be made of a hardwood because of the scratching which can occur from cues being scraped across the rail
Solid wood rails provide the furniture appeal that you desire in your table. ProLine tables have oak, maple, and cherry rail caps available on all models. Fancy, wide profile rails enhance the beauty of ProLine tables at no additional charge.
Diamond shaped, hand inlaid, custom sights give the pool table the detail you should demand. Sights are flush mounted in the rails before the wood is sanded, giving a smooth to the touch, furniture finish. Each and every sight on every rail is hand cleaned by dedicated craftsmen.
Their are two types of frames used in the billiard industry: tapered frames and straight frames. Each style is unique in the way that it is built, but both are of equal strength and stability.