What to check for when hiring a pool table

Hiring a pool table is easy with Manco Automatics – we can help you make all the important decisions – but it’s good to know how much choice you have when hiring a pool table from us.

Here are some of the basics you might want to keep in mind when you hire a pool table from Manco Automatics. If you’re not sure about any of these things, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

How big?

Size is one thing that obviously has a big effect on where you can fit a pool table. We have six-foot and seven-foot pub pool tables with exact dimensions available for the playing area and the table overall.

We’d always recommend four feet of clearance all the way around the table to allow for cueing action, although it’s usually fine if there’s one or two places where a wall gets a little closer than that.

Our table specifications also include weight, so it’s a good idea to check that too and avoid placing your pool table on a weak floor.

Mechanical or electronic?

We have pool tables with mechanical coin slots – the classic ‘push to vend’ style – as well as electronic tables.

This really comes down to personal preference, but also the kind of pricing you want to offer. For example, a fixed price per game can work well in a student union or staff room.

Electronic tables can be configured to offer a discount on multiple games, e.g. ‘3 for 2’, and can also be set up for free play if you ever want to offer that to your customers.

How should it look?

When you hire a pool table from Manco Automatics, we can make sure it looks the way you want it to.

That can include a long list of different characteristics. We’ve already mentioned size above, but you can also choose different veneers and surface finishes, cloth types and colours, and choose between red/yellow balls or spots and stripes.

Rental or profit share?

One final thing to think about when hiring a pool table is whether you want to pay a fixed rental price, or hire it under a profit-share arrangement.

We are happy to offer profit-share pool table hire, where you just pay us a percentage of your takings. This gives you confidence and peace of mind that if your pool table doesn’t make as much profit in a particular month, you will pay less for hiring it too.

Overall we believe in making it as easy as possible to hire a pool table in Manchester, Liverpool and the north-west, whether it’s for a pub, hotel, staff room, student union or members club.

To find out more, give us a call today and we can help you to decide how you want your pool table to look and work, and get it installed in your premises as soon as possible.

Prepare your venue for Autumn

As we move into the winter months, it’s a good time to prepare your venue for Autumn and customers’ changing habits in the run-up to Christmas.

In 2020 there are of course some extra things to consider, such as social distancing and how to make the most of the capacity you have in your premises.

But there are still plenty of options to keep your punters entertained throughout their visit and bring in some extra revenue along the way as your prepare your venue for Autumn and beyond.

Clean and clear

As the weather changes, it’s going to be harder for customers to sit outside, so make sure your interior is well cleaned and clear of any unnecessary obstructions.

By now you probably have a good idea of any pinch points in your social distancing, so take the chance to move furniture slightly if it will help.

We can arrange to have new fabric put on your pool tables if they are looking worn, ready for them to be put to good use over the Autumn.

Up to date

In addition to your pub pool tables, take the time to get any other coin-op machines on your premises up to date.

That can include installing any updates and new question packs on quiz machines, checking your pull-tab machines to see how many tickets are left, and installing the latest chart releases on jukeboxes.

All of this is routine maintenance anyway, but at this time of year it’s the perfect time to double check so you maximise your profits in the run-up to Christmas.

Special events

If you haven’t already, plan the special events and calendar dates you want to mark between now and New Year’s.

Halloween is always a popular holiday, so put up your spooky decorations and think of some events – you could give prizes for the best Halloween-themed face masks, or plug a microphone into your jukebox and have a kooky karaoke competition with songs like Monster Mash and Thriller.

Counting down

A lot of people will be glad to see the back of 2020, and although circumstances are not ideal, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

With a little care and attention for your premises, furniture, pool tables and so on, you can be ready for the weeks and months of Autumn.

And as the days get a little shorter and a little darker, you can start your calendar of seasonal events to keep punters coming through the door as we all count down to a brighter 2021.

If you’re looking to jazz up your venue this year with one of our pool tables and machines, then give us a call on 0161 870 7777 or fill in the form via our contact page.