Upkeep Your Coin-Operated Table

A coin-operated pool table is commonly seen in settings where people congregate, such as clubs, pubs, taverns, and workplace break rooms. As a result, coin-operated pool tables typically see greater use and deterioration than tables placed in people’s homes for recreation.

Pool tables don’t normally require much upkeep, but if they have a lot of moving components or are played frequently, you may need to repair them. You will also want pool table parts from a trustworthy supplier. Even if you employ a professional to repair the tables, you should be prepared to face the following issues when it comes to maintaining coin-operated tables:

The Benefits of Coin-Operated Tables

Using a table with a coin slot has several advantages, one of which is that it requires less maintenance and replacement parts. When you give out free tables, balls might go misplaced or stolen. This not only makes the game less enjoyable overall, but it also makes replacing lost or stolen balls more expensive.

Customers or players who are dissatisfied with the experience are unlikely to return, which may result in reduced revenue for the establishment where the table is placed. You may prevent these issues by making financial decisions. People’s houses also frequently feature coin-operated pool tables. These tables are typically donated by enterprises that have outgrown their previous tables or are in the process of upgrading.

How the Coin Elements Function

Mechanical difficulties can be caused by normal wear and tear, but they can also be caused by users attempting to insert incorrect coins or tokens of a different shape and size into the coin slot. Normal wear and tear might also lead to issues with how things operate. If you try to push the machine to give you your balls when you don’t have the necessary funds, it will either break or stop operating since you are placing strain on the internal moving components. In addition, dirt and moisture frequently become lodged in the coin slot. When this happens, dirt and rust can accumulate along the interior of the machine, making it difficult and sticky to use.

Resistance can induce a jam, preventing the balls from exiting in an intended manner. Worse, dissatisfied gamers sometimes attempt to “fix” the problem themselves. You might do extra harm if you strike or kick the ball tray too hard, for example.

Even if the blockage is removed, the mechanism will continue to discharge the balls, but it will not return to being locked. Because clients can play the game as many times as they like without paying, the owner struggles to generate money because the balls keep dropping into an unlocked ball tray.

Key and Lock Components

Money won on a coin-operated pool table should always be kept in a coin chute that may be locked for further security. Some property owners have the same issue time and over: they misplace the keys to the lock. Even the lost keys aren’t normally a cause for concern. You might do harm if you try to pick the lock or force open the release door to get the cash.

Hobbyists skilled in DIY projects may be able to force open the door by drilling through the lock. This procedure, however, necessitates the installation of a new lock and key. As a result, further damage might occur since repairing this component frequently necessitates removing the slate from the roof.

Elements of Ball Return

The ball return is an essential component of coin-operated pool tables because it prevents billiard balls from sliding off the table and into the hands of the players. People that wish to play, on the other hand, have a significant difficulty when the balls become trapped.

The balls are more prone to become trapped in an earlier version of the system made of molded plastic. Switching to a higher-quality molded plastic can help prevent blockages. You should also avoid shaking, knocking, or making any other powerful motions when utilizing these devices. This might exacerbate the situation.

Handrails, Cushions, and Bumpers

Everyone at Penguin believes that having a table with a consistent and reliable bounce off the rails is the most essential thing in the world. The cushions of a pool table have a greater impact on how the game is played as a whole. This is true from the moment the table is shattered until the final shot, which causes the player to drop his mouth.

Depending on how the table is designed, how it is used (including how harsh you are with it), how old it is, and where you keep it, your cushions may have issues. The consequence of the problem will vary depending on how it manifests itself, such as when the fabric wears away at the top of the rubber in the central pocket or when the adhesive fails.

Check the rubber under the felt on a regular basis to ensure it hasn’t come free from the wood sub rail. Any movement of the rail away from the table results in a “dead rail” and a terrible time for the player.

Penguin devotes time and effort to creating and covering rails that other companies that produce tables in big quantities lack. If you believe your rails are impeding your business or your gamers, please contact us or visit our website to learn more about how you may update them.

A Coin Operated Table’s Structure

The exterior of a coin-operated table requires the same amount of care as a standard pool table, albeit ones in public places may wear out faster. This is especially true of the structural components, such as the leg levelers and felt covering.

Making Your Table Level

The playing surface must be entirely flat and even for the finest pool game. When the floor is uneven or has shifted, leg levelers in each corner give stability. Even though billiard tables are sturdy, roughhousing can result in unequal pressure or uneven table legs that flex, wobble, or even break off. This may cause the table to topple over. Furthermore, low-cost levelers can corrode and lose structural strength over time.


You can keep your pool table in the greatest operational condition possible by properly using, storing, and caring for it. Penguin Amusements has all of the components for your coin-operated pool table. Now is an excellent moment to investigate our reasonably priced but high-quality product line. Check out our website at penguin-brand.com.