Pool Table Bumpers. Pool Table Rubbers. Pool Table Cushions. They give your table that lively bounce. All pool and billiard tables will eventually need to have their cushion rubber replaced, as the rubber material deteriorates over time and loses its resiliency. Good cushions on a well built table will allow a pool ball, rolled quickly with your hand, to travel the length of the table and contact cushions four times before slowing to a stop.
There are four cushion shapes commonly used today, with the majority of tables using a profile called K-66. Although I can source any brand of cushions you request, I recommend Mercury Ballistic Speed cushions, which have exhibited excellent consistency and long life. There are many cheaper, inferior brands that just do not last.
Like cheaper cushions, there are low-quality adhesives that may fail and let the cushions separate from the rail over time. I only use Barge Cement when changing cushions, as I believe it is the finest product available.
THE FOLLOWING PICTURES ARE FROM A RECENT JOB
A few days ago (12-6-23) I went to a home in Long Valley NJ to complete the assembly of this 8' Brunswick Bradford, and install new cushion rubber and cloth. One of the K-55 Super Speed cushions was rock hard and the rest were on their way out , so it needed to be done. New Mercury Ballistic Speed K-55 rubber was installed followed by Burgundy Invitational cloth. With the replacement of missing hardware that had never been installed since new, the table now truly plays better than new.
Whatever style pocket your billiard table has, they take a beating and may eventually crack and fail. For most tables from the past 50+ years, they can simply be replaced. However, it is important that Antique Pool Tables keep their original pocket irons, as they were individually fitted to the table as it was manufactured, so only the leather should be replaced – if needed to bring the table back up to snuff.