Destroying Shafts For Your Reading Pleasure

On May 4, 2011, in Dawgbusters, by Michael Feiman

Every now and again, we’ll have a situation where we get a product back in less than tip-top shape.  Now we could just toss these damaged items in the garbage, but we’re far too curious for that.  Needless to say, when a cracked McDermott G-Core shaft came to us, I decided to see what’s inside.

Before you look at these pictures, try to keep in mind that I haven’t whittled  since I was a kid at Jameson Ranch Camp and that I’m working with a box cutter instead of a nice Bowie knife.

Once I was able to carve off the maple, I found some interesting stuff underneath.  According to McDermott’s official description of the shaft, it is constructed with three layers: wood, carbon fiber and wood.  This is in fact what I found.

The top layer is hard rock maple, with a piece of darker wood covered by a thin layer of carbon fiber between the two.  Not sure what kind of wood that inner core is made of, but it is there.

The idea behind the construction is that the multi-layer design reduces vibration, which then leads to better control.  I know, I know.  I could’ve just gone to their website and looked at the description, but this way was much more fun.  Plus, isn’t it nice to know that when a company says they build something a specific way, they actually do?

I’m gonna have to find more stuff to deconstruct, because this one was pretty entertaining.

Warranty Information

On November 14, 2008, in Billiards Products, by Michael Feiman

One of the questions we get asked quite a bit here at PoolDawg has to do with Warranty information on different brands and more specifically, which brands offer a Lifetime Warranty.  To help everyone out, we’re in the process of posting warranty information in the specs of every cue we carry, but as you might guess, its a big job.  In the meantime, we wanted to list the brands who offer a Lifetime Warranty on their pool cues.

McDermott Cues

McDermott Handcrafted Cues warrants its pool cues purchased from an authorized McDermott Cue retailer or distributor to be free of defects in material and workmanship, including warpage, for the lifetime of the product. McDermott will, without charge to the consumer, repair or replace your cue, provided that the claim is accompanied by a copy of the original sales receipt from an authorized McDermott dealer. McDermott does not warrant its product against damage caused by third parties. This warranty does not cover replaceable items such as tip, finish, and wrap. McDermott will fix such items, however, for a fee. In addition, McDermott, at its sole discretion, may void this warranty if there is evidence of abuse or mishandling. To obtain warranty service on a McDermott product, return the product to an authorized McDermott dealer or directly to McDermott.

Viking Cues

Viking cues are meticulously handcrafted in the U.S.A. from the finest materials and subject to the strictest quality control standards to bring you the best cue in the industry. Viking cues are warranted to be free from material and manufacturing defects.

Viking Cue Mfg., Inc. warrants against warpage and all components of the cue for the life of the product, but excludes replaceable parts such as the tip, ferrule, finish, wrap, and bumper. Viking cues covered by this warranty will be repaired or replaced without charge.

This warranty applies to Viking cues purchased from an authorized Viking retailer or distributor and must be accompanied by a copy of the original sales receipt from the authorized Viking dealer. The warranty applies to Viking cues belonging to the original owner and is non-transferable. All claims are resolved at the discretion of Viking Cue Mfg., Inc. Viking does not warrant its cues against any damage caused by third parties.

Lucasi Cues and Players Cues

Lucasi Cues are warranted to be free from material and manufacturing defects for the lifetime of the cue.  Cue & Case Sales, Inc.  warrants all components, including warpage provided that your cue is accompanied by a copy of the original sales receip from an authorized Lucasi dealer.  Normal wear on replaceable parts such as tips, finish and wraps are not covered under this warranty.  Cue & Case Sales, Inc. does not warrant its product against damage caused by third parties.

What’s in Archer’s Case?

On June 23, 2008, in Pool Cue Tips, by Michael Feiman

As I’m sure you’ve seen on the site, we carry a ton of Scorpion cues.  Johnny Archer, the player rep for Scorpion, recently did a “what’s in the case” segment with Inside Pool and revealed some really interesting stuff.  Aside from his collection of old chalk, one of the things he talked about was his choice of pool cue tip.  As we all know, there are just a ton of different tips on the market and the assumption is that the pros only play with the really expensive ones.

As you’re about to learn, that isn’t necessarily the case.  When asked about his pool cue tip by Samm Diep, Johnny mentioned that he plays with not Moori, not Tiger, but a Triangle tip.  This is the standard tip that you’ll find on a number of brands including McDermott, Joss and Lucasi and for less than the cost of 3 Moori Tips, you can buy a box of 50 Triangle tips.

The biggest surprise though… not a single can of Mountain Dew in his case.  :-)

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