Ridgeback Rails Story
We are a billiards sales and service company serving Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas. We are known for our precision table set-ups, high-end custom built pool tables and operator route maintenance.
Our quest for perfection in servicing coin-operated pool tables was frustrated by the lack of a high quality replacement rail. This inspired us to design and build a superior coin-op pool table rail at a competitive price. Years of experience building and servicing tables helped us to design Ridgebackrails.
How we make Ridgebackrails
Highest quality components
Ridgebackrails are made using the highest quality materials available. We hand select clear poplar wood for the cushion blocks. The cushions are pure gum rubber for lasting performance with no clay fillers. The 3/16” cushion facing material contains three layers of reinforcing cloth to provide extra strength where the balls impact the ends of the rails.
This improves playability and prevents premature splitting of the cushion facing where the cushion and the wooden cushion block meet. Special industrial-grade adhesives result in a strong and lasting bond that prevents the cushion rubber and facings from becoming loose or falling off.
Highest quality design
The most obvious feature is the ridge that runs along the length of the back of the rail. This ridge accomplishes a number of things: helps to prevent the t-nuts from splitting out of the back of the rail, a problem that drastically shortens rail life and is very common on the corner-pocket area of the rail; provides better contact between the rail and the cabinet increasing the playability of the rail; and increases the bulk and strength of the rail.
Another feature is the relief-cut on the bottom of the side-pocket area to accommodate the hospital-fold side-pocket technique. Of course, you can cover the rail using the no-fold style as well. We also correctly sized the t-nut hole to reduce the vacant area where the cushion is attached to the cushion block; made relief cuts on the back of the rail at each end for folds and tucks; added an alignment bead on the face of the cushion block to support the cushion
rubber; and have an unthreaded, slightly flared entrance to the back of the t-nut to act as a guide or funnel for the rail bolt. This flare also prevents the t-nut from spinning or pushing out while the rails are being installed on the table. Only the highest quality t-nuts are used.