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- Can I use a home air hockey table in a communal area, such as a youth centre?
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- What is the difference between home and commercial Air Hockey Tables?
- What features should I look for in an Air Hockey table?
- What replacement pucks & pushers are suitable for my table?
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What is the difference between home and commercial Air Hockey Tables?
Video Transcription :
As with most table games, there is quite a distinction between the build requirements of home based models in comparison to arcade or commercial standard machines.
For air hockey the commercial versions are usually built with solid ply wood cabinets and up to very recently a stainless steel play surface. The rebound rails are made from solid steel and all scoring and display units are generally built into a steel arch that loops over the top of the table. To generate the necessary air flow the tables use powerful centrifugal fans and use a system of solenoids or servos to lock the pucks into place at the end of a game.
Home air hockey tables need less of the weighty structure required for machines laid open for public use. For this reason, most home tables are built using an MDF body structure and a perforated plastic play surface. Some of the higher end home models still use centrifugal fans to create a strong air flow where others use a large flat fan. Most mid to high range home air hockey's also benefit from an electronic scoring system complete with goal sensors and overhead or side mounted displays.