For tournament-quality play, the 56 TT 1000 Foosball Table offers the ultimate in design and durability. With metal bead scorers, aluminum edge banding, steel-covered ball bearing bushings and steel player rods for superior support during hard-hitting play.
Product Title: Sportcraft 56 inch Foosball Table
Power Score: 4.0 | 2 Reviews
Product Reviews (2)
Sportcraft Arena II Foosball
Strengths: Price, looks good, plays great
Weakness: Wood finish not identical, poor instructions, length of setup time involved, incorrectly drilled screw holes, Phillips screwheads, assembly time = 3+ hours
NOTE: This review is for the Arena II Sportcraft Foosball table (60") available at Costco (Canada) Just purchased this item yesterday from Costco (Canada) as a 40th birthday present for myself from my family. When I saw the display product in Costco, I said to my wife "This is the nicest foosball table I've ever seen! It looks like it came out of the Playboy mansion." When I opened the box at...
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NOTE: This review is for the Arena II Sportcraft Foosball table (60") available at Costco (Canada)
Just purchased this item yesterday from Costco (Canada) as a 40th birthday present for myself from my family. When I saw the display product in Costco, I said to my wife "This is the nicest foosball table I've ever seen! It looks like it came out of the Playboy mansion."
When I opened the box at home, I immediately said "Bait and switch!" The one in Costco (and not coincidentally, the pic on the package) looks nicer and more elegant than the one I have in my home (although it’s still a far sight better than the Wal-Mart tables). The package's caveat "Product inside may look different" actually was telling the truth.
The finish of my Arena II Sportcraft Foosball table is a much darker wood and not as visually impressive as the soft, almost beech-wood look of the one on the package and on display in the store...gee, I wonder why that is?
While the box the foosball table comes in, looks like it might be deep enough to house the entire setup, requiring just you to put the legs on, the truth is much scarier. You will have to attach almost everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! If you don't like assembly, you won't like this. Don't ruin a good Christmas morning putting this S.O.B. together unless you want to ruin everyone's holiday. The men are on the poles already which was a bonus and I didn't have to actually carve the body of the table out of a tree trunk, so that saved a little time.
The instructions tell you that you're going to assemble the foosball table upside down, and then provides you with the right side up instructions - which might confuse you since at no time in the manual does it say "Okay, now turn the damn thing over and attach the legs".
A few mis-aligned screwholes really screwed things up – one of the legs has only 3 supporting bolts due to this. I can't drill a new hole, as it's far too close to the old hole - not that I should have to get my drill out. Putting the table top on, while 4 metal plates are resting precariously just waiting to be shifted out of position when the table top comes in contact with it, was one of the most frustrating moments I’ve ever encountered. I was ready to hurl the whole thing out the window.
No extra screws, bolts or washers are provided so DON’T lose any. I personally detest Phillips screwheads. Robertson are much more efficient and easier to work with and don't strip as easy. I'm not even that handy and I know this to be true...you'd think a manufacturer would too.
In all fairness, it took me at least 3.5 hours to put this together (I didn’t use a cordless screwdriver). I could put another one together in half the time now that I know what I’m doing – but those mis-aligned screwholes did manage to suck up some time.
Once it was all set up, the whole family played and had a wonderful time. You will too, but there will be at least a few good curse words thrown about before you get to that point. You will NEED your best obscenities for this setup. If you're working with a repertoire of "damn" and "hell", that won't do. You'll need to take it up a notch if you want this job done right.
I give this a 4 star because while it doesn't look as fancy-pants as the display model, it still looks very nice and plays well. It's one of those "Oh, we can laugh about it now" kind of assembly events. Had I rated this while I was in the middle of throwing my screwdriver, it would have received a One Star... "but we can laugh about it now."
Oh, here's a tip. Unpack the box and load it in piece by piece instead of trying to lug the entire package downstairs. Save your back. All of the pieces are easily moved by one person.
By moxxidude - Dec 10, 2006
Beautiful table, nice action, CRITICAL flaw in the instructions and inferior materials.
Strengths: This table has wonderful colors for a nice game room. The wood colors, black and brushed steel look great together. No gaudy stickers and such.
Weakness: Poor quality materials: particle board, weak screw heads
After the hour or two to put this together, you turn it over and put the handles on and realize that the thing is backwards. The instructions are specific to what rods go where and once past this step there's really no turning back (several wood screws into particle board that you don't want to have to unscrew or you'll never have a sound, sturdy table when you put it back together.) My solution...
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After the hour or two to put this together, you turn it over and put the handles on and realize that the thing is backwards. The instructions are specific to what rods go where and once past this step there's really no turning back (several wood screws into particle board that you don't want to have to unscrew or you'll never have a sound, sturdy table when you put it back together.) My solution to try and fix it was to take all of the players off their rods, slide the rods out and back into their proper place. No such luck. The screws holding them on are like butter. No matter what size of phillips head I used, they stripped like they were hot wax. Fine. I'll drill them out and replace them with some of my own. Unfortunately, the little plastic men won't let go of the rod even after the screw is totally gone. After visiting with their customer service, they are sending me 26 new players. I'm still going to have to drill out the soft screws but when finished, should have a nice looking players.
By spybus - Jul 5, 2006