Right away, we have to give some kudos to Champion Shuffleboards. They pride themselves on crafting shuffleboard tables in-house, and that is certainly something to be proud of. We’re big fans of the in-house and American Made mentality, a tip of the hat to Champion there.
There are a couple things that we don’t like about Champion Tables.
#1: The Playboard Material. Champion uses “Canadian Maple” in their playboards. Canadian Maple implies hard maple but it’s just a clever marketing tactic. Canadian Maple usually means hard maple but Champion uses Soft Maple, Soft maple wood is easier on presses and faster to sand down, making the building process quicker and cheaper.
#2: The Plastic Polymer Playboard Finish. This is a thick plastic epoxy that is poured over the top of your playboard which means you’re essentially playing on plastic. The polymer wears down and can damage easily, and it tends to warp boards. Virtually every shuffleboard manufacturer that uses the poured epoxy doesn’t even bother with a premium hardwood playboard because the end-game is being played on plastic, not the actual wood.
Unlike Champion, At McClure Tables, we don’t use a good-better-best pricing model. That’s because we’re a small craft shop. We build and sell direct-to-consumer with no middlemen or distributors. We only use the best materials in every price range. Whether you buy a table for our entry level price of $3,895 or spend up to $28,000, the cabinet, legs, and playboard are all still made from locally harvested Hard Maple.
For comparison purposes, we’ll compare features on three McClure Models in the same price range as the good-better-best marketing approach.
The main difference is Champion manufactures in a mass production fashion and they sell everything they make to resell dealers who have to mark up the factory price or cost to build. At McClure Tables you are buying directly from the craftsmen who build your shuffleboard table.