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Good quality, German engineering, "some assembly required",
on February 4, 2013
I ended up selecting this table while trying to find the best option under $1000. My requirements were at least a 3/4" wood top, foldable/rollable, and sturdy enough to last.
Quality wise the table and materials are excellent. The steel used is suitably thick and nicely welded-- to spot welding or rivets here. Assembly instructions were clear and easy to follow (although it might help to be visually oriented when examining the drawings since there are no text step-by-steps for what to do). With two people working it took us two hours, 15 minutes to fully assemble including unpacking, inventorying parts, finding tools, etc.
True to German form there was exactly the right number of parts in the box. No more. No less. Not even a leftover washer.
It is helpful to have two 10mm socket wrenches and an electric drill/driver with a large Phillips head bit (also with a clutch/torque limit on the driver). If you had to use box wrenches and a manual screw driver I could easily see assembly time taking well north of three hours.
The table surface is very nice-- ours is perfectly flat and smooth as it should be. The steel edge should help eliminate nicks and cuts on the exterior edges. Fold-up is easy and it rolls smoothly on the included wheels. The folding legs do not sit perfectly flush against the back of the table when it's folded up-- this is smart-- since it means the legs can't bind up or bend the wrong way when lowering the table which could damage the cross bracing (a failure point of a lower cost table I had years ago).
If there's one complaint it would be that the latches that hold the table 'up' when it's folded for storage really require two people to operate to lower each leaf. (One person on each side needs to press down on a latch on either edge while lowering the table leaf down.) No doubt this is for safety since it almost forces you to have two people for the job (which does make lowering the weight of the panel down that much easier).
Playing with one side down and the other folded up for some one person practice wasn't optimal-- there's a large gap near the net with that configuration which makes it easy for balls to go a-roll'n... That having been said, it wasn't a feature I was really looking for (I don't even know if it's advertised as such) so I won't fault the product for it.
All in all, I'm happy with the purchase. The table was delivered by CEVA which wasn't totally smooth (after a week I checked the tracking log to see that they had supposedly "contacted recipient to schedule delivery"-- a call that I never received-- but after calling Amazon to straighten it out it was delivered promptly the next day). The box was beat up with holes in two sides and a missing nylon strap on the outside, but the product inside had no damage.