Minnesota Fats once said, “Gleason used to rack balls for me when he was a kid in Brooklyn.”
I say…“If only they had a Delta-13 rack…Fats would have snapped more balls in on the break!” I make this statement quite confidently after learning the history behind the life of the production of this high-quality, distinctive product that’s out-of-this-world…”aerospace” engineered!
It all started at Tag Team Manufacturing in 2007, when the idea of a product that did not allow your cue stick chalk to mark the walls came to mind. This product came out of necessity, and shortly after there was mention of a billiard ball rack. The first ball rack, admittedly stated by the company “Executive Billiards,” was a “three pound gorilla” —much too heavy and cumbersome.
After help from the WPBA (Women’s Professional Billiard Association) and the U.S. Pool Players Association, the “gorilla” went through a couple revision processes. The “Falcon” was the first revision debuted into the industry and only 100 were sold. Later the same year, the rack was re-tooled to a 16 oz. masterpiece, which was ready to take the market by storm! After the final changes, the WPBA and the U.S. Pool Players Association, announced that Delta-13 was their “official” rack. This exceptional product is made of 6061 extruded aluminum.
In case you’re wondering, after a little research, I found out that 6061 aluminum is used for heavy duty structures requiring good strength-to-weight ratio and excellent corrosion resistance.
The Delta-13 “Elite” was machined on a $300,000 horizontal mill. Each rail and corner was cut from s