Pinewood Derby Tools

Derby tools to build your car and make it fast.

Specialized Pinewood Derby Tools to build and fine tune your car...

PRO Driller™ Tool

derby axle hole drilling tool
PRO Driller™ with drill bit

Straight Axles = Greater Speed

For maximum speed, axle holes must be absolutely square to the pinewood derby car body and parallel to each other.

With the PRO Driller™, you can easily create new, straight axle holes or accurately align your axle slots with only a hand drill.

Includes optional guide holes to raise a wheel.

This adjustable tool works for BSA, PineCar, and AWANA pinewood derby blocks and even Boy Scout Blastcars!

A perfectly sized 2.2mm drill bit and Instructions are included.

how to use body tool
How to drill pinewood derby axle holes


only $16.95

PRO Axle Puller and Inserter

axle inserter - puller tool

Insert and Remove Axles Without Damage

How do you cleanly insert axles into those tight slots?

How to remove stuck axles without damaging your wheels?

One end of this handy Tool easily glides your axles into the slot.

The other end is used to easily grip the axle head and gently pull it out.

The Axle Inserter and Puller Tool is essential if you are using Ultra-Lite wheels which can be damaged when pulling them in and out.

Instructions
only $14.95

Wheel Spacer Gauge


If your wheels are too tight, your car slows dramatically. If they are too loose, your car wobbles, also slowing your car down.

The Wheel Spacer is a stainless steel "feeler gauge" that sets the exact spacing between your wheel hub and car body so your car runs at optimal speed.

Just slide the Wheel Spacer over your axle and push the axle in until it is snug against the Wheel Spacer. Remove, and voila, perfect spacing.

The Wheel Spacer tool makes this critical adjustment fast, easy and perfect, every time.

Consider our complementary tool, the Axle Puller and Inserter, to insert your axles easily. One end is used to insert and the other end is used to remove axles without damaging your wheels (or your fingers!).

only $3.95

Axle Guide


The Axle Guide will improve the speed of your pinewood derby car by ensuring accurate mounting of axles:

  1. Axle Insertion - Ensures accurate mounting of axles (in axle slots) to improve alignment. Accurate alignment is critical for top speed!

  2. Wheel-to-body Spacing - Establishes the correct gap between the wheel hub and car body. The proper gap minimizes car wander and reduces excess contact between the car body and the wheel hubs.

  3. Reduced Risk of Block Damage - During the insertion process the Axle Guide provides support to the wood around the axle slot, minimizing the risk of damage.

Accurately mount your axles to perfect your car!
only $9.95

Axle Press


Unfortunately, the nails used for axles with many car kits were designed for fastening, not for use as axles. Although they look straight, most nail axles have a slight bend, are slightly out of round, and the nail head is not square to the axle shaft.

The Axle Press will create absoloutely straight axles and absolutely round axles. It can also be used to square the axle head to the axle shaft.

Build the perfect axles with the Axle Press Tool.

only $16.95

Rail Rider Tool


Got a test track? Try this!

The Rail Rider Tool bends your axles to make your car rub against the center guide rail, or 'ride the rail.'


The Rail Rider technique is used to make one front wheel "ride the rail" thereby rolling straight down the track. Tests have proven this technique to yield superior speed over a car that hits the rail, comes off, hits again, etc.

Note: this technique is best done if you have a track to perform the tests required to get the car to gently ride the rails, rather than driving it into the rails.

Instructions included.


IMPORTANT: This tool requires the Axle Press Tool, which is sold seperately. You must have both tools.

only $12.95

PRO Wheel Mandrel

Polished Wheel = Greater Speed

The easiest way to make your wheels perfectly round and smooth is to mount each wheel on our mandrel then use a drill to spin the wheel while holding it lightly against a sandpaper block.
Benefits include:

  1. Sand the outside wheel tread so it is perfectly smooth
  2. Centering cone provides perfect wheel centering on the mandrel to true the wheel to the center line.
  3. Polish the inner wheel edge to further reduce track friction.
only $7.95

PRO Bore Polisher

derby bore polisher

Polished Wheel Bore = Greater Speed

Use the PRO Bore Polishing Kit to polish and graphite-coat your wheel bores. This quick, easy technique is proven to improve car speed by reducing friction between the wheel and axle inside the wheel bore.

  • Eliminates plastic debris, scratches, and flaws inside the wheel bore.
  • Polishes the wheel bore to a high shine.
  • After polishing and washing out the wheel bore, use the extra cotton spears to coat the inside of the bore with graphite!
  • Includes the PRO Bore Micro Polish for plastic surfaces, dense cotton spears that perfectly sized for your wheel bore and an instruction sheet.
  • The bore polisher is easily chucked in a drill.

  • wheel bore polisher
    only $10.95

    Pinewood Derby Axle Polishing Kit

    derby bore polisher

    Polished Axles Improve Your Speed!

    Pinewood Derby Axle polishing kit contains five BSA axles, black wet-or-dry sandpaper, pumice and full instructions for polishing your axles.

    To increase speed, you need to sand the crimp marks using the 600 grit sandpaper, then polish your axles to a mirror shine using the pumice.

    This kit has everything you need, including step-by-step pictorial instructions plus 5 spare axles!

    only $4.95

    Pinewood Derby Axle File

    derby bore polisher

    Less Friction = More Speed!

    Pinewood Derby axle file is used to remove burrs and reduce friction.

    BSA axles are actually nails that have burrs and crimp marks from manufacturing. These defects act like brakes and must be removed or your car will have trouble reaching the finish line!

    This handy little file solves the problem for you. Just put the axle in a vice and file off the defects.

    We recommend getting the axle polishing kit to complete the job of turning your rough-cut nails into high performance axles!

    only $3.95

    Pinewood Derby Drill Bit

    derby bore polisher

    The perfect fit your axles need!

    This is the perfect-sized drill bit for pinewood derby axle holes! This #43 drill bit is .089" (or .25mm), which is just big enough to allow you to hand-insert your axles, so you can push your axles in with your fingers instead of a hammer!

    This gives you the perfect diameter to hand insert your axles, saving your fingers and insuring that your axles go in straight.

    We have found that a #44 drill bit is too small, making it impossible to push axles in with your fingers, adding risk of bending or breaking an axle before the race even begins! This #43 gives a snug fit while making it easy to safely insert your axles.

    This drill bit works perfectly in our PRO Driller Tool.

    only $2.95

    PRO Wheel and axle Alignment Guide

    derby bore polisher Check alignments in a snap...with the PRO Wheel and Axle Alignment Guide.

    Precision = High Performance

    Easily perform eight checks on your derby car for optimal performance! Increase speed with accurate axle and wheel alignments and spacing:

    1. Axle alignment - makes your car roll straight
    2. Wheel alignment - camber makes wheels square so car rolls straight
    3. Wheel spacing - Checks wheel clearance against body to make sure wheels do not bind or wobble
    4. Check wheel height - balance weight and makes car roll straight
    5. Toe in, Toe out - A wheel check to make car roll straight
    6. Track clearance - be sure car will not drag on center rail
    7. Verify car is legal length
    8. Verify car is legal width

    Tool is made of a flexible, durable white polycarbonate.

    How to use alignment guide

    only $4.95

    Pinewood Derby Coping Saw and Wood rasp Kit

    derby bore polisher

    Everything You Need

    All the derby tools you need in one kit! Use the Coping saw to make rough or intricate cuts. Use the four sided wood rasp to shape your derby car.

    Comes with 5 Coping Saw blades and even an instruction sheet.

    Best Deal in Town!

    only $12.95

    Pinewood Derby Portable Mini-Scale

    derby bore polisher

    Use this small, Pinewood Derby pocket-scale to weigh your car BEFORE the weigh-in!

    This scale is perfect for pinewood derby racers:

    • Highly accurate to .1 grams (.005 ounces) so you can accurately bring your car to maximum weight.
    • Handy 3.5" x 2.5" tray so your axles and wheels don't roll off.
    • Includes two AAA batteries
    • Backlit LCD display
    • Weighs in oz, grams, ozt and dwt
    • Tray doubles as protective cover for easy carrying and storage
    • Weighs up to 17 ounces
    • Turn scale on/off to zero it. Can also be recalibrated.

    When not using it for pinewood derby racing, use it to weigh mail for accurate postage, food for recipes, etc.

    only $19.95

    Pinewood Derby Precision Scale

    derby bore polisher

    Weigh your pinewood derby on this versatile digital scale featuring a blue backlit LCD, stainless steel weighing platform and it even includes the battery.

    When you finish with your pinewood derby, you can use it for:

    • Postage scale so you put accurate postage on your letter mail or parcels
    • Kitchen scale for accurate recipe portions
    • Counting things (weigh one item, then weigh box of items, subtract weight of box, then divide total weight by single item to get accurate number of items in box)
    • Other weighing applications.

    This scale weighs up to 13lbs in .1oz increments so it can be used for many purposes after your pinewood derby race.

    Includes Lbs/Kg (oz/grams) option, a hold key and even a tare option for weighing lots of items.

    only $34.95

        Pinewood Derby
        Tips & Hints

        If you have a bad wheel and you don't have time to replace it, Raise that Wheel so it doesn't touch the track. Since it doesn't touch the track, it won't have any negative affect on your car's speed.



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        weights Tip

        Tungsten weights are ideal for pinewood derby cars. Tungsten is about 1/3 smaller than a zinc piece with the same weight. Therefore, you can pack Tungsten weights in a smaller area to optimize your center of gravity to maximize inertia giving you greater speed at the finish gate.


        Pinewood Derby
        building Hint

        Be sure any decorative parts are super glued into place! If you lose a piece off your car it will affect the weight of the car, resulting in loss of inertia, decreasing your speed.


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        ...for over 15 years.

      • pinewood derby car race winners

        Thank you for all of the information. We had fun making the car! We're going on to the Regionals, as our car to 1st place in our den!
        - Lou from IN



      • We came in fourth place; very respectable, given it was our first time. Thanks very much for helping us overcome our building weaknesses with great products.
        - Doug and Taiki from VA



      • This was our very first time building a Pine Derby car for Awana Club. We won first place in our age class and 3rd place over all the age classes up to high school. Thanks, Pinewood Pro!
        - Kirk



      • I have a Webelo 1 and Webelo II Scout and they placed 1st and 2nd in this year's Pinewood Derby and will now go on to compete in the regional race. Thank you for all the good that you are doing and helping make kids dreams come true.
        - Craig from CA



      • I ordered a set of your BSA wheels and axels last minute on Wednesday for overnight delivery. Our race was on Friday. We finished in 6th out of 80 cars, and will be going to the Divisional Race! My son was never happier! Thanks again!
        - Steve from KY



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        My son, won his pack derby today on our first attempt! He won 9 races in a row and none of them were even close. Thanks for your assist in this father & son memory.
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