Specialized Pinewood Derby Tools to build and fine tune your car...
PRO Driller Tool
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.
A perfectly sized 2.2mm drill bit and Instructions are included.
PRO Driller Tool
PRO Axle Puller and Inserter
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
PRO Axle Puller
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!).
PRO Wheel Spacer
The Axle Guide will improve the speed of your pinewood derby car by ensuring accurate mounting of axles:
Accurately mount your axles to perfect your car!
PRO Axle Guide
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.
PRO Axle Press
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.
IMPORTANT: This tool requires the Axle Press Tool, which is sold seperately. You must have both tools.
Rail Rider Tool
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.
PRO Wheel Mandrel
PRO 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.
PRO Bore Polisher
Pinewood Derby Axle Polishing Kit
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!
Axle Polishing Kit
Pinewood Derby Axle File
Pinewood Derby Drill Bit
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.
PRO Wheel and axle Alignment Guide
Pinewood Derby Coping Saw and Wood rasp Kit
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.
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Pinewood Derby Portable Mini-Scale
Pinewood Derby Precision Scale
Helping Pinewood Derby Racers
...for over 15 years.
Tips & Hints
Make your car slim. If your car is too chunky, there will be lots of weight in the wood, leaving less weight for your weights. You want lots of weight so you can move the center of gravity to the optimal point to maximize inertia.
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.
When adding Nyoil to your axles, "less is more"! Only use one or two drops per axle and wipe off any excess oil. The oil should not be run down your axle.
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