Pinewood Derby Weights

Stick-on, Screw-on or Round Tungsten and Zinc Weights

You must add weight to your pinewood derby car to be competitive.

The maximum weight limit for a pinewood derby car is 5 ounces.

Plan on adding 2 to 3 oz of weight to your car, depending on your car design and the weight of your pine wood block.

Gravity is moving your car down the track.More weight = more inertia = faster finish.

Pinewood derby weights come in a variety of sizes, such as 3/8" round cylinder weights that can be hidden inside the car, zinc stick-on wieghts that can be placed anywhere on your car or screw-on weights tyipically screwed to the bottom of your car.

To get the exact weight you need, use tungsten putty or tungsten BB weights to add small incremental weight anywhere on your car.

Advantages and More Information on Tungsten Weights

Consider purchasing your own scale to avoid last minute adjustments on race day. We offer a large platform scale with a stainless steel tray and a handy little portable pocket scale accurate to .001 oz!

Stick-on Zinc Weights

Two strips, 18 segments (2 oz total weight)

stick-on pine car weights

Stick-on weights are easily applied anywhere on your car. Just peel off the backing and stick them on.
This set comes in 18 convenient segments so you can apply the exact weight you need.

Approximately 2 oz total weight


only $4.95

Screw-On Tapered zinc Weights

Adjustments are easy, just cut off a segment, even on race day!

Attach weight to bottom or counter-sink under the car. Screws included.

Approximately 2oz, zinc


only $4.95

Cylinder Weights

Three 1 oz zinc round weights (approximately 3 oz total weight)
pinewood derby round weights
Round weights are inserted into your car, so they are hidden.

Just drill a 3/8" hole in the back of the block,
cut off the exact amount of weight you need, slide them in and cover the hole with wood putty.


A nice combination is a set of round weights and a set of stick-on weights or tungsten putty to get the exact weight you need.


Approximately 3 oz total weight, zinc


Only $4.95

Tungsten Weights

Why Tungsten Weights are better


Tungsten gives you an advantage because it is about 1.8 times more dense than lead...
which means tungsten is about half the size for the same weight.


Since pinewood derby cars are so small it is important to place weight exactly where you need it.


derby tungsten cylinder weights


The single tungsten cylinder on top (.5oz) weighs nearly the same as the three zinc cylinders (.75oz) on the bottom.


This gives you more flexibility in your car design,
because you can place weights more precisely in a smaller area for maximum speed in the flat part of the track.


Maximum car design flexibility,
and
precise weight placement


Tungsten Spheres

- Precise weight placement
- Maximum car design flexibility

1 oz bag of spheres (also known as BBs) allows you to add small amounts
of weight to bring your car to precisely the 5oz limit by adding just the right
amount of weight in very small increments.

1 oz total weight

Only $7.95

2 oz of Tungsten Cylinders

tungsten derby weights

Smaller is better!
Each cylinder weighs .5 oz.
Each cylinder is 3/8" diameter and only 7/16" long.
Just use a 3/8" drill, insert them and cover the hole with wood putty.

- Precise weight placement
- Maximum car design flexibility


2 oz total weight

Only $9.95

3 oz of Tungsten Cylinders

tungsten 3 oz pinewood weights

Smaller is better!
Each cylinder weighs .5 oz.
Each cylinder is 3/8" diameter and only 7/16" long.
Just use a 3/8" drill, insert the weights into the hole and cover the hole with wood putty.

- Precise weight placement
- Maximum can design flexibility


3oz total weight

Only $15.95

Tungsten Putty

Tungsten Putty - add weight anywhere on your car!

tungsten putty

Tungsten putty that is soft and malleable so it can be changed into virtually any shape or broken off into pieces!

Tungsten putty is child-safe. There are no toxic materials in it.
Packaged in 1 oz pieces.


Only $8.95

Tungsten Canopy

Here is a cool way to add weight to your car... a cool looking polished Tungsten Canopy!

tungsten canopy

The Tungsten Canopy adds 2.5oz of weight while adding a cool decorative look at the same time.

The canopy has a 3/8" diameter by 1/2" mounting stud on the back. Just use a standard 3/8" drill bit, put glue on the backside and insert. Fast, easy and cool looking.

Tungsten is non-toxic, child-safe and is paintable.
Packaged in 2.5 oz pieces.


Only $14.95

Pinewood Derby Scale

pinewood derby scale image

Don't be surprised at the weigh-in!

Weigh your car with this handy scale that can be used after the race for mailing, food weighing, etc. Weighing tray is stainless steel. Display is blue backlit LCD.

This is our larger scale that weighs up to 13lbs and is accurate to .1 oz
9 volt battery included.

More info on pinewood derby scale

Only $34.95

Pinewood Derby portable mini-Scale

portable pinewood derby mini-scale image

Don't be surprised at the weigh-in!

Weigh your pinewood derby car with this pocket sized, portable mini-scale during your car building stage. You can even slip it into your pocket and bring it with you on race day!

This scale is very precise, weighing up to 500g and highly accurate to within .001 oz

Bright blue backlit LCD is easy to read.
Remove protective cover to increase tray size. Perfect size to weigh your car block, wheels and axles.
2 AAA batteries included.

More info on pinewood derby portable mini-scale


Only $19.95

      Pinewood Derby
      Tips & Hints

      Spin each wheel and axle and count the number of revolutions. Keep the slowest pair together and replace them with a faster set.



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      Crooked axle slots are perhaps the number one reason cars crash into the lane guides. Drill the axle slot with a drill press or the PRO Driller to be sure your axles go in straight and are square to the block.


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