Pinewood Derby
Tungsten Weights

Tungsten weights for...
maximum car design flexibility,
and precise weight placement for speed

Why use Tungsten???

Tungsten gives you an advantage because it is about 1.8 times denser than lead, which make it is about half the size.

tungsten and lead size comparison picture

The single tungsten cylinder on top weighs .5 oz and is 7/16" long.
The bottom lead cylinders weigh .7 oz and are 1 5/8" long!

Tungsten gives you four advantages:

  1. You can pack more weight in a smaller area giving you more flexibility in your car design.

  2. You can place weight exactly where you need it for maximum speed.
    (See weight placement in Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets)

  3. Tungsten has the added advantage of being non-toxic, so you do not need gloves to handle it.

  4. Diameter is 3/8". Just drill a 3/8" hole and slide them in. Use wood putty or glue
    to seal the hole.

Tungsten 2oz weights

tungsten 2oz derby weights picture

2 oz Tungsten weights
weights

Smaller is better!
- Precise weight placement
- Maximum car design flexibility

2 oz total weight

only $9.95

Tungsten 3oz weights

tungsten 3oz pinewood weights

3 oz Tungsten weights

Smaller is better!
- Precise weight placement
- Maximum car design flexibility oz total weight

only $15.95

Tungsten Spheres


Tungsten Spheres weights

- 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

Tungsten Putty


Tungsten Putty weight

- Precise weight placement
- Maximum car design flexibility 1 oz blob of putty

Allows you to add small amounts of weight anywhere on your car. Just break off the putty and stick it on! Our putty comes in a resealable plastic case.


1 oz total weight

only $8.95

What is Tungsten Putty Why Use it

Pinewood derby tungsten putty is a moldable material made from tungsten powder and a polymer binder. Tungsten putty will not harden under normal conditions, and has a density of 10 g/cm3.


Tungsten Putty is an easy way to fine tune the weight of your pinewood derby car. Made to be malleable, you can quickly and easily place the last bit of weight to any derby car. Pinewood derby tungsten putty can be used at home when building your car or brought to the track to help bring your car up to weight on race day.


Simply add the tungsten putty to any small crevice or hole. Our tungsten putty is very sticky and doesn't need glue or anything added to help keep the putty in position. It can be pulled, pinched, cut and formed into whatever shape you need.

How to Use Tungsten Putty And Advantages of Using

Pinewood derby tungsten putty can easily be used for final adjustments to the weight of pinewood derby cars. Simply pinch off a small piece of the tungsten putty, knead it until it's pliable, and press pinewood derby tungsten putty into any cavity or hole in the car.


Pinewood derby tungsten putty has many advantages:


  1. Pinewood derby tungsten putty saves you time because you can easily add just the right amount without breaking off weights or having to worry about finging the right size weight you may need.
  2. Pinewood derby tungsten putty can be easily molded to any shape, so you can use it anywhere on your car, regardless of your design.
  3. Pinewood derby tungsten putty is nearly 2 times denser than lead, so it adds lots of weight in a very small area.
  4. Pinewood derby tungsten putty is very sticky, allowing it to stay on your car fairly well.
  5. Pinewood derby tungsten putty is child-safe, there are no toxic materials in it.

Add weight anywhere on your car!

Pinewood derby tungsten putty is soft and malleable so it can be changed into virtually any shape, and it can be broken into separate pieces.


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

Main advantages and disadvantages of each metal:

 

Advantages

Disadvantages

Lead

Soft - easy to bend and cut. 
Low cost
Medium density

Keep it away from children
Only available in one form - 1/4" cylinders.

Tungsten

High density
Ideal for concentrating weight in specific area of the car

Non-toxic and completely safe to handle

High cost
Very hard - Cannot be cut or shaped

Zinc Alloy

Low Cost
Completely Safe

Harder to cut
Lower Density

Caution while using Tungsten Putty and Tungsten Spheres

Although pinewood derby tungsten putty is made from non-toxic ingredients, it is not a toy for children to play with. Always wash your hands after use, and keep it away from food and your mouth.

Tungsten BB's are not for children under 6!

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      Pinewood Derby
      Tips & Hints

      If you are using 3/8" round weights, drill your 3/8" weight holes before cutting out the rest of the car because it is easier to hold the full block. Always use a clamp to hold your block before drilling or cutting. Safety First!








      Pinewood Derby
      building Tip

      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.



      Pinewood Derby
      rules Hint

      If it isn't explicitly stated in the rules, then you can do it. If you have questions about your rules, ask your race manager, since all races have different rules.



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