Pinewood Derby Axles
Don't let your axles keep your
Pinewood Derby car from winning!
The axles that come in your pinewood derby kit have several flaws.
Besides burrs and crimp marks, the axle shaft often has a slight curve
and the axle head may not be at a right angle to the shaft.
You can use our Axle Polishing Kit to remove the flaws from
your axles or use our prepared axles. We have two types of ready to race axles:
- Polished Axles are official Boy Scout axles that are lathed to remove all imperfections and we taper the axle head slightly to reduce friction. We then use a jewelry polishing machine to give the axles a mirror like finish.
- Machined Axles are axles that are precision cut out of stainless steel. They look very similar to the Boy Scout axles (the sharp end of the axles has a different shape). They are perfectly round and straight and have a highly polished surface.
Pinewood Derby Axle VideoThis video shows how to prepare your axles.
The axles arrived just in time to be a part of a First Place Wolf den, First Place overall, and a new track Record "Tron Racer".
Thanks from Texas... The Chapa's
. Alex decided on a M1A1 tank from his Match Box supply to support the troops. He worked very hard on the build this time and was winning all of his races but derailed on the same lane twice. The good news is he won best design and will be going to district to compete. (Alex used our polished axles and lathed wheels)
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These are photos of my son Ramzy winning 3rd place in the car pinewood derby. I am convinced it was due to our purchasing the graphite axles from ABC Pinewood Derby. This was our first event and your products helped make a wonderful experience for a little (6.5 year old) boy. Thank you greatly.... Claire A
Thanks for the plans and axles. 1st Place Weeblos II Division and 1st Place Overall Pack 648! We went from worst to first in only one year. Your tips were a great help. We slightly modified the Magnum Plans. It didn't lose a single run! ...CJ Pickering and Dad
Thanks again for you help. We won first two heats, lost the second two heats in round robin for a decent finish (top 20%)... Eric Z
The attached photos are of my son's pinewood derby cars. We used some of your parts and some ideas shared with other cubs. (Some ideas will stay ours.) You will see in the photos that my son is a big fan of the movie "CARS". His '07 cars was also Lightning McQueen and finished second in his pack and 11th in the district. This year we stepped it up to use the grooved axles from your company. So far he has won the pack race (undefeated in a double-elimination race) and will enter the district race in May. The car we entered is the blue version. Our back-up car most likely would have been in the top 3 or 4 (head to head there was about 1/2 car length difference). With this success we will be getting more parts in "09. Thanks for your help...Michael C and son Anthony
Just wanted to give you an update and say thanks for some awesome quality products! Our car pinewood derby race was today and we literally blew all the other pinewood cars away using your parts. My son and I cut our car, a COBRA GT, on a table band saw, sanded it to 400 grit, and painted it with Krylon spray paint. We then used your Stainless Steel Machined Axles without groves and your Graphite Coated Lathed and Matched Derby Wheels (new BSA 2009 design) with your Graphite Pads. On the third run we achieved a top speed of 205.4 MPH (4.6220 seconds) on a 32 ft plastic track ! My son won 1st place overall out of over 60 other cars. The second place car came in at 196.4 MPH. We also used your axle insertion tool to properly guide the axles in when we set them so they went in strait which made a big difference in balance and alignment. Just wanted to say thanks for some great quality products, we will definitely let you know how we do at District !! Bet we place !! Thanks again, Scott & Alan G.
I have been a customer of yours for the better part of a year now, and am extremely pleased with your products. I have recommended your site and products to friends and family who also compete in our car pinewood derby, and they likewise are happy (and we all have the trophies to prove it :o)
We race monthly (yes, monthly) pinewood derby at the Bigfoot Lodge in Silverlake, CA. Speed wheels and axles are permitted at these races, and the size requirements are mostly adhered to (a little leniency is not unusual if a car design is particularly cool). Thanks again for making great winning car parts and accessories! It was fun when I was a kid and it’s fun now! ... Gary T
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