Pinewood Derby Car Weights
The more your pine car weighs, the faster it will go on a downhill ramp. Most rules specify a 5 oz. maximum weight. Most Pinewood Derby cars weigh between 1.5 oz and 3.5 oz (depending on design) without weights so a car may need 3.5 oz or more of additional weight.
About Our Weights
Our weights are available in a variety of shapes and three different metals - Lead, Steel, and Tungsten. Each metal has its advantages and disadvantages. The following table will help you to decide which metal you would like to use.
One main difference between the three metals is their density. The more dense the metal, the more it will weigh. The picture to the right shows the the three metals and the amount need of each for the same weight. As you can see, it takes a lot less tungsten then steel for the same weight.
Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of each metal:
- Soft - easy to bend and cut.
- Low cost
- Medium density
- Should not be handled by children. If you use lead, insert it inside the car block and seal with wood putty.
- Only available in one form - 1/4" cylinders.
- Low cost
- Can be cut
- Low density
- Can rust
- High density
- Ideal for concentrating weight in a small area.
- High cost.
- Very hard - Cannot be cut or shaped.
Brandon won first place in his pinewood derby race with the help of his dad and our polished axles and tungsten weights.
Evan's dad Kip blew all the cars away in the unlimited division using our Tungsten Canopy and Razor RSX Wheels
I just bought the pre-cut starfighter, grooved axles and decals
off of you a couple weeks ago and I wanted you to know that my
son won a pinewood derby tournament. His car was the fastest
in the tournament (out of two counties). Thank you again... Zach S.
All our parts and weights have come from ABC, quick shipping, excellent products.
Over the years our cars have always done well
- 2014 was Cole's big winner.
THANK YOU Dave and ABC Pinewood... Douglas B.