Official Rules

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Power Tool Drag Racing Rules

General Idea: Go faster than everyone else. Don't Crash. Look Cool, Win the glory.

General Design: Machines are based on hand-held power tools. A hand held power tool is a machine intended for handheld operation by one individual. A machine primarily used on a stationary mount, or rolled on wheels, or used by a group of people is not a hand tool for the purposes of this event. Hand tools will be electrically powered. Examples of hand tools are machines like belt sanders, angle grinders, Skilsaws, drills, weed wackers, vibrators, etc. Examples of things that are NOT hand tools are things like lawnmowers, floor sanders, generators, bench grinders, etc. Hand tools used in the drag races will run on 120AC.


Racing Class: There will be a single class of power tools. This class will consist of single engine power tools with no motor modifications or non-standard power sources (i.e. engine and power source needs to be box stock). Drive can be direct drive to track via the original blades, belts, etc, or via a custom gear/chain/tire configurations. Frames, wheels, guide rails, etc can be added as desired. Any motor or power type is allowed. But all "motors" must have originated in a hand power tool and be in their original form, with original power source driving it. Be honest. If you are uncertain about the definition of a hand power tool, see above. No vehicles built from RC cars allowed, cause they are boring and will be booed off the track.


Power Cords: AC electrical cords will be 100' long per lane, originating at the starting line. They will have standard NEMA 5-15 (3-prong) connectors. You will be responsible for "coiling" the cord on the ground or laying it along side the track for your run. No spools or cord guides allowed, but duct tape will be provided so you can tape the connector together.

Track: The drag strip is 75' of reasonably flat plywood track. There will be another 15’ or so to slow down. Machines will run on parallel wood tracks 1' wide with 2" X 4" rails on either side. We will make every effort to maintain the straightness and accuracy of this track, but expect some variation and bumps at the joints. This wood track will look something like this:

Ptdr track.jpg Trackspecs-diagram-300x159.jpg

Prizes: Special Mystery Prizes, awarded by special mystery judges for:

  • Fastest
  • Slowest
  • Most impressive engineering
  • Most pathetic engineering
  • Most spectacular crash

PITS: The pit area will have 120 volt power and some shop tools available, however we suggest you bring what you think you need.