Introduction: Big KNEX Skid-Steer!

Picture of Big KNEX Skid-Steer!

This is my first entry for the TOY RODS AND CONNECTORS contest! so please give me a vote!

My latest KNEX creation is a KNEX Skid-Steer! It features a very heavy bucket made out of lots of wonderful metallic KNEX Parts! Also there is a nice little cab to keep you in control of this mighty machine!.

This uses some big KNEX wheels that I got for free when some one was giving away their old KNEX and Lego parts, what a steal!

I used a small amount of cord on the bucket arms so that I could raise and lower the bucket.

This model is based off a Caterpillar Skid-Steer but it is not a replica of one machine. Also note that it may look funny in the front with all the gears and other thing-a-ma-bobs but those are the ratchet mechanisms used to hold the bucket at different angles. Since KNEX does not have pneumatic parts like LEGO does it would be hard to get this to move.

I will not be posting instructions for this since I ran out of some parts and I was not able to complete this to the level that I wanted. This is my first attempt at a project like this so in the future I may make an updated version of this with a stronger design, better looks, and other features!

Thanks for checking out my Instructable. Please comment subscribe and Vote!


The Knex Inventor (author)2016-06-05

Great model! Looks great!


You're welcome! In my opinion, this is the best K'NEX model vehicle on the site!

CorgiCritter (author)2015-04-14

Awesome job! I love outdoor pictures and the model itself. The seat for the driver is pretty cool to, just an all around great build!

I would vote, but I don't know how to on my phone. I'll make sure to do it later though.

I just finished taking Wreaktangle pics, so instructions should be up today. :)

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-14

Thanks! i'm looking forward to your guns! also the grand prize is pretty epic think about all those black rods! and yellow connectors!

Are you using the app or just your phones browser? if your go to the bottom of the instructables website and click full site then it lets you use more of the features.

I use a tablet for when i'm building KNEX stuff off instructables so I can have the instructions right at hand when i'm building stuff so i know how it works on mobile devices.

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-14

I know! The prize looks awesome, but it will probably go to some ball machine builder who already has thousands of pieces. :( I wouldn't be too surprised if you or I got a runner up prize though.

The browser doesn't really work that well on my phone, so I use the app. I am using a computer now and the vote banner is not on this ible. It is not listed in the contest either. You might want to try entering again, or asking one of the folks in charge about it. :)

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-15

I know this person has way to many KNEX

Sorry, just nosing through ibles, omfg that's a lot of k'nex. *dream comes true*

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-15


sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-17

That person has a ton don't you think. I was kind of just wondering how much KNEX you have? I don't really have that many about 8 KNEX tubs full

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-17

I have no idea. Probably about the same as you have, or a bit less.

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-18

Okay cool do you have any guns in the works? also what do you think of my new contest entry?

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-18

I think it looks really cool. :)

I have a machine pistol I might post, it has a faux green rod magazine, and a hidden yellow rod magazine, so it looks like it is a small caliber gun, but with the reliability of yellow rod ammo. I also managed to whittle the cut part needed down to just one.

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-18

Thanks i'm working on a 2 shot gun with a 2 stage trigger Mech. it was going to have a sear trigger but that did not work out so it's just going to have a regular trigger. Also have you ever thought about making a modular gun those are pretty cool. also have you made the K2V2?

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-18


I have not built it (I came pretty close one time though) but here is a review:

Red says it only shoots a few feet, but he was shooting flat, and not angled. Ignore any complainants about the turret being slow to load, they are really fast with practice.

I really don't build concept guns, I prefer semi performance, performance, and replica guns, but you might enjoy it.

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-19

I have seen this review and i built most of it and then I ran out of parts now i have a lot more so i could make it now but i won't be building as much with KNEX this summer because there is a lot of work to be done and it will be very busy in the summer doing work.

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-19

Oh. Too bad, :(

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-19

When are you going to post your gun?

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-19

I am holding it right now. :)

I have the into and stuff written, and will try to get the pictures taken and the ible published tomorrow.

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-19


JonnyBGood (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-20

Hey, hey, all's fair in a contest. The grand prize doesn't always go to the largest entry. The judges tend to look for quality, not quantity. Just saying since you're on the topic...

Also, always check garage sales and second hand shops, that's how I've accumulated my collection.

Lolman4000 (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-15

So true about the grand prize

Lolman4000 (author)Lolman40002015-04-15

People with that many pieces don't need more just because they have so much in the first place.

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-14

It says that it is pending and it has to be looked over by the staff.

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-14


sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-15

You should be able to vote now it shows up in the contest now.

CorgiCritter (author)sonic broom2015-04-15

I voted. :)

sonic broom (author)CorgiCritter2015-04-15

Thanks so much! keep your eyes peeled for my next entry it pretty neat and is also very innovative!

Gargamel-Knex (author)2015-05-31

WooaaaW ! Congratulations ! You are a finalist ;)


Knex2thelimit (author)2015-05-30

Congrats on being selected as a finalist!


JonnyBGood (author)2015-04-20

Okay now I get it! I couldn't think what a skid steer was but I guess everyone calls it something different. I always called it a bobcat, but now that I know what it is, very cool. I'd like to see a remote controlled version of this!

sonic broom (author)JonnyBGood2015-04-20

if i every get remote control KNEX I might make a remote control version of this. Also I based this off of a CAT skid steer because bobcats are white and there would not be a way to make it as color coded as i was with a CAT skid steer.

JonnyBGood (author)sonic broom2015-05-03

lol, I just called all of them bobcats. So a CAT bobcat. lol

sandroknexmaster (author)2015-04-18

Nice build!

Thanks! Do you ever make cars out of KNEX?

Hm no not really, always ball machines so far :p

You should make a ball machine that looks like a car that would be pretty cool!

Yeah I'd like to make a machine that looks like someting different. A car could work :)


Lolman4000 (author)2015-04-15


sonic broom (author)Lolman40002015-04-15

Thank you! If you could give me a vote that would be great.

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