Knex 'Mouse Wheel' Ball Machine Lift

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Introduction: Knex 'Mouse Wheel' Ball Machine Lift

A new and inovative lift, that uses a wheel, with internal scoops to scoop up the balls and drop them onto the upper path. It is inspire by a mouse spinning round on his wheel, hence the name. Instructions will come when I dismantle it, which I don't know when. Please Don't rate down, this has taken many arduous hours of fine tuning. Instruction nearly finished. Video: www.youtube.com/watch 
  
 
Instructions are up : www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Mouse-Wheel-Ball-Machine-Lift-1/

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    I've used this as a secondary ball lift half-way along a path in my [in-progress] ball machine. was a challenge working gears from my chain-lift motor across the bottom of the machine, and up a second tower to meet the gear box with this lift. thankfully it spun in the right direction when I was done with the gears!

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    Wow! Your ball machine looks pretty impressive so far.

    Wow, that looks great. I know some people have had problems loading more than 2 balls into it at a time, did you have any problems?

    I can confirm that if more than 2 balls are loaded in the bottom, the weight of the third ball will push a second ball into the rotating wheel. I can't think of any easy solution to this, but fortunately in my case I've used this particular lift as part of a path, so I'll never really have more than one ball queued up at a time. Your design looks great though, and is really pleasing to look at.

    Thanks. I had a thought of putting some sort of turnstile in, and a pin on the wheel would push the turnstile, and only let one ball in at a time.

     Might finish today if quick , probables tomorrow

    I made something like this about a week ago!
    It went almost the same height.
    I'll show you a pic soon.

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    If you post it should I still post my version? BTW I love the name!

     Yeah sure, just call it something different, btw ask shadowman to put your lift on his lifts ible- he will

    it could be version 2 :-)

     Too late already working on a version 2, perhaps 1.5?

    I think I'll just forget it. I still go tons of other ideas.

    Pretty good. 4.5*

    However... If you have seen Shadowman39's wheel lift, it kicks this ones @ss. :-)

    But still pretty good.

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     What wheel lift? He hasn't done one, but he has put this on his lifts ible, besides this is just a small lift, going any bigger will result in me being bankrupt of pieces and burnt out motors, besides I wouldn't want to waste money on  1000s of pieces when I'm 15, and rarely use knex, probably every 3 months. 

     never mind, seen it on catclysm. Mine is just a variation of the ball lift, and is different, so probably the performance is not as good, but I am already on that, I have thought of a way to improve performance, and make the tower only 1 blu rod thickness

    If your thinking of the really small ferris-wheel type lift, then you're wrong.

    You may have seen pictures, but he made a super-cool mega-awesome wheel lift capable of holding somewhat 1-10 balls at once, but its alot complicated than it sounds.

    But i still love your whell lift :-)