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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spankreas (author)2011-10-02

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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KneXtreme (author)spankreas2011-11-08

Wow! Your ball machine looks pretty impressive so far.

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TheFoofinator (author)spankreas2011-10-04

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?

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spankreas (author)TheFoofinator2011-10-04

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.

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TheFoofinator (author)spankreas2011-10-05

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.

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coolknexcreations (author)2010-05-19

make instructions please!

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 I am right now, up to step 3

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okay, i will make it!! :)

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 Might finish today if quick , probables tomorrow

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Tornado96 (author)2010-05-17

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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Tornado96 (author)Tornado962010-05-17

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

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TheFoofinator (author)Tornado962010-05-17

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

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Tornado96 (author)TheFoofinator2010-05-17

it could be version 2 :-)

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TheFoofinator (author)Tornado962010-05-17

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

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Can't wait!

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Tornado96 (author)TheFoofinator2010-05-17

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

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Hiyadudez (author)2010-05-17

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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TheFoofinator (author)Hiyadudez2010-05-17

 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. 

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 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

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Hiyadudez (author)TheFoofinator2010-05-17

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 :-)

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Shadowman39 (author)Hiyadudez2010-05-17

It can probably hold around 20 actually. :-P

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TheFoofinator (author)Hiyadudez2010-05-17

 Sorry, I have never seen that wheel, anyways, another is on the way after the ible for this one is finished.

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~KGB~ (author)2010-05-17

epic! 5* impressive work!

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Kairah (author)2010-05-17

 What are those red connectors for? (at the outside of the lifting wheel)
Looks great, 5 stars.

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TheFoofinator (author)Kairah2010-05-17

 They hold the wheel together- I couldn't get a right length rod to use as spokes, and they have to be attached on the outside, because the ball needs to roll freely on the inside

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Mr. Muggle (author)Kairah2010-05-17

they hold the baskets together and connect them to the... as (I'm not sure what the english word for as is)

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TheChemiker (author)2010-05-16

Cool!

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 Shadowman said he'd put it on his guide of lifts.

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Mr. Muggle (author)TheFoofinator2010-05-17

5*

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Done. :-)

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MegaMetal8 (author)Shadowman392010-05-17

im planning a new lift!

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 Thanks!

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Mr. Muggle (author)2010-05-17

Awesome new lift system,  I'm looking forward to the Ible!

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MegaMetal8 (author)2010-05-17

great idea!

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