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I was fiddling around a while ago on a small ball machine, and decided to try to make a alternate way of bringing the balls to the top of the machine in a way other than a chain lift. Well, this is what I came up with. It is a bit primitive, but I like it nonetheless. It is fun to watch. Also, it uses few pieces (granted more black y connectors than I would have liked), so it is easy on the people with few pieces.

Remember that this is just a concept, and you should make it the way you want. You can stack them on top of each other to make them go higher, make the wheels(s) larger, and mix them up the way you want.


Step 1: Pieces

Picture of Pieces
This is the piece list. Go get them!

Green: 52
White: 36
Blue: 49
Yellow: 13
Red: 67
Grey: 11

Dark Grey: 11
Light Grey: 10
Red: 16
Green: 14
Yellow: 28
White: 12
Purple: 86
Blue: 25
Orange: 13

Grey Spacer: 28
Blue Spacer: 29
Standard Power Pack: 1
Balls: As many as you want
Y Connectors: 17
Red Gear: 1
Blue Gear (the really small one): 1
Tan Clip: 7

Time to get building!

i made a ball machine based on that i was suprised at myself because it was so easy thx for instructions:p

Great lift! Simple but so good ;)
I_am_Canadian (author)  sandroknexmaster3 years ago
I_am_Canadian (author)  sandroknexmaster3 years ago
hunter9993 years ago
It's great well done, you should be proud:)
I_am_Canadian (author)  hunter9993 years ago
Thank you :-)
knexandnerf3 years ago
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I_am_Canadian (author)  knexandnerf3 years ago
Looks like a delicious spammich.
knexandnerf3 years ago
on turnpike can you exchange the chain for the lift
I_am_Canadian (author)  knexandnerf3 years ago
I dont think you could, really, just because many paths go right under the lift - right where the wheel would be.
WOW!! i just finished making it, tried it out, and it got abit stuck and the brown connecter on/in the red cog snaped off and made a dent in my roof lol!
fuzi4 years ago
is there a way to make 2 of these and connect them with 1 motor
I_am_Canadian (author)  fuzi4 years ago
I'd think so, though I'm not sure the motor would have enough power....

Just find a place on the axle where you can put on two red gears, do the same with a second wheel, and connect them with chain.
haha, this is so nice!! it's really fun. if you pimp it up a little, you can make a canon of that, i've do that and thats so really fun!!
hunter9994 years ago
is the really small blue gear a grey small gear????:/
I_am_Canadian (author)  hunter9994 years ago
I'm pretty sure it needs to be the blue kind for this to work.
horton1234 years ago
this is so cool think i am done
I_am_Canadian (author)  horton1234 years ago
Yay! Good for you.
Randomguy654 years ago
Yikes! Looks a little unstable. No biigie though, I added grey rods for extra support. :-)
I_am_Canadian (author)  Randomguy654 years ago
Yep, the idea was that you would build your ball machine around it, reinforcing it if need be :-)
Jesus.6 years ago
oh no i don't have 17 Y clips i only have 4
I_am_Canadian (author)  Jesus.6 years ago
That sucks! You can order them off knex.com, their like 7 cents each.
ebay is cheaper.also i cant get them cos im british. :-( if youre lucky you can get them cheap in charity shops. i got 5000 peices for £12!
Thats sweet. I check my local flea markets and stuff sometimes too.
cool. ivenever seen one of them.
now i have like 70!!
I_am_Canadian (author)  Jesus.6 years ago
You bought some?
Fr-Pa-Co4 years ago
Thanks I_am_Canadian i used your lift to build my first ball machine thanks a million
I_am_Canadian (author)  Fr-Pa-Co4 years ago
Anytime! Photos?
I only took a video. oh by the way do you know a way to send videos to other members im knew you see so if you know plz could you tell me
I_am_Canadian (author)  Fr-Pa-Co4 years ago
It would probably be easiest to post it to youtube.
I will i'll send you the link as soon as i've uploaded it and by the way if you know any tips of how to build a ball machine please can you tell me as im starting to build one with some chain i got off ebay
I_am_Canadian (author)  Fr-Pa-Co4 years ago
Get a concept, build the lift first, add on any major elements first... Just build many ball machines you figure it out for yourself.
thanks im gonna get my dad to help me get it to youtube and ive started the lift and made a half pipe and ive made a thing which according to MrMuggle is called the uh thing!! :D
lol. I know I'm not I_am_Canadian but of you want to put a video from youtube on to here You need to submit video (you will need a picture for the image) and add a description. Then you click on the button on the bottom that says save & embed video. You then have to go to Youtube on a separate tab. Go to your video and click the embed button under the video and a code will come up highlighted. Pres ctrl + c and go to the Instructable. Click on embed video and it will ask you to place the embed code. Ctrl + v the embed code onto this and then save a preview to see if it worked. It should which means that you can publish the video. I hope that was clear enough. Good Luck! :-)
i am canadian, do you like classical music? in the striker pistol you have mozart's canon in d and a few other ones incliding this on has classical music in. i have been wondering for a long time.
Yes. Classical/baroque/chamber music is all liked by me.
zchan11205 years ago
please watch this

i made it

yes, i did use some of your instructables and other instructables, and i do not claim all of it to be my own design or concoction

I_am_Canadian (author)  zchan11205 years ago
Very well done!  I like that one.
Thank you!!

I love your instructables!! I've subscribed!!
I_am_Canadian (author)  zchan11204 years ago
i am making a few mods to this. a track making the ball go to the lift and making your heavy cannon v5 go off when it gets there for a laugh. (lol)
well done

i spotted iac's lift

iv subbed to u
I subbed to you, too.

I will hopefully be posting the same video here shortly.

I am currently working on another ball machine with a seven and a half foot chain lift
Tornado965 years ago
This is great! I'm building a big ball machine with three lifts and this will be a good substitute for chain.
I_am_Canadian (author)  Tornado965 years ago
Its what it was made for, good luck!
this is useful as im halfway through a ball machine and dont have any chain.
bamcar15 years ago
Can u use the other motor
I_am_Canadian (author)  bamcar15 years ago
rustymia5 years ago
 how tall is it

I_am_Canadian (author)  rustymia5 years ago
Around 2 feet.
coolsonic455 years ago
thx a lot i building a ball machine on yhis its working great serasly i dont have that kind of of moter so i use the advaced type can u try to make a ball machine out of it plz responed coolsonic45/knexCRAZYperson out
squarepants5 years ago
this is much faster than a lift and much better looking too. Only problem is it cant get much higher-unless i put one on top of the other-but then id need 2 motors rite? darn t5hat would of been awesome lol
 I have 4 motors :)
i have 10 im about to get 4 more when my order comes from ebay
wait maybe i can use cogs...
I_am_Canadian (author)  squarepants5 years ago
And chain.
Randomguy655 years ago
Nice!!!!! :D
jelmer22096 years ago
Nice !! lol i hav around 500 y clips:P
 I'll take some :)
I_am_Canadian (author)  jelmer22096 years ago

'_' wow

im bulding right now nd it will be the second lift for my ball machineand there will be 3 in total (what should i name it) also you inspired me to give this a try(i do have another ball machine but this is alot bigger)
Sounds sweet! Good luck with all of them. Name it wilbur :-D
Im going to buy a fecal load of peices on knex.com, and as soon as i do, my first wim will be to build a knex ball machine/maze, and this is a very good post. if I post my ball machine, would i be alowed to use your lift if I give you the credit for it?
I_am_Canadian (author)  Herehaveawaffle6 years ago
Of course! Good luck!
I've noticed that you seem to be putting an unnecessary extra 'e' in assembly
I_am_Canadian (author)  TwistedParadox6 years ago
My bad! But I cant really be bothered to fix it...
Jesus.6 years ago
nice!!!!! i made it it is super cool!! i moded the claws to not use 1 Y conecter
I_am_Canadian (author)  Jesus.6 years ago
Good job! Thanks for building!
df26 years ago
wow this is a great lift! I'm gonna make a big ball maze now. THX :)
I_am_Canadian (author)  df26 years ago
Thanks and good luck!
bakenbitz6 years ago
I just designed a spiral lift, it works really well, ill post pics soon.
I_am_Canadian (author)  bakenbitz6 years ago
I saw one on youtube a while back. Did you get the Idea from that?
Yeah, but mine is a mini machine. The lift is similar to the one on youtube though.
I_am_Canadian (author)  bakenbitz6 years ago
Is is with tracks and whatnot?
I'll tell you the layout. It has a spiral lift that only goes about a grey rod high, the ball then goes on a short section of track, then a spiral staircase back to the beginning.
I_am_Canadian (author)  bakenbitz6 years ago
Sounds like a nice little ball machine. I was going to make A tiny one with this lift, but I will let you post yours and see whether I will then.
Cool, I think it is the one that DeDean made, right? I really want to see how its built.
I_am_Canadian (author)  TigerNod6 years ago
Im not sure who made it.
he made that from a set because on knex innovation sonmeone has took pics from the instruction booklet and posted them
So, there is no licence?
i dunno it was my first time on the site so i was confused
I_am_Canadian (author)  TigerNod6 years ago
Thats the one.
mthiels6 years ago
shweet. xD
noklon6 years ago
I_am_Canadian (author)  noklon6 years ago
You forgot the nose. :-D
you are a knex GOD
I_am_Canadian (author)  PieMaster7776 years ago
Well thanks :-D
You should post a ball machine using this lift system.
I_am_Canadian (author)  darth_tater 2k86 years ago
Not perhaps, more like a "Yes"!
I_am_Canadian (author)  pls6 years ago
Im working on other things at the moment.
oh, lame. What now :D?
Cool, this may be the only lift technique I'll praise so highly. Only because I couldn't come up with one on my own and chain lifts bother me for some reason...
It sux that I only have one ball though.
I_am_Canadian (author)  Oompa-Loompa6 years ago
Thats enough, though.
I know, but it's not as kool.
well lucky you, im in australia and have no balls.. what else could i use besides the knex ones?
LOL you're going off track buddy... That's not what I meant
lol i saw the comment again and after i read the first i laughed at it :D
the first part i meant lol
LoL, but really, golf balls work well.
i guess they would to, seeming they look around the same size and dont bounce terribly well on knex structures.
i've used them, they work.
well that setlles it then, now i have to go buy some golf balls lol, but i might not make a ball machine soon im gonna make afew more guns.
LoL kk.
do u have any guns to reconmend, im gonna make the desert buzzard and p2000, they sound fun, and have a slide :D
Nope, I don't make a lot of other people's guns. Lately, I haven't been too impressed by what's showing up in my "recent" list. The last good gun I made that wasn't mine was the TDS2.
ok i made thedesert buzzard and it's probably the worst gun ive ever made, it's built solid i must add that, but the slide is pathetic, :/
sorry, I didn't make it.
well why dont u go and try it then? it's pretty simple and fun to hold, it's very comfy and looks betetr than what it is.
no, I am not interested.
golf balls
golf balls roughly the same size asthe knex ones?
I_am_Canadian (author)  grevious6 years ago
You can buy them off knex.com
use a golf ball.
Good idea, I'll have to find some spare ones. Thanx
I_am_Canadian (author)  Oompa-Loompa6 years ago
ping pong might work too.
too bownsee
I_am_Canadian (author)  Oompa-Loompa6 years ago
Meh its not bad...
Ok sir
grevious6 years ago
im gonna build this then use the rest of my knex to build some tracks around it to connect both sides up again.. hopefully.
I_am_Canadian (author)  grevious6 years ago
Its always fun doing that :-D
but i dont think i have enough purple 3d connectors, ill try to substitute it or something =[
I_am_Canadian (author)  grevious6 years ago
Yeah. You can make one of the sides one layer thick, instead of two.
hmmm... u make a good point, or i could redo the framing, it wont look as fun but it will have to do =[
I_am_Canadian (author)  grevious6 years ago
It could look kewell.
well it quite possibly could, and if i do get around to making it ill put a picture up for you to show you what it's like :D
I_am_Canadian (author)  grevious6 years ago
oh and have you got around to posting your v5 handheld cannon? i really wanna make that one :D
I_am_Canadian (author)  grevious6 years ago
Not yet. Im really busy. Im posting a pistol first though.
oooh, sounds interesting, cant wait to see it.
I_am_Canadian (author)  grevious6 years ago
I vote ....................................................... 5!
I_am_Canadian (author)  therandomperson6 years ago
YAY! Thanks
freakinslop6 years ago
awesome job man! 5*!
I_am_Canadian (author)  freakinslop6 years ago
Great Instructable! 5*.
pls6 years ago
OMG ill make it
I_am_Canadian (author)  pls6 years ago
Vynash6 years ago
nice this is so awesome 5*s it's pretty beastly
I_am_Canadian (author)  Vynash6 years ago
TheDunkis6 years ago
Nice! If only I had a motor and some more pieces at least some things like bendies I'd come up with my own ball machines. I'm highly creative when it comes to things like this. I used to be a linerider after all. Hmm I have another idea but it's one of those "So crazy and some what complicated that I doubt it would work" ideas.
I_am_Canadian (author)  TheDunkis6 years ago
Yeah.. And you dont neccesairily need bendys to make ball machines... They help, but not all needed. I hope to make a mini ball machine after I take apart my v3.
I know but- I have no electric motors, lust like 8 long bendies, no special pieces so all I could make would be a basic one time down hill roll.
I_am_Canadian (author)  TheDunkis6 years ago
You can make crank powered ball machines. Not as fun, but it works.
ironman696 years ago
5 stars
I_am_Canadian (author)  ironman696 years ago
Good Idea!!
I_am_Canadian (author)  shadowninja316 years ago
builder9686 years ago
coming soon... a ball machine using this. it will use this, and then some of darthtrainmans elements.
I_am_Canadian (author)  builder9686 years ago
builder9686 years ago
mind if i use this in a ball machine?
I_am_Canadian (author)  builder9686 years ago
Thats why I posted it!
Oblivitus6 years ago
I_am_Canadian (author)  Oblivitus6 years ago
iKill6 years ago
really innovative, i have a suggestion but ill pm it to you cause its complicated but will save you loads of pieces.
I_am_Canadian (author)  iKill6 years ago
Ooh. Me likey!
I_am_Canadian (author)  The KNex Weasel6 years ago
bakenbitz6 years ago
I made a thing just like this, only much smaller, the arms were only blue rod length, it was a mini machine, about 8 square inches.
I_am_Canadian (author)  bakenbitz6 years ago
I was about to make one... Jeez! Neat.