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Hi everyone!

Here are the instructions for the first lift in a series of 4 lifts, all first used in my knex ball machine Paradox.
This is the most complicated of all and the most difficult lift I ever built, and it turned out great!
It works near to perfection and looks very good.
One disadvantage: It is very piece consuming for its height, especially gears and spacers. 
But in exchange you get an awesome, unique lift! :D

Important: If you build this lift, read every image note! They will help you a lot!

So let's start building!

~Sandroknexmaster~

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Step 1: Piece Count

If you want you can count the pieces before you start building.
Here is a list with all pieces included in this lift, named by their original color:

RODS:

Green: 193
White: 118
Blue: 162
Yellow: 52
Red: 41
Grey: 3
Black: 2

Total rods: 571

CONNECTORS:

Dark-grey: 61
Light-grey: 28
Orange: 52
Red: 46
Green: 18
Yellow: 99
White: 14
Purple: 149
Blue: 27

Total connectors: 494

OTHER:

Blue spacer: 90
Silver spacer: 146
Tan clip: 16
Y-clip: 23
Blue hinge: 1
Black hinge: 1
Small blue gear: 8
Medium red gear: 15
Medium yellow gear: 7
Big yellow gear: 1
Chain link: 44
Motor: 1

Total other: 353


Grand Total: 1418
Nice, but I think it's difficult to build in because you use blue and yellow rods in the same line.. I hope you can understand it because I can't explain it well in English.. :D But, good job!
Yeah I know what you mean. I tried to make it different (only blue/red rods) but it was too complicated. Red gears come togheter with a white rod, just like where the gears from the gearbox and the gears of the crank come togheter. So I had to use white rods, or other gears: Big yellow gears; I don't have to explain they are not a good option. Small blue gears: I tried it but then the crank touched the gearbox and blocked. Then I had to make a smaller crank, but then I also had to change the pushers because the smaller crank didn't push the pushers far enough back and forward. So red gears were the only option. <br> <br>Well, I hope this explain why I had to use white rods :P <br> <br>Thanks! =D
<p>you can put the red gears together diagonally instead of horizontally... I don't know if it would work, as I haven't actually built it! :P</p>
<p>That could work indeed, you could give it a try :)</p>
<p>I actually don't think I could build it anyway! We don't have enough gears left! =D</p>
<p>Then once you have enough gears left for it :)</p>
<p>yeah! Even then, I don't think we would have enough!! :P You have <em>waaaaayy</em></p><p>more gears then we do. I think we may need to get some more in the future on ebay! :D Then again, we're running low on red and blue rods so that would make it hard to build this lift too! :P Maybe when we take down our current ball machine. I can't wait to build it! :D</p>
<p>Ok nice!</p>
<p>Great! (fast reply! only 5 minutes :P )</p>
Long story.. But I understand that this is the best way.. But you can use also a red gear, than a blue gear and than again a red gear. <br> <br>Np.. :)
Yeah I know, but that would be even MORE gears. It is already one of the most gear consuming lifts. But that could be possible indeed :D
Yes, that's true.... 31 gears! Wow!
<p>did you change the gate since it was in paradox?</p>
<p>Yes it's different here.</p>
<p>how so?</p>
<p>It's just different, look in the videos :D</p>
<p>I looked in paradox's video and I couldn't see it very well (the white floor was blocking the view a little :P...) Very cool still!</p>
great design! looks kinda heavy on the motor though. I will see if i can improve it so it can be extended a long way.
<p>Yeah there are probably some better mechanisms to make the same lift idea, but sometimes I seem (and secretly like) to make things more complex than necessary :p</p><p>It stresses the motor a bit indeed, but not exeggarated. I'd like to see a mod from you! </p>
i'll be working on it. do you want to collab?
<p>I'm currently working on my upcoming machine, so not now sorry.</p>
yaaaaaaaay (to bad i had a similar lift idea :P)
Haha thanks! :D
ik heb 3 vragen werkt deze ook met die nieuwe balls? en me 2e vraag is kan ik deze ook make met zo weinig mogelijk &quot;Gears&quot; 3e vraag kan ik deze ook hoger maken?
1) Ik denk het niet <br>2) Je kan het proberen maar dat zal heel moeilijk worden (ik zou niet weten hoe) <br>3) Dat zal nog moeilijker worden dan minder gears te gebruiken. Maar je kan het proberen (ik vrees van niet)
Oh no, your pdf is corrupt, just like my roller coaster:( This makes me sad. I don't think there is anything you can do to fix it either.
Oh I didn't know that. I never use pdf's on instructables. Too bad it doesn't work :(
Haha, that's super cool! =D I might build this sometime :)
Thanks! Don't forget to send me a picture when you build it :D
Will do
:D
Btw, whats the difference between yellow medium gears and red medium gears.
The yellow gears have teeth sticking out the side. With this teeth you can place them 90&deg; on another gear. Examples Step 2 picture 26 &amp; 27. <br>But if you build the lift you'll understand it even better ;)
forgot the '?' mark.
Pretty nice looking lift. Now all that's left is to incorporate it into a full on ball machine. :3
Well, this is a lift I first used in my ball machine paradox, and now I made instructions for it. So it has already been in a ball machine :D
Oh, ok; that's good. :3 <br> <br>Also... <br> <br>Make of this what you will... <br> <br>But you're my 666th comment. :I
Yay! You're my 1313th commenter, luckily it's not friday today :P
Yep. I can't believe I'm saying this, but thank goodness it's not Friday. <br> <br>Do you know the significance of the number 666. You might not be as excited about being my 666th comment then. :I
No, 666 is just a number with 3 6es for me :p
Ah, ok. <br> <br>Explanation: <br>666 is a number, that according to the bible, will be the number of the anti-christ. They say it will be his logo number of a sort. <br> <br>I am agnostic, so I don't exactly believe in such things, but 666 represents evil, satan and all that stuff.
Oh so I'm the knex-devil :_( <br>That's not funny... ;)
No, it was just a joke. :P I am pretty sure that you aren't the devil. :3 Unless you <em>want</em> to be the K'nex devil. :P
Haha then I'd like more to be the knex god then the devil :D
You are already the God of K'nex Ball Machines. :P
Haha You're Zeus of turret guns :D
Awesome! So much action in such a little machine!
Haha yes, almost everything on this lift is moving :) <br>Thanks!
Cool, very creative! I like all the gears, and the gate system.
Thanks mighty shadow! =P

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