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!



Step 1: Piece Count

Picture of 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:


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

Total rods: 571


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

Total connectors: 494


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
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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!
sandroknexmaster (author)  dickheijboer2 years ago
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.

Well, I hope this explain why I had to use white rods :P

Thanks! =D

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

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1392 months ago

That could work indeed, you could give it a try :)

I actually don't think I could build it anyway! We don't have enough gears left! =D

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1392 months ago

Then once you have enough gears left for it :)

yeah! Even then, I don't think we would have enough!! :P You have waaaaayy

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

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1392 months ago

Ok nice!

Great! (fast reply! only 5 minutes :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.

Np.. :)
sandroknexmaster (author)  dickheijboer2 years ago
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!
www1392 months ago

did you change the gate since it was in paradox?

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1392 months ago

Yes it's different here.

how so?

sandroknexmaster (author)  www1392 months ago

It's just different, look in the videos :D

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!

martijnb954 months ago
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.
sandroknexmaster (author)  martijnb954 months ago

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

It stresses the motor a bit indeed, but not exeggarated. I'd like to see a mod from you!

i'll be working on it. do you want to collab?
sandroknexmaster (author)  martijnb954 months ago

I'm currently working on my upcoming machine, so not now sorry.

Sorunome2 years ago
yaaaaaaaay (to bad i had a similar lift idea :P)
sandroknexmaster (author)  Sorunome2 years ago
Haha thanks! :D
cooljupjup2 years ago
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 "Gears" 3e vraag kan ik deze ook hoger maken?
sandroknexmaster (author)  cooljupjup2 years ago
1) Ik denk het niet
2) Je kan het proberen maar dat zal heel moeilijk worden (ik zou niet weten hoe)
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 :(
hunter9992 years ago
Haha, that's super cool! =D I might build this sometime :)
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9992 years ago
Thanks! Don't forget to send me a picture when you build it :D
Will do
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9992 years ago
Btw, whats the difference between yellow medium gears and red medium gears.
sandroknexmaster (author)  hunter9992 years ago
The yellow gears have teeth sticking out the side. With this teeth you can place them 90° on another gear. Examples Step 2 picture 26 & 27.
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


Make of this what you will...

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.

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
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