This guide will include all of the ball machine lifts that have been built. In each step is a short description of the lift, a credit to the builder, and links to instructions/videos. If a lift includes at least one picture it'll either be added into an existing step or made into a new step. If a lift includes no pictures, but only a video, it will be added to the second to last step, titled "Lifts Without Pictures". This is to make the guide official, instead of only including lifts with pictures.
If you want your lift added or know of another lift to be added, just post a comment below with links/pictures. Please have good quality pictures, not ones that are blurry, fuzzy, dark, etc. Every builder is credited to their lift, usually with a hyperlink to their profile, but if you don't want your lift on this guide due to copyright reasons, just tell me and I'll take it off of the guide.
Please tell me if you have any suggestions or feedback for this guide. I hope you find it useful!
This guide started out with only 10 steps, but now it has over 70! The search bar below allows you to search steps by title, just in case you can't find a lift within the huge mass of steps. Thanks to Sorunome for programming it. :-)
For building parts of ball machines other than lifts, here are some more official guides:
Building ball machines (by RNB, Tornado96, and Shadowman39)
Elements (by Knextreme)
Path separators (by mathsboy314)
Step 1: Chain Lift
If you're wondering what Disco Track is, it's my younger brother's ball machine (he's also a Knexer, his name on 'Ibles is Jag56).
Step 2: Micro Chain Lift
Step 3: Chain Path Lift
Most of the pictures below show it in Cataclysm during the construction.
Step 4: Alternative Chain Lift
Step 5: Semi-Circle Lift
Step 6: Chainsaw Lift
A similar lift was also in Loopy, built by I_am_Canadian (last picture).
Step 7: Inverted Chainsaw Lift
Step 8: Vertical Chainsaw Lift
Step 9: Ultimate Chainsaw Lift
Step 10: Stair Lift
If you want to build it, here's the Instructable.
Step 11: Stair-Arm Lift
Currently, this lift is in my ball machine Citadel, which is still under construction. Click here for the update video that shows this lift working. I am going to make instructions of this lift, but until then the pictures above are from Citadel's construction album.
Step 12: Double Helix Lift
Click here for the instructions!
Step 13: Single Helix Lift
KageKumo used a diagonal spiral lift in his ball machine, and the video is here.
Above are pictures of my double helix lift, changed into a single helix lift. Thanks to Sorunome for the pictures. Also included are pictures of a tilted helix lift, built by mathsboy314. His helix is basically a helix from Trampoline Tower. The last pictures 4-6 show it, and here is a video.
Tornado96 made a slightly different helix lift in his ball machine Uprising (picture 7). The helix part was built to be stronger.
Step 14: Inverted Helix Lift
This lift was featured in Cataclysm, and there are pictures of it above (pictures 5-10).
Also, it's possible to use twice as less tubing/orange-tabbed connectors if you only build the bottom strand of tubing and leave out the top strand. Pictures 11-12 below show this version. The one in picture 11 was built by Sorunome, and the one in picture 12 was built by Koolcoasterkid (this picture is only the top view). Click here for more information about this method, since there are a few things you'll have to modify.
Here is a video of this lift:
Step 15: Tower Helix Lift
Step 16: Shredder Lift
Step 17: Hopper Lift
Thanks to Mr. Muggle for the pictures!
Step 18: Singular Arm Lift
Step 19: Motorized Madness Circle Lift
Step 20: Rotating Arm Lift
The most basic rotating arm lifts use a carrier at the end of rotating arms to lift balls up. An example would be the version in Picture 1, built by sandroknexmaster. This version doesn't use track at the bottom; instead it picks balls up from the floor directly. Instructions of this lift are located here. Another example of a basic rotating arm lift is one made by collinjo12, what he calls a modified arm lift. The instructions are here, and his lift is Picture 2. Below is a video of Sandro's lift.
Another type of rotating arm lift was built by MechanicalCreationMaster (it's also called Freefall Wheel Lift) in Krypton. It uses a thin arm to lift balls up a curved track, and when the ball gets high enough it goes toward the center of the arm. Then some track makes it lift up higher. These arms have no carriers like the more basic versions, but it causes the movement of the arm to be choppy at times. Picture 3 shows this lift.
There is another version similar to MCM's lift, built by sandroknexmaster for his ball machine Paradox (4th picture). Below is the video of Sandro's lift, and here are the instructions!
Step 21: Large Rotating Arm Lift
I don't have much good pictures of this lift. The best place to see this lift is in Wipe Out's video.
smool also made a rotating arm lift in his ball machine, SmooL. Click here for the instructions on his lift! It's a lot like mine, with a similar gate system. It uses less pieces than mine and has a different way of dispensing the balls at the top.
Step 22: Quadruple Rotating Arm Lift
The earliest version of this lift type was built by I_am_Canadian. It has four arms that each pick up balls, and carriers similar to standard rotating arm lifts. You can stack them up to make the lift higher. This lift is one of the earliest custom lifts built.
Thanks to IaC for the instructions, pictures, and video. Pictures 1-3 show his lift.
A later version of this lift was built by Kairah, and featured in Metropolis. This is an example of several arm lifts stacked onto each other, and they use chain to connect them to one motor. Pictures 4-7 show his lift. Here are the instructions!
Step 23: Wheel Lift
Mr. Muggle built one in his ball machine, Shake (Picture 4). Instructions for that ball machine, including the lift, are here.
There's also one in KageKumo's ball machine. There aren't pictures, but the video is here. This is an example of many wheels stacked on top of each other.
Coaster105 used a rather large wheel lift in his ball machine. The video is here.
toeti built one (picture 5) in his ball machine Nemesis. The instructions are here.
Another example is shown in Picture 6, built by sandroknexmaster. Here are the instructions of his version.
Step 24: Small Wheel Lift
Picture 9 shows a lift built by Sorunome, which classifies as a small wheel lift. This was in his ball machine Dystopia, which was built after my first version of the small wheel lift. It's different than the original though, since it doesn't use tubing and the wheel is built differently. The instructions can be found here.
In Citadel, I rebuilt this lift and improved it, like making it not use tubing, and making the wheel look better. There are 3 stacked up, and they use flexi-rods covered in blue spacers (silver spacers would also work). I don't have a video of these yet, since the ball machine is still under construction. Pictures 1-6 above are from Citadel's construction album (pictures 4-6 show the lift section before it was added to the ball machine).
Step 25: Tiny Wheel Lift
Currently, this lift is in my ball machine Citadel, which is still under construction. Click here for the update video that shows this lift working. The picture above is from Citadel's construction album.
Step 26: Wheel Lift with Holes
Again, I don't have much pictures of this lift, since it was taken with my old camera.
Another small wheel lift which uses a similar method is the one used in wanny's ball machine, Davinch. Watch the video here.
Picture 4 shows sathothy's wheel lift, built with micro pieces. It was featured in his ball machine, Armageddon.
KneXtreme built a wheel lift that is thinner, and a piece at the top pushes the balls out, shown in picture 5. Here are instructions!
Step 27: Large Wheel Lift with Holes
Step 28: Ring Lift
Below are pictures of the ring lift used in Cataclysm. The ring is pretty thin, as you can see in the fifth picture. Picture 8 shows where the balls enter, and the picture after shows where they exit.
Sorunome recreated this lift from Cataclysm's video, and made instructions! The last picture shows it.
Step 29: Spiral Wheel Lift
There is another version of a spiral wheel lift, made by KneXtreme (starting at the 5th picture). It's smaller than bezempje's and uses regular tubing track instead of roller coaster track. Click here for the video and here for the instructions!
Step 30: Revolving Ball Machine Lift
Step 31: Mouse Wheel Lift
Step 32: Spinning Freefall Lift
Step 33: Large Arm Lift
See Cataclysm's video to see it finished! The video below shows it finished, but without the gate at the bottom.
Step 34: Quarter Arm Lift
There is a different version of a quarter arm lift made by Palslayers. Here is the video of his version.
Step 35: Parallel Arm Lift
Sorunome rebuilt it from the video and modified it to make instructions, shown in picture 6.
Step 36: Counter Parallel Arm Lift
Step 37: Connected Arm Lift
Step 38: Crossing Arm Lift
Step 39: Falling Arm Lift
Step 40: Shifting Arm Lift
The video is embedded below.
Sorunome built a shifting arm lift for his ball machine, Apocalypse, shown in picture 5. His version is 8 arms tall. Picture 6 shows one built by koolcoasterkid, which is 6 arms tall. These two versions had to be modified in different ways to make them work, more information on that can be found here.
Step 41: Multiple Arm Lift
Step 42: Right-Handed Arm Lift
Step 43: Small Returning Arm Lift
Step 44: Jigsaw Lift
This lift was originally invented by bezempje95, but he deleted his account and instructions; Sorunome decided to post his version, so now there are instruction again. With this lift there is a shaft, tilted diagonally, which has something in the middle that goes up and down in a circular motion. The part in the middle has "spikes" on it, that grip the balls and take them up a level. There is also a counterweight. Pictures 1-6 above show Sorunome's version (5 and 6 show the lift in Apocalypse), and pictures 7-9 show bezempje95's. Click here for the instructions!
Step 45: Vertical Jigsaw Lift
Click here for the update video that shows this lift working. I am going to make instructions for this lift, but until then the picture above is from Citadel's construction album.
There is also a different version of this lift, made by mathsboy314. He calls it a puzzle lift. Here are instructions and the video!
Step 46: Ladder Lift
Step 47: Mill Lift
Click here for instructions of floris2burn's mill lift!
The first 4 pictures were taken by foris2burn of his lift. You can find the video here.
Here's the video of Kairah's mill lift:
Here's Kairah's second version of his mill lift:
Step 48: Wheel/Mill Lift
Step 49: Twin Elevator Lift
Step 50: Elevator Lift
Step 51: Elevator Free-fall Lift
Step 52: Wheeled Crankshaft Lift
Step 53: Pump Lift
Here are the instructions!
Step 54: Stacker Lift
Step 55: Big Air Ball Tower Lift
Step 56: Scissor Lift
Step 57: Door Lift
Step 58: Push Lift
Step 59: Stepper Lift
I haven't built this lift yet, so I don't have any of my own pictures. Thanks to I_am_Canadian for the pictures, which are of his ball machine, Twister.
Instructions are right here. This is a step within an Instructable for Retrograde (designed by MarsCrystalMan and instructions made by knexpert#10829476.
Step 60: Up and Down Lift
Step 61: Modified Stepper Lift
This was originally built in Unfinished Knex ball machine. You can see this in the 5th picture.
Here are the instructions! Below is the video.
There is a different version of this lift, made by Thibaultisthebest. collinjo12 made instructions here. His version uses less pieces than mine, but its movement is pretty choppy. The last picture shows his lift.
Step 62: Modified Chain Stepper Lift
Step 63: Alternating Arm Lift
Step 64: Alternator Lift
This lift is featured in Cataclysm. The last few pictures show it.
Click here for the instructions!
Here's the video:
Step 65: Slider Lift
Step 66: Rollerball Lift
This was first used in RCManiac31's ball machine, Mission to Mars.
Mr. Muggle recreated the lift section (pictures below) and used it in his ball machine, Power Tower.
Step 67: Micro Rollerball Lift
Step 68: Car Lift
KneXtreme also made instructions of this lift in his ball machine, Lithium (pictures below). The lift in the instructions is slightly modified from the original.
Step 69: Hammer Lift
Step 70: Kick Lift
Step 71: Ball Launcher
I pictured earlier designs, and the newest ones. Picture 8 shows a track system that didn't work very well, but I improved it by making the track lead straight up (pictures 4-6). Picture 3 shows a close-up of the switch.
Step 72: Micro Ball Launcher
Step 73: Launching Arm Lift
Step 74: Ball Launcher/Shooter
Step 75: Jump Lift
Step 76: Jump Arm Lift
Step 77: Lifts Without Pictures
Wheel launching lift, by Floris Cockaerts
Counter-spin lift, by DymonLord
Crankavator, by ALocke
New knex ball machine lift, by 95martb
Cardan gear lift, by Austron
Car back-roll lift, by Thibault Art