Introduction: Guide to Most Commonly Used Knex Ball Machine Lifts

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i have seen many a ball machine lift at this site so i thought i'd make a guide to them all cause there were very many of them.

Step 1: Knex Stair Lift

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picture courtesy of shadowman39 this lift was featured in the wipeout ball machine

Step 2: Knex Arm Lift

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this kind of lift was also featured in wipeout. pics courtesy of i_am_Canadian

Step 3: Knex Double Helix Lift

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many people have a hard time finding the pieces to make this lift so this is just a pic preview. thanks to shadowman39 for more pics

Step 4: Knex Inverter Lift

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i have been fascinated by how this lift is made and i hope you are too. pics i used from cubemaster53's inverter lift instructable.heres the link to his instructable right here

Step 5: Knex Chain Lift

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i find this lift to be the most commonly used lift on this site it consists of knex chain pieces put together with a holder and ejecter put on it so that it can be used as such. need i say more? pics courtesy of cfcubed. these are by far the very simplest to make if you have enough chain

if you don't happen to have enough chain you can buy it easily for about 5 cents (U.S. Currency) from k', Here is the LINK

Step 6: New Concept:mini Chain Lift

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this is my new lift idea so use it as you like but if you're using this 'ible to make it then you must acknowledge that i was the person who got the idea first. has a preview for my new mini ball machine mini-me upon which uses that lift type

Step 7: Faq &suggestions As to New Ball Machine Lifts

this is the area of questons ask them here. also if you know of other kinds of lifts then suggest them here ill find em and add em to this ible


Koenknexer (author)2015-05-30

bad guide the of shadowman are better

Mr. Muggle (author)2009-12-14

These are by far not all of them, I'm busy making a guide that has 13 lifts

Shadowman39 (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-15

I'm also making one. :-P

Mr. Muggle (author)Shadowman392009-12-16

S*** why does everyone have the same ideas as I have, how many lifts does your instructable have

Shadowman39 (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-16

It has about 15.

GeekBeam (author)Shadowman392012-02-02


Mr. Muggle (author)Shadowman392009-12-16

S*** that's even more than my guide, does yours have any lifts nobody knows about?

Shadowman39 (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-17

Yeah, and there will be more when Cataclysm is finished. I'm planning 2-3 new lifts for that.

Mr. Muggle (author)Shadowman392009-12-17

Ok, I won't finish my own instructable, It's not even that far yet

Shadowman39 (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-16

I actually started making/planning it around when I built Wipe Out. It has all of my lifts, plus I need to ask other people's permission to post their lifts.

GeekBeam (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-15

just comment on the missing ones then ill add them if i can find em.

Mr. Muggle (author)GeekBeam2009-12-15

No, I'm still making my own instructable, I'm sorry but I don't want you to copy anything

GeekBeam (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-15

im gonna try to make a few more lifts if i can remember them all

Mr. Muggle (author)GeekBeam2009-12-15

please don't I'll be done with my instructable within a few weeks

GeekBeam (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-16

I'll wait for you to finish you're ball lift guide before posting themost completeball mchine guide

GeekBeam (author)Mr. Muggle2009-12-15

ok i wont but im making an ultimate guide to ball machine parts(inluding lifts)

Mr. Muggle (author)GeekBeam2009-12-16


GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2009-12-15

in the f.a.q.

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2009-12-15

ah sorry i didn't mean to steal you're thunder although i did mean to help others in their ball machine endeavors

Mr. Muggle (author)GeekBeam2009-12-15

It's not bad at all though for a first instructable, Sorry I was so harsch, I was just kinda angry because I'm busy making my own instructable

areis1 (author)2011-07-12

i cant see the picture that well :(

GeekBeam (author)areis12012-02-02

I was running a bit short on time...and right now I am a bit constrained as to what i can do on a computer...

Goochmaster (author)2009-12-27

My one just falls off?
any help with that?

(By the way.. i use the chain that i got from the Speedster rollercoaster set.. is that diffrent to original chains?)

GeekBeam (author)Goochmaster2009-12-27

you need to check the tension on it if it isn't tight enough then remove a link if you cant then add an extra gear some where the position depends on how much tensioning you need and i don't know if your'e chain is different i need to check it out can you send me a link i'm on vaca so i won't be able to come up with a solution if you ask me to get one on the spot

Goochmaster (author)GeekBeam2009-12-28

The Chain Itself Is Fine, It Sits Perfectly On The Gears,
Im On about The Grey Bit You Use To Hold The Bit Of Knex Onto The Chain.. That Slides Off It..

Heres The Link For The Coaster Im On about

your chain is too small you need chain from screamin serpent coaster or shark run or storm mountain or big ball factory or eBay

yeeesss!!!! I have the screamin serpent!!!! except I sold it to my neighbor....... time to buy it back!!!

I have the screamin serpent too!!!!!!!!

whats not to get.. I've never made a ball machine cuz i sold my screamin serpent roller coaster to my neighbor and so I don't have any chains or gears so now I'm guna get ut back to make a ball machine.....

actually, all he needs is to go to the next step in my instructable, it's got the details on a mini chain lift

oh okay

zchan1120 (author)Goochmaster2010-04-09

make sure it is hooked on all the way. Sometimes it may seem to be attached, but it really is just very loosely holding on, which is why it would fall off.

GeekBeam (author)Goochmaster2009-12-28

yer probly using mini chain then all u need to do is use mini knex pieces for it to stay on im still working the idea of a mini knex lift in my head so for now dont worry about it use mini knex

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2009-12-27

what is the specific name to be sure i searched it on google & nothing came up do that or get me a link to the site you got it off of

r not going to check back often so dont expect to hear from me in about a week

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2009-12-27

it might be mini chain youre using if it is from the latest batch of knex roller coasters if it isn't i don't know youre not giving me enough information & what are you speaking of as original? i can't tell i need a link to the site cuz knex dusnt support that model anymore

zchan1120 (author)GeekBeam2010-04-08
I have a mini chain lift, but only three mini gears.  at the top, I used two mini gears,

and at the bottom i used two big gears placed together with a blue spacer in between, facing the same direction.

rymndgeekyguy is correct.

You need to add eithr mor gears sticking out along the backside or a rod with spacers on it.

also, if this doesn't work and you cannot take of one chain link, then you can try to replace one of the chain links with one of those clippe thingys shown here.
Gold Track Splice

hope this helped!! (even though it is a liiiiiiiiitle(that ws sarcasm) late. 
GeekBeam (author)zchan11202010-04-08

the part that he is tlkaing about is the 45 degree grey piece that hookes onto the regular chain just fine. he tried that on his mini chain/and the setup he did didn't work, so i told him to use mini knex pieces instead of regular sized ones.

p.s.m heres a pic if you can see it.

zchan1120 (author)GeekBeam2010-04-09

yes, that is correct

zchan1120 (author)zchan11202010-04-08


picture here

zchan1120 (author)zchan11202010-04-08


could not get a picture

albydesign (author)2011-06-08

Great lift! I like it because it's simple and uses less rods! 4* =D

smool (author)2010-01-16

is the inverter lift manual? cause i built it and it has got no motor

zchan1120 (author)smool2010-04-09

There are instructions for how to build it with a motor somewhere on

Also, I forget who, but someone on instructables has a link to a youtube video of the lift which has a link to the instructions on

I'll try to find the link again

GeekBeam (author)smool2010-01-16

if you can make it motorized then send some pics to me but other than that yes it is manuel

smool (author)GeekBeam2010-01-18

that would be sick but i think u would need some computer programming cause not everything is moving at once unless u got everything in sinc...anyway, i might try it but at the mo i am a little short on peices

GeekBeam (author)smool2010-01-19

nah i found someone who did it but you need the link that i dont have sorry ill put up the link where i got the pic from so you can build it further

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2010-01-19

there ya go

GeekBeam (author)GeekBeam2010-01-19

if you need more details you just need a lever to move each group of arms up & down,ill show when i get time (a lot of my time is taken up so it'll take a really long time to do this sorry for inconveniencing you

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