Introduction: Push Lift, a Knex Ball Machine Lift

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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!



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:


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

Step 2: Gears Part 1

We'll start with the first part of the gears, that exists out of 3 parts.

Step 3: Gears Part 2

Second part of the gears.

Step 4: Gears Part 3

This is the third and last part of the gears.

Step 5: Completing the Gearbox and Adding Chain

In this step we'll attach all the gears togheter to get one strong gearbox. After that the chain will be added to let all the gears turn at the same time.

Step 6: Pusher Connection Holders

This will hold the pushers in place.

Step 7: Pusher Connections

These things are the connection between the crank and the pushers.

Step 8: Crank Reinforcement

Reinforcement for the crank, like the title says.

Step 9: Crank

Now it's time to build the crank. Built everything exactly as shown in the pictures.

Step 10: Combining Gearbox and Middle Section

The only thing to do in this step is combining the gears and the middle section. Look closely to every picture.

Step 11: Entrance

The entrance, where the balls wait to enter the lift.

Step 12: Pushers

These pushers will push the ball up.

Step 13: Rails and Support

The rails will keep the ball from falling down. The support... well... supports :D

Step 14: Exit

Here the ball exits the lift.

Step 15: Gate

Only one ball at once may enter the lift. That's what the gate takes care about.

Step 16: Motor Section

The last step! The motor and the rest of the gears.

Step 17: Finished!

Congratulations! You just finished your own Push Lift!

If you made this lift, please send me a picture so I can add it to this step.

Thanks for watching/building!