Introduction: Versatile Chainsaw Lift: a Knex Ball Machine Lift

This is the third of three new lifts in our knex ball machine impossible. This lift is kind of like a chainsaw lift, but it is very versatile (hence its name). What makes this lift so versatile is the fact that you can make it go up, down (although I'm not too sure you would want to do that!), or diagonally! But for the purpose of ease, this one is diagonal.
For now, just look at the picture, watch the video, and I'll check in with you at the next step to start counting your pieces! Of course, if you don't what to do that, you can go to step 2 to start building it, and I'll still be there to help you along with that.

Oh, and if you need help with anything, feel free to post a comment with your question or send us a private message. We're here to help!
Good luck!

Step 1: Part Count

Ok this is where you count your pieces! Of course, if you don't want to, you don't have to do this and you can skip this step. The parts are listed in their classic colors.


34 grey

63 red

10 blue

30 white

15 green

Total rods: 152


4 white

6 blue

10 yellow

68 purple

19 red

7 green

10 orange

4 light grey

4 dark grey


16 Y clips

2 tan clips

26 grey spacers

17 blue spacers

6 red gears

79 chain links

1 new style motor (you can use any motor you like, but you will need to modify the motor section)

Total Misc.: 157

Grand total: 431

There you go! Those are the pieces to build your lift. I'll check back with you at the next step.

Step 2: Entrance

The beginning for you and the balls!

Step 3: The Tower Pt. 1

This is the first part of the tower.

Step 4: The Motor Section and Exit Track

This is the part that makes the lift move! It's also where the balls come off (obviously!)

Step 5: The Lifts

These are the things that will actually do the lifting!

Step 6: Done!

This is the last step! Just load on some balls, turn the motor on, and... have fun!

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