Tutorials/Item elevator

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Item elevators are wonderful machines for transporting items. They can be useful for a storage system of a fully automatic farm. It is good to know which item elevators are best for you, and how to build them.

Usage[edit]

Item elevators are used to transport items upwards. The item could be as a dropped item, or it could be in a container (droppers, mostly). There are quite a few designs, but not all work in all versions.

Designs[edit]

Water[edit]

This design use the new water mechanics introduced in 1.13 (18w07a).

Dropper[edit]

See also: Ultimate Guide to Reliable Dropper Towers

The following design is a simple dropper elevator, and will work in all versions back to 1.5, when it was introduced.

Fence[edit]

This design uses some fence posts and a bug in the game. However, this bug was fixed in 1.9.

Door[edit]

This showcase is of a design that uses only a door and a (wooden) pressure plate. But Xisumavoid, the one who is showcasing it, shows how to improve the design.

Piston[edit]

This is a design that can take any amount of items, and send them upwards very quickly. Works in versions 1.9+ only.

Glass or Solid Block[edit]

This showcase is of a design that uses a dropper to fire items into a 3×3 glass pillar to send items upwards with the updates made to entity behavior in 1.11. The fast clock used in this item elevator also works well with observer blocks for a very fast and silent dropper elevator.