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Old 11-18-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Is a 6-7.5 amp reciprocating saw strong enough to cut the top of a keg?

Looking to cut the top off of 3 kegs to make keggles. I have an angle grinder to start the process but I am considering buying a reciprocating saw to finish it. Would either of these be strong enough to do the job?

http://www.harborfreight.com/power-t...saw-69067.html

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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It's a power vs time thing. With the right blade, you could cut the top off a keg by hand - it would just take a long time. Those will cut through, you just need the right blade, and some patience.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:08 PM   #3
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What type of metal blade would you recommend?

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Find someone with a plasma cutter & offer $20/keg.

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Got an air compressor? Get the harbor freight 3" air cutoff tool. Worked great on my two kegs.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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I just used the angle grinder for all three my kegs. I used a cut off disk to make a octagon and then I used a flap wheel to grind it into a circle. Took maybe 30 minutes start to finish.

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:56 PM   #7
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It will be hard to find a blade that will handle that much stainless. Just my 2 cents.
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It will be much harder with that kind of saw than a cutoff wheel. It should only take a few minutes with the cutoff disc. I have cut at least 8 kegs with a 3" air powered harbor freight cutter. Use the thinnest disc. I can cut one keg top using only one disc($1.00)I have a small compressor and had to wait longer for the compessor to keep filling than it took to cut. I would say it took about 20 passes.

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