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Old 12-09-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I just got my keg from a good friend and now i want to cut the top of it off, I was more thinking of using a plasma cutter, but I have tried calling around everywhere to find a place that does it professionally. Does anyone know of any places in the Northern Virginia area that does these types of jobs?

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Old 12-09-2010, 05:41 PM   #2
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Use your angle grinder.

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Old 12-09-2010, 06:23 PM   #3
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i agree, if you dont have one, save the money that you would pay to have someone cut it with plasma cutter and go buy and angle grinder. Takes less than 10 minutes.

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Old 12-09-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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I've done four kegs with a Dremmel and cut off wheels. Very little filing or sanding required when done. It takes a little time (I imagine more than an angle grinder). First keg probably took 6 cut off wheels, the four took 2-3 (I got the hang of it )

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4.5" hand grinder plus cut off wheel.

look at how easy it is to make your jig

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/cutt...grinder-88907/

I used scrap wood, a lag bolt I already had, I bought a washer and 1-1/4 pvc coupling

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Thanks everyone I'm gonna look for a good grinder when I go to the store tomorrow, do I need to apply oil when using the grinder?

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no oil needed

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Thanks everyone I'm gonna look for a good grinder when I go to the store tomorrow, do I need to apply oil when using the grinder?
Be careful with your new angle grinder and especially so if you don't have experience using one. The thin metal cutting discs are nearly as hazardous as a circular saw and can cut a finger off in a heartbeat. Wear safety glasses or preferably a full face shield. Hearing protection would also be a good idea. The fiber discs can sometimes shatter and when they do, the disc fragments can fly like shrapnel. You can buy a cheap angle grinder at Harbor Freight that will get the job done just fine.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:38 AM   #9
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I second the Harbor Freight notion. I have a very nice grinder that I use on automotive stuff, but I bought a $14 one from HF to cut hardy backer with. I've also used it for all the cuts in both of my brewrigs, and it's still going strong. Wish I hadn't spent $45 on my other one...

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sasjodi, here is a tip if you didn't read it earlier in the thread.

walk the grinder around the keg in the direction the blade spins DO NOT FIGHT the blades natural motion.

use light easy pressure so your just scoring the keg, no need to cut deep that will yield poor results.

go slow it might take more laps around the keg, but the finish product will be well worth it.

all in all I think my second keg to 7-8 minutes where are my first closer to five but its not as pretty as the second one is.

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