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Old 10-30-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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I seem to recall someone on here saying they cut out the top of their keg with a Dremel. I tried to take the top off the other day with a cutting blade on my angle-grinder and gave up after fifteen minutes of not getting through it.

What exactly did you use and how long did it take?

I'm considering going out and buying one as I need it for other things too and there doesn't seem to be anyone around with a plasma cutter who will take it off for less than the cost of a dremel.

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Old 10-30-2007, 08:52 PM   #2
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I seem to recall someone on here saying they cut out the top of their keg with a Dremel. I tried to take the top off the other day with a cutting blade on my angle-grinder and gave up after fifteen minutes of not getting through it.

What exactly did you use and how long did it take?

I'm considering going out and buying one as I need it for other things too and there doesn't seem to be anyone around with a plasma cutter who will take it off for less than the cost of a dremel.
Be careful! I burned out a dremmel trying to cut a thick piece of metal.

With a grinder, you need to make several passes.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:53 PM   #3
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IMO: A dremel is no good for a keg. Not enough power and you'd use 100's of discs.

Buy a cheap grinder it's worth it.

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Angle grinders are like $30. Buy one, you'll use it more than you think and it's an uber-cool tool to have.

Take your time with it. Get a couple cutting disks, the thin ones, you'll probably only need one, but get a backup, they're cheap enough. Again - take your time, probably four passes. Draw out the circle you're cutting out - the bottom of an Ale Pail was the perfect size for me.

Or, send it off to BierMuncher - he'll hook you up

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Get a pack of the really thin 4.5" metal cutting disks for your grinder. Should take two easy passes, 10 mins tops. Use a grinding wheel/flapper disk and sand paper to clean it up.

Edit, dang an early bird got the worm.

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I seem to recall someone on here saying they cut out the top of their keg with a Dremel. I tried to take the top off the other day with a cutting blade on my angle-grinder and gave up after fifteen minutes of not getting through it.

What exactly did you use and how long did it take?

I'm considering going out and buying one as I need it for other things too and there doesn't seem to be anyone around with a plasma cutter who will take it off for less than the cost of a dremel.
I just used a grinding wheel on my keggle... the cutting blade works well if you are not attempting a curved cut. The grinding wheel works on a curve because you are making such a wide swath of a cut (1/8"-1/4"). I'd make one pass to get a "track" ground in and then it should go well from there.
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:20 PM   #7
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I second the grinding disk.
You take more meat out but it's easier and because you make multiple grinding cuts then you get a better cut.

Rest the back of the grinder against the rim of the keggle and use it as a guide.

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Every time I go to Home Depot, I see the Return rack full of Ryobi angle grinders for half the cost of a new one. Look there first.

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I gotta say, I've tried both the grinding disks and the thin cutting disks. I think the thin ones were much easier and I ended up with an almost perfect cut. I can't imagine how cutting more metal with a grinding disk could be easier.

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i used a dermel to cut my keg open. it gets the job done but you need about 15-20 disks and it doesnt cut very fast. it leaves a nice round edge though so i guess thats a +

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