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Old 05-06-2008, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Step bit vs. hole saw... Discuss...

Trying to decide if I should just break down and buy a step bit for 70 bucks and drill my kegs correctly, or if I should chance it with a hole saw...

Whats everyone's thoughts?!



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If you are only going to be using them for the keggle conversion, goto harbor freight and get their step bits. They are cheap and make sure to use oil in order to save your drill. They aren't the best quality but if your only doing a few holes why waste the money.

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If you are only going to be using them for the keggle conversion, goto harbor freight and get their step bits. They are cheap and make sure to use oil in order to save your drill. They aren't the best quality but if your only doing a few holes why waste the money.

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If you are only going to be using them for the keggle conversion, go to harbor freight and get their step bits. They are cheap and make sure to use oil in order to save your drill. They aren't the best quality but if your only doing a few holes why waste the money.
I completely agree. There will undoubtedly be a few people who chime in here to say they prefer the hole saw, but I HATE drilling sheet metal with a hole saw. Step drills make very clean holes with minimal effort. You can use vegetable oil as a cheap alternative to cutting oil.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:41 PM   #5
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Harbor Freight STEP DRILL... never do something like this with a hole saw...

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Yes on the step bit.

Ever break your wrist with a hole saw? Well me neither(but heard of it being done), but I sure bet it would suck.

I agree with the previous posters. Harbor Freight is the way to do it. Made in Taiwan baby! They're throw away bits, but you're only using them for a few holes anyway...and if they do last beyond the keggle conversion the all the better. The step bit will make for a cleaner hole too.

Ditto on the veggie oil, too. It'll work just fine for what you're doing.

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They both do a great job. If you need to go out and buy them +1 on harbor freight just drill slow and use cutting oil, they do a killer job, they wont last very long drilling stainless but they will get the job done. I like the carbide hole saws from GREENLEE they are expensive but worth it IMO.
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personaly im a tool guy so i like the step bit just bc it can be used multiple times for different size holes. but i do build alot of junk, but if its only for kegs... cheap hole saw.

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I was completely against the idea of using a hole saw but eventually decided to give it a try. It was so unbelievably easy! I bought a bimetal 1" holesaw blade for $9 at Lowes. Then I made a jig by simply drilling a hole in a 2"x4" piece of wood and then just clamped that down onto the keg on both ends. Finally I oiled up the area of interest and I was able to drill a hole in under half a minute. Then I just cleaned up the hole and surrounding area using some coarse sandpaper. The jig helped a lot because it prevented the holesaw from roaming around roughing up the area.

I originally started off using a step bit I bought from harbor freight. Maybe it was my POS craftsman drill, but for some reason I could only drill until about 7/8" diameter before my step bit would slow down to stop. However, the step bit definitely made a cleaner hole that didn't even need to be deburred.

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step bit

the one i used for my keggle was purchased from lowe's and cost around $30. worked awesome.



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