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Old 07-07-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default Whats the best way to cut the top off of a keg?

Get yourself a metal lathe...

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Old 07-07-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:45 PM   #3
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:47 PM   #4
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I was gonna sarcastically say "with a laser." But it pales in comparison to your awesome picture!

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Old 07-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #5
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Must be a breeze polishing that sucker, just have her rotate with a buffer on hand.

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The lathe is ice, but I will take the CNC plasma cutter table over that any day, you can't beat the speed of a robotic arm with 4000 degree super heated gas.

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My brother used to be a welder for Honda & he knows all kinds of people into machining & welding. The lathe belongs to a friend of his. My first conversion was a PITA burning through cut off wheels & sawzall blades. The 2nd 2 on the lathe took about 3 or 4 minutes going slow.

Do you guys think 1" square tubing would be enough to support a single tier system?

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Old 07-08-2008, 09:46 PM   #8
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I let Cyclops cut the tops off all my kegs.

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I have a 90 degree angle grinder and made a wood fixture with a 2 inch PVC end cap to fit the spear housing OD. It takes about 7 minutes to cut a 12 inch hole.

1 in tubing is a bit small but if it is 1/8 wall you could use it if you diagonally brace it well enough. I would rather go with 1.5 or 2 inch X .095 wall. 15 gals ea times 8.33 LBS per LB = 375 LBS plus the weight of the kegs lids and burners is a lot of weight.

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I was gonna say "carefully", then I saw the picture.....

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