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Old 07-08-2012, 04:08 AM   #1
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Default Harbor Freight Punch Set for heating element

I stumbled on a 4 die punch set at Harbor Freight today for $19.95 and the 1" pipe punch is perfect for a electric heating element install. The item number is 91201.

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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Ive used the set.. Yes it works, and if you are only looking to punch one or two holes you will get by.

I tried using the 7/8" punch for a bunch of holes in the kettles, and ended up buying a whole green lee set used.. there is a huge quality diff between them.

the threaded rod ended up stripping and f'd up a hole

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
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I figured it wasn't a quality set from looking at them but a lot of homebrewers only need to punh one 1-1/4" hole for a element and $19.95 is better than ~$80 for one use.

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Old 07-08-2012, 03:38 PM   #4
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I think I tried that set and ended up returning it. I was doing weldless and none of the punches fit for me. I traded it for a step drill. Go slow and I didn't have any problem with that.

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Old 07-09-2012, 03:29 AM   #5
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They are conduit size, which will work out for some. The 1/2" conduit is 7/8" so it works for ball valves. I have used that set and it will work great. Just sharpen the edge with a file after every time you make a hole. The punch gets a little deformed from the hard stainless. But with sharpening one seat lasted many holes. Also the threading on the bolt of the 1/2" punch is crappy. I had to run a die over it a couple times to clean the threads up when it got a bit deformed.

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I agree with JRems I have this set and I have punched 12 holes in kegs so far. The trick is to lubricate everything, make sure the cutting blades are lined up, and go slow.

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