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Old 01-31-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Cutting Kegs

Thanks to Bobby I was able to cut perfect circles in my kegs. I was going to use a plasma cutter but I was worried about cutting nice circles, plus its not that practical because most of us don't have spare plasma cutters sitting around. Here are some pictures of the process.

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Old 01-31-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
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Clean cut. Good job!

Tip: Filling it with water first will lower the pain in your ears.

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Thankfully I have a spare plasma cutter sitting around...

But if I didn't, I'd be doing this.

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I'm planning to cut the top off my keg tonight. What size hole saw did you use for the center pivot?

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I am going to cut 2 kegs as soon as the Tavern Owner pulls them aside for me.

I was going to cut one slightly larger than the other as to have a ready made lid. Is that what most folks do?

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I'm planning to cut the top off my keg tonight. What size hole saw did you use for the center pivot?
It's a 2". I know people have used 1.5" PVC with success as well but I had a hole saw laying around but no PVC.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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I actually bought lids from sabco. They are 30 bucks each but it turn they are real nice lids so thats up to you.

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1-1/2" PVC coupler is what I used as my pivot in my jig. might have been 1-1/4"

also I went nice and light and had a VERY VERY VERY clean cut on my second keggle. my first one I put more pressure than needed and the cut looked like the one in the OP. looks like it got pretty hot and some sharp jagged edges.

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if a 2" hole saw fits, wouldn't a 1/2" PVC be too loose?

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if a 2" hole saw fits, wouldn't a 1/2" PVC be too loose?
I think it is a matter of going outside of the Sanke hole or inside of it.
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