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Old 04-24-2011, 01:14 AM   #1
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Hello all I just wanted to share how easy drilling the holes in my keg were. I have drills up to and over an inch but remember how tough SS can be so I was thinking of getting a punch set. I then looked over in the garage and saw my hole saw set, Lennox (sp) I have drilled through stele before so I thought what the heck. A small nail set, for the 1/4 inch pilot bit and I was done in under 10 seconds. It cut through the SS like butter. I have heard the horror stories of step bits and bent punches, this could not have gone any easier.

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Old 04-24-2011, 01:42 AM   #2
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I agree... I use the same method with the same great results.

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Old 04-24-2011, 10:21 AM   #3
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So you used a hole saw meant for wood on the SS Kegs? I've got a set and have never tried it personally.

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No. I'm sure he is using the bi-metal type.

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Old 04-24-2011, 01:15 PM   #5
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Mine does not say bi-metal on the case. This is a higher end set so they may be. The teeth are are not small, they are raked out like any wood saw. A pipe fitter once told me he never drills larger holes, always with a hole saw. If he ever uses a cutting aid it is always just soapy water in a windex spray bottle. The cutting aid is to keep the bit/saw cool, not lubricated. I have not used cutting oil since he told me this, and never have had a problem. Lowes always has the Lennox brand in stock here in Pa.

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so i am about to convert another keg and dreading another go around with the step bit, although it wasnt as bad after i went with the proper 1/2 drill so i could slow it down and still have some torque. I am interested in trying this route, are these the correct type of hole saw i am looking for
http://www.amazon.com/MK-Morse-AV13-...3658479&sr=8-9
http://www.amazon.com/BOSCH-PC1316-B...658527&sr=8-20
http://www.amazon.com/Starrett-55082...658527&sr=8-22

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Yes those are what we are talking about. Mt set has a 1/4 inch pilot bit in the center. The "saws" all screw on the pilot bit. If you dont use a bit the hole may wander a bit while it's being started. Just go slow. I would post a pic but Ive no clue how

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Anyone ever use one of these? It's a carbide tipped hole cutter. The one I saw at HomeDepot said that it was for use on stainless steel sheet up to 3/16 thick.

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Yes those are what we are talking about. Mt set has a 1/4 inch pilot bit in the center. The "saws" all screw on the pilot bit. If you dont use a bit the hole may wander a bit while it's being started. Just go slow. I would post a pic but Ive no clue how
yep, i got a couple different mandrel bits so i should be good.

one more question did you go 13/16 or 7/8, im guessing a good rule of thumb would be to stick with the 13/16 and do some cleanup on the hole for a good fit.
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Anyone ever use one of these? It's a carbide tipped hole cutter. The one I saw at HomeDepot said that it was for use on stainless steel sheet up to 3/16 thick.

yes. We use those in the Aircraft industry for cutting through metal
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