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Old 02-20-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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what is the best way to cut a hole in a plastic fermenting bucket. Should I just use a drill and a circle cutter (for wood)?

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Old 02-20-2009, 12:26 AM   #2
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That, then a bit of sandpaper is what I would use.
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:30 AM   #3
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I use a spade bit:
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:38 AM   #4
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A sheetmetal punch would probably work nicely. Expensive though, but if you have one around...
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I used a drill and hole cutter, and cut from inside out on a piece of wood.
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I used a drill and hole cutter, and cut from inside out on a piece of wood.
This method has worked well for me. I believe a 1 1/4" hole saw is about right for a #7 stopper.
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+1 on spade bit or Forstner bit. Place one scrap wood to minimize tear-out. Too fast and you could melt the plastic, but I am not sure a bucket lid is thick enough to build up much heat. Likely just cut through before that happens.
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+1 on Spade bit. I got mine for $1.65 at a local hardware store and used it to make my bottling bucket. The circular cutout bits were expensive for the single purpose.
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And I think they leave a rough cut on inside of opening.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:58 PM   #10
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Just did this yesterday with a spade bit (1-1/8"). Insides were a little chewed up but I took a semicircular file to the hole for about 30 seconds and now I have a perfect fit with the gromet. So I guess this is a +1 for the spade bit, provided you can file the hole afterwards.

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