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Old 10-13-2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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Been at for about 6 hours on and off on my keggle build. Been trying to drill the hole for the Ball valve with a hole saw and my damn drill keeps running out of power. Any ideas?


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Old 10-13-2009, 08:27 PM   #2
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Not all projects can be accomplished with a cordless drill.


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Old 10-13-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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+1. A cordless drill is pretty much a "screw gun". They are not very effective at drilling any decent gauge of steel/iron/etc.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:31 PM   #4
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Are you using a cordless drill?

I drill 6 holes in 3 kegs in about 1-1/2 hours with a corded drill. I used a center punch to mark the holes, then a 1/8" drill bit to create pilot holes and then a step bit to finish. Drilling steps were performed at a relatively slow speed with high pressure, lubrication and patience.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:33 PM   #5
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hmmmm my 18v Dewalt made 2 " 1/2" " holes in 2 kegs on one battery with a uni bit
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Drilling stainless is about pressure applied and SLOW speed, with a unibit/step bit you should be almost cutting ribbons of steel away. Most cordless drills don't have the torque for that job. If you're using a hole saw, and you've had it spinning fast, you have probably work hardened the stainless and simultaneously dulled the bit.
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My Ryobi 18v handled it no problem at all. Also used a uni bit. Those damn things are expensive
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I have about half the side drilled off on the circle and have the other half left right now. And there is a center hold for guidance.
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Sit on top of the keg like you're riding a horse and put your weight into the drill, and go slowly, some vegetable oil wouldn't hurt either.
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Well I think this is the problem, I didn't buy a bimetal hole saw I just bought a regular one.


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