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Old 03-19-2007, 12:38 PM   #1
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There has just GOT to be a better way cutting the top of a keg for making a keggle. I've tried metal disc that go on the drill, metal blade on the jig saw and even one with titanium teeth, grind stones, you name it, I've about tried it. Has anybody tried something else that works? This sucks.

 
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Old 03-19-2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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We had a keg cutting party a month or two ago and we cut, 10 or so kegs.

Bi-Metal blade on a Sawzall worked fantastic. Just had to go slow to not snap the blade, but made a nice clean cut.

Second best was a angle grinder with the cutting disk on it. Had to grind off more once the initial cut was made to bring it to the nice line we scribed.

 
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:01 PM   #3
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Dremmel?
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:08 PM   #4
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Try and get your hands on a plasma cutter. I Gerry rigged a compass setup and cut 2 nearly perfect circles in about 3 minutes. Its the way to go.
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:10 PM   #5
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Angle grinder and some patience. Take three or four passes around it carefully with a cutting disk. I've got an el-cheapo 4" Ryobi, worked great, didn't even go through one whole disk. Just DON'T try and cut all the way through on the first pass, keep moving around the circle slowly, I think I may have taken four passes before it cut all the way through.
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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Interesting. Snakebone is coming over tonight to cut some kegs. He has an angle grinder, I have a saw with bi-metal blades and a dremmel with the metal cutting quick-release that EdWort posted about.Now I'm wondering if Snake's angle grinder is the best bet.

In the absence of a plasma cutter, which do you think is best? Grinder, Dremmel, or saw?
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:08 PM   #7
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Try and get your hands on a plasma cutter. I Gerry rigged a compass setup and cut 2 nearly perfect circles in about 3 minutes. Its the way to go.
Good luck

Took me all of 30 seconds with the plasma. My only quelm is that it was only a "couple sip project", rather than a "few beer project."

Dremel is out of the question... just wont have the power to cut thick stainless.

 
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:12 PM   #8
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Dremel is out of the question... just wont have the power to cut thick stainless.
Well, I know it's been done, I've seen pictures of kegs that have been cut with a Dremel. Seems like it's a suboptimal choice, though; if you can get someone to do it with plasma, that's ideal, but for me (and lots of folks) that's not an option.

The angle grinder, though, has proven to be worth every penny I spent on it. Just one of the cheap, $40 Ryobis, it's a huge timesaver for this kind of project.
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:27 PM   #9
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Angle grinder and some patience. Take three or four passes around it carefully with a cutting disk. I've got an el-cheapo 4" Ryobi, worked great, didn't even go through one whole disk. Just DON'T try and cut all the way through on the first pass, keep moving around the circle slowly, I think I may have taken four passes before it cut all the way through.
yup, same here. I can have a top cutoff using the $1.85 metal cutting wheel from HD. I can cut 2 lids off and maybe more w/ 1 wheel. Then a 7/8 hole in the bottom for a spigot in 15 min. and have a perfect circle for the lid.

 
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:34 PM   #10
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Well, I know it's been done, I've seen pictures of kegs that have been cut with a Dremel. Seems like it's a suboptimal choice, though; if you can get someone to do it with plasma, that's ideal, but for me (and lots of folks) that's not an option.

The angle grinder, though, has proven to be worth every penny I spent on it. Just one of the cheap, $40 Ryobis, it's a huge timesaver for this kind of project.
Yea, if there's a will, there's a way. A Dremel will work, but its definatley my last resort for this type of job.

I'd say sawzall with a good blade, then if thats not available, angle grinder.

I lucked out... I dont own the plasma cutter, but have full access to one. Makes jobs like this a breeze.

 
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