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Old 12-15-2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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I just purchased a Sanyo 4912 (open-box at Best Buy!) and I'm pondering how to best set it up. I've seen a lot of draft tower modifications, but it seems like it ought to be just as easy to put shanks through the front door and have front-mounted taps. Is there a good reason to have a draft tower as opposed to door-mounted taps? The big advantage that I see to going the door route is that if the fridge breaks, I can buy another, swap doors, and return the original one. That wouldn't be possible with a 3" hole in the top of the fridge unit.

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Old 12-15-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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I doubt there is room inside for the shanks and hoses to fit in between the door and the keg (there certainly isn't in my model of mini-fridge anyway).


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I did it with mine. And they were long shanks as well. Shouldn't be a problem with short shanks.
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I did it with mine. And they were long shanks as well. Shouldn't be a problem with short shanks.
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do you find yourself wishing that you had a draft tower instead?

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The big advantage that I see to going the door route is that if the fridge breaks, I can buy another, swap doors, and return the original one. That wouldn't be possible with a 3" hole in the top of the fridge unit.

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do you find yourself wishing that you had a draft tower instead?

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Not one bit.
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Not one bit.
Same here. I prefer my door-mounted taps, it just means more room to store glasses on top of the fridge. Not like it's that hard to bend over a little to pour from the door. I totally couldn't justify the extra cost of a draft tower even if I did want one.
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It also leaves the possibility to put the fridge up off the floor and still reach the taps, which is something I am considering.
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IDK about you, but a sanyo is too short for shanks sticking out the front. I guess it'll work if you elevate the fridge, or you are a midget. You'll have to bend down every time you get a beer. Also, you aren't really saving THAT much money using shanks in the doors. I mean you can get a decent tower for $100 and that includes shanks and beer line. The shanks a lone for a door setup will be like $40, plus hose and clamps.

Then there's the whole "looks" thing. Sanyos with a draft tower look great, especially if you mount up some glass holders!
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The big advantage that I see to going the door route is that if the fridge breaks, I can buy another, swap doors, and return the original one. That wouldn't be possible with a 3" hole in the top of the fridge unit.

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